Sunday, October 7, 2007

Wit or Wisdom
“God is the only one who can make the valley of trouble a door of hope.”
~ Catherine Marshall
“Every time I think I’m getting old, something else happens.”
~ Lillian Carter
“Are you humbly grateful? Or grumbly hateful?”
~ Pastor Roland Smith
“The most difficult thing I have ever had to do is follow the guidance I prayed for.”
~ Albert Schweitzer
“Be yourself. No one can ever tell you you’re doing it wrong.”
~ James Leo Herlihy
From the Choir Loft
Choir LoftWe have ministered at ‘St. Columban’s on the Lake’ a couple of times and have been asked to minister at the Chautauqua County Home and Fredonia Place. We are also planning to present our Christmas musical at St. Joe’s Roman Catholic Church in North Tonawanda. If you are looking for an opportunity to minister to others, how about joining us? We are looking for all kinds of help (singers, actors, audio, video, ushers, dancers, promotional help, etc.). If you’re willing to help, please contact Bud: 716.934.7734 or or the church office: 716.672.2048

I was just wondering…
· How come “abbreviated” is such a long word?
· Since light travels faster than sound, isn't that why some people appear bright
until you hear them speak?
· Ever wonder what the speed of lightning would be if it didn't zigzag?
· If it's true that we are here to help others, then exactly what are the “OTHERS” here for?
· If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, would they call it ‘Fed UP?’
· If quitters never win, and winners never quit, what fool came up with, "Quit while you're ahead?"
· Do Lipton employees take coffee breaks?
· What hair color do they put on the driver's licenses of bald men?
· Why do “tug” boats push their barges?

Today in history
(October 7)
2005 – John Rigas & son of Adelphia Cable were indicted
2001 – ‘Al-Jazeera’ TV network showed video footage of Osama Bin Ladin praising Allah for 9-11
1968 – The Motion Picture Association adopted its film rating system (‘G, M, R, & X’)
1940 – Artie Shaw & his orchestra recorded Hoagy Carmichael’s ‘Stardust’ for RCA Victor
1913 – Implementing the ‘assembly line’ increased Ford’s auto production from 12 – 93 cars/day
1849 – Edgar Allen Poe died in Baltimore, Maryland at the age of 40
1826 – The 1st U.S. railway opened in Quincy, Mass.

Church office: (716) 672-2048, Bud: (716) 934-7734, email:

History of the Hymns

‘My Faith Looks Up to Thee’ (1831) Page 452
Words: Ray Palmer (1808 – 1887) Music: Lowell Mason (1792 - 1872)
One day, in 1832, two men stood outside a store in Boston, Massachusetts. One was Lowell Mason, the other Ray Palmer.
Mason was one of the busiest men in Boston, directing three choirs and trying to persuade the local Board of Education to put music courses on the city schools curricula. Palmer, just 24 years old, had recently worked in a shoe shop; but was a graduate of Yale University and in another three years was to be ordained to the Congregational ministry. As the two men chatted on the street, Mason asked Palmer about the possibility of Palmer writing some verses for Mason, which he could set to music for a new book. As it happened, Palmer had just the very thing and he pulled a notebook from his pocket.
Mason was immediately impressed and, borrowing a sheet of paper, copied down ... My faith looks up to Thee, Thou Lamb of Calvary, Saviour divine! Now hear me while I pray, Take all my guilt away, O let me from this day Be wholly thine!
When he had finished, Mason turned to Palmer and said, “Mr. Palmer, you may
do many good things but posterity will remember you as the author of ‘My Faith Looks Up To Thee.’” That same night, in 1832, Mason set Palmer's first and greatest hymn to music. Thus two men, who stopped for a chat in Boston, gave the world a hymn, which Christians everywhere have been singing ever since.

Meanwhile…1831…176 years ago…in the United States…
President: Andrew Jackson …V.P.: Martin Van Buren
De Tocqueville’s comments on visiting Buffalo (1831): July 18: “Arrival at Buffalo. A multitude of savages in the streets… Their ugliness, their strange air, their bronzed and oily hide, their long hair black and stiff, their European clothes that they wear like savages. . . . Population brutalized by our wines and our liquors. More horrible than the equally brutalized peoples of Europe.” July 19. “Second walk in Buffalo; pretty shops, French goods. The refinement of European luxuries. Second glimpse of the Indians. Less disagreeable impression than the evening before. Several of them resembling our peasants in feature (with savage colour, however) the skin of Sicilians. Not one Indian woman passable."
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