Sunday, August 19, 2007

Bud's World

August 19, 2007 (17 weeks left)

Fig Leaf Found…
A little boy opened the large old family Bible, and he looked with fascination at the ancient pages as he turned them one by one.
He was still in Genesis when something fell out of the bible. He picked it up and looked at it closely. It was a very large old tree leaf that had been pressed between the pages of the Bible long ago. “Momma, look what I found!” the boy called out.
“What do you have there?” his mother asked.
With astonishment in his voice, the young boy answered, “I think its Adam’s underwear!”

From the Choir Loft
Did you know when most people are asked to join the choir, the response is: “Let me pray about it?”
Did you know church choirs average 5% the size of the Sunday morning congregation?
Did you know the majority of Christian churches do not have a choir?
Did you know church choir members live on average 12% longer?
Did you know 81% of all church choir members are female?
Choir LoftDid you know most church choirs take the summer off?
Did you know we need you in our choir?

Wit or Wisdom?
“Maturity is the ability to do a job whether or not you are supervised, to carry money
without spending it, and to bear an injustice without wanting to get even.”
~Ann Landers
“I’m looking forward to looking back on all this.”
~Sandra Knell
“It’s important that people should know what you stand for.
It’s equally important that they know what you won’t stand for.”
~Mary H. Waldrip

Today in history
(August 19)
1993 – ‘Cheers’ ended an 11-year run on NBC-TV
1993 – The Mattel Company & Fisher-Price toy companies merged
1988 – Iran & Iraq began a cease-fire in their 8 year old war
1984 – Republican Convention in Houston, Texas nominated Ronald Reagan for president
1967 – The Beatles ‘All You Need Is Love’ single record goes #1
1934 – Adolf Hitler was elected Fuhrer of Germany by 95.7% of German voters
1856 – The method of processing condensed milk was patented by Gail Borden
1692 – Five women were executed for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts

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History of the Hymns

August 19, 2007
‘How Firm a Foundation’ (1866) Page 529
Words: from ‘A Selection of Hymns’ from John Rippon (1751 – 1836)
Music: from Genuine Church Music by Joseph Funk (1778 – 1862)

General Curtis Guild, Jr., has written an article in ‘The Sunday School Times’ how this hymn, ‘How Firm a Foundation,’ was sung on a famous Christmas morning.
The Seventh Army Corps was encamped on the hills above Havana, Cuba, on Christmas Eve of 1898 on a beautiful tropical night. Suddenly a sentinel from the camp of the Forty-ninth Iowa called, “Number ten; twelve o’clock, and all’s well!”
Suddenly, a strong voice raised the chorus, and manly voices joined in until the whole regiment was singing. Then the Sixth Missouri added its voices, and the Fourth Virginia, and all the rest, ’til there, as General Guild said, on the long ridges above the great city where Spanish tyranny once went forth to enslave the New World, a whole American army corps was singing:
‘Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed;
For, I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.’
The Northern soldier knew the hymn as one he had learned beside his mother’s knee. To the Southern soldier it was that and something more—it was the favorite hymn of General Robert E. Lee, and was sung at that great commander’s funeral.
Protestant and Catholic, South and North, singing together on Christmas day in the morning—that’s an American army!

Meanwhile…1866…141 years ago…in the United States…
President: Andrew Johnson …V.P.: None
Jesse James took part in his 1st bank holdup
The world’s 1st roller rink opened in Newport, Rhode Island
Edson P. Clark of Northampton, Massachusetts patented the pencil
Jasper Daniel (“Jack Daniels”) began distilling whiskey in Lynchburg, Tenn.
The 1st successful telegraph cable was laid underwater between N. America & Europe

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