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Christian Concourse
Newsletter of the Month

October 2012

Greetings to our Brothers and Sisters!

We are honored and excited to announce our brand new large-print hymn book published especially for use in long-term care ministry. We call it, "Favorite Hymns of Grace." Below is the list of songs we have carefully selected for this edition.

The features of this new hymn book include:


  • A straight-forward, full-page summary of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Three full pages of scripture in clear print.
  • Twenty-seven well-known and much-loved hymns of grace.
  • At the end of every song is a large-print scripture that highlights Christian teaching in that hymn.
  • The Gospel summary and the scriptures are in 15 point text and the hymns are in 18 point text.
  • The layout and the font used reflect recent recommendations by professional guidelines for easy reading.
  • The "hymnal" is a lightweight, 32 page, 8 1/2" X 5 1/2" booklet with a card stock cover.


This simple, compact songbook is a "church-service-in-a-booklet!" The songs can be sung in consecutive order for simplicity or selected randomly from the book to emphasize a theme. The scriptures at the end of every song easily spark reflections and sermonettes on their powerful Christian truths. Bible passages at the back of the hymnal are convenient for group reading, sermonette texts or used to further augment the message in the songs. The Christian principles illuminated by the selections in the hymn book cover a surprisingly broad spectrum of Biblical teaching and can be used in conjunction with virtually any material the leader chooses to use.

Nursing home ministers will find this songbook very adaptable to the unexpected variables of ministry in a long-term care setting. Sometimes, a group in a care facility is able to focus better on just singing old familiar hymns; sermonizing is not always well received. For audiences of more lucid residents, there is a rich supply of profound Christian encouragement throughout the booklet. The lessons of faith drawn from the material in this powerful little tool will minister encouragement and strength to all believers, new Christians and seasoned saints alike.

"Favorite Hymns of Grace" is a welcome companion to the Christian volunteer doing in-room visits. There are reasons to believe that even the comatose can benefit from a loving friend sitting next to their bed softly singing these cherished hymns and reading the timeless truths of Scripture. Leaving a copy of the hymnal with a room-bound friend affords them hours of sweet reflections on cherished memories and reinforcement for life's struggles from great spiritual principles.

And, to coincide with the release of this publication, we have completed production of the instrumental accompaniment CD to go with it. The songs on the CD are arranged in the same order as they are in the book to facilitate singing the songs consecutively. This simplifies the turning of pages for our elderly friends and reduces distractions from having to find the next track on the CD.

For those of you familiar with our previous productions, "Our Hymn Book" and "Christian Christmas Carols," please note that they will remain available. Also, as is the case with everything we offer, "Our Favorite Hymns of Grace" will be provided to anyone doing long-term care ministry, upon their request, at no cost to them. Availability will be limited only by the resources we have on hand. (NOTE: We have never been unable to meet a request for songbooks!)

Many thousands of copies of our materials are in use in long-term care settings all over the English speaking world, plus in Italy, Israel and Ecuador! The dimensions make our heads spin in light of the humble setting in which we work (out of our home and a 10' X 20' storage unit) and the small scale of our finances and manpower. Little is much in God's hands! If you know of anyone who could use any of these resources, please put them in touch with us. To each of you who contribute to these efforts for the Lord's sake, we thank you sincerely from the bottom of our hearts.

Love In Christ, Sincerely,

Jerry and Dar

Jerry and Dar Johnson


Table of Contents for "Favorite Hymns of Grace"

Jesus Saves!
O How I Love Jesus
What a Friend
I Need Thee Every Hour
Blessed Assurance
Amazing Grace
My Faith Looks Up to Thee
Sweet Hour of Prayer
Blest Be the Tie that Binds
Just a Closer Walk
Savior, Like a Shepherd
‘Tis So Sweet
Only Trust Him
Rock of Ages
Trust and Obey
When We All Get to Heaven
Revive Us Again
At Calvary
A Mighty Fortress
Higher Ground
Standing on the Promises
At the Cross
The Old Rugged Cross
Were You There?
How Firm A Foundation
It Is Well with My Soul
Come Thou Fount

Large Print Scriptures:
John 3:16-17
Ephesians 2:4-10
Micah 6:8
Matthew 11:28-30
Proverbs 3:5-6
Psalms 19:14
John 15:7-12
Philippians 4:6-8
Psalms 23
Psalms 117
Revelation 21:2-5



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