I Borrow Hymnbooks

 

 

 

 

 

I Borrow Hymnbooks

I borrow hymnbooks
From every church I go.
I’ve got quite a set
To you I’d like to show.

When I was a child
I took a Youngsters Sing book,
Spiral bound.
But I was not a crook.

Then in my college days
I went to the church yonder.
Just one, I sticky-fingered there
But I would not it squander.

Starting my employment
From church to church I’d roam.
Needing one here and there
To practice at my home.

By that time
A large collection I had.
But I didn’t
Do anything that bad.

Later on in life
I stayed at one church.
But they changed books 3 times
So I needed each to search.

I have a choice now
Of so many songs.
But really
I’ve done nothing wrong.

I’ve borrowed hymnbooks
From every church I’ve gone
I’ve got quite a set
Now to Hymnbooks Anon.

— Charles B. Mayes

Copyright © 2012 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Thank you for reading my poems.  I prayerfully hope that they help you spiritually; and also, from time to time, like this one, make you laugh.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes.  It contains 22 poems.  The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of
International Christian Center San Jose and San Bruno International Christian Center.

I would love to do Poetry Reading for your group in the San Jose, California area.  If you are interested, please fill out the form below.

Also, if you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description,  price,  payment,  and mailing arrangements.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog.  Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you!

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The Last Thanksgiving

 

 

 

The Last Thanksgiving

Remember the First Thanksgiving,
When the Pilgrims prayed,
To thank God,
Who was their daily stay?

They thanked Him,
With their Indian friends,
After that terrible winter,
For food and helping them.

He provided for them:
There was much to pay,
Even with great losses,
Each and every grueling day.

In the morning,
Did your knees bow
And thank God for another day
Of life in the now?

At noon did you remember
To return thanks for what God has given,
At this mid-day time,
The sun high in the heavens?

Your hands – did they clasp
When you sat down to eat,
Thanking the Lord above
For the vegetables and meat?

Did you give gratitude,
Like a vesper time,
In the cool of the evening,
For getting you through, just fine?

So the Last Thanksgiving
Is really up to you.
When was it?
When did you last give thanks, too?

— Charles B. Mayes

Copyright © 2012 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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“Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (Holy Bible – Ephesians 5:20 – NIV)

It seems that we always need reminders to the thankful.  It should not be so, but it is.

I’m thankful for you who read my poems.  I prayerfully hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes.  It contains 22 poems.

I would love to do a Book Reading to your group in the San Jose, California area.  If you are interested, please fill out the form below.

Also, if you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description,  price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog.  Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you and again Happy Thanksgiving!

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Harvest Festival Time

 

 

 

 

Harvest Festival Time

Hurry, hurry, hurry,  🙂
Come children and parents, too.
Harvest Festival time again,
For everyone like you.

At the church –
All “treated” in front of the rooms.
Safe celebration time – no one “tricked’’,
The music plays shoom, shoom.

‘Round, ’round, ’round,
Until the music stops.
Around the chairs they march,
It’s the Pumpkin Walk.

Pumpkins for boys and girls,
A short or loooong walk.
Listen for your number,
Be careful, don’t you drop!

In the –> m—> a—-> z—–> e.
Through, then Turn, and Through,
To find the end is difficult –
And some might never do?

Chomp, chomp, chomp,
Popcorn; and candy made like cotton.
Apple cider to wash it down,
This day won’t be forgotten.

Wham, wham, wham,
Down go the bowling pins.
Whish, whish, whish,
Fly a disc farther, then you win!

Bounce, bounce, bounce,
Go the children in their groups.
In and out of the jump house,
Spring right up to the roof.

Ha, ha, ha,
A funny puppet show.
Then the Gospel message,
For the kids to know.

Slowly, slowly, slowly,  😦
Go children and parents, too.
Harvest Festival time again,
For everyone like you.
— Charles B. Mayes
Copyright © 2012 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

Illustrations/graphics supplied by GospelGifs.com are copyrighted and used with permission.

If you would like to use this poem on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”.  If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.
Note: The illustration is not to be used in any way without permission from GospelGifs.com.

The Harvest Festival / Fair / Celebration, or Hallelujah Night, etc.  is used by many churches as a safe alternative to Halloween.  Plus this is an outreach to the community.   I’ve taken some of those Harvest Festival and school Pumpkin Walk memories and put them in the above poem.

I hope that you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Thank you so much for reading by email (free);  and also stopping by my blog one way of the other.  Each reader is important to me.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes.  It contains 22 poems.  The foreword was written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor, International Christian Center San Jose and San Bruno International Christian Center.

Would you like me to do a Book Reading at your group in the San Jose, California area?  If you are interested, please fill out the form below.

Also, if you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description,  price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog.  Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you!

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