Sunday, April 22, 2007

April 22, 2007

The Church Offering…
The pastor of the church needed to raise money to remodel the fellowship hall. He tried for months and months to raise the money, but nothing seemed to be working. Finally one Sunday he told the congregation, whoever gave the largest donation could pick out three hymns. The offering plate was passed around. Looking into the plate he saw the largest bill ever placed in the offering plates. He asked who gave it. Reluctantly from the back row, the oldest female parishioner raised her hand. The pastor told her to come up to the front and pick out her three hymns.
Once at the front, she looked at the most handsome men in the congregation, pointed, and said: “I want him, and him, and him.”
From the Choir Loft
Can you find where in the Bible these musical instruments are mentioned?

Trumpet…horn, coronet, flute, organ, dulcimer, cymbal, tambourine, bells,
triangle, harp, & lyre.
And for extra credit…the trombone is listed under its
“original” name.
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be eligible for a free one-year membership into the Sheridan United Methodist Adult Choir.

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The Choir director’s resignation…
A choir director, having served the same church for many years, decided to leave and take a similar position in another church. Without telling anyone he had made this decision or writing a letter to the congregation, he waited until Sunday morning to announce his resignation in the church service.

When he spoke to the congregation he said, “The same Jesus who called me to this church many years ago has now called upon me to leave and serve another church.”

The choir all stood and sang, ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus.’

Today in history
(April 22)
2000 – Elian Gonzalez was snatched by a SWAT team in Florida & returned to his father in Cuba
1991 – Intel released the “486 SX” computer chip
1991 – Johnny Carson announced his retirement from The Tonight Show
1955 – U.S. Congress mandated that all U.S. coins bear the motto: “In God We Trust”
1945 – Hitler realized the war was lost & committed suicide in a secret bunker
1914 – Babe Ruth played his 1st professional baseball game as a pitcher for Boston winning 6-0

History of the Hymns
April 22, 2007
‘It Is Well with My Soul’

(1873) page 377
Words by Horatio Gates Spafford (1828 – 1888) Music by Philip Paul Bliss (1838 – 1876)

I’ve previously written the story behind the writing of this hymn, but it’s worth repeating.
Horatio G. Spafford had been a successful attorney in Chicago. He was the father of four daughters, an active member of the Presbyterian Church, and a loyal friend and supporter of D. L. Moody (the American evangelist and preacher). When Mr. Moody and his music associate, Ira Sankey, left for Great Britain for an evangelistic campaign, Spafford decided to lift the spirits of his family by taking them on a vacation to Europe. He also planned to assist in the Moody - Sankey meetings there.

In November of 1873, Spafford was detained by urgent business, but he sent his wife and four daughters as scheduled on the S.S. Ville du Havre, planning to join them soon after. Halfway across the Atlantic, the ship was struck by an English vessel, and sank in 12 minutes. All four of the Spafford daughters: Tanetta, Maggie, Annie and Bessie were among the 226 who drowned. Mrs. Spafford was among the few who were miraculously saved.

Later, Spafford stood hour after hour on the deck of the ship carrying him to rejoin his sorrowing wife in Cardiff, Wales. When the ship passed the approximate place where his precious daughters had drowned, Spafford received sustaining comfort from God, which enabled him to pen the words of this hymn: “When sorrows like sea billows roll ... It is well with my soul.”

You will note that the musical tune for this hymn was named ‘Ville Du Havre’ after the ship on which Spafford’s daughters and wife had sailed.

Meanwhile…1873…134 years ago…in the United States…
President: Ulysses S. Grant…V.P.: Henry Wilson
The Colgate Company began marketing dental cream
P.T. Barnum’s circus: “The Greatest Show on Earth” debuted
in New York City – its tent covered 3 acres and held 10,000 spectators

Levi Strauss & Jacob Davis received a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets
Edward Butler began publication of The Sunday Morning News (later The Buffalo News)
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