This Sunday marks the end of a long Thanksgiving Weekend. Sometimes it’s hard to be thankful. Sometimes thankfulness just washes over you. We’ve felt both recently. The choir will perform a traditional southern gospel song titled “Down in the River to Pray”. The origin of this song is unknown, but tradition suggests it was sung first by African-American slaves. It is also known as “Down to the River to Pray”, but maybe these folks were Baptists. And you know, Baptists immerse!
Some of the words are:
As I went down in the river to pray,
Studyin’ about that good ol’ way
And who shall wear the robe and crown;
Good Lord, show me the way.
Oh, sinners, let’s go down, let’s go down, come on down.
Oh, sinners, let’s go down, down in the river to pray.