What's in a NAME?

You may be wondering...what IS RIVEN Quartet?? John 19:34, "But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water."

There is also a beloved hymn which describes this event at the cross and uses the word "riven". "Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee; Let the water and the blood, from Thy riven side which flowed, Be of sin the double cure, Save me from it's guilt and power." This was written by Augustus Montaugue Toplady (1740-1778)

Plus, there is a Southern Gospel Quartet song that uses that same word (riven). In 1948, Marvin P. Dalton, penned the words to the song (made popular by The Cathedral Quartet) Oh, What a Savior. The lyrics say, "O what a Savior, O Hallelujah! His heart was broken on Calvary, His hands were nail scarred, His side was riven, He gave His life-blood for even me."

When we were searching for a name, to call this newly formed singing group, we were siting around the dinner table at Gary Voelker's home. We had just finished one of our first rehearsals and started to discuss a name. Scot Womble had a small book he had written many names. Gary Brannaman mentioned one name that he had researched.  There was a quartet that had a name close to what he had thought about.  He added one word to try and make a unique name for us.  He used the word "driven"...but Scot heard the word "riven" from what Gary had said.  The hymn, Rock of Ages, immediately came to mind and it was decided.

Riven Quartet was born and we are commissioned to sing about the cross of Jesus Christ, His shed blood, His resurrection, and His coming...which is SOON!

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