Prayer, fasting and almsgiving - The Reprise
Easter
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Reflecting on my experience of Lent this year, I wanted to record here some updates and thoughts...


 
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To God be the glory, great things he hath done! 


Christ is Risen, Indeed! Alleluia!
Easter
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What a glorious day yesterday was!  I was able to take the time off work to attend the beautiful Easter services at First Church.  The day was sunny and exceptionally warm.  After church, I enjoyed a relaxing day taking a nice long walk in the park with the dog.  The rest of the afternoon and early evening was spent reading and listening to some of my favorite music.


First Church, Easter morning 2010





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New hymnal(s)
First Church of Winthrop
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I love The United Methodist Hymnal.  I've been using a 1939 hymnal I found at a Salvation Army thrift store several years ago.  Yesterday, I received a copy of the new (©1989, Thirtieth Printing 2008) hymnal I recently ordered from Cokesbury.  Hurrah!  I also picked up a copy of The Faith We Sing.

I find it at least a little amusing that the version of The Faith We Sing I purchased is the "Singer's Edition."  Amusing because I don't sing, at least not very loudly!  I wish I had a good singing voice, but I don't.  My range is terrible, and I can't carry a tune in a bucket.  I so love these hymns, but when I'm in church, being mindful of my poor voice and in consideration of the congregants seated near me, I will sing, but very very softly.  Still, as one who appreciates music so much, I wanted the Singer's Edition so I could see the different parts, or voices, of the hymns even if can't pull-off the singing myself.

Oh!, and I opted for the purple cover color on The United Methodist Hymnal.  Nice!
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Methodist Brass!
Cornet
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The United Methodist Brass Quintet (Birmingham, Alabama), on tour in the Baltic from the summer of 2007.


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Amplify Hope
First Church of Winthrop
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Church buildings I esteem - XIII
Lent
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Christ Church (Episcopal), Boston, Massachusetts

More commonly known as "Old North Church," Christ Church is probably the city's most known church because of the role it played in the American War for Independence.  Most American school children are probably familiar with "One if by land, and two if by sea" from the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, "Paul Revere's Ride."




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It was fun while it lasted...
Lent
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...but, today is the last day of my vacation from work.  The alarm clock is already set to alarm at 1:30 A.M. tomorrow morning!  Time to make the doughnuts.
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Church buildings I esteem - XII
Lent
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Trinity Episcopal Church, Boston, Massachusetts

There are so many amazingly beautiful and awe inspiring churches here in the City of Boston.  Trinity is, perhaps, one of the most well known and most visited by tourists to our fair city.

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O THAT I could repent!
Lent
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1 O THAT I could repent!
With all my idols part,
And to thy gracious eye present
A humble, contrite heart;
A heart with grief opprest
For having grieved my God,
A troubled heart that cannot rest,
Till sprinkled with thy blood.

2 Jesus, on me bestow
The penitent desire;
With true sincerity of woe
My aching breast inspire;
With softening pity look,
And melt my hardness down,
Strike with thy love's resistless stroke,
And break this heart of stone!

Hymn 102 - A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People Called Methodists   (1889)


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Church buildings I esteem - XI
Lent
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The Upper Room Chapel, Nashville, Tennessee

While not a church, per se, but rather a chapel, museum and gardens, The Upper Room Chapel is quite lovely.  It is near the top of my list of places I hope to visit.


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