The Old Fool wants elderly church members to feel obliged to tell and record the events that changed them and their churches. This will let younger members know that the church can and has changed in the past and will change still more in the future.
One of his memories goes back to the time when only congregational singing was permitted in regular Mennonite church services.
The Marion Mennonite Church, the church of The Old Fool’s childhood, was a bit more progressive than most of the churches around it. It opened its doors to a men’s quartet from the Eastern Mennonite School, now University. Visitors came from all over to hear, and the church was packed.
A section in the front of the church on the men’s side is remembered as the amen corner, usually reserved for ministers and old, honored brothers.
A similar corner was located on the women’s side of the church for minister’s wives and elderly and honored sisters.
But on this special ocassion a boy of eight or ten was seated on the front row. The Old Fool remembers it well. He was seated at the feet of Moses Slabaugh and heard him sing the bass runs to “I Want my Life to Tell for Jesus.” Click on the link and take a look at the words of the song.
The song left a lasting impression on this young, old fool. It was one of the times that he determined that his life should make a difference in the lives of others for Jesus. Changes in the church make room for the young.
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