Gospel and the Sunday Morning Saw

The musical saw has always been a popular instrument in churches because saws are inexpensive and they have a beautiful other-worldly sound. In addition, saws are easy to carry from place to place for revivals. Rural churches have often been one of the most common places to hear a saw, and happily, for us the saw is still a popular instrument for gospel music.

Here is a superb rendition of “God Will Take Care of You” played by Mr. Liming Chen. The hymn was written by Civilla Durfee Martin, in the early part of the 20th century. She also wrote “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.” The hymn expresses a beautiful sentiment.

“God Will take Care Of You”

Be not dismayed whate’er betide,
God will take care of you;
Beneath His wings of love abide,
God will take care of you.

God will take care of you,
Through every day, o’er all the way;
He will take care of you,
God will take care of you.




You can also browse this newspaper article from the Ogdensburg Republican Journal in 1932 describing an evangelist service. Part of the article reads “Reverend Clarence Tebo sang several special numbers and conducted the singing of a large chorus choir. Special musical numbers using the musical saw, marimba and accordion were presented by members of the party with Miss Eleanor Ostrander as piano accompanist.” This must have been quite a service.


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Rowena Southard, your blog hostess, is a musical saw enthusiast who lives in California. She loves all kinds of music and has a special fondness for unusual instruments.