Monday, July 23, 2007

Bud's World

July 22, 2007

You might be a preacher if:
A church picnic is no picnic.
It's your job to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
You've been tempted to take up an offering at a family reunion.
Your sermons have a happy ending; everyone's happy when it ends!
You'd rather negotiate with terrorists than the church choir director.
You've ever wanted to give the soundman some feedback of your own.
You often feel like you're herding mules rather than shepherding sheep.
You've ever wanted to fire the church and form a congregation search committee.
You've ever wanted to lay hands on a deacon, and you weren't thinking of praying for him.
From the Choir Loft
The Community Chorus has presented the patriotic musical: ‘THE SPIRIT OF AMERICA’ at both The Sheridan United Methodist Church and at The Cattaraugus Christian Camp. I can now honestly say it was a blessing to many and I had a good time. (I can say that now because most of the hard work is over!) We will sing the cantata one more time at the 40th annual Grape Festival in Silver Creek on Friday, September 14 at 6:00 PM. We need you!

Being a brass player, I was going to include the typical saxophone joke in honor of our sax guests this morning, but Diane stopped me…so here’s a “general” musician joke:
One day, Saint Peter was interviewing a group of men to see if they should be let into Heaven. He asked the first man what good deeds he had done in his life. “Well, I struck it rich in the oil business when I was young. While I was alive I earned a few million dollars and donated half of that to charity.” “Very good. Go on in,” said Saint Peter.
“What did you accomplish in your lifetime?” he asked the second guy. “I invested in Microsoft and made three billion dollars. I left it to my children so that now none of my children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren will ever have to work,” he proudly replied. “That’s amazing!” exclaimed Saint Peter, “Go on in.”
Now the third guy walked slowly up to Saint Peter. “What did you do to better the world?” Saint Peter asked. “Well, I only made five thousand dollars,” he replied humbly.
Saint Peter then asked: “What instrument did you play?”
Today in history
(July 22)
1990 – Greg Lemond won his 3rd ‘Tour de France’
1960 – Castro “nationalized” all U.S. owned sugar factories in Cuba
1943 – U.S. forces, led by Gen. George Patton, liberated Palermo, Sicily
1918 – Lightning killed 504 sheep in Utah’s Wasatch National Park
1893 – Katharine Lee Bates wrote the words to ‘America the Beautiful’ while visiting Colorado
1775 – George Washington took command of troops in the American Colonies

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‘Am I a Soldier of the Cross’ (1762) Page 511
Words: Isaac Watts (1674 – 1748)
Music: Thomas Augustine Arne (1710 - 1778)

English-born Isaac Watts wrote the hymn ‘Am I A Soldier Of The Cross’ in 1721, and Thomas A. Arne wrote the music score in 1762. Ralph Harrison later did the arrangement of the music score. Dr. Watts wrote ‘Am I A Soldier Of The Cross’ in 1709 after he preached a sermon on 1 Corinthians 16:13, “Watch Ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.” Isaac Watts was considered the father of “hymn writing” in the English language.
His father was not a member of the state church of England, and was twice thrown into jail for opposing it. When Watts was a baby his mother often carried him in her arms to visit his father in prison.
Isaac Watts became a minister in London. He was a little man, only about five feet tall. His health was very poor all his life, but his church took loving care of him, for he was greatly liked.
Early in life he became bored with the “versified Psalms,” which the churches used, and set out to compose hymns of his own. This was a new departure and met with persistent opposition, but his hymns soon became widely popular in nearly all the churches.
Meanwhile…1762…245 years ago…in the American Colonies…

President: NONE…V.P.: NONE
Spain acquired territory now known as Louisiana
The 1st St. Patrick’s Day Parade stepped-off in NYC
Ann Franklin became the 1st female newspaper editor in America
England attempted to force Anglican Bishops on the American Colonies
Treaty of Paris ended the French-Indian War (surrendering Canada to England)
New England’s white colonist population was 500,000 (had doubled since 1734)

Ref. HymnHistories Cyberhymnal WebEdelic HymnNuts TanBible Wikipedia