The Old Country Church

chrch2c- Church - Dusk






The Old Country Church

I remember the old country church,
Just south of town, a mile or two,
Where mama and papa would take me,
I saw children with grown-ups sittin’ on the pews.

Before the preacher preached,
A child I could barely see,
On a chair behind the pulpit,
He sang, “Jesus Loves Me.”

Folks lifting their voices,
Singin’ those grand ole Gospel songs,
Reminding me of heaven,
Where nothin’ is wrong.

Then right after dusk,
It was time for the invitation,
Where many came forward,
For God’s adoration.

I remember the old country church,
And will ‘til I die,
‘Cause we’ll all meet in heaven,
The Church in the sky.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Old Country Church © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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One of my first memories of a church building is a country church, at dusk, right outside my hometown.  We need to remember that the church is not the building, but the people – “the called out ones”.  So, no special building or any building is needed for the church to meet.

I appreciate what Larry Pine wrote in his South Bay Concert News (March) referring to my Poetry Reading on February 6th, 2015, the following:

“The Christian poetry of Charles Mayes added a creative break to the Bethel Hymn Sing. Even poems with motions for Children’s programs . . . ”

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Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

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