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15 November, 1731: Birth of William Cowper (1731-1800) author of “Immanuel than chankathil…”

William_Cowper by Lemuel Francis Abbott (wikipedia)

William_Cowper by Lemuel Francis Abbott (wikipedia)

15 November, 1731: Birth of William Cowper (1731-1800) author of the Hymn ‘There is a fountain filled with blood’ (‘Immanuel than chankathil…’ no.147 (138) in the Mar Thoma Church Hymn book Kristheeya Keerththanangal). The words of this hymn are immortal and will be sung as long as there are sinners upon this earth.

Cowper’s well known hymns:

  • Jesus! where’er thy people meet
  • The Spirit breathes upon the word
  • There is a fountain, filled with blood
  • Hark! my soul! it is the Lord
  • To Jesus, the Crown of my hope
  • Far from the world, O Lord! I flee
  • My Lord! how full of sweet content (1782 translation)
  • What various hindrances we meet
  • Oh! for a closer walk with God
  • When darkness long has veiled my mind
  • Tis my happiness below
  • O Lord! in sorrow I resign (1782 translation)
  • O Lord! my best desire fulfill
  • There is a safe and secret place
  • God of my life! to thee I call
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1936: Loud Speaker and Microphone introduced at Maramon Convention (Rare Photos & Audio MP3)

Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan speaking at the 118th Maramon Convention (2013). Photo by The Hindu

Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan speaking at the 118th Maramon Convention (2013). Photo by The Hindu

Though the first convention began in 1895, the sermons were delivered to the tens of thousands of church members who attended in a very unique manner. Until 1936, messages of the main speaker were repeated in relay by designated people standing in between the participants of the convention. It was a time consuming process for the message from the front to pass through thousands of participants to reach the back of the audience. In 1936, a loud speaker and mike (microphone) set was brought to Maramon from USA by the famous missionary Rev. Dr. E. Stanley Jones. It was donated by one of the Christian Churches in USA. He was a well wisher of the Mar Thoma Church and encouraged the missionary zeal of the Church.

Read more and see more rare photos at 1921 -1970: World renowned missionary Dr. E. Stanley Jones at Maramon Convention ( See Rare Photos) Hear a sermon by Dr. E. Stanley Jones – Click Here (The sermon is 26 min. — or download the mp3 (11.8 MB).) Listen Now The sermon title is, “The Gift of the Holy Spirit: The Birthright of All Christians.” The sermon was preached at a U.S. Ashram in August 1960. (This sermon is included in the 2008 book, Living Upon the Way: Selected Sermons of E. Stanley Jones on Self-Surrender and Conversion.) This audio clip is from www.methodistthinker.com

E. Stanley Jones with Mar Thoma Bishop Alexander Mar Theophilus (later Metropolitan Alexander Mar Thoma)

E. Stanley Jones with Mar Thoma Bishop Alexander Mar Theophilus (later became Metropolitan Alexander Mar Thoma)

Bishop Juhanon Mar Thoma Metropolitan, E. Stanley Jones, Dr. Murray T. Titus and Ashram members at Sat Tal Ashram, India.

Bishop Juhanon Mar Thoma Metropolitan, E. Stanley Jones, Dr. Murray T. Titus and Ashram members at Sat Tal Ashram, India. (Photo from Dr. E. Stanley Jones FB page)

C. John Thomas, Rev. T. N. Koshy, P. C. John, Dr. E. Stanley Jones, Rev. V. E. Thomas, Rev. P. K. Koshy, and Mr. V. E. Chacko at St. Thomas Church, Klang Malaysia (1956)

C. John Thomas, Rev. T. N. Koshy, P. C. John, Dr. E. Stanley Jones, Rev. V. E. Thomas, Rev. P. K. Koshy, and Mr. V. E. Chacko at St. Thomas Church, Klang Malaysia (1956)

Dr. E. Stanley Jones with members of the St. Thomas Church, Klang,  Malaysia 1956

Dr. E. Stanley Jones with members of the St. Thomas Church, Klang, Malaysia 1956

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Pages from History: Death of John Wesley (1791)

2 March, 1791: Founder of Methodism, John Wesley (b.17 June 1703) dies in London. Thanks to his organizational genius, we know exactly how many followers he had when he died: 71,668 British members, 294 preachers, 43,265 American members with 198 preachers and 19 missionaries. Today the Methodists number about 30 million worldwide.

"John Wesley," by the English artist George Romney, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London.

“John Wesley,” by the English artist George Romney, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London.