This hymn was born in a small church, much like the one I grew up in. In an era when bigger is better and success is usually measured by statistics, it’s important to remember that small churches can do great things.
Audrey Mieir was born in 1916 and after she married Charles Mieir in 1936, she was ordained to the Gospel ministry in the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel.
Audrey was a gifted pianist and an inspiring worship leader and song director. In the 1950s she was working at Bethel Union Church in California. Christmas fell on Sunday that year and the church was decorated beautifully. Her choir loft was now a manager scene.
“As the morning service began,” Audrey recounted, “I was almost overwhelmed with the sounds and the gentle moving of the Spirit in that church. The pastor stood to his feet, opened the Bible, and said, ‘His name shall be called Wonderful.’ I tell you the truth, that’s all it took. I wrote the words and music in the back pages of my Bible. In that Sunday evening service, I taught the chorus to a group of young people, and it was sung for the first time.”
Though it was inspired on Christmas day by a traditional Christmas text, “His Name Is Wonderful” isn’t pegged as a Christmas hymn. It’s been a favorite with many around the world for singing throughout the year.
His name IS WONDERFUL: