Edwin Hawkins, gospel singer, dies at 74

Oh, happy day (Oh, happy day)
Oh, happy day (Oh, happy day)
When Jesus washed (When Jesus washed)
Oh, when He washed (When Jesus washed)
When Jesus washed (When Jesus washed)
He washed my sins away (Oh, happy day)
Oh, it’s a happy day (Oh, happy day)

Edwin R. Hawkins passed away this week at the age of 74.  A church organist at the young age of 16, he would spend nearly six decades using the great musical gifts that God had given him.
  • The first video below is a TBN interview of him done in Summer 2010.
  • The last video below is a great rendition of “Oh Happy Day“, a song which The Edwin Hawkins Signers are likely best known for.
  • This tune was popular and had great crossover appeal; in the interview done just a month or so after the passing of his brother, Walter Hawkins, he stated that Oh Happy Day was played first on rock stations (yes rock) which didn’t normally play gospel . . . and it’s appeal spread around the world in 1968-1969 like a wildfire. Gospel, R&B, rock, & country radio stations were playing the song!
  • By the way, the song was a gospel adaptation of a hymn written in 1854 (that is not a typo).

Rest in peace Edwin Reuben Hawkins.

The aforementioned interview (August 2010) with Donnie McClurkin:

A rendition of the song in a popular movie, Sister Act:

A great video of On Happy Day featuring his brother, Walter:

He taught me how (He taught me how)
To watch and fight and pray
Watch and pray.



Talking with Jesus, Reading from Matthew

Have a little talk with my Jesus
Tell Him all about our troubles
He’ll hear our famous cry
And He will answer by and by.

8675570480_7747c460ab_b_jlwo_childchillinbibleAs I mediated on these words spoken by Jesus in the Bible, the hymn whose words lead and end this post came to mind – “Just a Little Talk with Jesus”.   Be you buried in your Bible, or in the midst of a prayer, a Christian’s relationship with God’s son is where ‘the rubber hits the road’!   I’m sharing a few red-letter words spoken by Jesus Christ on this day, Good Friday – when he shed his blood for all children of God.

  • The last words of Christ, on the cross at Calvary (Good Friday), can be found in John 19:30:

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

As you worship this Easter weekend, keep Jesus’ words in mind.   Those below are from the Book of Matthew; tomorrow I’ll share a few from the Book of John.

  • Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)
  • Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” (Matthew 9:37)
  • Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  (Matthew 19:26)

5629189170_3ebd319ff2_b_BREAKourHEARTSlord_jlwoFeel a little prayer wheel a-turning
You know, a little fire is a-burning
Have a little talk with my Jesus
Gonna make it right.

  Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way

Photo credits:

Boy with Bible Jerry Worster/flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Woman Praying – Jerry Worster/flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)




Music & Songs: What Saith the Lord

8712059315_1a51363b15_b_adamFagenFlickrAfter consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:   Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.”   As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.   2 Chronicles 20: 21-22 (NIV)   [Emphasis added]

Colossians 3:14-17 (NIV)

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

2 Chronicles 20: 18-20 (NIV)

Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord.  Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.
Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa.  As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.”

James 5:13 (NIV)

Is anyone among you in trouble?  Let them pray.  Is anyone happy?  Let them sing songs of praise.

Psalm 100 (KJV)

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Acts 16:25-26 (KJV)

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

[Emphasis added]

Photo creditAdam Fagen/flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Merry Gospel Christmas and Silent Night


  • Rev. Timothy Wright – “Oh What a Pretty Little Baby
  • Trinity Temple Full Gospel Mass Choir – “Holy One

From Silent Night:

Silent night, holy night!
Son of God love’s pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth

  Greg Silverthorne

‘While on others Thou art calling’ (Hymn)

Pass me not, O gentle Savior,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.

From timeless hymn: Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior.

Sunset with Cross

  • Hymn written by Frances J. Crosby (who also penned Blessed Assurance five years later).
  • Scripture: He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by. (Genesis 18:3 NIV – As spoken by Abraham)
  • Song, sung gospel-style (Video), is TRULY anointed!

His Eye Surely Watches You (Assurance)

JWorster_precarious_6714268507_e549070f2a_bHis Eye Is on the Sparrow (Hymn):

When Jesus is my portion?    My constant Friend is He:

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.


Matthew 10:29-31 (NIV)

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?

Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. 

And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

 Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way

Photo Credit: Jerry Worster/flickrCC