Sunday, January 14, 2007

January 14, 2006


10. Rehearsals are every Sunday morning. Which means for that short time, you will significantly reduce your risk of contracting tendentious from nonstop operation of a television remote control or computer mouse.

9. Because we sometimes wear choir robes, you will be liberated from the task many men find quite challenging… finding clothes that match properly.
8. From your special vantagepoint every Sunday, in which you look out at the entire congregation from the choir, you can develop interesting new hobbies. Among these is a little guessing game called "Who's Praying, Who's Sleeping?"

7. On the other hand, standing in full view of the congregation on a weekly basis makes it much less likely that you yourself will give in to a chronic lack of sleep. Although it has been known to happen.

6. If you think your singing in the shower sounds good now, just wait till you've been singing with us for a few weeks.
5. Singing in a choir is one of the few activities for men that does not require electronics equipment or expensive power tools. This could be good for the family budget.

4. For the fitness buffs, singing in the Choir is not only heart healthy, it's soul healthy. Also, there are no monthly membership fees, and it's a lot easier on the knees than jogging.

3. If you think you've done everything there is to do, and there are no great challenges left in life, try singing with us guys and staying on pitch.
2. Choir rehearsal lasts half as long as a professional football game but is at least twice as satisfying. This is especially true if you are a long-suffering fan of the Buffalo Bills. (Don't worry, though, the rehearsals are on Sunday mornings, not Monday Nights.)

And the number 1 reason men should join the choir:
1. When people ask you whether you've been behaving yourself, you can say with the utmost sincerity,
"Hey, I'm a Church Choir Boy."

From the Choir Loft

If you know someone who can sing or thinks they can sing, we would love for them to join our choir. The Bible says: "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord." (Psalm 98:4) The motto of our choir is: "You bring the ‘noise’, and we’ll make it ‘joyful!’" All are welcome…all are needed!

How much is a sermon worth?

One beautiful Sunday morning, a minister announced to his congregation: "My good people, I have here in my hands three sermons... a $100 sermon that lasts five minutes, a $50 sermon that lasts fifteen minutes, and a $10 sermon that lasts a full hour. We will now take the collection and see which one I'll deliver."

Today in history

1952 – The ‘Today Show’ premiered with Dave Garroway & Jack Lescoulie on NBC – TV

1914 – Henry Ford introduced the "assembly line"

Church office: 672-2048, Bud: 934-7734, email:


History of the Hymns

January 14, 2007

Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing’

(1813) page 400

Words by: Robert Robinson (1735 - 1790)

Music: Wyeth’s Book of Sacred Music (1813)

Turning to the young Robert Robinson, the bleary-eyed gypsy fortune-teller pointed a quivering finger and said, "And you, young man, you will live to see your children and your grandchildren." Robert Robinson suddenly paled and said, "You’re right. She’s too drunk to know what she’s saying. Leave her alone. Let’s go." But her words haunted him the rest of the day. "If I’m going to live to see my children and grandchildren," he thought, "I’ll have to change my way of living." That very night, half in fun and half seriously, he took his gang to a nearby open-air revival service where the famous evangelist, George Whitfield, was preaching. "We’ll go down and laugh at the poor deluded Methodist," he explained. Two years and seven months after hearing that sermon, twenty-year-old Robert Robinson made his peace with God, and "found full and free forgiveness through the precious blood of Jesus Christ."

Joining the Methodists, and feeling the call to preach, the self-taught Robinson was appointed by John Wesley to the Calvinist Methodist Chapel, Norfolk, England. And there, for the celebration of Pentecost ("Whitsunday"), in 1858, three years after his marvelous conversion, he penned his spiritual autobiography in the words of this hymn.

‘Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing’

is a Christian hymn composed by the 18th century Methodist pastor and hymnist Robert Robinson set to an American folk tune. Robinson penned the words at age 22 in the year 1758.

Meanwhile…1813…194 years ago…in the United States…

President: James Madison…V.P.: Elbridge Gerry

Approximately 7 million people lived in the United States
U.S. troops captured York, Canada (at present site of Toronto)

Mary Bosanquet Fletcher became a deaconess in the Methodist Church

The favorite musical instruments were the fiddle, tambourine, and "bones"

The Iroquois battled fellow Mohawks on the Niagara Frontier in War of 1812

In April of 1813, the village of Buffalo is incorporated with a population of 500

In December of 1813, 700 British troops burn the village of Buffalo to the ground


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