Monday, July 9, 2007

Bud's World

July 8, 2007

The Million Dollar Question
A poor man walking in the forest felt close enough to God to ask, “God, what is a million years to you?”
God replies, “My son, a million years to you is like a second to me.”
The man asks, “God, what is a million dollars to you?”
God replies, “My son, a million dollars to you is less than a penny to me. It means almost nothing to me."
The man asks, “So God, can I have a million dollars?”
God replies, “In a second.”

From the Choir Loft
Last Sunday evening; our combined choruses presented the spirited patriotic cantata ‘Spirit of America.’ Four months of preparation went into this wonderful musical in an effort to thank God for his many blessings bestowed upon our Country, while honoring our veterans. I want to thank everyone who helped in presenting this musical. Also, I want to thank The Sheridan United Methodist Church for its continuing support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Please remember that we plan to present this musical again next Sunday evening (7/15/07) at The Cattaraugus Christian Camp in Cattaraugus, NY at 3:00 PM.

Bible Stories according to kids
LOT'S WIFE: The Sunday School teacher was describing how Lot's wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt, when little Jason interrupted, "My Mommy looked back once, while she was driving," he announced triumphantly, "and she turned into a telephone pole!"
THE GOOD SAMARITAN: A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan, in which a man was beaten, robbed and left for dead. She described the situation in vivid detail so her students would catch the drama. Then, she asked the class, "If you saw a person lying on the roadside, all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?"
A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, "I think I'd throw up."

Today in history

(July 8)
2000 - J.K. Rowling’s book ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ was released in the U.S.
1981 – The U.S. Senate confirmed Sandra Day O’Conner to The Supreme Court
1969 – The U.S. troop withdrawal began in Vietnam
1963 – The U.S. banned all monetary transactions with Cuba
1947 – Demolition began for construction of the UN headquarters building in NYC
1932 – The DOW Jones average hit its lowest point during The Depression (41.22)
1889 – The Wall Street Journal was 1st published
1776 – Col. John Nixon gave the 1st public reading of The Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia

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Bud's History of the Hymns

July 8, 2007
‘Marching to Zion’ (1867) Page 733
Words: Isaac Watts (1674 – 1748)
Music: Robert Lowry (1826 - 1899)

Because of the controversy between the singing of Psalms and the singing of hymns in the church, church leaders decided to sing Psalms at the beginning of their services and then after the preaching, they would sing hymns.
Many people, who were still against the singing of hymns, would get up and leave the service during hymn singing. Isaac Watts wrote this hymn, ‘We’re Marching to Zion,’ to refute this practice of people walking out during they hymn singing.
Pay particular attention to verse two:
“Let those refuse to sing who never knew our God; but children of the heavenly King, but children of the heavenly King may speak their joys abroad, may speak their joys abroad.”

Meanwhile…1867…140 years ago…in the United States…
President: Andrew Johnson…V.P.: None
In 1867, two railroad cars fell and burned in Angola, NY killing 50 people. The incident is known as the "Angola Horror." Tragedy struck when the worst railroad accident in the history of Erie County occurred on the LakeShore Railroad. The train, made up of three first-class coaches (a smoking car, and two baggage cars), was eastbound and due in Buffalo at 1:30 P.M. Several hundred yards beyond the Angola depot as the train was approaching the bridge over Big Sister Creek, the rear coach loosened an axle, worked it- self from the rails, and pulled off the coach just in front of it. The rear car broke loose and went plunging down the bank to the creek below. The second car almost reached the far end of the wooden span when its coupling was torn loose and it also went rolling down the bank resting on its side. In this car were two pot-bellied coal stoves used for heating, and both of them were thrown among the victims. Almost immediately the wreckage caught fire. By the time water could be brought from a nearby farm house it was too late. Fifty persons died in the fire of this coach; only three managed to crawl out.

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