The historic Wood Avenue Presbyterian Church in Monticello will focus on the music of famed composer Mosie Lister on Sunday, October 11 at its regular 11 a.m. worship service.
The Chancel Choir will present ten of Lister’s compositions, and a short meditation, entitled “A New Song,” will be drawn from Psalm 40: 3.
The choir’s selections will reflect the Southern gospel tradition for which Lister garnered most of his fame. Associate Reformed Presbyterians practiced exclusive psalmody until 1946; a program devoted to Southern gospel, therefore, represents a “new song” for Wood Avenue. A native of Georgia, Lister studied English and music in college. Although he was classically trained, he composed Bible-inspired, Christian lyrics in a variety of musical styles. Albert Brumley remarked that Lister’s “How Long Has It Been” stands as “the greatest gospel song ever written.” The choir will perform “How Long Has It Been” and such other Lister favorites as “Goodby, World Goodby” and “Then I Met the Master.”
James Cathey, organist and music director, and the Chancel Choir invite the public to this time of worship, reflection, and thanksgiving for Lister’s musical gifts.
The church is located at the corner of W. Wood and Church streets in Monticello.