Sunday, June 1, 2008

Oh, Come to the Church

One day as I was meandering through the Bavarian Forest,
I came upon this quaint little church.
Someone was sitting their with their bike parked against the wall,
obviously pouring our her heart to God.

It reminded me of a song that I used to sing with my Mother.
I would sing the melody and she would sing harmony.
The harmonies just rang through our home as we echoed the words,
OH...Come.. Come... Come...
Do any of you remember this 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

How sweet on a clear Sabbath morning
To listen to the clear ringing bells
Its tones so sweetly are calling
Oh come to the church in the vale

(Oh, come, come, come, come)
Dr. William S. Pitts, 1857

Jesus asks all of us to come to Him.
We can all come in your own style, young and old.
For some it's in a church, for others in a school,
and yet for others it's finding solitaire in
your own home, or a quiet walk,
or maybe a hike.

“Here is the church. Here is the steeple.
Open the doors and see all the people.”
Wiggle. Wiggle. Wiggle. Giggle. Giggle. Giggle.

Take time to find a place of tranquility and peace today.


  1. AnonymousJune 01, 2008

    As soon as your blog opened on my screen, and I saw that picture I started singing Church In The Wildwood.

    I couldn't believe it when I scrolled down to read your post, and you were thinking of the same song.

    That church is just beautiful.

  2. Oh yes...a beautiful old song! And the perfect church to go with a Bavarian wildwood.

  3. Sang that song as a kid too......with my harmony. Good memories. Love the picture!

  4. Marg. . this was a favorite of my mom's too. She would always break out in song as we rounded the bend in Hedley where the little old church was on the hill. I never go by that spot without thinking of the song. . and her. . thank you for the reminder.

  5. AnonymousJune 02, 2008

    hi marg. I too remember my mom playing a record with that song on it and she would sing (I guess I was too young to sing along, ha ha)

  6. What a lovely post you have here!

    The "little brown church in the vale" which inspired this hymn is near Nashua, Iowa, not far from my home! Go here for info:

    You've motivated me to go takes photos there sometime soon!!

    Your church photo from Germany is serene and lovely.

    Thank you for stopping in at my blog!

  7. Hi, I've been enjoying your blog- thanks for sharing!

    I am not certain, but I think this church is a Schoenstatt Shrine-from the Roman Catholic Marian Movement. Usually all of these shrines look just like this so I am guessing that is what it is. They do and can hold Mass at these shines sometimes, but it is mostly just a shrine, a place to come and pray.

    Schoenstatt means "beautiful place".. And it sure is!

    Thanks again.

  8. Thank-you for your comment.
    We were visiting in a small village of Weyarn and it was in the backwoods.. So I'm not sure what the name was...but it looks like it could possibly be connected with the RC Movement.
    I love visiting those little places.
    A place of refuge.


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