. . . 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


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

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


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

Charles B. Mayes

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The Unfinished Picture


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.

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