Listen to the beginner piano arrangement of Blest Be The Tie That Binds.
John Fawcett (1740-1817) was born of poor parents in Lidget Green, Yorkshire, England. He was converted to Christ at the age of sixteen through the ministry of George Whitefield. At twenty-six, he was ordained as a Baptist minister and accepted a call to pastor a small and impoverished congregation at Wainsgate in Northern England. After spending several years at Wainsgate where his salary was meager and his family growing, he received a call to succeed the well-known Dr. Gill to minister a large and influential Cater’s Lane Baptist Church in London.
During the departure day, with the saddened parishioners gathered around the wagons, Mrs. Fawcett finally broke down and said, “John, I cannot bear to leave. I know not how to go!” “Nor can I either,” said the saddened pastor. They stayed at Wainsgate and unpacked their bags and made the decision to continue to serve God there instead of moving to the larger church. To commemorate this event he later wrote the words to Blessed Be the Tie that Binds.
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