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Hymn History: We’ll Understand It Better By and By

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We are tossed and driven
on the restless sea of time;
somber skies and howling tempests
oft succeed a bright sunshine;
in that land of perfect day,
when the mists have rolled away,
we will understand it better by and by.

Charles Albert Tindley (July 7, 1851 – July 26, 1933) was an American Methodist minister and gospel music composer.

Often referred to as “The Prince of Preachers”, he educated himself, became a minister and founded one of the largest Methodist congregations serving the African-American community on the East Coast of the United States.

He was one of the eminent preachers of Methodism at the turn of the twentieth century. Hymnologist James Abbington has called Tindley a “pastor, orator, poet, writer, theologian, social activist, ‘father of African American Hymnody,’ ‘progenitor of African American gospel music’ and ‘prince of preachers.'”

The Rev. Carlton Young notes “We’ll Understand It Better By and By” was “one of eight hymns . . . written during a difficult period in Tindley’s life.”

One can imagine Tindley using this song to punctuate his sermons, offering hope to those assembled not only through exegesis of the biblical text, but also through a lyrical sung theology.


From “The Lawrence Welk Show,” Gail, Rod, and Michael are featured in this great Gospel song found in the United Methodist Hymnal (page 525). Join with them in song as they encourage every Christian: “WE’LL UNDERSTAND IT BETTER BY AND BY”

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Posted by on March 15, 2014 in hymns, Videos, Webmaster posts


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5 Reasons You Need the New United Methodist Handbook


Whether you’ve been a United Methodist your entire life or you’re new to the denomination, the 2013-2016 United Methodist handbook is a must-have. Order your copy today. (It’s free!)

Check out these five reasons the new United Methodist handbook is a must-have.

The new United Methodist Handbook is ready and available free from United Methodist Communications. Packed with denominational details, beliefs, history and contact information, this handbook is a one-stop destination for all things United Methodists.

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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Get Involved!


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A Traveler’s Guide to the Heritage Landmarks of The United Methodist Church



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By action of the 2012 General Conference, there are currently forty-six Heritage Landmarks of The United Methodist Church. Five new Heritage Landmarks were designated by the General Conference with three outside the United States. These are in the Philippines, Zimbabwe, and Liberia. The Book of Discipline defines a Heritage Landmark as “a building, location, or structure specifically related to significant events, developments, or personalities in the overall history of The United Methodist Church or its antecedents.”

The Heritage Landmarks of United Methodism remind us of those people and events that have shaped our history. They are tangible reminders of our heritage and their preservation helps keep our denominational legacy alive. For further information about the forty-six Heritage Landmarks or to learn how a place becomes so designated, please contact the General Secretary, General Commission on Archives and History, P.O. Box 127, Madison, NJ 07940 or email

Material in this guide may be copied by local churches, Heritage Landmarks, and other agencies of The United Methodist Church without further approval.


Introduction: Look to the rock from which you were hewn… The United Methodist Story in its Heritage Landmarks

Heritage Landmarks:

Asbury Manual Labor School/Mission, Fort Mitchell

Barratt’s Chapel and Museum, Frederica

Bethune-Cookman College/Foundation, Daytona Beach

Town of Oxford, Oxford
John Wesley’s American Parish, Savannah
St. Simons Island, St. Simons Island
Wesleyan College Cluster, Macon

Peter Cartwright Church, Pleasant Plains
Wesley Foundation, University of Illinois, Champaign

Site of the Organization of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Louisville

Cox Memorial United Methodist Church, Hallowell

Old Otterbein Church, Baltimore
Robert Strawbridge House, New Windsor
Cokesbury College Site, Abingdon
Lovely Lane Meetinghouse Site, Baltimore
United Brethren Founding Sites Cluster, Frederick and Washington Counties

Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Boston

Old McKendree Chapel, near Jackson

John Street Church, New York City
New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn

Green Hill House, Louisburg
Whitaker’s Chapel, Enfield

Bishop John Seybert/Flat Rock Cluster, near Flat Rock
Hanby House, Westerville
Wyandott Indian Mission, Upper Sandusky

Newtown Indian United Methodist Church, Okmulgee

Willamette Mission Site, near Salem

Albright Chapel, Kleinfeltersville
Boehm’s Chapel, Willow Street
First Church Building and Publishing House, Evangelical Association, New Berlin
First United Methodist Church, Johnstown
Isaac Long’s Barn, Landis Valley, Lititz
St. George’s Church, Philadelphia
Simpson House “Olde Main Building,” Philadelphia
Zoar United Methodist Church, Philadelphia

Deadwood Cluster, Deadwood

Acuff’s Chapel, Blountville
Edward Cox House, Bluff City

McMahan Chapel, San Augustine
Rutersville Cluster, Rutersville

Keywood Marker, Glade Spring
Old Stone Church Site, Leesburg

Rehoboth Church and Museum, Union

College of West Africa, Monrovia

Mary Johnston Hospital, Manila

Old Mutare Mission





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Posted by on June 22, 2013 in Posts of Interest


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Please Bring a Flower for the Easter Cross

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Bring a flower to place on the Easter Cross in the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday.

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Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Get Involved!, Lent


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