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Cynthia Report 13 Sep 2014 08:09

Good morning :-)

I'm sure many of us have had pets over the years. We always used to have a dog but, when we retired and my husband's health started to fail, we decided that our dog owning days were over. We do miss them though.

Hearing of the deliberate fire set at the Manchester Dogs Home yesterday, was appalling and has affected many people.

With this in mind, I offer this prayer for today written by Albert Schweitzer - a name I was familiar with in my younger days.

"Hear our humble prayer, O God,
for our friends the animals, especially for animals who are suffering;
for any that are hunted or lost or tormented
or abandoned or frightened or hungry or thirsty or ignored;
for all that will be put to death.
We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity,
and for those who deal with them
we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to
animals and so to share the blessings of the merciful."
-Albert Schweitzer

With love to all who have asked for prayer. Cx :-)


kandj Report 12 Sep 2014 22:34

The Praying Hands are familiar but I didn't know too much about them..... I do now after Googling for information, all very fascinating and humbling too...... thank you Cynthia


'Emma' Report 12 Sep 2014 16:15

Cynthia thank you <3


Cynthia Report 12 Sep 2014 08:14

Good morning... :-)

I think most of us have seen the picture of the Praying Albrecht Durer. Work worn hands, clasped in prayer.

I think this fits in nicely..........

The Praying Hands

The "Praying Hands" are much much more
than just a work of art,
They are the "soul's creation"
of a deeply grateful heart.
They are a priceless masterpiece
that love alone could paint,
And they reveal the selflessness
of an unheralded saint.

These hands so scarred and toil worn,
tell the story of a man,
Who sacrificed his talent
in accordance with God's plan
For in God's plan are many things
man cannot understand,
But we must trust God's judgement
and be quided by his hand.

Sometimes he asks us to give up
our dreams of happiness,
Sometimes we must forego our hopes
of fortune and success.
Not all of us can triumph
or rise to heights of fame,
And many times what should be ours,
goes to another name.

So he who makes a sacrifice,
so many may succeed,
Is indeed a true disciple
of our blessed Saviour's creed
For when we "give ourselves away"
In sacrifice and love,
We are "laying up rich treasures"
in God's kingdom up above.

And hidden in gnarled, toil worn hands
is the truest art of living,
Achieved alone by those who've learned
the victory of giving.
For any sacrifice on earth,
made in the dear Lord's name,
Assures the giver of a place
in heaven's hall of fame.

And who can say in certainty
Where the greatest talent lies,
or who will be the greatest
In Our Heavenly Fathers eyes!

- Helen Steiner Rice.

With love to all. Cx :-)


kandj Report 11 Sep 2014 23:11

Interesting Cynthia, thank you.


Cynthia Report 11 Sep 2014 08:00

Good morning.. :-)

So glad you enjoyed the humour yesterday :-)

A prayer from the past today:

Grant to us, O Lord, purity of heart and strength of purpose, that no passion may hinder us from doing your will, and no weakness from doing it; that in your light we may see light clearly, and in your service find perfect freedom; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Augustine of Hippo (354-430


And a little about this important figure in Christianity...

Augustine of Hippo, also known as Saint Augustine or Saint Austin, was an early Christian theologian and philosopher whose writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy.

Born: November 13, 354 AD, Tagaste
Died: August 28, 430 AD, Hippo Regius, Algeria
Full name: Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis
Nationality: Algerian
Parents: Saint Monica, Patricius Aurelius

Remembering our friends in our prayers.....Cx :-)


'Emma' Report 10 Sep 2014 13:23

Cynthia :-D so enjoyed reading those.

Emma :-)


kandj Report 10 Sep 2014 10:27

All so funny, made me chuckle Cynthia and just what I need to lighten the load this morning...... (another God-incidence methinks!). Thanks very much.


Cynthia Report 10 Sep 2014 08:33

Good morning.... :-)

How about a little laughter for today? It's often thought that people who go to church are very serious and sombre; that we are very strait-laced and poker faced and that we disapprove of just about everything. Just shows how much some folk don't know...... :-D

The following items are taken from various church publications - some are old but there are come new ones to make you chuckle too. Enjoy.... :-)

The Prayer and Fasting Conference fee includes meals.

Boy Scouts are saving aluminium cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.

The sermon for this morning is: "Jesus Walks on the Water. "The sermon for tonight will be: "Searching for Jesus."

Don't let worry kill you off.
Let the Church help!

Miss Charlene Mason sang "I will not pass this way again," giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

Next Thursday there will be try-outs for the choir. They need all the help they can get.

Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.

At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early
and listen to our choir practice.

The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.

Pot-luck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.

The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.

This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.

The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.

The Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.

Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.

This afternoon there will be a meeting in the South and North ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.

This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.

22 members were present at the church meeting held at the home of Mrs. Marsha Crutchfield last evening. Mrs. Crutchfield and Mrs. Rankin sang a duet, The Lord Knows Why.

I hope these made folk smile a little and brightened your day..... Cx :-)


kandj Report 9 Sep 2014 22:29

Not so bad then Cynthia, at least your husband made it for the consultation. I hope that he continues to improve a little each day.

Thoughts and prayers to all our friends who are anxious or feel stressed today.


Cynthia Report 9 Sep 2014 07:40

Good morning.. :-)

A mixed visit to the Consultant yesterday. The leg problem is a side effect of one of the medications. If they reduce the medication, it will affect his mobility somewhat. Bit of a catch 22 situation so things are being left as they are for the time being to see how it goes. Onwards and upwards as they say...... :-)

For today:

Loving God,
we respond to your amazing love by serving you in all that we do.
But sometimes we feel tired and when we do,
we ask that you will refresh us.
Sometimes we feel we have let you down and when we do,
we ask that you will pick us up.
Sometimes we feel we have disowned you and when we do,
we ask that you will put your gentle arms of love around us.
Then, when we are refreshed, picked up and held by you, Lord,
send us out into the community
to continue to serve you in response to your amazing love.

- Richard Teal

We continue to hold kandj and her husband, and Vera and Emma's friends in our prayers.

Cx :-)


'Emma' Report 8 Sep 2014 13:30

That is so lovely Cynthia, thank you <3

My thoughts and prayers to all in need of comfort.

Emma x


Cynthia Report 8 Sep 2014 08:01

Good morning...

There was, indeed, a good crowd in church last night as we remembered our beloved late incumbent. It was based on Songs of Praise and each hymn was one that had meant something to him during his ministry. His wife had written a short explanation for each one and his daughter gave an update of how she and her mother had coped during a very difficult time.

My son came over to sit with his dad and, when I got home, my husband was quite 'chipper', and my son was fast asleep in my recliner..... :-D

For a Friend....

Stores don't sell
I must confess
the joys of life
that cheer and bless,
but friends and prayers
are priceless treasures
beyond all monetary measures -
and so, my friend,
I say a prayer
that God will keep you
in His care.

- Helen Steiner Rice.

Cx :-)


kandj Report 7 Sep 2014 22:23

A fast year indeed Cynthia and I am sure that there will have been many in church to join in remembering happier times shared with your lovely vicar.

I hope that your husband is well enough to keep the hospital appointment tomorrow and that it is a good consultation for the two of you.

Amen..... to such beautiful words in the Collect for today, thank you for sharing that.


Susan10146857 Report 7 Sep 2014 17:43

<3 Cynthia


'Emma' Report 7 Sep 2014 13:49

Cynthia I can hardly believe it's been a year.

Emma x


Cynthia Report 7 Sep 2014 08:59

Good morning.... :-)

I think the blip has now passed but my husband remains weak - mainly due to the Parkinson's I guess. We move from one routine to another. Good job I am flexible well, in my mind I am, not sure my muscles agree with that though. :-)

I don't think I will be going to church this morning as I am unsure about leaving him for too long on his own. However, my son is coming later so that I can go to a special service to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of our beloved vicar. Where has that year gone??

The Collect for today :

Almighty and everlasting God,
you are always more ready to hear than we to pray
and to give more than either we desire or deserve:
pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy,
forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid
and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask
but through the merits and mediation
of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and for ever. Amen.

And now I must be about my duties and remembering our friends who have asked for prayer.

Cx :-)


kandj Report 6 Sep 2014 22:14

Cynthia I hope and pray that your husband improves enough to see the Consultant on Monday and that you keep well and are given the strength to cope with this added"blip" for the two of you right now.

Music can be relaxing or uplifting but is always emotional for me personally. The music prayer words were meaningful. Thank you for sharing this.

I am joining Emma in remembering all our friends who are in need of our prayers.


'Emma' Report 6 Sep 2014 10:03

Good news indeed Cynthia and hope he
begins to feel stronger soon.

Thoughts and prayers to those in need of comfort.

Emma x


Cynthia Report 6 Sep 2014 08:30

Good morning... :-)

Thank you for all kind wishes but I think the crisis is over for the moment, although my husband is as weak as a kitten. I now need to build him up a bit so that we can get to the consultant's on Monday.

I love the words of those songs, they are the type of hymns which would be sung with gusto. One thing which saddens me a little, is that even in church schools these days, they don't seem to enjoy the traditional music of the church. It's all very much biased towards the modern, catchy music whereas, I think there is room for both.

A music prayer :

Thank you for the music all around us.
Each morning we hear it from the moment we open our ears;
the low notes of wind around the eaves
the whoosh of water as it comes from the tap
the glug glug as it drains
the throaty whistle of the boiling kettle
the metallic tap of the spoon against the cup
the jazz percussion of our feet on the steps.
The sounds of our day,
so familiar we hardly pay attention.
Thank you for the ability to hear.

You are the Great Composer .
We long to be composed each day in your image,
singing your elegant score truly, clearly,
following your rhythm by heart,
finding our voice in your beautiful world.
Hearing you in the music of life.
This is our prayer. Amen.

With love to all.....Cx :-)