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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)

("Chaplain Hughes Products" is a restricted site for military Chaplains only. They may contact him with their .mil email via his email for permission to use the material.)

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.

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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"Birthday of a King"


In the little village of Bethlehem,

There lay a Child one day;

And the sky was bright with a holy light

O’er the place where Jesus lay.




Alleluia! O how the angels sang.

Alleluia! How it rang!

And the sky was bright with a holy light

’Twas the birthday of a King.


’Twas a humble birthplace, but O how much

God gave to us that day,

From the manger bed what a path has led,

What a perfect, holy way.



"Night of Miracles,"
by John W. Peterson

Presented by the
South Norfolk Baptist Church
Youth Choir
Lana Odom, Choir Director
Gwen Whitehurst, Organist
Betty LeBlanc, Pianist
Rev. Jerry Odom, Narrator
Rev. Frank Hughes, Jr.
"A Significant Prologue" (John 1)
A sermon for Christmas

Luke 2:1-17

King James Version (KJV)


2 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.


2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)


3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.


4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)


5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.


6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.


7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.


8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.


9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.


10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.


11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.


12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.


13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,


14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.


15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.


16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.


17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

"O Come, All ye Faithful" sung at King's College, Cambridge, 2013. Courtesy of King's College Choir.
Web pages updated/added:
"Read Family Story"

"The Old South"

"Wauchope Family Story" (now includes Spengler family connection)

"Music for Christmas"


"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens

This is a radio drama produced on Christmas Eve, 1958, at WRVC-FM, a Norfolk radio station, where Gwen Whitehurst, organist at South Norfolk Baptist, was often invited to play the piano, and where Jim and Joe Hughes worked while in college.

It is here offered for you at the Christmas season, a time when we remember and honor the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Charles Dickens’ story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge’s ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. 


This live studio production, which features the great grandson of Charles Dickens, is set within a religious context, with the use of the hymn, “See, Amid the Winter’s Snow,” also known as “Hymn for Christmas Day,” written by Edward Caswall, with music composed by Sir John Goss.  It is found in many hymnbooks, and sung at Christmastime.

"The Gift of the Magi," by O. Henry, (about a young married couple, and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other, with very little money;  a story with a  biblical lesson about gift-giving, read by Audrey Dickens) 

"A Short History of British Christmas Carols." 

"A Cause for Christmas Carolling." A lecture from Gresham College.

"Early Sermons from South Norfolk"

"Understanding Baptist History: Martin Luther and the Reformation" (information about the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation)