It's Wet

After seeing my grandson, Zachary wading in the sloppy puddles… I was reminded of the time that I wrote a song about the rain…

http://carolyn.wpatch.com/

When we were at Church in Logansville Ohio I was invited to the Fortnightly Club ( a group of musicians that met monthly).Ha! It was fun and they usually had a theme.

This time it was Spring…

Everyone sang or played an instrument. I was the only singer… so I wrote that little ditty and also the sacred song ” ‘Tis A Miracle of God”

It was April or May…

IT’S WET

It’s wet, it’s wet
the rain is falling on the ground
It’s wet, it’s wet
There’s lots of moisture all around
It’s wet, it’s wet
You’re going to get you tootsies wet….
Don’t get in a muddle
You’ll fall in a puddle
You’re going to get your tootsies wet.

‘TIS A MIRACLE OF GOD

1.  Who can make a flower blossom?
Who can make the birds to sing?
Cause the winds to sway the tree tops?
‘Tis a miracle of God.

2.  Who can keep the sunshine glowing,
Even while the rain shall fall,
Bending them to make a rainbow?

‘Tis a miracle of God.

Chorus:

We must pause, fall on our knees
To Him credit all of these,
And give praise to the Creator.
‘Tis the Miracle of God.

Who can make the lightning thunder,
Yet, can calm the angry seas,
Put the stars up in the heavens,
‘Tis the Miracle of God.

3.  Jesus gave His life on Calvary,
Then He rose up from the grave.
He can give you life eternal.
Tis the Miracle of God.

Word’s and music by
Jane A Pierpont

BLESSINGS AT THE HILLSDALE COUNTY – Medical Care Facility

During our ministry at the Jonesville Baptist Church it was our privilege to have a service once a month at the  HILLSDALE COUNTY – Medical Care Facility.

I would  set my alarm on my Palm so that I would be  prepared after work, but I forgot to put in the New Year’s schedule, so when I got into the car after work as office manager of a construction company,  Ken reminded me that we had a service that night.  (I have to admit) I thought, “OH NO, I am just too tired”. (It was the day that I did payroll.)

Isaiah 40:29-31
29. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

30. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

31. But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

We had our supper and then I practiced a song and changed my clothes.
I even had a little time to rest in my “bird cage” (swinging wicker chair).

When we arrived, there was no one down stairs in the dinning hall where we usually meet and after a little detective work we arrived on the second floor where there were over twenty-five dear folk all lined up in their wheel-chairs waiting for the service to start.

After I got my Karaoke set up, I began to play the piano while Ken passed out hymnals.

There is one sweet lady there who always sits in the front and does the ‘princess’ wave to me while I played the piano.

We sang a few familiar hymns and even as I played and sang along, I truly enjoyed hearing some of the people singing along, especially on the choruses of the hymns.

I sang “Be Not Afraid” (One of my favorite songs) based on:

Isaiah 43:2
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.

While Ken preached, I enjoyed watching the faces of the little congregation. Since they have just finished eating, probably had taken their meds and it is always toasty warm in the room, some have difficulty staying awake, Yet, off and on they would rally and smile and even laugh when Ken said something funny.

After the service we make the rounds and shake everyones hand. The ‘waving’ lady always comments on what I am wearing and tells me how pretty I am.

Another, tiny little lady took my hand firmly and thanked me over and over again and told me she loved my song.

My heart was broken when I patted the hand of a young women who seemed unable to communicate, but when I talked to her and patted her hand she gave me the most radiant smile. That made my day.

Psalm 63

1 O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you,
my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land
where there is no water.

2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.

3 Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.

4 I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.

5 My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

I am so glad that I didn’t let the devil discourage me, because I felt better when we got home that I had when I came home from work.

“THERE IS JOY IN SERVING JESUS”

Jennifer's Table – Christmas by Candlelight

December 7th

What a blessed time at the Christmas by Candlelight at the Northeastern Baptist Church in Kalamazoo where our son Nathan is music pastor.

The ladies in the church signed up to be hostess to a table which she decorated, invited quests, made and served the dessert.

There were about eighteen tables, all beautifully decorated.

The snowman centerpiece light was so pretty.

This is the dinnerware that Jennifer used and she used star cookies with our names for name cards.

The evening was a special blessing to me because Nathan gave a beautiful Christmas concert.

One of my favorite numbers he presented was “In The First Light”.

God Uses Prepared People

What a blessed day of fellowship and praise with God’s dear people this past week.

Sunday, Ken and I had the privilege of ministering at the First Baptist Church of Weston, MI.

http://www.firstbaptist.8m.com/index.html

When we arrived we were warmly greeted. The church is an old church with beautiful wood work throughout. Everything was so warm and homey and well cared for. We were also so blessed by the services.

The Sunday school opening was well prepared by the song leader and a young person played the quitar to accompany the opening. The Sunday school teacher was well prepared and we were blessed by the lesson.

The church is blessed with about 4 pianists, 2 organists, trumpet and flute players, 4-5 people played the guitar, each having a part throughout the days services.

The daughter of one of the families was visiting, with her preacher husband (from Canada). She sang along with three others in beautiful harmony, accompanied by guitars and the electronic piano. Oh, what a precious time as we all worshiped the Lord with her as she lifted her voice to the Lord in praise and adoration.

Even the family that entertained us in their home for dinner had not only prepared a feast for us but invited several other families. The hostess had called us to find out if we had any special dietary needs and went to great effort to make sure that I had plenty to eat.

It is always such a joy to me when people obviously spend time preparing for the Lord’s work as if it were the most important thing they had to do. Whether it be the S.S. teacher, pastor, musicians or cooks. God will use us all if we are prepared and willing.

Some little statements that I have often used when training musicians and teachers in our past ministries:

“If it is worth doing- It is worth doing well”
“God uses a prepared person”

He truly did that Sunday at the little church in Weston, MI.

I encourage those of you whom God has blessed with talents to practice and prepare as if you were scheduled to sing or preach or give a testimony at any moment before the KING and HE will give you opportunities to mininister for HIM.

We were also so blessed at our Thanksgiving Family Praise time, when some of our young grandchildren gave testimony of how they feel the call of God in their lives.

PRAISE THE LORD!

OH, JUST TO BE IN THE LORD'S HOUSE ON HIS DAY

I have always looked forward to Sundays and Wednesdays and any other days when things are going on the the Lord’s house. Even in the little West Foster Care Home on a side street in Hillsdale, MI. while the BIBLE is being shared with six men and the helpers scurrying around working to meet the needs of those dear men.

Our day started out with a S.S. Class, I prepared my lesson for my Sunday School class just in case someone came….(not today). I also prepared for the adult class so that I would be able to contribute if I didn’t have any students in my class.

This morning in the worship service Ken and I sang, “Come Christians Join and Sing” by Christian Henry Bateman, arranged by Rick Powell.

One line that I like especially in the song is “Life shall not end the strain, Allelujah, Amen.”

The song ended with exerpts from Wilbur Chapman’s, “Our Great Savior”.

“SAVING, HELPING, KEEPING, LOVING, He is with me to the end…. Allelujah”.

I just love to sing and worship God in His house where ever Christians gather.

There is no place that I would rather spend my vacation, or my birthday or anniversary than I His House. There is no place I rather be when I am discouraged, grieving or ill. As our dear retired missionary Bud Johnson with Baptist Church planters stated in their last prayer letter…. “even though sometimes I don’t feel so great, I still go to church, because while I am there I get cheered up.”

When we go on vacation, we like to find a church to with which to worship.

Today at our West Home service, one dear man didn’t want to face the front, so the helper let him sit there with his back to us. When we started singing he kept his eyes closed nearly the whole time but I heard him singing and I watched his lips move as he mouthed the words to “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” and later we sang “Amazing Grace” and all the men sweetly sang with haulting voices. They also really listen as the gospel as it was given. This is so precious and exciting to me to be able to encourage those dear people.

If you have an opportunity to help your church minister in a nursing home, I encourage you to go to your pastor and offer to sing or just go and join in the singing and help turn the pages for the residence or hold the book for one who can’t.

My very first solo was in a nursing home when my pastor Allen Robbins took us to serve at a nursing home. Also the first time that I played the piano publicly was at a nursing home service. I would not trade those experiences for anything.

I heard someone say once, I’d rather wear out serving the Lord than rust out serving myself or the world.

“Come Christians Join and Sing”

Even A Child Can Sing His Praise

From the time I was a small child I have always loved to sing of my wonderful Savior’s love.
See this link for my testimony.

Those who know me know that I have always used “Singing His Praise” to sign my correspondence.
This is the reason that I am using this title for my weekly article on our website.

It was a joy for me today to see the faces of the congregation from the vantage point of the piano bench as they sang today of Christ’s return. Pastor spoke of “THE WORD OF GOD ON THE RETURN OF CHRIST”. Oh, how I look forward to the wonderful singing in heaven.

No more sore throats, voices weakened by age or discordant sounds. Just one great beautiful choir.

“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands….” Psalm 100:1

No matter whether we have a great voice or not we are encouraged to lift our voices to our Savior in songs of praise.

Try it today and everyday this week….After you read His word during your quiet time with the Lord, lift you voice in praise and song. When you are in pain or while you are going through a struggle lift your voice and it will lighten your heart and bring unbelievable peace into you heart and life.

When I struggle with things which I feel that I don’t have the strength personally to do, I sing ” I Can Do All Things through Christ Who Strengtheneth Me.” or “His Strength Is Perfect”.

“Isn’t He Wonderful”.

Have a wonderful joyous week.

Singing His Praise
“Jesus Is Coming”

Jane A. Pierpont

A Sweet Testimony in Song

This past week, June 11, 2006, we had the special privilege of attending the ordination of our youngest son, Nathan Shipley Pierpont, at the Northeastern Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, MI.

http://www.northeasternbaptist.com/

Nathan’s sister-in-law, Mary, sang a solo for the ordination service and I was truly blessed by her testimony. The title of her song was “In Christ Alone” by Stuart Townend.

http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/worship_center/1275127.html

Mary is facing serious kidney surgery on June 22 and we would truly appreciate you prayers for a successful surgery, guidance for the surgeon, strength for Mary and the family and her full recovery.

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny…

As Mary sang she was radiant with the Love of Christ.
Mary is a student at Pensacola College and we are praying for a complete recovery for her so that she can return in the fall.

Thank you Mary for the special Song of Testimony

We pray for God’s richest blessing in you life.

Oh, what a joy it is to Sing His Praises…..

Today in our morning service the pastor spoke of the Sin of Detachment.
Lamentations 1:12…”Is it nothing to you, all ye who pass by…”

I was convicted of my complacency. I so enjoy my salvation and the joy and privileges that come to me as a result of God’s wonderful grace. I had to ask myself if indeed I was “detached”.

We sang “To God Be the Glory” and “Glory to His Name” and I played “It Is Glory Just To Walk With Him” for the offertory.

I had to ask myself….Do people see in my life what a glory it is just to walk with Him. Do they desire to know more about my Lord because of the way that I live. Do I make a difference in the lives of those around me.

Those of us who know the Lord as our Savior need to commit to making a real difference in the lives of those whom God allows us to come in contact every day.

I challenge you to make a difference in the life of at least one person daily.
Pray for this opportunity daily.

Yes, It is glory just to walk with HIM.

To Be Like Jesus….

This song is one of my favorites…

I sang it a few weeks ago using the accompaniment collection published by Lillennas..”Praises” (Tunney/Fetke).

This is truly my great desire… I pray that God will give me victory over speaking my mind before thoughtful reflection on what He would have me say…

I pray the God will help me to conduct myself in a manner that those around me at work, at church and especially my family will see Christ in me. I also pray that if any who know me and have witnessed any such unseemly conduct, I want you to know, that my desire is “To Be Like Jesus”.

I truly praise the Lord for all that He has done and it is such a joy to me and I am sure even more to the Lord, to see the evidence of Christ in the lives of our children and grandchildren. When I see or hear of people from our past ministries that are faithfully serving God and putting Christ first in their lives I am overjoyed and thankful. I give God the Glory that he has given us the privilege of drawing others to the Saviour.

Read: I John 2

I John 2:6

” He that saith he abideth in HIM ought jimself also so to walk, even as he walked.”

My prayer: “Lord, Help me.”

One Happy Centipede…..

Sunday, my hubby and I started out right after our AM service and headed for Higgins Lake where our son, Kevin and his wife Carolyn with their eight children, Kevin M., Taylor, Kristi, Luke, Jacob, Nicholas, Zachary, and Josiah minister.

We arrived in time for the evening service with about 45 minutes to spare.

It was a joy to be able to meet some of their dear people as we attended their service and were privileged to join in their communion service.
It was also a blessing to see those eight children (big and small) spread out across the church(with out running) º¿º … doing little helpful jobs, like collecting the communion cups, cranking the windows closed (it reminded me of a centipede the way they scurried around).

Kevin M. helped with the sound system and powerpoint.

Kevin M. is the pastor’s assistant, doing the church bulletin and follow-up and other helpful jobs to give Kevin more freedom to do other ministry jobs and Taylor is the church’s custodian.

The next day (Labor Day) Nicholas brought a little game of cards and asked me to play with him before everyone was ready for breakfast…. before we had passed out the cards there were about six children to join in and play the game until breakfast time.

After breakfast, with everyone doing a different job we finished up the breakfast dishes. Then the men and all the boys, except Nicholas, went on an errand and picked up some sherbert on the way home for our lunch.

While the men were gone I was doing some knitting and I asked Kristi if she would like to learn to knit and after working with her for a few minutes she mentioned that Aunt Melony had taught her to crochet and had given her a nice beginners crochet book and she told me that she had made a dish cloth but had not yet learned to follow a pattern.

We dicided to abandon the knitting and learn to read the crochet patterns.

After looking through her book she chose an easy pattern of a neat little heart pin cushion and set out to learn to follow the directions.

Kristi caught on very quickly and I began doing my knitting again while she crocheted.

All of the time that I was helping Kristi with her directions Nicholas watched from across the room while sharpening some colored pencils and as soon as he noticed that I wasn’t working with Kristi he came over and asked, ” Can I learn too?”… so I started teaching him to make a chain stitch.

I enjoyed so much watching their dogged determination to learn and after some big sighs and pulling out and re-doing they both succeeded to the point that Kristi finished her first heart for her pin cushion and Nick produced a long enough chain so that he could wear it around his neck which made him quite proud.

I suggested that Kristi could put a scallop around the heart rather than the trim suggested in the book. So I proceeded to show her how to do it, thinking to myself that maybe I had “bitten off more that she could chew.”

After having dinner, with Grandma at one end and Grandpa at the other (so that we would not have to climb into the benches on the sides and almost needing binoculars to see to the other end of the big table). we again cleaned the table and did the dishes.

Then Kristi went back to her crocheting and Grandma to her knitting (which I had to pull out several times to correct errors that I made while supervising the other projects.

During the meal, Kevin had mentioned that they needed my advice on fixing a hole in the arm of their otherwise very nice couch, that the Lord had provided for their family room.

So while the guys were out working on Kevin’s Jeep I decided that I would go check out the couch.

When I got up to head down stairs Kristi put down her crocheting and followed me down stairs and that is when I came to the realization that there was a “centipede” in the house in the form of all those children, scurrying around eager to help. When I got to the bottom of the stairs they showed me the bad place on the arm of the couch and when I saw that they had a couple of cushions I suggested that we use one of the cushions to patch the hole and I set out to repair it before we had to leave for home.

Just like when we were playing the game before breakfast, there they all were, wanting to help get a chair for me and Kristi ran to get needles and thread and then a piece of scrap material to help stablize the padding.

While I worked for about an hour or so on the patch the whole family came and sat around while Kristi and I sewed. I worked on the big patch and I showed Kristi how to do a smaller spot nearby so that I would be able to finish up in time for Grandpa and I to get home before dark.

I could see that she was getting tired but as soon as we finished the job she grabbed up her now completed heart and was trying to match them together to finish them.

I quickly showed her how to crochet a scallop and did two for her while she watched and then she did one by herself, and as Grandpa and I headed for the car I suggested she might want to just do the trim suggested in the book if it seemed to hard for her.

As we pulled out and headed down the street we heard our families’ traditional……”Byyyyyyyyeeeeee” ….. as we drove away”. (Something that all of the children have done for years).

When we got home and unpacked our luggage, grandpa turned on the news and I went to the computer to check email and their was a little note from Kristi…. Check this out and her link to her new blog….

Check it out and I will not need to say any more than what a blessing our families are to us.

Praise the Lord for those “Happy Centipedes”.