"The Old Country Church", Classic Southern Gospel Music From JD Sumner




"The Old Country Church" by JD Sumner is one of the all time favorite classic Southern Gospel Songs.When you think of all of the great singers that have ever sung Southern Gospel music the name JD Sumner has to be on the list. JD Sumner, as the force behind JD Sumner and the Stamps was perhaps one of the most influential people in all of Gospel music. Setting trends with their unique vocal style, energetic performances, and attention to detail, JD Sumner and the Stamps helped to take Southern Gospel music top the next level. That next level included working with Elvis Presley during his concerts, films and recordings.

One of my favorite JD Sumner songs is “The Old Country Church”. Written by JD, “The Old Country Church” captures a certain feeling and excitement that to me is the embodiment of JD Sumner and the Stamps.

Lyrics To "The Old Country Church"

By JD Sumner

Oh I’d like to go back
To that old country church
To hear the songs of praise
How the people would sing
It would make the rafters ring
At that old, that old country church

Shall we gather at the river
The beautiful, beautiful river
Gather with the saints at the river
That flows by the throne of God

Oh I’ll never forget
At that old country church
How the Glory of the Lord came down
And the children would smile
As they shouted down the aisle
Of that old, that old country church

In the sweet bye and bye
We shall meet on that beautiful shore
In the sweet bye and bye
We shall meet on that beautiful shore

Then on Sunday I’d see
All my friends dear to me
At that old country church
When it came time for prayer
Everybody would be there
At that old country church

Leaning, oh yes I’m leaning
Safe and secure from all alarm
Leaning, oh yes I’m leaning
Leaning on the ever lasting arm

Now the years have gone by
And so many have died
At that old country church
But they are on that other shore
Where they will sing forever more
As they did at that old country church

I’m redeemed by Love Divine
Oh blessed, Christ is mine
Oh to Him I now resign
I’ve been redeemed
I’m redeemed by Love Divine
Oh I’m blessed
Christ is mine
Oh to Him I now resign
I’ve been redeemed
I’m redeemed by Love Divine
Oh I’m blessed
Christ is mine

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