Friday, March 15, 2019

What You May Not Know About St. Patricks Day

Every year on March 17th, the Irish and non-Irish join together to celebrate the feast day of Ireland's patron saint, Patrick.   For many the day is about Leprechauns, chasing rainbows, gold, shamrocks and green.  It is such a fun day to dress up in green, eat green foods, and decorate with shamrocks, but do you really know where the holiday originates from? Do you know that St. Patrick was not actually Irish?

Sunday, December 9, 2018

24 Stories of Christmas Day 9

December 9
“In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called.” Jeremiah 23:6

Ornament: Basket with bread and fish
Scripture: Matthew 14:14-21

Oh hush thee, my baby; A story I'll tell,
How little Lord Jesus on earth came to dwell;
How in a far country, 'way over the sea,
Was born a wee baby, my dear one, like thee.

Lullaby baby, lullaby dear
Sleep, little baby;
Have nothing to fear.
Lullaby baby, lullaby dear.
Jesus will care for his little one here.

The story was told by the angels so bright,
As round them was shining a heavenly light.
The stars shone out brightly, but one led the way
And stood o'er the place where the dear baby lay.

Lullaby baby, lullaby dear
Sleep, little baby;
Have nothing to fear.
Lullaby baby, lullaby dear.
Jesus will care for his little one here.

The shepherds here found him, as angels had said,
The poor little stranger, no crib for a bed.
Down low in a manger so quiet he lay,
This little child Jesus, asleep on the hay.

Lullaby baby, lullaby dear
Sleep, little baby;
Have nothing to fear.
Lullaby baby, lullaby dear.
Jesus will care for his little one here.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

24 Days of Christmas Day 8

December 8
“Lift up your heads, o ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.” Psalm 24:7,10

Ornament: Boat

Stilling the Storm by Ted Henninger

I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play.
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of Peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how as the day had come
The belfries of all Christendom
Had roll'd along th' unbroken song
Of Peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair, I bow'd my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song,
Of Peace on earth, good will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep;
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With Peace on earth, good will to men."

Till, ringing, singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men.!

Why the Chimes Rang
by Raymond MacDonald Alden

There was once, in a far-away country where few people have ever traveled, a wonderful church. It stood on a high hill in the midst of a great city; and every Sunday, as well as on sacred days like Christmas, thousands of people climbed the hill to its great archways, looking like lines of ants all moving in the same direction.

Friday, December 7, 2018

24 Christmas Stories Day 7

December 7
“He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” Isaiah 40:11

Ornament: Candle
Scripture: Matthew 5: 1-16
By Harry Anderson

It came upon the midnight clear
That glorious song of old
From angels bending near the earth
To touch their harps of gold
Peace on the earth, goodwill to men
From heav'n's all-gracious King.”
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.

Still thru the cloven skies they come
With peaceful wings unfurled,
And still their heav'nly music floats
O'er all the weary world.
Above its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hov'ring wing,
And ever o'er its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

24 Days of Christmas Day 6

December 6
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David.”
Jeremiah 33:14-15

Ornament: Fish 

Picture By: Harry Anderson 

“Have you ever wondered what it must have been like to have lived in the days of the Savior? If you had been there, would you have heeded His call “Follow me”? Perhaps a more realistic question might be, “If the Savior were to call you today, would you be just as willing to leave your nets and follow Him?” I am confident that many would. But for some, it may not be such an easy decision. Some have discovered that nets, by their very nature, are sometimes not so easy to leave….

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

24 Stories of Christmas Day 5

December 5

“The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight and the rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed.” Isaiah 40:3-5

Day 5: Baptism
Scripture Reading: Matthew 3:13-17

John Baptizes Jesus by Harry Anderson

Far, Far Away on Judea's Plains

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

24 Stories of Christmas Day 4

December 4
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.” Jeremiah 23:5

Ornament: Scriptures
Scripture Reading: Luke 2: 40-52

By Grant Romney Clawson

O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.
O Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven God's holy word.
Give to our Father glory in the Highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Christmas Giving Returned in Full
by Glenna Cottom Sanderson

Every year there comes back to me, from early days in Washington D.C., this true story:
I can hear her now, the cleaning woman with her West Virginia hill country dialect, as she told it to us. Poor woman, she seemed born to hardship; she had raised her nine brothers and sisters from the time she was orphaned at twelve. Now, much of what little she could earn disappeared into the bottomless pit of her husband's alcoholism. She looked sixty; we were shocked to learn that she was thirty-four. But she had such jolly brown eyes and resilient disposition that she seemed one of the family after a few times working at our home on Saturdays.
Her daughter, Gertie, was seven years old and in the first grade at Christmas time. In the school hallway was a big box for Christmas donations of canned food or used toys. Gertie's teacher made an eloquent plea on behalf of the poor children who had no toys at all. Gertie had one toy, her beloved doll, Mary. But she thought of the poor children who had none, and she knew what she must do. She brought Doll Mary to school, choked back a tear as she stroked the faded print dress and said her goodbye, and placed her in the big box.
On Christmas Eve, the cleaning lady sat at the round oilcloth-covered table in her bleak kitchen, her face in her hands. Gertie, with empty arms, was gazing out into the cold blackness when the snow came. They hardly saw the two men who left so quickly after they sat down their burden and shouted “Merry Christmas!”
The woman and the little girl stared at the basket. It was heaped so high there must have been two bushels of food and Christmas goodies. And there, on the very top, in a wondrous new pink dress, sat –Doll Mary.

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