My Home Church

My Home Church

(Philippians 1:6)

Thinking of my home church,
With some here and some gone.
Leaving wonderful memories
That constantly live on.

Those members,
Through Christ’s blood bought,
Loved on and guided me
To make me what I ought.

The choir singing bright
With the soloist touching my heart.
The Preacher preaching
God’s message impart.

In Sunday School,
The Bible faithfully taught
From sweet babies to precious Seniors,
The Word eagerly sought.

Before and after service,
Fellowshipping and praying for each other.
Showing our care and concern –
Sisters and brothers.

Times weren’t always good.
There were up and downs,
But God pulled us through,
Faithful to turn things around.

Thinking of my home church,
With some here and some gone.
They leave wonderful memories
That constantly live on.

— Charles B. Mayes

My Home Church © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

[Image and Extra Text from my Home Church Newsletter – The Harbinger.]

We may be members of several churches in our lifetime.  But dear to many of our hearts is our Home Church where we first came to Jesus Christ and where we first drank of the milk of His Word.  We have many fond memories of those ones who taught us his Word, perhaps since our infancy, and who cared for us.

One of my followers asked me when she would see something published again here.  I have been very busy, but now my newest poem.  I do really appreciate her asking!

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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

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It’s Worth the Long Hard Journey After All!

It’s Worth the Long Hard Journey After All!

Chorus:
It’s worth the long hard journey after all!
With trials and temptations – we might fall,
But in Heaven we shall meet.
We will sit at Jesus feet.
It’s worth the long hard journey after all!

Verse 1:
I was walking down the road of desperation.
The path not leading to any destination.
Always in my soul
I tried to have control.
All alone, I was feeling very low.

(Chorus)

Verse 2:
I passed the Mirror showing me my sins
Against God, Who yearned to take me in.
I felt guilty through and through.
I didn’t know exactly what to do
With my life — I needed another view.

(Chorus)

Verse 3:
Someone showed me how to be saved.
A strong and gentle Rescuer came to my aid.
When I trusted Him,
My past became so very dim.
With Him, I knew my new view would win.

(Chorus)

Verse 4:
The journey isn’t easy, but He’s there
To take my broken heart and repair.
I keep on keeping on.
Now all my fears are gone.
In my life, there’s a bright and glorious song.

(Chorus)

Reprise:
But in Heaven we shall meet.
We will sit at Jesus feet.
“I wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now.”
It’s worth the long hard journey after all!

— Charles B. Mayes

It’s Worth the Long Hard Journey After All! © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

[Quoted Lyric Line: “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now.”  Charles F. Goodman and Jimmie Davis, © 1964, 1992 by Peermusic, Ltd.]

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When we have those long hard journey days, we may not understand everything that’s happening, but we can trust our Lord Jesus Christ for strength to keep on keeping on!

God’s Son can not be eclipsed by any darkness.  We not only follow Him (“Your word is . . . a light on my path.”), but He also walks right beside us (“Your word is a lamp for my feet.”)   [Quotes from the Holy Bible – Psalm 119:105 – NIV]

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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

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Joyfully, All We People Come

 

 

 

 

Joyfully, All We People Come

Psalm 122:1

Chorus:

Joyfully, all we people come
To the House of the Lord.
Worshiping Him and praising Him,
Singing with one accord.

Thanking Him, all of us today
For coming to show His love.
Seeing what He’s done before,
Leaving from Heav’n above.

Verse 1:

Fellowship so very sweet,
Greeting all – everyone.
Smiling and laughing faces
Becoming one in the Son.

Listening now to His Word,
Quiet as we can be.
Letting His Spirit guide us
In His grace, we are freed!

Partaking of unleavened bread
And shimmering fruit of the vine.
Remembering Him on Calvary
As we spiritually dine.

Chorus:

Joyfully, all we people come
To the House of the Lord.
Worshiping Him and praising Him,
Singing with one accord.

Thanking Him, all of us today
For coming to show His love.
Seeing what He’s done before,
Leaving from Heav’n above.

Verse 2:

Stirring waters once again
As many go down inside.
Showing us through Baptism
He rose right after He died.

Giving to God – a cheerful time,
With deep joy in our hearts.
Out-giving God, how can it be,
Who showed us from the start?

Praying for one another,
Taking hands across the aisle.
Asking for Christian unity
And help with all our trials.

Ending Chorus:

Joyfully, all we people go
From the House of the Lord.
Telling ones all about Him
So they will be restored.

Thanking Him, all of us today
For coming to show His love.
Seeing what He’s done before,
Leaving from Heav’n above.

— Charles B. Mayes

Joyfully, All We People Come © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Worshiping God is a real privilege!  “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’ ”  [Holy Bible – Psalm 122:1]

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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.

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Praise The Lord and Reprise!

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Praise the Lord and Reprise!

Verse 1:

Praise the Lord.
He is very gracious.
Praise the Lord.
He’s our glorious King.

Praise the Lord.
Lift our hearts and voices.
Praise Him
Till the rafters ring.

Hands now raised
Point the entryway of Heaven.
Show our love
As we come worshiping.

Chorus:

Sing it!
Shout it!
Feel it in our hearts.
Our joy upswings.

Move it!
Dance it!
Bow before
The throne of our wondrous King.

Verse 2:

Thank the Lord.
He is very generous.
Thank the Lord.
Our gratefulness springs.

Help each other
When we are discouraged.
Rejoice together
To each other we cling.

Tell the Word
To the nations, victorious.
Who He is
Removes death’s dark sting.

Chorus:

Sing it!
Shout it!
Feel it in our hearts.
Our joy upswings.

Move it!
Dance it!
Bow before
The throne of our wondrous King.

Reprise:

Sing it!
Shout it!
Move it!
Dance it!

Praise the Lord.
He is very gracious.
Praise the Lord.
He’s our wondrous King!

— Charles B. Mayes

Praise the Lord and Reprise! © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Can we praise the Lord too many times?  He has done so much for us.  We want to proclaim His worth each day!

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

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The Word of Christ Taught in the Spirit of Christ

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The Word of Christ
Taught in the Spirit of Christ
(Ozark Christian College – 1942 – 2017)
Colossians 1:28

“The Word of Christ
Taught in the Spirit of Christ”
For everyone to see.
This is the heart of OCC.

It isn’t the campus
Or any accreditation.
It’s how the Bible is presented.
That’s the real acclamation.

Faculty – men and women of God,
In their own lives show,
The life of Christ,
Faces warm and aglow.

Gospel truths,
Professors study and share
To challenge each
And hearts prepare.

All students – missionaries –
Christian soldiers trained for God,
Ambassadors
Going here and abroad.

So through 75 years past,
And it will always be –
“The Word of Christ
Taught in the Spirit of Christ”
At our cherished OCC.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Word of Christ Taught in the Spirit of Christ © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

Graphic copyrighted and used by permission of Ozark Christian College.

Today I salute my alma mater, Ozark Christian College, Joplin, MO, and its 75th Anniversary.  Please read some background as follows:

“Academic Dean Seth Wilson  . . . was dedicated to hiring teachers of genuine Christian character who were zealous for the winning of the whole world to Christ.  Their theme was to teach, ‘the word of Christ in the spirit of Christ. ‘ ”  [Meredith Williams, “From Anywhere to Everywhere: The Story of Ozark (Part 2),” Ozark Christian College Compass, Spring 2012.]

Welcome to my new followers!  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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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.

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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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When You’re on the Prayer List

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When You’re on the Prayer List
Matthew 18:19-20
Psalm 46:1

When you’re on the Prayer List,
And people see your name,
There’s a hopeful feeling –
The answer will be proclaimed.

Requests go out though the email,
And on the church website, too.
Where two or three agree,
They are “touching” you.

Then you receive a phone call.
It’s from Mrs. Brown.
She offers a lot of Christian love
Which takes you “up” from “down.”

An awesome card comes.
It’s signed “Pastor Bill.”
He says to “Get Well Soon.”
Your heart with joy is filled.

Sister June brings
A family-size chicken pot pie.
It help so much for meals
And God is glorified.

The children in the Sunday School
Make a DVD.
They sing your favorite gospel song.
It blesses you to see.

You are glad that they are praying.
This changes your direction.
You feel at peace now
As you have this intercession.

— Charles B. Mayes

When You’re on the Prayer List © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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The Prayer List is important for all churches to keep tabs on those with physical and spiritual needs.  That way those who want to can lift others up in prayer.  This may lead to knowledge of situations and ministry to those with needs.  We must not forget to pray for others.

REMEMBER TO VOTE – Tuesday – November 8th !!! 

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REMEMBER TO VOTE – Tuesday – November 8th !!!

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I want to thank those who follow my website regularly, and also 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.

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