Advent III
Sunday, December 15, 2013, 7:00 AM

Veni, Veni Emmanuel
Veni veni, Emmanuel
captivum solve Israel,
qui gemit in exsilio,
privatus Dei Filio.

R: Gaude! Gaude! Emmanuel,
nascetur pro te Israel!

Advent II
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 7:00 AM

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
(Courtesy of anonymous Lutheran brethren)

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s Strength and Consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

Words: Charles Wesley

Advent I
Sunday, December 1, 2013, 3:18 PM

Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending

Lo! He comes with clouds descending,
Once for favored sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending,
Swell the triumph of His train:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
God appears on earth to reign.

Every eye shall now behold Him
Robed in dreadful majesty;
Those who set at naught and sold Him,
Pierced and nailed Him to the tree,
Deeply wailing, deeply wailing, deeply wailing,
Shall the true Messiah see.

Every island, sea, and mountain,
Heav’n and earth, shall flee away;
All who hate Him must, confounded,
Hear the trump proclaim the day:
Come to judgment! Come to judgment! Come to judgment!
Come to judgment! Come away!

Now redemption, long expected,
See in solemn pomp appear;
All His saints, by man rejected,
Now shall meet Him in the air:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
See the day of God appear!

Answer Thine own bride and Spirit,
Hasten, Lord, the general doom!
The new Heav’n and earth t’inherit,
Take Thy pining exiles home:
All creation, all creation, all creation,
Travails! groans! and bids Thee come!

The dear tokens of His passion
Still His dazzling body bears;
Cause of endless exultation
To His ransomed worshippers;
With what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture
Gaze we on those glorious scars!

Yea, Amen! let all adore Thee,
High on Thine eternal throne;
Savior, take the power and glory,
Claim the kingdom for Thine own;
O come quickly! O come quickly! O come quickly!
Everlasting God, come down!

Sung by The Anglican Chorale, Christ Church Cathedral under the direction of Rosemary C. Hanna (Nassau, Bahamas)

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 6:54 AM

Psalm 117[118] (In English)

Give praise to Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Thank you, God

(In honor of the rare coincidence of the Hannukah and Thanksgiving holidays.)

Have a blessed day!

Lagniappe – Dale Wood
Sunday, November 24, 2013, 9:10 AM

This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! ~ Psalm 118:24

Christ is Made the True Foundation

Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the head and cornerstone,
chosen of the Lord, and precious,
binding all the Church in one;
holy Zion’s help for ever,
and her confidence alone.

To this temple, where we call thee,
come, O Lord of Hosts, today;
with thy wonted loving-kindness
hear thy servants as they pray,
and thy fullest benediction
shed within its walls alway.

Laud and honor to the Father,
laud and honor to the Son,
laud and honor to the Spirit,
ever Three, and ever One,
consubstantial, co-eternal,
while unending ages run.

(The Cathedral Choir of the Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.)

Don’t ASBO Me, Bro
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 11:00 AM

repent 150x150 Dont ASBO Me, BroThe English are an interesting people. During the Victorian era, it could be claimed that the ‘sun never sets on the British Empire,’ so far-reaching and successful had been Britain’s world explorations. To think that a nation smaller than the state of West Virginia evangelized the message of Christ to virtually every continent and that its influence—for good or ill—shaped much of the modern world is really quite remarkable. The English gave the world the Magna Carta, freedom of speech, trial by jury, and an enlightened body of law that permitted the establishment of the first constitutional republic—the United States.

Unfortunately, the English are still in the business of shaping our values, but with a new and ominous twist for Christians: Annoying behavior is illegal in the UK.

I hadn’t realized this.
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Lagniappe – Richard Smallwood
Sunday, November 17, 2013, 7:00 AM

This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! ~ Psalm 118:24

Total Praise

Sung by Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Lord, I will lift my eyes to the hills
Knowing my help is coming from You
Your peace You give me in time of the storm
You are the source of my strength
You are the strength of my life
I lift my hands in total praise to You

You are the source of my strength
You are the strength of my life
I lift my hands in total praise to You
Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen
Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen

Mere Teaching Incompetence
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 8:33 AM
 Mere Teaching Incompetence

Mad Hatter

Yet more evidence supporting our Christian obligation to resist the adoption of  the subversive and lunatic “Common Core” educational standards.

Washington Post:

The test provides insight into why New York State parents are up in arms about testing and the Common Core. With mom’s permission, I posted the test here.  Take a look at question No. 1, which shows students five pennies, under which it says “part I know,” and then a full coffee cup labeled with a “6″ and, under it, the word, “Whole.” Students are asked to find “the missing part”  from a list of four numbers. My assistant principal for mathematics was not sure what the question was asking.  How could pennies be a part of a cup?


Super Typhoon Haiyan Relief – Updated
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 7:00 AM

philippine victims Super Typhoon Haiyan Relief   Updated

UK DailyMail: Aid agencies say as many as 10 million people could be in need of shelter, clean water and food.


UK Telegraph: Aid convoys come under fire as relief operation becomes ‘logistical nightmare’

Aid convoys attempting to bring relief to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan are coming under regular attack from both suspected communist rebels and starving survivors of the monster storm.


Caritas in Veritate:

Couples for Christ: Donate to which maintains a permanent ministry in the Philippines.

Samaritan’s Purse: Donate to Franklin Graham’s relief ministry at

Embassy of the Philippines Washington, DC  For donation information for the following : Philippine Red Cross, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center, Department of Social Welfare and Development.

World Vision: Asking for one-time donations to be made at

Catholic Relief Services:

United Nations World Food Programme: Visit or  text the word AID to 27722 to instantly donate $10.


Mercy Corps: Collecting for basic supplies. or call (800) 292-3355

Americares: or call (800) 486-4357

International Rescue

Doctors Without Borders:


Team Rubicon: For recent military veterans who are interested in participating in an on-site emergency response team.

Lagniappe – Lined-Out Hymnody
Sunday, November 10, 2013, 7:00 AM

This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! ~ Psalm 118:24

Jesus Thou Art the Sinner’s Friend

(Sung by members of the Indian Bottom Association Of Old Regular Baptists Churches of Jesus Christ)

Jesus, Thou art the sinner’s Friend;
As such I look to Thee;
Now, in the fullness of Thy love,
O Lord, remember me.

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