Friday, November 29, 2013

"The Methodist Hymnal" by Rev. Joseph C. Booth (1915)

The Methodist Hymnal.


(Dedicated to Troy Conference.)

Rich heritage of Methodism, hail!

To fill our hearts with praise thou canst no fail;

Thou hast the holy fire whose flame imparts

Love, peace and harmony to human hearts;

The churches North and South, alike, in thee

Have found the healing balm of unity.

Inspired by thee, the saints of God shall rise

The race to win, to wrestle for the prize,

The fight of faith advance, no banner furled,

Till they have won the kingdoms of the world.

Aroused by thee, the sinner shall behold

"The Door of Hope," the portal of the fold;

Repent, believe, escape death's threatening rod.

And find his way to Heaven, his peace with God.

Speed, speed thy course, thou messenger of song!

Reclaim the sinner, make the Christian strong;

Humiliate the proud, the humble raise;

The forward check, the dumb-mouth fill with praise;

The tempted rich sustain, the poor redress;

The wounded heal, the meek with courage bless;

The aged comfort; fortify the young;

Throughout the church be thy sweet lyrics sung;

Into our souls pour thy symphonic leaven;

Prepare us for the melodies of Heaven.

Troy Times. September 10, 1915.

        Rev. Joseph C. Booth, 77, retired Methodist minister, died early today at Melrose, after a long illness. He had been retired since 1927.

        From 1922 until 1924, Mr. Booth served at the Levings Methodist Church here. After leaving Troy, he went to Brandon, Vt., during 1925 and 1926, retiring the next year.

        Other pastorates he held during his long career in the ministry were Redford, 1894; Elizabethtown, 1895-98; Schuyler Falls and Morrisonville, 1899-1900; Chazy, 1901-05; Warrensburg, 1906-09; Williamstown, Mass., 1909-11; Melrose, 1912-13; Mayfield, 1914-18 and Waterford, 1919-21.

        Mr. Booth was born in Guiseley, Yorkshire County, England. He came to this country as a young man. He is survived by his wife, the former Sarah A. Ambrose, and one sister, Mrs. John Locke, Middlesex, England. While stationed in Elizabethtown he became a life member of Adirondack Lodge, No. 602, F. and A. M.

        While he lived in this area, Mr. Booth became known for the poetry which he wrote and contributed for both the old Troy Times and the Troy Record.

        The funeral services will be conducted from his home on Avenue A, Melrose, and from the Melrose Methodist Church at a time to be announced.

"Rev. J.C. Booth, Retired Minister, Dies at Melrose; Former Pastor at Levings Methodist Church Had Been in Ill Health for Long Time." Times Record [Troy, NY]. March 2, 1942: 11 col 7.

        BOOTH—At Melrose, N.Y., March 2, 1942, Rev. Joseph C. Booth, husband of Sarah A. Ambrose and brother of Mrs. John Locke of Middlesex, England. Funeral Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the residence and 2 o'clock from the Melrose Methodist Church. Friends are invited and may also call at the residence Tuesday evening."

"Died." Times Record [Troy, NY]. March 3, 1942: 11 col 1.

        Word has been received here of the death recently of Rev. Joseph C. Booth, Methodist minister, who held a number of pastorates in Clinton county before his retirement in 1927.

        Rev. Mr. Booth died in Melrose, N.Y., where he had made his home since his retirement.

        Among his pastorates in this area were those at Redford, Schuyler Falls, Morrisonville, Chazy and Elizabethtown in Essex county.

        The only survivor of his immediate family in this country is his wife, but he has numerous relatives in England.

"Rev. Joseph C. Booth Dies at Melrose, N.Y." Plattsburgh Daily Times. March 10, 1942: 5 col 3.

        The funeral of Rev. Joseph C. Booth was held yesterday afternoon from the residence in Melrose and later from the Melrose Methodist Church, where Rev. Clyde R. Sumner, pastor, officiated.

        Mr. Sumner was assisted by Rev. Luther A. Brown, pastor of the Methodist Church of Ballston Spa; Rev. Ernest F. Tripp, pastor of St. Mark's Methodist Church of Troy; Rev. Allan E. Bradley, pastor of the Pittstown Methodist Church; Rev. Dorrance W. Kellar, pastor of the Lutheran Church of Melrose; Rev. Edward Bowers of Schaghticoke, retired.

        The choir sang "There Is A Land of Pure Delight." Mrs. William Plats was at the organ. All the minister sang together, "Where Is A Land That Is Fairer Than Day." The bearers were Emles Sherman, William Diefendorf, Frederick Overocker and Albert Stuart. The body was placed in the vault in Elmwood Cemetery.

"Funeral Service Held at Melrose for Rev. J.C. Booth." Times Record. March 5, 1942: 4 cols 7-8.

Rev. Joseph C. Booth (1864-1942)

Elmwood Cemetery, 82 Stillwater Bridge Rd, Schaghticoke, NY

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