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Another Stirring Poem Used in A Sermon

"We display with pride his cross
In the midst of our pagan life,
While we hug to our hearts the dross
Of our selishness and strife.
What sacrifice have we made
To live the love he prayed?
What wlling blood have we shed
To do the deeds he said?
To be popular and well-fed,
We forsake the way he led,
And follow a ghost instead."

---Vincent Godfrey Burns.  Source Quotable Poems: An Anthology of Modern Verse, volume two. Compiled by Thomas Curtis Clark .  Rev. Fred Mesch used this in a memorial service in 1939 and is found in H.E. Brill's Story of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Oklahoma : Authorized by the Oklahoma Annual Conference, October 22, 1938. (Oklahoma City: The University Press, 1939. pg. 116).

A Stirring Poem

Our Deathless Dead (or, How Shall We Honor Them?)
a longer work dedicated to those who have sacrified for "old glory".

"How shall we honor them, our Deathless Dead?
With strew of laurel and the stately tread?
With blaze of banners brightening overhead?
Nay, not alone these cheaper praises bring:
They will not have this easy honoring. 

How shall we honor them, our Deathless Dead?...
How keep their mighty memories alive?
In him who feels their passion, they survive!"

These words were shared in a memorial service by the Rev. Fred Mesch on October 26, 1939 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It was the occasion of the merger of the Methodist Protestant Church, the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and the Methodist Episcopal Church, North. A vote of the conference used the inclusion of his stirring words in offical history of the Methodist Episcopal Church, North in Oklahoma by H.E. Brill .

Mesch was  using the poem as a symbol of all the pioneer church workers of the M.E.Church, Nort…

Words of Merit

"And now, brethern and sisters, co-workers together with me in Christ...Think much, say little, work mightly.Spend no time in controversy when souls are perishing. Preach salvation, warm, fresh, vigorous and full of love. Live in constant favor with God....let your library consist largely of the Bible, the Dictionary, the Discipline, the Catechism, and the Hymnal book.   Abolish such nonsensical and unscriptural hymns as"We're Going To Heaven Tomorrow", and substitute soul-stirring music, filled with the Bible religion and sense. Think of inviting a sinner to give his heart to Jesus to-morrow, or of being saved to-morrow. No, let us drift back into hymns filled with the Holy Spirit and God will honor us."

---Rev. James Murray, First Session of the Indian Mission Conference, Tulsa, Creek Nation, March 21, 1889 as recorded in H.E. Brill's Story of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Oklahoma : Authorized by the Oklahoma Annual Conference, October 22, 1938. (Okla…

Along Historic Route 66: Wesley UMC, OKC

Historic Route 66 - where you can get your 'kicks' according to an old pop song, is commonly known for the major points along its route from Chicago to Los Angeles. Usually those points are known because of that popular song and just as it says, Oklahoma City is very pretty and in the days of the major use of Route  66 (pre Interstate) travelers would have passed by Wesley United Methodist Church.  The light shining through its stained glass windows in the evening just might have been what was in mind when the city was declared to be pretty.
Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in the home of Mrs. A.H. Tyler, 1220 NW 29th, on November 10, 1910. In the meeting were the first 28 charter members of the nascent church.  The first pastor was the Rev. F.A. Colwell appointed by Bishop Quayle of the Oklahoma Methodist Episcopal Conference.
The first church location was a simple structure with a sawdust covered floor.  The "Tabernacle", as it was then called, was l…