Saturday, April 14, 2007

April 15, 2007

The Preacher's Horse

A man bought a horse from a preacher. The preacher told the man that this horse had been trained in a very unique way (being the horse of a preacher). The only way to make the horse go, is to say, "Hallelujah!" The only way to make the horse stop, is to say, "Amen!"

The man was pleased with his purchase and immediately got on the animal to try out the preacher's instructions. "Hallelujah!" shouted the man. The horse began to trot. "Amen!" shouted the man. The horse stopped immediately. "This is great!" said the man. With a "Hallelujah" he rode off, very proud of his new purchase

The man traveled for a long time through the mountains. As he headed toward a cliff, he couldn’t remember the word to make the horse stop. "Stop," said the man. "Halt!" he cried. The horse just kept going. "Oh, no." "Bible...Church!...Please! Stop!!," shouted the man. The horse just began to trot faster. He was getting closer and closer to the edge of the cliff.

Finally, in desperation, the man said a prayer. "Please, dear Lord. Please make this horse stop before I go off the end of this mountain, In Jesus' name, AMEN."

The horse came to an abrupt stop just one step from the edge of the cliff.

"HALLELUJAH!"shouted the man.

From the Choir Loft

If you didn’t make it to our Easter performance on Palm Sunday (4/1)…we missed you! The chorus did an outstanding job and sang with such expression that many tears were evident in the audience.

Our membership is an open one and we have begun preparations for a patriotic musical to be presented in Cattaraugus and here at The Sheridan United Methodist Church in Sheridan. If you, or someone you know might be interested in joining us, please let me know. We are one of the finest choirs in Sheridan, NY!

Two different health plans…

Two patients limp into two different American medical clinics with the same complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement. The first patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day, has a time booked for surgery the next day and, within two days, and is home recuperating. The second patient sees the family doctor after waiting a week for an appointment, then waits eighteen weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn't reviewed for another month and finally has his surgery scheduled for 6 months in the future.

Why the different treatment for the two patients? The first is a Golden Retriever. The second is a senior citizen.

Today in history

(April 15)

1971 – George C. Scott won an Academy Award for the movie ‘Patton’

1955 – Ray Kroc opened his 1st fast-food restaurant named McDonalds

1912 – The Titanic sank at 2:27 AM off the coast of Newfoundland

1865 – Abraham Lincoln was shot inside Ford Theater by John Wilkes Booth

History of the Hymns

April 15, 2007

‘Rejoice, the Lord Is King’

(1906) page 715

Words: Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788)

Music by John Darwall (1731 – 1789)

Early Methodists were persecuted and endured lives of hardship. Charles Wesley, along with his brother John started the Methodist movement, wanted to encourage his followers. He wanted them to be a singing, joyful people and not to become discouraged and lose hope. Paul’s letter t the Philippians gave Wesley the text for ‘Rejoice, the Lord Is King.’ Although Paul was imprisoned when he wrote this letter, he wrote a message of joy and encouragement, stating "Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice.

"‘Rejoice, the Lord Is King’ was first published with six stanzas in 1744 in John Wesley’s ‘Moral and Sacred Poems.’ Two years later Charles Wesley included it in ‘Hymns for Our Lord’s Resurrection.’ Most hymnals include four verses, omitting the fifth stanza from the original hymn.

We sing ‘Rejoice, the Lord Is King’ to the hymn tune: "Darwall’s 148th." Charles Wesley and Handel met at the home of Mr. Rich, whose wife had been converted through the preaching of Wesley. She requested that Handel compose hymn tunes for ‘Rejoice, the Lord Is King’ along with ‘Sinners, Obey the Gospel Word’ and ‘O Love Divine, How Sweet Thou Art.’ Handel graciously agreed and composed three hymn tunes.

Meanwhile…1906…101 years ago…in the United States…

President: Ulysses S. Grant…V.P.: Charles W. Fairbanks

1906 Statistics: Population: 85.4 million, 46 states, 1st class stamp: 2¢

Average worker earned $12.98 / week for 59 hours of work

Life expectancy: Males: 46.3 years…Females: 47.3 years…Unemployment: 1.7%

The San Francisco earthquake caused over 3,000 deaths and $350 million in damage

The 1st "Radio set" was advertised selling for $7.50 with a range of 1 mile

"Song pluggers"carried pianos on horse-drawn carts selling sheet music

The 1906 Ford Model "N" sold for $500.00

Frank Lloyd Wright’s "Darwin Martin House" was built in Buffalo, NY

Rev. W.F. Flick was pastor of Sheridan Methodist Church

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