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Pastor Buzz Trexler's blog for God's people in The Meadow.

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Name: Buzz Trexler
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Journalist for 29 years; married to Donna for 28 years; parent of David, 27, and Elizabeth, 24; pastor of Green Meadow United Methodist Church in Alcoa since 2002.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

'Another Sunday Morning Comin' Down'

Some years ago, I had the idea for a worship service that centered on Christ, but used popular country music. My friend Randy Atchley and I were talking about the various songs that had Christian themes.

"What about 'Sunday Morning Comin' Down?" I asked him.

"Do you remember the words to that song?" he replied, somewhat startled.

"Not really ..."

He suggested they might not be appropriate in worship. Still, some time later, Donna and I were traveling to Ripshin when the song came on the radio. I turned it up, and after listening decided that it would, after all, preach. Sure it talks about getting stoned, and drinking, but it points to the loneliness of a life without community and Christ.

This Sunday, Christ the King Sunday, I will be asking the question, for whom do the church bells toll?

Here's the chorus from that Kris Kristofferson classic, "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," which Johnny Cash drove to a No. 1 spot. It has been listed as No. 43 on the Top 100 Country Hits of All-Time":

"In the park I saw a daddy
With a laughin' little girl who he was swingin'
And I stopped beside a Sunday school
And listened to the songs they were singin'
Then I headed down the street
And somewhere far away a lonely bell was ringin'
And it echoed thru the canyon
Like the disappearing dreams of yesterday."

Grace and peace ...