OF CONTENTS FOR SINGALONG
IN THE GARDEN
SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER
FAIREST LORD JESUS
HE LEADETH ME
ROCK OF AGES
NOBODY KNOWS THE
TROUBLE I'VE SEEN
THE CHURCH'S ONE FOUNDATION
MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEE
SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER
LOVE DIVINE, ALL LOVES EXCELLING
MY GOD TO THEE
THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC
DECK THE HALL
O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL
HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING
JOY TO THE WORLD
GOOD KING WENCESLAS
I SAW THREE SHIPS
THE FIRST NOEL
from the Book
the Church Cat lived in old Reverend Judi's lectern,
in the old Methodist church on Main Street. He had lived
there for quite some time.
Reverend Judi didn't mind, you see. Even on the day
of her retirement sermon, the day of her last Sunday
as minister of the Main Street Methodist Church, Bolderdash
lay sleeping, curled up at her feet in the bottom of
Old Reverend Judi gave her farewell sermon in early
December of the year of her retirement, she could feel
the softness of his fur and the tickle of a whisker
against her ankles, as she was speaking.
it came time for me to retire last Easter," she
began, "and the church council asked me to stay
on till Christmastime to help finish up building our
new educational wing and get our congregation settled
into it, I agreed."
am so glad I did!" she continued. "It has
been wonderful, helping you plan all the new activities
and programs which the new wing will allow. And, it
has been a joy to see adults, youth and children of
our congregation begin to use our new facility."
Judi felt Bolderdash the Church Cat stir at the bottom
of the lectern, emit a little sigh, and then return
to his sleeping.
that you ask? Just how did a cat come to live in Old
Reverend Judi's lectern? Well, it all came about in
a rather special and unique fashion. It all happened
one Sunday, when Old Reverend Judi was not so old. She
was quite young then. In fact, she was a brand new minister.
was her first Sunday. Everyone was there in church to
hear Reverend Judi's first sermon. They were all dressed
up, in their best Sunday clothes!
Judi was giving the children's sermon. She was telling
the children about Jesus and the children in the Bible.
Everyone was smiling, and Young Reverend Judi began
to ask the children a question.
began, "Why did Jesus..." when all of a sudden,
Mrs. Periwinkle, the church organist let out a scream,
hopped off the organ bench, and began to do what looked
to the children like a funny little dance!
children began to laugh!
Mice!" "There are mice on the pedals of the
organ!" screamed Mrs. Periwinkle. She screamed
this in a high pitched sort of voice the children had
never heard Mrs. Periwinkle use when she taught them
to sing Jesus Loves Me at Children's Choir.
children and Young Reverend Judi stood wide-eyed, and
didn't quite know what to do...
then, everything really got exciting.
2003 Michael D. Purvis.