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The Lord’s Bond-Slave   Leave a comment

Christ Pantocrator

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

Image in the Public Domain

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My copy of Songs from a Parsonage Kitchen is a printout of a PDF version of photocopies of the original.  The right margin of some pages in my copy is such that I have cut-off names and other words.  Thus I know that my great-grandmother wrote this text in Augusta, Georgia, in January 1914, based on a sermon based on the text, “The love of Christ constrains me.”  Yet I do not know the preacher’s last name.  His title was “Dr.,” his initials were P. P., and the first letter of his last name was “A.”  The second letter was either “b” or “l.”  That is as much as I can discern.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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I am thy bond-slave, Lord,

Made so by thy great love

That spared not e’en thine only Son,

But sent him from above

To ransom captive man,

Free him from Satan’s thrall,

Offer to him salvation’s cup,

And bid him on thee call.

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The love of Christ constrains

My grateful heart to prove

The cleansing power of his blood

While here on earth I move.

And when from scenes of earth

My soul shall wing its flight,

Still I thy happy bond-slave, Lord,

Will be in realms of light.

NELLIE SEGUIN FOX BARRETT

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This post #850 of TAYLOR FAMILY POEMS AND FAMILY HISTORY WRITINGS.

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Invitation   Leave a comment

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Above:  Meadow Garden, Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia, 1939 or 1944

Photographer = Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952)

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/csas/item/csas200800930/)

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-csas-00922

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandparents served in Augusta twice–at the Asbury Circuit (late 1914-late 1916) and St. Luke Methodist Episcopal Church, South (late 1927-late 1929).  My great-grandmother wrote this text during one of those stints.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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Be at home in my heart, O my Master,

The door I have set open wide;

I pray thou wouldst deign to enter,

And henceforth with me to abide.

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There is no niche where thou art unwelcome,

No room thou may’st not enter in;

Be at home, and with thy blessed fullness,

Cast out from my heart every sin.

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O Lord, I would be pure and holy,

As fitteth one whose guest thou art,

Nor ever by thought, word, or action,

To thee close the door of my heart.

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Then on that glad day of thy coming,

When all earth thy glory shall see,

With all who have made thee welcome,

May I be at home with thee.

NELLIE SEGUIN FOX BARRETT

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA

Class Hymn of the Barrett-Wesley Bible Class, Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Augusta, Georgia   Leave a comment

A Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship MECS 1874

Above:  The Spine of My Copy of A Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Public, Domestic, and Social Worship (Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1874)

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandparents were at the Asbury Circuit, Augusta, Georgia, from late 1914 to late 1916.  The former Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church, South, has become Asbury United Methodist Church.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 12, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF CLELAND KINLOCH NELSON, EPISCOPAL BISHOP OF GEORGIA; LATER BISHOP OF ATLANTA

THE FEAST OF FANNY J. CROSBY, HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF FRIEDRICH SCHLIERMACHER, GERMAN CALVINIST THEOLOGIAN

THE FEAST OF IMMANUEL KANT, PHILOSOPHER

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Incarnate Lord, Thee we adore,

Abide with us forever more.

Thou art the vine, Thy branches we,

Keep us in perfect unity.

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Oh may Thy love to us constrain

Our hearts a like love to attain:

Thy matchless life our pattern be,

Since serving others we serve Thee.

NELLIE SEGUIN FOX BARRETT

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA

1914-1916

Obituary of George Washington Barrett   Leave a comment

George W. Barrett

Above:  George Washington Barrett

An image taped inside a family history book

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From the Journal of the North Georgia Conference of The Methodist Church, 1956, pages 110 and 111

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GEORGE W. BARRETT

The Reverend George W. Barrett was born September 3, 1873, and left us for his heavenly home June 12, 1956.  He was the son of William Wesley and Sarah Jane Winburn Barrett.  He was graduated from Young Harris College in 1899.

On January 17, 1900, he was happily married to Miss Nellie S. Fox.  He is survived by his wife and following children:  George Dickey, Lucy S., Nellie F. (Mrs. John D. Taylor), and Margaret E.  Another daughter, Sarah C., passed away June 12, 1954.  His home was one of culture and refinement whose spiritual atmosphere reflected the presence of the Master who was the real head of the house.

Brother Barrett joined the North Georgia Conference in 1899.  He was ordained deacon in 1899 by Bishop Hendrix and elder in 1903 by Bishop Key.  His appointments were as follows:  Alpharetta; Blue Ridge; Palmetto; Douglasville; Cornelia; Tate; Acworth; Union Point; Asbury, Augusta; Lithonia; Gray; Tignall; St. Paul, Gainesville; Winder; St. Luke, Augusta; Commerce; Rockmart; Second Avenue, Rome; Underwood, Atlanta, from which he retired in 1945.

He was at the table of the Secretary of the Conference for twenty-eight years–for twenty-one years the Secretary of the Conference, and editor of the Conference Journal.  He was a natural born Secretary.  In correspondence with the Publishing House as Editor of the Journal he was often addressed as “the model Secretary.”  In District Conferences or other church meetings, where a secretary was needed, they usually thought of Brother Barrett, if he were present, and elected him.

George W. Barrett was not only a gentleman but a gentle man.  Smoking flax he would not quench and the bruised reed would not be further damaged in his hands.  The ugly habit of self-assertion and self-seeking was not in his make-up.  He walked in deep humility with his Lord, content to feel that always the Master was at hand.

Brother Barrett was a sound Gospel preacher.  His sermons were not cluttered up with trivialities but dealt with the profound truths of the Holy Word.  He followed in the traditions of the fathers and was little moved by modern trends.  His people loved and trusted him.  They believed that in the midst of pretense and sham here, indeed, was a real man of God.  His life was an orderly one.  He was meticulous in his attention to details.  There was method in all that he did.  He was punctual in his appointments and prompt in his obligations.  He had strong convictions and was never ashamed or afraid to declare them.

For more than eighty-two years Brother George W. Barrett had lived among us, walking in the straight and narrow way, his face always toward the morning.  At last the weary feet could carry him no farther.  The gentle knight laid down his shining sword.  The mantle of his noble calling fell from his shoulders unsoiled.  His nerveless hands could no longer hold the working tools of his loved employ.  So he left us–the earth better for his coming, heaven richer for his going–to be at home with God.

WALLACE ROGERS

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

It is, I admit, an overwritten obituary in places, but that is excusable.  If one cannot become flowery in an obituary, where can one do so?

I do recognize one glaring omission:  There is no mention of his firstborn son, Randolph Winburn Barrett (1905-?), who disappeared in the 1930s.  I propose no single reason for this, and I hope that nobody thinks I am.  In fact, I suspect that there are at least two reasons for this and almost everything else in the realm of the human race.  I do know that, for a set of reasons, Randolph became a topic to avoid in the household, so I am not surprised that he is absent here.  Maybe the primary reason was grief.  I have no evidence to suggest otherwise, so I extend the benefit of the doubt.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 20, 2013 COMMON ERA

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The Ministerial Career (1899-1945) of George Washington Barrett (1873-1956)   3 comments

George W. Barrett

Above:  George Washington Barrett

An image taped inside a family history book

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I have derived most information from Journals of the North Georgia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, (through 1938) and of The Methodist Church (1939 to 1945 and 1956).  I have also drawn information from George Washington Barrett’s small book, Descendants of John Barrett and William Winburn (Decatur, Georgia:  Banner Press, Emory University, 1949).  And I have added my own knowledge from other sources.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 20, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Some Preliminaries:

Most pastoral moves occurred in November.  The North Georgia Conference made the transition to Summer moves after George Washington Barrett retired.

The Methodist Episcopal Church, South (1845-1939) reunited with its parent, the Methodist Episcopal Church (1784-1939), and a sibling, the Methodist Protestant Church (1828-1939) to form The Methodist Church (1939-1968).

The Methodist Church (1939-1968) joined with its relative, the Evangelical United Brethren Church (1946-1968), to create The United Methodist Church.

I recommend Google Street View as a wonderful way to get good images of some of these church buildings.

The Conference my great-grandfather as a troubleshooter frequently, hence many short pastorates.   Often he had only a few days’ notice before a move.

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1894

Licensed to preach on November 15

1895-1899

Student, Young Harris College, December 1, 1895-May 22, 1899

1899

Admitted to the North Georgia Conference, the Methodist Episcopal Church, South

Ordained Deacon by Bishop Eugene R. Hendrix, D.D., L.L.D.

1899-1902

Pastor, the Alpharetta Circuit (five churches)

Supply Pastor, starting July-November 1899, filling in for the pastor, who was ill

1900

Married Nellie Seguin Fox on January 17

1902-1904

Pastor, Blue Ridge Church

1903

Ordained Elder by Bishop Joseph Staunton Key

1904-1906

Pastor, Palmetto Circuit (five churches)

1905

Firstborn son, Randolph Winburn Barrett, born

1906-1908

Pastor, Douglasville Circuit (two churches)

1908

Second child, Sarah Claiborne Barrett, born

1908-1910

Pastor, Cornelia-Demorest Circuit (two churches)

A few years ago, when I taught some courses at the Demorest campus of Piedmont College, I noticed a certain building across the street.  The Demorest Womens’ Club house looked like an old church.   That is because it used to be one.  It was the home of the Demorest congregation of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS).  Demorest also had a congregation of the Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC).  The two Demorest congregations merged in 1939, when their denominations did, moving into the stately MEC building.  That building, unfortunately, has gone the way of all flesh.  In the late 1940s, however, the Methodist and Congregationalist churches of Demorest merged, forming the Demorest Methodist Congregationalist Federated Church (currently a United Church of Christ and United Methodist Church affiliate), in the home of the former Congregational Church, just up the hill and behind the old MECS church.  The bell in the yard of the Federated Church is from the former MEC structure.

So, when I look at the clubhouse of the Demorest Womens’ Club, I see a building in which my great-grandfather preached.

1910

Third child, George Dickey Barrett, born

1910-1911

Pastor, Tate-Nelson Circuit, Marietta District (two churches)

1910-1912

An Assistant Statistician of the North Georgia Conference

1911-1913

Pastor, Acworth Circuit (four churches)

1912

Fourth child, Lucy Seguin Barrett, born

1912-1917

Statistician of the North Georgia Conference

1913-1914

Pastor, Union Point Circuit (four churches)

1914-1916

Pastor, Asbury Circuit, Augusta (two churches)

1915

Fifth child, Nell Fox Barrett, my grandmother, born on February 2

1916-1917

Pastor, Lithonia Circuit (three churches)

1917-1919

Pastor, Gray Circuit (three churches)

1918

Sixth child, Margaret Elizabeth Barrett, born

1918-1924

An Assistant Secretary of the North Georgia Conference

1919-1922

Pastor, Tignall/Broad River Circuit (two churches)

1922-1925

Pastor, St. Paul Church, Gainesville, Georgia

1924-1944

Secretary of the North Georgia Conference

1925-1927

Pastor, First Church, Winder

1927-1944

Editor of the Conference Journal

1927-1929

Pastor, St. Luke Church, Augusta

1929-1931

Pastor, Commerce Circuit (two churches)

1931-1935

Pastor, First Church, Rockmart

George Dickey Barrett (George’s son) made new carved oak furniture–an altar rail, a lectern, pulpit chairs, the communion table, and choir panels for the church in 1932.  He donated his time and labor, but the church had to hold fundraisers to finance the purchase of materials.  The church used this furniture until 1954.  Sources = http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=360&dat=19831109&id=NogxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Oz4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=2676,2069657 and family accounts

1935-1937

Pastor, Second Avenue Church, Rome

1937-1945

Pastor, Underwood Memorial Church, Atlanta

1943-1956

Resided at 866 Euclid Road, NE., Atlanta, in a house his wife, Nellie Sequin Fox Barrett, inherited

1945

Retired

1956

Died on June 12