National Night Out

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National Night Out

The first Tuesday of August
Again brings windy weather,
And also people to
National Night out, together.

Volunteers give time
To better their community.
What could be a
Better opportunity?

People surround that huge aerial photo
Which again on the easel sets,
Showing our area in the old days,
Seeing how change has been met.

Ice cream serving –
Bowl after bowl after bowl.
Some toppings “chocolate or caramel?”
Too much whipped cream – “let’s have some control!”

The Environmental Lady
Offering help for the home.
The Balloon Artist shapes
Animals, swords, and heart hats for the dome.

An obstacle course –
Olympic style.
The young ones having fun.
You can see their smiles.

The Cub Scout Pack,
Engaging the crowd,
With events galore,
Everyone laughs out loud.

Emergency Preparedness –
“If we can help just one.”
This our own *CERT*,
Demonstrating readiness when disaster comes.

Gifts for children –
Animal caps, airplanes, bubbles, and light sticks,
Drawing for adults –
Train rides, first aid kits, emergency pack – many picks.

Community Officers engage
Citizens to implement
A neighborhood watch
So they can be more vigilant.

But best of all
It’s a time to gather
Meeting friends – old and new,
Talking neighborhood things that matter.

The first Tuesday of August
On an evening of windy weather
By the Way, let’s meet again
For National Night Out, together.

— Charles B. Mayes
[*Community Emergency Response Team*]

National Night Out © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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National Night Out (NNO) is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.  It promotes relationships between neighborhoods and the police, and community building.  Thousands of communities are involved.

The “By the Way” at the end of this poem has a triple meaning. The meanings are “incidentally”; the name of the location of our local event – which happens to be on the church grounds at “Nazarene Way”; and finally the “Nazarene’s Way”.

I am happy to welcome some new followers to our site. I really appreciate you. Also, if you have stopped by for awhile to my site, I really appreciate this also. 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.

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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Our Hope and Prayer

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Our Hope and Prayer

Today 2015
The prophecies
Are being fulfilled
In dynamic ways revealed.

God wants us to trust
Him in all things,
As we watch and pray
Each changing day.

Pray without ceasing,
Pray with your family,
Pray with your friends,
If you want to see amends.

Satan in our land today –
With us doesn’t toy.
Everywhere going –
Destroy! Destroy!! Destroy!!!

God needs to hear our prayers,
As we fervently ask
For mercy –
“Please forgive our nation for the past.”

God powerfully could change this picture,
As we pray, in unity, against Satan’s foils.
Turning this land back to Him,
Making Satan recoil.  Our Hope.

— Charles B. Mayes

Our Hope and Prayer © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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We need to pray for our country that we will return to God’s paths. Prayer is our only hope.

I really appreciate the followers of my site. Also, if you have stopped by for awhile, I really appreciate it also. 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.

If you would like the change the year in this poem you may for future use.

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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. . . Showers of Blessing – Literally

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. . . Showers of Blessing – Literally

The Citywide Hymn Sing group, braving heavy rain, in the throes of a drought, enthusiastically sang the opening hymn, “. . . Showers of Blessing” led by that evening’s MC – Larry Pine. This, last Friday evening, February 6th at Bethel Church, 1201 South Winchester Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95128.

As part of the program, I had the privilege of reading some of my poems and presenting a vocal rendition.  (See my part below.)

Larry’s wife, Sharon, who accompanied me, is a terrific evangelistic style piano player with her own remarkable technique.

During the hymns, besides piano, the accompanists were excellent clarinet, flute, and bass saxophone players.

If you live in the San Jose area, or even visiting, come on over to the Hymn Sing! See the details below.

“You pick the hymns. This is an inspiring time of singing by the audience. No preaching, no pretext, no fees, just hymns. Put your hymn request on a paper, and we sing as many as we can from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Hymnbooks are provided. Meets the first Friday of each month except July.” (Larry Pine)

They usually meet ”in Lee Hall, at the back of Bethel’s main building on the ground floor. Park in the back and look for the signs.” (Larry Pine)

Here is my part of the program which was passed out to the attendees.  Please take time to read the scripture verses. (The poems are on this website.)

♥ Some Poems and a Song ♫
Charles B. Mayes

Introduction

Opening – Lighten Your Burden – Ps. 91:11

He’s Already Taken Care of It
2 Chronicles 20:1-30

It Is No Secret – Stuart Hamblen ♫ – Ps. 112:4,7; Ps. 28:7

February ♥ :
Mother and George Washington – Jer. 17:7
Wake Up American Christians! – Jn. 8:36

Children:
When Children Pray – Matt. 18:3-4
I Don’t Have A Father – Ps. 68:5
Children Praise the Lord: A Thanksgiving
Day Reading [with Actions (see website)] –
Matt. 21:16

Right Where I Was – Ps. 63:8

Closing – Our God of Blessings – Deut. 28:6

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I really appreciated the invitation from Larry Pine and enjoyed being at this gathering.

Charles B. Mayes

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Wake Up American Christians!

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Over the years people,
From their countries flee,
To be in America –
Living free.

Our freedoms
Of religion and speech today
Are being quickly –
Taken away.

Did God leave America
Or America God?
No matter which way it went,
We need to repent.

Wake up American Christians!
To help save our freedoms.
There’s no place left to go
For the freedom we know.

— Charles B. Mayes

Wake Up American Christians! © 2014 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Are we becoming more like some other countries and them like us?  As we lose our freedoms, are others gaining more and more?  We can see the pattern, throughout history, when a country leaves God.

Our prayer must be that freedom increases in our country and in all others as we do a complete turn around in our own  lives.

True individual freedom comes only when we trust Jesus Christ for salvation from being a slave to wrongdoing (sin) against God.  “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”.  [Holy Bible – John 8: 36 – NIV]

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.

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.

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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A Prayer for America

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A Prayer for America

Dear God,

Thank You for our great country,
You’ve preserved throughout the years.
Birthed and sustained with blood
And with a great many tears.

Thank You for this country
Which You’ve blessed,
Times over and over,
Making us so prosperous.

We thank You for how
To other countries a help we’ve been
Looking to us in bad times:
Trouble, illness, poverty, just when.

We pray for our President and family,
Senators, Representatives, Judges, too.
Governors, Mayors, Councilmembers,
Just to name a few.

Looking toward You
May they seek Your wisdom,
Not their own,
In actions and decisions.

We pray that America turns
From our wrongs against You,
That You will forgive us
For all the wickedness we do.

We thank You for blessing America.
We praise Your Name above,
As You’ve granted goodness to America
Thank you for your love.

In Jesus name, Amen.

                    — Charles B. Mayes

A Prayer for America © 2013 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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On this, our Independence Day, we take time to thank God for our country.  Also, as at no other time  in the history of our nation, it is time that we change and ask God for forgiveness for breaking His commandments; and then He will heal our land.  (See the Holy Bible  – 2 Chronicles 7:14.)  It’s time also for us to trust Christ as our personal Savior (if we haven’t); and then to bathe in His wonderful grace.

I welcome some new followers today!  I am so glad to have you, and all others reading these poems.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Independence Day!

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The Unfinished Picture

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The Unfinished Picture

The unfinished picture
Hangs framed on the wall,
Of the grade school,
Right down the hall.

The children see it daily,
Passing to and from class,
Though it stands against
What the teachers all ask.

To finish your work,
Is a “golden rule”,
Which the teachers always say,
A rule of the school.

Only partly done,
Not to be hypercritical,
But up there, not finished
Is pretty hypocritical.

“The Athenaeum Portrait” incomplete
by painter Gilbert Stuart is no mystery.
The principal merely undertook
To inform children about history.

The depiction of the school’s namesake,
The Father of Our Country,
George Washington
Is who it is, you see.

Kids love President Washington,
Who did so much,
To help begin our country,
In God he did trust.

But how can this portrait
Be in the hall?
Concluded –
It wasn’t all.

To not finish
Is a poor sample.
To not finish
Is not a good example.

[This poem not completed
because deadline to publish
before Presidents’ Day.]

                             — Charles B. Mayes

Copyright © 2013 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

Washington did trust in God and is a good example for each of us.  The painter made
money from copying the painting, but never finished the original.

Thank you so much for following this blog.  I appreciate your interest.  If you are stopping by for the first time or again – welcome and thank you also.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Mother and George Washington

Mother and George Washington

The Father of our Country’s
Birthday is today.
It’s memorable,
But not in only one way.

Because, you see, our dear Mother
Was born on this day, too.
She remains such a blessing
For me and also you.

With ice cream (a la mode)
As we eat our cherry pie,
We’ll remember George and Mother
We cannot tell a lie.

So, we see that we are double blessed,
In 1918 Mother, and George 1732.
Both meaning so much to all of us,
Born on February Twenty-Two.

– Charles B. Mayes

Mother and George Washington Copyright © 2012 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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 http://www.freeclipartnow.com.

I really appreciate my followers and those who find my blog.  I am so grateful that you read my blog and prayerfully hope that you will be blessed as God has blessed me!

I am thankful to Meredith Williams, Director of Publications, among other things,  at my alma mater, Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO, mentioning my book,  A New Year Resolution and Other Poems [including The Missionaries].  This in the current Winter 2012 Compass.

Meredith has also put together the booklet, In the Midst of the Storm  –             “stories of the Joplin Tornado and the presence of God.”  Please take time to read it.    [ See http://www.occ.edu/Tornado/ ].

I would like to do some Book Readings in the San Jose, California area. If you are interested in having me come to your group, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Also, if you would like to purchase a copy of this new book (22 poem chapbook),       A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. 2011, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you about description,  price, payment, and mailing arrangements as soon as possible.

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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