Easter is Near: Readings to Inspire

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter is Near: Readings to Inspire

Pick up the brochure, Easter is Near: Readings to Inspire, available free at LifeWay Christian Store – San Jose, CA location only, while supplies last, in the Community area.

Also, enjoy shopping at LifeWay Christian Store, Princeton Plaza Mall, 1375 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose, CA 95118.

Happy Easter!

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The Eve of Christmas Eve: A Reading in Three Acts

 

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The Eve of
Christmas Eve:
A Reading in Three Acts

Since Christmas falls on Sunday
With Christmas Eve Service, too,
Might be tough on the folks –
That really won’t do.

Prologue –

There was something even better
Than Christmas Eve this year,
At the church down the road
With the pastors so dear.

It’s that big building.
That’s pretty old.
But a place where the Gospel
Is always lovingly told.

Since Christmas falls on Sunday
With Christmas Eve Service, too,
Might be tough on the folks –
That really won’t do.

Act 1 –

The morning of the Eve of Christmas Eve
Would set the stage just right,
For the awe inspiring program
Which would happen just tonight.

The children were all ready.
They’d memorized their parts.
They knew them so well.
They knew them all by heart.

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The technician adjusting slides
So sound would be OK,
And also make the lighting
Point exactly the right way.

Mrs. Jones was calling
Some persons she’d invited
To remind them to come
At 7:00 p.m., she’s excited.

This Pastor was praying
Upon his knees this morn’,
That tonight’s program
Would Jesus Christ adorn.

Now just before tonight,
Time for all to rest,
To make this Christmas Eve Eve
The very, very Best.

Act II –

The Eve of Christmas Eve
Was a very special night.
Each person attending
Showed exceptional delight.

First, it was carol time
To sing those old greats,
About the Birth of Jesus.
They could hardly wait.

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Then the children filed in.
The place silent became.
A song about Jesus
The quiet night He came.

The Center was packed
With the children on stage.
Even the balcony full.
The congregation engaged.

This Pastor sat on a couch
By a framed stable scene,
Where he would narrate,
This holy night theme.

Mary and Joseph came out.
No room at the Inn.
No room for Jesus,
Where tonight’s story begins.

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With deep feeling
This Brother did read
About the shepherds’ sight,
What they did see.

One child wearing a robe,
And staff in their hand,
Looked up – up – up high
Where the angels did stand.

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Now time for a song
With piano so soft.
A solo is heard, clearly,
Even way up in the loft.

The children kneel and point
To the direction of West,
As this Minister told of the wise men
Who gifted their best.

And then the three boys,
Off, by stage left went.
Another way, than entering
From where they were sent.

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Recitation – a poem.
When would she start?
But soon that powerful last line
“I can give Him my heart.”

This Preacher opened his Bible
And spoke with great zeal.
Birth – Life – Death – Resurrection.
Rebirth in Jesus, he appealed.

And then what happened
Was to everyone’s awe.
The front full – wise seekers,
Everyone saw.

To the world joy –
Melody to the ceiling ascends,
As one voice,
Everyone sang at the end.

Christmas Eve Eve –
What a very special night.
Children and audience –
All hearts Bright.

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Act III –

The Eve of Christmas Eve almost done,
The Lead Pastor came forward
To address the crowd
Before it was over.

This humble man of God,
Said that he cared
About this church
And why it was there.

He encouraged each
To follow their dream,
To use their talents for the Lord
As the children they’d seen.

Epilogue –

Following Christmas Eve Eve
All did linger longer,
Having sweet fellowship
With so much to Ponder.

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The Eve of Christmas Eve: A Reading in Three Acts © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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

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Today’s reading (poem) is much longer than usual and is based on a real situation of Christmas being on Sunday and the church wanting to have a Christmas Eve Service, so they decided to have it on the Friday evening before Christmas. Thus, the Eve of Christmas Eve!

I want to thank those who follow my website regularly – some for several years!  Also I’m happy to have those who drop by from time to time. May God richly bless all of you!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or 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.

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

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 San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Grandma’s Club House

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Grandma’s Club House

Grandma made a Club House
For her grandchildren to delight.
She wanted to be in touch with them
To be remembered when out of sight.

Her loving heart planned it –
Some PVC pipes and curtains.
She built it with her handy hands.
It was appealing to be certain.

So she can tell the stories
From the Bible, so well,
Like David and Goliath
And Jonah and the Whale.

And then a song or two:
Jesus Loves Me.
Jesus Loves all The Little Children
From sin He will set them free.

To get the young kids thinking
About God and all He does,
To bring them close to Jesus
And our Father up above.

They excitedly visit Grandma
To hear the stories, more,
And Grandma’s love of Jesus
Right inside that Club House door.

— Charles B. Mayes

Grandma’s Club House © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Grandmas are special people to their grandchildren.  There is a relationship between them which no other person can fill.  When a grandmother has a concern for her grandchildren in teaching them about the Lord, this is a beautiful thing – one which is sacred in God’s sight.

I appreciate all those who follow my website, and those who drop by from time to time. May God richly bless all of you!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or 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.

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

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 San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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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An Old Christmas Poem

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An Old Christmas Poem

She walks down the sidewalk
Scrawny Christmas tree in hand.
Not big, like her own frame,
Wearing a plain gray dress – not grand.

It’s snowy, the last day of grammar school
Before Christmas vacation.
This “charity” child gets to take it home
Back to her desolation.

The tree decorated with handmade
Red and green ornaments looped.
A construction paper star aloft.
The top branch in a droop.

She trudges barely holding its weight anymore.
Her face deliberate looking dignified,
Glancing here and there for watching eyes.
Walking quickly, resolutely as this tree takes its ride.

It then stands in the small drafty room’s corner
No presents under its limbs,
It looks like her usual Christmas –
Not so happy, pretty grim.

Then a knock at the door –
A gracious man and some helping kids,
From that church down the road.
Some food and presents for these folks on the skids.

Now she walks slowly down the sidewalk,
Unused bright notebook in hand,
Smiling, ready for school,
Wearing a brand new print dress – grand!

— Charles B. Mayes

An Old Christmas Poem © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Jesus said, “the poor you will always have with you, . . . ” [Holy Bible, Mark 14: 7 – NIV].  An Old Christmas Poem is based on a true story.  It’s one I felt I had to tell, but it was not easy for me to tell. Thanks to the Salvation Army Church and many other churches a multitude of persons are helped during the holidays and year-round.

What can we do?  We can go, give, and pray.  However, if we cannot go, we can give. If we cannot give, we can pray.  Once, when my Sunday School class was discussing supporting a missionary, a lady asserted, “I support them.  I pray.”

If you happened to catch my website today – welcome.  If you are an email follower – thank you.  May God richly bless all of you!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or 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.

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

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 San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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!

ChristianPoetryPublishing.com – ”As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ ” (Holy Bible – Acts 17:28)
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Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading (with Actions)

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Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading (with Actions)

I dream I’m here.
I walk over the greenest grass,
And see the bluest sky.
It’s heaven. The streets like golden glass.

And with me and you –
A big smile on every face.
There’s no Sun or Moon
Because God lights up this place.

With lofty slides, swift swings, and bouncy trampolines,
The playground is triple fun
Where the playing keeps on –
I am never done.

Then I get to sit on Jesus’ lap.
He laughs with me.
(The Savior with the scarred hands and feet.)
Then I jump up and run. I feel so happy and free.

I could dream for along time.
Heaven’s there forever –
An eternity.
I would want to leave, never.

— Charles B. Mayes

Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading (with Actions)

I dream I’m here.
(Head on hands together, with head on top as if sleeping.)
I walk over the greenest grass,
And see the bluest sky.
(Walk in place and look around.)
It’s heaven. The streets like golden glass.

And with me and you –
A big smile on every face.
(Smile.)
There’s no Sun or Moon
Because God lights up this place.
(Hand up above head showing “the sun.”)

With lofty slides, swift swings, and bouncy trampolines,
(Jump up and down in place.)
The playground is triple fun
Where the playing keeps on
I am never done.
(Arms held out in front with hands flat.)

Then I get to sit on Jesus’ lap.
He laughs with me.
(Laugh with no noise.)
(The Savior with the scarred hands and feet.)
(Touch each palm and then gesture to feet.)
Then I jump up and run. I feel so happy and free.
(Jump up and down in place.)

I could dream for along time.
Heaven’s there forever
An eternity.
I would want to leave, never.
(One arm way up, with index finger up, as #1 gesture.)

— Charles B. Mayes

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Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading (with Actions) © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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

Ascension Day is celebrated, in some churches, 40 days after Jesus’ resurrection honoring when He ascended to Heaven.  We know that Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us and will come again!  [See John 14:1-4 and Acts 1:9-11 – Holy Bible.]

Production Notes:

Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading (with Actions) is written to be used as a Choral Reading, but could also be a Readers’ Theater by dividing up the verses among the children and having them read different parts. It is meant for children in the Elementary grades.

A narrator could do the reading and the children could do the actions only.

Notice that the accented words (in bold) are to go right along with the actions. I put these here not only so that the actions would reflect the text, but also that the director would get away from any sing songy interpretation of the reading (i.e. a strong accent on the end of each line and/or the rhyming words) so the that the attention of the audience would be centered on the actual meaning.

These motions are only suggestions and the director has the freedom to change them. Some motions could be removed especially if the children are younger. The ideal would be to have one person leading the words; and another, sitting close by, leading the motions.

I hope that you will enjoy having your children perform this; or reading the poem itself!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or 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.

I appreciate all those who follow my website, and those who drop by from time to time. May God richly bless all of you!

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

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 San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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 Happy Ascension Day!

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The Missionaries

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                  The Missionaries

The children marched from the schoolhouse
To the church across the street,
To see the Missionaries
Who were very kind, gentle, and sweet.

The children filed into the sanctuary
With feet dangling off the pews,
Not knowing what to expect,
What could these older folks do?

They heard loud music from the piano
For singing it was time,
Lifting the roof off,
Beautiful music put to rhyme.

The man led them in the songs
While the woman played with grace,
The children sang and sang and sang
With smiles on every face.

Then they did some actions, too.
The Lord’s army they were in,
Riding in the cavalry
Was the most exciting for them.

The man had a suitcase
From which he a puppet brought,
At first some funny jokes,
But then a Bible lesson taught.

The woman had a blackboard
With some colorful chalk,
She drew a picture on the board
As she about the Cross talked.

Everyone got very quiet
Because the prayer time came.
The power of the Lord just filled that place.
They prayed in Jesus’ name.

Then stories from a wordless book
All laid upon the flannel board,
The first about Heaven and streets of gold.
The last about growing in the Lord.

Questions, a challenge, the lady said,
“To see how sharp you are.”
Then slowly the little hands were raised
To answer shining like stars.

Now it was decision time
To ask Jesus in your heart,
Hands were raised and lives were changed
From sin so very dark.

The Bible was given out,
But they were little books,
With precious scripture portions,
You should have seen the children’s looks.

One child had even seen the pair
Throw out these little gems,
Through the car window
To some working construction men.

They just call them The Missionaries,
But for 40 years they’ve served just like we see,
Touching those blessed children’s hearts
For all eternity.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Missionaries © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

The illustration was done by my wife, Dolores Mayes, when she did Christian chalk art.

The Missionaries are actually anyone who is telling the Good News of Jesus Christ and using their gifts for Him.  It may be at Sunday School; Vacation Bible School; or through a Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) Good News Club, etc.

If you are dropping by this site for a visit, thank you. I also appreciate my followers. May God richly bless all of you!

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or 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.

This poem and others 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 San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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!

ChristianPoetryPublishing.com – ”As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ ” (Holy Bible – Acts 17:28)

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My Pocket Poem

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My Pocket Poem

A poem in my pocket,
A Bible on my desk,
A chapter book on my bed,
My blurry eyes I rest.

Next morning when I see Mom,
She asks me what I’ve read,
“It’s a rhyming poem about Jesus’ life
For ‘Poem in Your Pocket Day’,’’ I said.

— Charles B. Mayes

My Pocket Poem © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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

April is National Poetry Month.  April 30th is Poem in Your Pocket Day.  This is a day when people carry a poem with them and read it aloud to others.  My poem, for children, is to emphasize this day.

I appreciate what Larry Pine wrote in his South Bay Concert News (March) referring to my Poetry Reading on February 6th, 2015, the following:

“The Christian poetry of Charles Mayes added a creative break to the Bethel Hymn Sing. Even poems with motions for Children’s programs . . . ”

Thank you for following my site.  Also, if you have stopped by for awhile I really appreciate it. May God richly bless you!

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or 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.

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 San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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!

ChristianPoetryPublishing.com – ”As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ ” (Holy Bible – Acts 17:28)

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