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"To God Be the Glory" was the hymn used to open every Evening Worship Service, broadcast live on WXRI-FM, from the South Norfolk Baptist Church auditorium.


Here is "To God Be the Glory," sung on the 50th anniversary of "Songs of Praise," the oldest Christian music program broadcast on the BBC.

(Video courtesy of the BBC)

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Pastors are encouraged to read and use the sermons by Rev. Hughes in their own sermon preparation study. Pastors can use the entire sermon with title, but cannot publish it on commercial basis, which is under 2012 copyright.


"The Pastor's Pen" was a personal note written by Rev. Hughes in the weekly church paper "The Messenger."  Other pastors may use any of that material they wish, even as is, but may not publish any of those on a commercial or private basis, as they are under 2012 Copyright.


All paintings by Rev. Frank Hughes, Jr, on this website, are under 2013 copyright; they are not for public publishing or for sale.

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"Crown Him with Many Crowns"
from St. David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales

From Moody Church, in downtown Chicago.....


The Choir sings "He will keep Thee in Perfect Peace."

The Congregation sings "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah."

This website is dedicated to the Glory of God

and to the memory of Rev. Frank Hughes, Jr.,

Pastor Emeritus, South Norfolk Baptist Church,

1101 Chesapeake Avenue,  Chesapeake, Virginia

Rev. Hughes served as Pastor of South Norfolk Baptist Church, February 9, 1947--September 30, 1984.  Born in Currituck County, North Carolina, he attended Wake Forest College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ during a revival at the Knotts Island Methodist Church, at age 12, was baptized in the Currituck Sound, and became a member of the Knotts Island Baptist Church, where the family attended.
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The "Music For Worship" and "Sermons from South Norfolk: Audio" webpages include music from South Norfolk Baptist Church.
From circa 1912 to 2007*, church music, sung by congregation and choir, and accompanied by pipe organ and piano, warmed the heart and exalted the Savior.  The music sung and played, not only enhanced the Worship of God, but influenced many who attended, to make decisions for Christ.
(New pastor in 2007 discontinued use of pipe organ and hymnal, and opted to install a "praise band").

“Since Jesus Came Into My Heart”

Words: Rufus H. McDaniel (who wrote these words after the death of his son.)

Music: Charles H. Gabriel

This hymn was the instrument used by the Holy Spirit in the conversion of Policeman Fowler during the Billy Sunday Philadelphia revival meeting. What the apostolic preaching of the great evangelist failed to do, this song of personal testimony did—brought about Fowler’s conversion. More than a hundred policemen were led to Christ by the change wrought in the life of one man by this song.

(Source: Sanville, George W. Forty Gospel Hymn Stories. Winona Lake, Indiana: The Rodeheaver-Hall Mack Company, 1943.)

"Music for Worship 2" webpage includes music from the Billy Graham revivals, the Redeemed Quartet from Indiana (2 sets of brothers who sing Gospel music), Shenandoah Christian Music Camp, Fountainview Academy (Canada), and Baptist Churches in Tennessee, Alabama, and Ohio.

“Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven”

 Based on Psalm 103

Words: Henry F. Lyte, 1793-1847,  Music: John Goss, 1800-1880

Based on the 103rd Psalm, Henry Lyte's stately hymn of praise has probably begun more solemn ceremonies than any hymn in the English language. Lyte himself is of course more immediately connected with his hymn "Abide With Me" but the story of his hymn-writing goes back to the time when he was a curate at Marazion in Cornwall where he had come after his college days in Dublin. There, when he was twenty-five, he had a deep religious experience caused by the illness and death of a brother clergyman.

This experience turned Lyte from being a conventional and formal clergyman, with a gift for versifying, into a poet with a religious message. He says that the death of his friend 'who died happy in the thought that there was One who would atone for his delinquencies' made him 'study my Bible and preach in another manner than I had previously done'.

This free paraphrase of Psalm 103 was published in his book “Spirit of the Psalms” in 1834, when he was in his ministry at Brixham, the Devon fishing port. The Brixham fishermen are famous for their gallantry and daring in the stormy waters of the Atlantic fishing grounds, and Lyte's hymn has something of the tenderness of strong men in dangerous places, as illustrated in this verse from the hymn:

“Father-like He tends and spares us;

Well our feeble frame He knows:

In His hands He gently bears us,

Rescues us from all our foes:”

The hymn was chosen by Queen Elizabeth for her wedding to the Duke of Edinburgh on November 20,1947 - also the day of the centenary of Lyte's death.

Lyte captures the measure of the Psalm in unforgettable verses. It has time, eternity, God and man all locked in its embrace, and its last verse has the soaring quality of high religion. In one grand sweep the writer brings the whole created universe into the act of praise.

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven,
To his feet thy tribute bring;
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Who like me his praise should sing?
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise the everlasting King.

Praise him for his grace and favour
To our fathers in distress;
Praise him still the same as ever,
Slow to chide, and swift to bless:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Glorious in his faithfulness.

Father-like, he tends and spares us,
Well our feeble frame he knows;
In his hands he gently bears us,
Rescues us from all our foes:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Widely as his mercy flows.

Angels, help us to adore him;
Ye behold him face to face;
Sun and moon, bow down before him,
Dwellers all in time and space:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise with us the God of grace.


From First Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas: the hymn "Be Thou My Vision" and the postlude "Fugue in E-flat, BWV 552" Bach.  (Organist: Dr. Seth Nelson, D.M.A.)