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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Onward, Christian Soldier

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private Charles M. Thatcher (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 30, 1864, at Petersburg, Virginia. His citation reads:

Instead of retreating or surrendering when the works were captured, regardless of his personal safety continued to return the enemy's fire until he was captured.

Major Sidney W. Thaxter (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 27, 1864, at Hatchers Run, Virginia. His citation reads:

Voluntarily remained and participated in the battle with conspicuous gallantry, although his term of service had expired and he had been ordered home to be mustered out.

Ship’s Corporal James Thayer (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on November 16, 1879, on board the U.S.S. Constitution. His citation reads:

For rescuing from drowning a boy serving with him on the U.S.S. Constitution, at the Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va., 16 November 1879.

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The I’m just sayin… Hymn of the Week

Onward, Christian Soldier

The lyrics to this hymn were written in 1865 by Sabine Baring-Gould while the music was composed in 1871 by Arthur Sullivan. You can read a good bit more about it here. This is the hymn I always think of when I hear about church groups going on a “Retreat”. Many times in the past when I have attended such events, I have been sure to let people know that as long as I follow Jesus, I shall not retreat but march onward. I can honestly say that almost every time I said that, the person I was talking to would roll their eyes and walk away. I assume the people who didn’t roll their eyes at me just didn’t hear me. Anyway, this song has become somewhat of a favorite of mine over the years.

Onward, Christian solders,
marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
going on before!
Christ, the royal Master,
leads again the foe;
Forward into battle,
see his banner go!

Onward, Christian soldiers,
marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
going on before!

At the sign of triumph
Satan's host doth flee;
On, then, Christian soldiers,
on to victory!
Hell's foundations quiver
at the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices,
loud your anthems raise!


Like a mighty army
moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading
where the saints have trod;
We are not divided;
all one body we,
One in hope and doctrine,
one in charity.


Onward, then, ye people,
join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices
in the triumph song;
Glory, laud, and honor,
unto Christ the King;
This thro' countless ages
men and angels sing.


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