Monthly Archives: December 2008

Remember, O thou man part 2

December Challenge #25

I decided that the title of that song was good for posting about my New Year’s resolutions.  I figure in a few months weeks days I’ll need to be reminded of what I wanted committed to do.  I have decided that there is no way to keep up with Greek other than to read it every morning.  Actually my Greek professors told us this over and over, but you know it had to be my idea.  I have decided to try to read the Greek New Testament  all the way through in 2009.  From the reading plan I got over at Dr. Hamilton’s blog I should be able to do this with 31 days to spare.  From past experience I figure that I might not get it all done, but consistency is the goal.  So if you see me during the year please ask how it is going and if needed say “Remember, O thou man” you said you were going read it all!–Dirk

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Remember, O thou man

December Challenge #24

Kathy posted on the Incarnation Day Eve (Christmas Eve) service from King’s College in the last post and GRBC’s version of it.  I read through a few of the hymns that are sung at King’s College and liked this one.  –Dirk

Remember, O thou man,
O thou man, O thou man,
Remember, O thou man,
Thy time is spent:
Remember, O thou man,
How thou art dead and gone,
And I did what I can:
Therefore repent! 

Remember Adam’s fall,
O thou man, O thou man,
Remember Adam’s fall
From heaven to hell!
Remember Adam’s fall,
How we were condemnèd all
In hell perpetual,
There for to dwell.

 Remember God’s goodnesse,
O thou man, O thou man,
Remember God’s goodnesse,
And his promise made!
Remember God’s goodnesse,
How he sent his Sonne, doubtlesse,
Our sinnes for to redresse:
Be not afraid!

Words: 16th Century
Music: T. Ravenscroft
Oxford University Press

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Once In Royal David’s City

December Challenge #23

This Christmas Eve our church held a service that was patterned after Kings College Chapel’s Festival of Nine Carols and Lessons. This was started at Kings College in 1918 when the newly appointed dean decided to liven up the Christmas service after the end of World War I. The traditional service starts with the above mentioned carol and alternates between scripture reading(lessons) and carols. It was really nice because it walks through the gospel and the focus is on the incarnate Word. It was very refreshing.  Our modification of the service* was only an hour, but the original service it typically up to 3 hours long, I’m told.

Here are some links if you are interested in the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols:

Kings College Website
Broadcast and background of the service

 

*If anyone has pictures of Mary, Joseph and the nativity narrator that they would care to share–ahem–please email me so I can post a couple. 🙂

 

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We Wish You A Merry Christmas

December Challenge #22

We do, by the way.

Also, have you actually heard all the lyrics to this song? They are pretty scary. Nothing like a demand and a  threat sung to you at your front door by a bunch of smiling carolers to warm your heart and make your blood turn cold at the same time:

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin;
Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer
:
Refrain

We won’t go until we get some;
We won’t go until we get some;
We won’t go until we get some, so bring some out here:
Refrain

We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

[emphasis mine]

Creepy.

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Christmas Shoes

December Challenge #21

I selected that song title because this article sums up my feelings for the song perfectly. The comments about other songs are worth a look as well.

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I’ll Be Home For Christmas…

December Challenge #20

This was our first Christmas at home and it was fun to take our time with just the three of us and leisurely introduce Josiah to his presents and let him enjoy playing with each one before we handed him another to open. I wish I could say that we stopped and read the Christmas story or did some charitable deed after presents, but we just enjoyed being together and played with Josiah’s new books and toys before getting dressed and heading over to be with my family. It was so nice and low-key, we had a great time!  (Pictures have explanatory captions, if you are interested)

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Christmas Cookies

December Challenge #19

Yes, that is the title of  a Christmas song, sung by George Strait.

I was thinking about all the baking(that was not for Dirk and Josiah) that I did this month and here are the totals:

5 Batches of Cookies (4 varieties)
3 Batches of Biscotti
4 Loaves of Bread
2 Batches of Bagels
2 Pans of Velveeta Fudge
2 Rounds of Amish Friendship Bread(not counting 2 failed rounds)
1 Batch of Dirk and Kathy’s ‘Special Salsa’

I’m sure that this is not much for several friends who are baking masters, but for someone like me who is not a socialite or in-demand baker, this was the most I’ve ever done.

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