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Hand in Woods Lyrics

Sandaled feet, wind-blown hair
Living a life with so much to share.
He came to heal and do all he could.
Jesus, carpenter, with his hands in wood.

The blind and lame, the crippled came,
Lepers, dead rose from the grave.
No one like Jesus was ever before.
Gave all he had and so much, so much more.

CHORUS: Jesus savior hands in wood
Living a life no other could
I know that God so loved the world
With his hands in wood.

He came to His own and they received him not
It was the things of this world and power they sought
This king sent from heaven they wanted to kill.
Jesus the savior did His father’s will.

Cold sharp nails pierced his hands,
And blood flowed down from the lamb
Love sent from heaven so misunderstood
They nailed His hands in wood.

Come and Dine

Jesus has a table spread
Where the saints of God are fed,
He invites His chosen people, “Come and dine”;
With His manna He doth feed
And supplies our every need:
O ’tis sweet to sup with Jesus all the time!
Refrain
“Come and dine,” the Master calleth, “Come and dine”;
You may feast at Jesus’ table all the time;
He Who fed the multitude, turned the water into wine,
To the hungry calleth now, “Come and dine.”

The disciples came to land,
Thus obeying Christ’s command,
For the Master called unto them, “Come and dine”;
There they found their heart’s desire,
Bread and fish upon the fire;
Thus He satisfies the hungry every time.
Refrain

Soon the Lamb will take His bride
To be ever at His side,
All the host of heaven will assembled be;
O ’twill be a glorious sight,
All the saints in spotless white;
And with Jesus they will feast eternally.
Refrain

The Church in the Wildwood

An Old-Time favorite

Little Brown Church in the Wildwood

Little Brown Church in the Wildwood

Song

There’s a church in the valley by the wildwood,
No lovelier spot in the dale;
No place is so dear to my childhood
As the little brown church in the vale.

Chorus

Oh, come, come, come, come,

Come to the church in the wildwood,

Oh, come to the church in the vale;

No spot is so dear to my childhood

As the little brown church in the vale.

Second Stanza

Oh, come to the church in the vale,
To the trees where the wild flowers bloom;
Where the parting hymn will be chanted,
We will weep by the side of the tomb.

Third Stanza

How sweet on a clear Sabbath morning,
To list to the clear ringing bell;
Its tones so sweetly are calling,
Oh come to the church in the vale.

Fourth Stanza

From the church in the valley by the wildwood,
When day fades away into night,
I would fain from this spot of my childhood
Wing my way to the mansions of light.

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History

The Little Brown Church located on Hughway 346, North of Waterloo, Iowa. Just three miles from the Avenue of the Saints Highway (27.218), Exit 220 at Nasua.

The first settlers came to the Bradford area in 1848 and with an abundant water supply and virgin timber, the town grew.  By 1855 the first members of the Puritan-Congregational Church had begun holding meetings.  By 1856,  Bradford had 500 residents and was the first town in this part of Iowa.

A young music teacher named William Pitts was traveling by stagecoach from Wisconsin to Iowa to visit his future wife.  While waiting for the stagecoach horses to be changed, he walked down Cedar Street and saw the empty lot where the church now stands.  Being a romantic young man, the thought came to him of what a charming setting the spot would make for a church.  Returning home, he wrote the poem “Church in the Wildwood,” and later set it to music.  He put it away in a drawer and forgot it.

Meanwhile, church members grew tired of meeting in places such as the lawyer’s office, abandoned stores and parishioners’ homes.   They began making plans to build a church.  A family in the parish gave them the property.  When Rev. Nutting arrived, talk of building became serious.  Limestone was quarried and by 1860 the foundation was laid.  The Civil War slowed the work, but when one family gave trees and another donated the sawing of the lumber, the work never really ceased.  By 1862 the building was enclosed and not a penny had been spent.  When it came time to paint the building, the cheapest paint to be found was Ohio Mineral Paint, which would protect the wood but which was unhappily brown.  With help from friends in the east, the building was finished, complete with bell, in 1864.

Mr. Pitts had married and was living in Wisconsin.  In 1862 the couple moved to Fredericksburg to be near her elderly parents and Mr. Pitts was hired to teach singing class at the Bradford Academy.  Imagine his surprise when he saw a little brown church nestled in the very trees where he had stood some years before.  He went home and found the song and taught it to his class who sang it at the dedication service of the church.  Pitts had written a song for a church that wasn’t there.  The congregation had painted their little church brown without ever hearing of the song.

History was hard on the Little Brown Church.  The railroad by-passed the town and a flour mill moved to New Hampton to be on a bigger river.  The railroad and other industry moved to Nashua.  The town, once the county seat, slowly disappeared.  In 1888, the church building was closed, although the congregation continued to hold Sunday School every week at the school.  Occasional services were held at the building.  In the early 1900’s a Society For The Preservation of The Little Brown Church was started and by 1914, services were again held, as they are now.

History took another turn when the Weatherwax Quartet traveled throughout Canada and the United States in the 1920s and 30s.  Their theme song was  “The Church in the Wildwood” and they talked about the little church.  After World War I, highways were improved and cars brought many visitors.  When a School superintendent and a merchants’ daughter were married at the church, a new tradition was started.  Over 40,000 visitors come to the Little Brown Church each year, and over 400 weddings are performed annually.  In June of 2005, the 72,000 wedding was held at the church.  The congregation is alive and well with an active Sunday School, youth groups, choirs, ladies’ fellowship, Bible study, a prayer chain group, and weekly services at 10:30 on Sunday.  They remain, as they were founded, a Congregational Church.  The song continues to be sung in a little church that is painted brown and sits in the wildwood.

In 1998 the bell tower was completely restored.  In 2000 with help from the State Historical Society of Iowa Site Preservation Grant Program, a new foundation was placed under the church.  This project has enabled the church to be completely handicap accessible.  Air conditioning has been added for the first time.

Worship services are held every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. starting with a sing a long at 10:15 a.m.  Everyone is welcome to join us.  For more information on the church, call 641-435-2027.

 

Old Time Gospel Hymn Lyrics

Lyrics to the Old-Time Gospel Hymns

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A Beautiful Life Lyrics
A Call To Prayer Lyrics
Abide With me Lyrics
All Hail The Power Of Jesus Lyrics

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

All Things Bright and Beautiful Lyrics
Alleluia Lyrics
Amazing Grace Lyrics
Angry Words Lyrics
Are You Washed in the Blood Lyrics
Asleep in Jesus Lyrics
Babe Lies in the Cradle

Be Not Afraid Lyrics

Be Thou My Vision Lyrics

Beautiful Savior Lyrics

Because He Lives Lyrics

Because I Love Jesus Lyrics

Believe And Obey Lyrics

Beulah Land Lyrics

Bind Us Together Lyrics

Blessed Assurance Lyrics

Carry the Light Lyrics

Child Of The King Lyrics

Children Of The Lord Lyrics

Clear As Crystal Lyrics

Come Holy Ghost Lyrics

Decision Lyrics
Deeper and Deeper Lyrics

Do All The Good You Can Lyrics

Does Jesus Care Lyrics

Drop Kick Me Jesus Lyrics
Dwelling In Beulah Land Lyrics
Eternal Light Lyrics
Fairest Lord Jesus Lyrics
Faith Is The Victory Lyrics

Faith Of Our Fathers Lyrics

Father of Heaven Lyrics
Father Of Love Lyrics
Gates Of The Beautiful Lyrics
Give Him The Glory Lyrics

Give Me The Wings of Faith Lyrics

Give Thanks Lyrics

Glory Be To Jesus Lyrics
Great Is Thy Faithfulness Lyrics

Hand and Hand Lyrics

Hand in the Woods

Hand Of The Almighty Lyrics

Happy Sunbeams Lyrics

Have Thine Own Way Lyrics

He Abides Lyrics

Here Is Love Lyrics

Holy, Holy, Holy Lyrics
How Great Thou Art Lyrics
I Do Love Jesus Lyrics
I Do Love Jesus With All My Heart Lyrics

I Need Thee Every Hour Lyrics

I Never Knew You Lyrics

I Surrender All Lyrics

I Was Made a Christian Lyrics

I’ll Fly Away Lyrics

I’m Happy In Jesus Lyrics

If I Gained The World Lyrics
Imagine Me Without You Lyrics

Joyfully Sing Lyrics

Just A Closer Walk With Thee Lyrics

Just A Word For Jesus Lyrics

Keep Me Wholly Thine Lyrics
Keep On Watching Lyric
King Of The City Splendid Lyrics
Leaning On The Everlasting Arms Lyrics
Leave It There Lyrics

Let Him In Lyrics

Life’s Railway To Heaven Lyrics

Look For Me Lyrics

Lord Of My Life Lyrics

Love Devine All Loves Excelling Lyrics
Love Lifted Me Lyrics
Make Christ King Lyrics

Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace

May God Depend On You Lyrics
Morning Has Broken
O Fly To Him Lyrics
O LIght Of Life Lyrics

Old Rugged Cross Lyrics

Old Time Power Lyrics

On Let Us Go Lyrics

One Day At A Time Sweet Jesus Lyrics

Onward Christian Soldiers Lyrics
Out In The Sunshine Lyrics
Power For Service Lyrics

Praise Our Creator Lyrics

Prayer is The Key Lyrics

Precious Lord Take My Hand Lyrics
Pure Within Lyrics
Quiet Lord My Froward Heart Lyrics
Raise His Praise Lyrics
Redemption Lyrics

Rejoice Today Lyrics

Rest At Home Lyrics

Rock of Ages Lyrics

Rock Of Jesus Lyrics
Room For Jesus Lyrics

Satisfied Lyrics

Saving Grace Lyrics

Scatter Sunshine Lyrics

Search Light Lyrics

Secret Prayer Lyrics

Seek Ye First Lyrics

Take Me As I Am Lyrics
Take My Life And Let It Be Lyrics

Take Up Thy Cross Lyrics

The Battle Hymn Of The Republic Lyrics

This Is My Plea Lyrics

Thou Art The Way Lyrics

Tried and True Lyrics
Trust And Obey Lyrics
Unanswered Yet Lyrics
Under His Wings Lyrics

Unsearchable Riches Lyrics

Up And Onward Lyrics
Up In Heaven Lyrics
Victorious Lyrics
Victory Ahead Lyrics

Victory In Jesus Lyrics
Waiting on The Lord Lyrics
Walk In The Light Lyrics

Walk Thou With Me Lyrics

Was It For Me? Lyrics

We All Can Do Good Lyrics

We Are Nearing Lyrics

Welcome For Me Lyrics

Were You There Lyrics

What A Friend I Have In Jesus Lyrics
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross Lyrics
Ye Servants Of God Lyrics
Ye Thirsty For God Lyrics

You Ought To Know Him Lyrics
Your Mission Lyrics
Zion Founded On The Mountain Lyrics
Zion’s Daughters Lyrics
Zion’s King Shall Reign Victorious Lyrics