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One of my most read posts was one with this title from some time ago.  It appears that many people were looking for a piece of music with Eagles wings in the lyrics and not many seemed to come up with the true source.  If it helps anyone in the future here is the answer –  The title of the song is “Don’t you know” by K. Allan & S. Rinaldi and was written as an entry in a national Sing Good News song contest organised by the Bible Society.  It was published in a book called Sing Good News  ISBN 0 564 00830 3.

The song was later incorporated in a brilliant musical called Sing Good News The Musical.  (Quite an original title)   ISBN 0 564 09931 7

Both books are out of print but I have checked today and both are available on Amazon.

The words are taken from Isaiah 40  verses 28 and 31

I hope this blog is helpful and I will answer any further queries about the subject to the best of my ability.

Personally I don’t believe in luck.  Or at least, not in the sense that things are lucky or unlucky.  For example, if I walk under a ladder and a tin of paint falls on my head then I would consider that perhaps I should have noticed that someone was up the ladder and therefore my action was unwise but the action of walking under a ladder cannot influence future events.  Similarly, carrying a lucky charm cannot, in my view have any influence on the future.  Having said that, I might have mentioned in a previous blog about a Christian businessman in America who produces small crosses from scrap aluminium and gives them away to people with the message that it will remind them that someone cares about them or that they are being remembered in whatever situation they find themselves.  Thousands of these crosses have found their way to the UK and there are stories of people who have decided not to commit suicide because they discovered one of the crosses in their pocket and remembered that someone cared about them.  In fact, when one of the crosses was being given to a local person, she asked -“What do I do with it. Do I rub it”.  It was explained that it has no magical power and is not a lucky charm. It is just a piece of aluminium to remind the owner that someone was thinking about them and cared enough to give it to them.  It would be so easy for the crosses to be seen as having special powers but how could that ever be so.  Perhaps there are those who could tell similar stories about a crucifix or rosary beads and if they are simply a reminder of some comforting Christian belief then I have to accept that there is no difference between that and the aluminium crosses but there is a danger, with both I suppose, that the owner begins to treat the object as if it had some special powers.

Of course it is easy to attribute events to some charm, luck, astrology or an answered prayer, depending on your particular beliefs.  I don’t think that it will ever be possible to prove beyond doubt whether any of these have any influence but it seems to me that a great deal of harm can come from dabbling in some of them.  I choose to put my faith in God’s power and that has served me well up to now.

Discovered a wonderful supplier of fireworks in Lancaster the other day called “Astounded”.  They couldn’t have been more helpful and were able to give me a history of the various manufacturers.  They explained what each firework would do and made very helpful suggestions about what would work best.  They even numbered the fireworks so that we would set them off in the best order.  We had a wonderful evening last night on a local farm, with burgers, parkin, cups of tea, coffee and loads of fun.

I think that spending a bit extra on some quality fireworks is well worth it if there are going to be a reasonable number of people to enjoy them.  There was no charge to join in the fun and a brilliant time was had by all, including quite a lot of young children.  It is so good that we can provide a safe environment where people can have a pleasant evening knowing that it is going to be safe and well organised.  The bonfire was huge by anyones standards and was so hot that we had to move back until some of the heat had gone out of it.  We also had a brilliant view of bonfires in various directions, some probably 3 or 4 miles away.

Perhaps I’m being unreasonable but I have a problem with unwanted adverts appearing on my blog. What happens if an advert appears which is not compatible with my Christian views. For example, I happen to be teetotal and so would not be happy with adverts promoting alchohol. If an unacceptable one appears can I remove it by deleting the post on which it appears. Has anyone any thoughts on the matter. I can quite understand the reason for needing to accept adverts and I also know that I can pay to have them removed, but what is the reasonable way forward.

Queen Mary II

Went to Liverpool the other week to see the Queen Mary II at the waterfront.  There must have been a disco or something onboard because there was a most unpleasant din coming from the ship.  There was to be a firework display at 10.00pm after which the ship was to set sail.  As soon as the fireworks finished, the mooring ropes were cast off and she slid slowly away from the quay side without any fuss.  I’m glad I saw it but I have no ambition whatsoever to sail on it(her).   I must be becoming a grumpy old man again!  Also – why does the spell checker not understand “quay”.  I was certainly not standing on the key side.

I have been reading an article about the way the brain processes what it sees.  apparently when reading text, provided the first and last letters of each word are correct, the rest can be in any order and it is still readable.  Just to demonstrate this I will fsiinh tihs bolg lkie taht jsut to sohw taht it wkors.  Not sure that it works all that well but I might try producing the next church notices like that.  At least we would find out who reads them.  Believe it or not we actually have people who admit to never reading the notices but complain that they don’t know what is happening.  There – I’m getting grumpy again.  Must be the weather.  Just to cheer you up here is a photo of Queen Mary

Sorry, wrong one.

Cheap printing

The local corner shop has changed hands recently and I noticed that the latest price for photocopying is 9p per copy.  Sounds a bit dear to me but I know prices have gone up.  I have a machine which will print full colour A4 copies using waterproof ink for 6p per copy so not sure why anyone would pay 9p for black and white.  I do all the printing for our Church, other local churches and the Brownies.  I have also helped some of our local businesses because I think that it is part of the Church’s role to serve the community and this is one way of doing that.  If you think we might be able to help your organisation in this way please get in touch.

I first started doing the Church printing with an old Banda machine – the one which used methylated spirit and a stencil.  It seemed good at the time.  Then we moved on to a Roneo.  It was a Roneo 500 machine and at that time there was a Roneo dealer in Corporation Street, Preston.  The machine was so old they had never seen one like it before.  Then I managed to get a more modern version but it soon went wrong.  I enquired through the dealer and it was impossible to have it repaired – so they said.  I had nothing to lose so I drilled a large hole in the side of the drum, did some keyhole surgery with a long pair of plyers and a spring and araldited a piece of a baked bean tin over the hole.  It continued to work like this for many years.  Dot matrix printers started to appear and against all advice I used one to cut stencils for the duplicator.  I was able to do limited graphics and different fonts so it was very advanced at the time.

Things have moved along so much in recent years – we had a firm in Preston who made a living producing hand painted posters on flourescent paper.  They seemed to be very busy, until the advent of computers and withing a few years they closed down because it was so easy to produce professional looking posters at home for a fraction of the cost. I  wonder what we will have by the next Preston Guild in 2032.  I guess it is probably beyond our imagination.

Preston Guild

Here we go again.  It doesn’t seem twenty years since the last Guild but this will be my fourth!  It makes me sound ancient but there we are.

Went to a meeting in Preston last Thursday to hear about the latest plans.  There are some very exciting events planned which include live BBC tv broadcasts,  mass choirs surrounding the docks, Aled Jones, a human cross over half a mile long, and other amazing things.  It all has to be paid for and one of the first things is to start fund raising to pay for our float.  I am going to make some small money boxes for people to take home to put a small amount away each week from now until next September.  If twenty people put 50p per week away that would make £500.  I don’t think that would quite cover it but it would go a long way. If there are any wealthy sponsors out there please let us know.  In the mean time we need to keep up the real work of the Church which also needs funding.

At a time when religious broadcasting seems to be being dumbed down it is very encouraging to find that the BBC are so keen to be involved in broadcasting live from Preston during Holy Week.