Andrew Schaeffer, Director of Music Ministries
At Boston Avenue United Methodist Church in Tulsa, they hold a popular “July Revival” every year. Every Sunday during the month, their services are filled with music almost exclusively taken from the Cokesbury Hymnal. For those who may be unfamiliar with the Cokesbury, it’s a hymnal that was used in many United Methodist Churches (including ours) from around 1938 until 1964. It contains almost exclusively 19th century hymns of the faith, such as “In the Garden”, “Bringing in the Sheaves”, and “When They Ring the Golden Bells”.
Our current hymnals are very diverse, and draw upon hundreds of years of United Methodist hymns in addition to the great hymns of other denominations. Yet, while we won’t take the idea of a July Revival as far as Boston Avenue does, it’s important that we occasionally visit this beloved part of our past. To that end, Abby Boatman and I will be presenting some beautiful renditions of these Cokesbury hymns this Sunday at the 8:30 & 11:00 services. If you grew up singing out of the Cokesbury, you’ll no doubt appreciate the memories they will trigger, and if you didn’t grow up with the hymnal, you’ll want to come and hear some new favorites!