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Psalm-enchanted evening

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an illustration of King David playing the Psalms

Psalm 23 – “The Message” Translation

1-3 God, my shepherd!
    I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
    you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
    you let me catch my breath
    and send me in the right direction.

Even when the way goes through
    Death Valley,
I’m not afraid
    when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
    makes me feel secure.

You serve me a six-course dinner
    right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
    my cup brims with blessing.

Your beauty and love chase after me
    every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
    for the rest of my life.

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Flood

A minister is making his way down a flooded road after a night of torrential rain. Suddenly he sees a parishioner’s head sticking out of a large puddle. He stops his car and asks the man if he needs a lift. ‘No thanks,’ says the man. ‘I’m on my bike.’

 

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Ebony and Ivory

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Responsibility

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Richard Phillips Feynman ; May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988)  was an American theoretical physicist  During his lifetime, Feynman became one of the best-known scientists in the world. In a 1999 poll of 130 leading physicists worldwide by the British journal Physics World he was ranked as one of the ten greatest physicists of all time.

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Entertaining

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Awkward Pronunciations

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Religious Studies’ teacher who taught her class about the Roman prefect Pontius “Pilates” (pronounced as in the fitness exercise)

–ooOO00–

When at University –  a fellow student in a tutorial having “difficulty” in pronouncing the surname of the German composer of religious music: Samuel Scheidt
Samuel Scheidt

Samuel Scheidt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“The Fourth Wise Man” by Dermot Dorgan

“Three Wise Men came to Bethlehem following a star,

Their names we’re told were Melchior, Caspar and Balthasar.

One brought a gift of frankincense, the others myrrh and gold,

They came to greet the newborn king, the Gospel story told.

They gave their gifts to Jesus in the manger where he lay

His mother offered coffee, but they said they couldn’t stay.

They got back on their camels, near the stable they’d been tied,

And as they headed off back east, Mary softly sighed:

“I really don’t need perfume – though myrrh of course is tops,

And gold is always useful, but we’re nowhere near the shops,

And frankincense is lovely – but a stable’s not the place.

I hope they’re not the wisest men in all the human race!

“It was very good of them to come from such a far-off land,

After all that time on camels, it’s a wonder they could stand,

But bringing Jesus gifts of myrrh and frankincense and gold –

It’s just not very practical – he’s only ten days old!”

Next afternoon a man appeared outside the stable gate,

He said he was the Fourth Wise Man, and sorry he was late.

“I’ve brought some things I thought you’d need – it’s just a little gift”.

A quick inspection of his bag gave Mary’s heart a lift.

A frozen casserole was there, and a stuffed and fluffy toy.

Some baby clothes in pastel blue – he’d guessed it was a boy!

“The thought of washing nappies”, Mary cried “need not unnerve us,

For here’s a six-month voucher for a nappy washing service!”

She turned to thank the stranger, but the stranger wasn’t there;

He’d slipped away and vanished in the chilly winter air.

But on the gate he’d left a note, quite simple, but profound –

“Don’t write this in the Gospel, please – I’d never live it down!”

So don’t forget the Fourth Wise Man – the wisest of the lot.

He brought the really useful gifts the other three forgot.

If thoughts of gold and frankincense and myrrh don’t leave you glum

It’s because you’re prob’ly not a young and new (and first time) Mum”.

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Ecclesiastical Fashion Through the Ages (another pic from sacredsandwich.com)

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The Dark Knight rises – late

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nuns

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Nuns!

Pity it wasn’t pipe smoking – “Three Nuns” = nun yesterday, nun today,nun tomorrow

 

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September 28, 2012 · 08:23