Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Sunday, 28 December 2008
Friday, 26 December 2008
This morning we had 7 visitors dropping in to greet us and stay for tea and snacks.Only 2 had informed us beforehand that they would be coming.In India its common for people to come by without prior notice. You have to be prepared.
Thursday, 25 December 2008
If the Lord leads you to support my church ministry with your gifts and donations please contact me by email
Western Union transfer is the easiest.
May the Lord bless you abundantly.
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
Roadside flower sellers.
Today is my younger sister Namrita 's birthday
Sunday, 21 December 2008
My chosen advent song for this Sunday is The Friendly Beasts
Saturday, 20 December 2008
car. They are my church members.
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Christmas in India"; chromoxylograph from a drawing by E.K. Johnson; 1881. An idealized picture of British home life: attentive servants and happy children (who would be packed off to England for schooling before long).
Yet even into the 1940s the house would not have electricity, running water, refrigeration; it would have been open enough for insects, rats, snakes and--in remote areas--even wild animals to invade. Moves to new postings were frequent and thus life was unsettled. It was thought important to send children home to England for schooling, so that family members were separated. There were likely few other Europeans nearby, so that people--especially wives with no official work, possibly no children at home, and only a menage of servants to interact with all day--might feel very isolated. Indeed, women who found outside interests--whether their husbands' work, local charitable pursuits, or the outdoor life--were thought to be happiest.
Sunday, 14 December 2008
It a microcosm of India.
There are students from 25 Indian states speaking various languages split into 32 dialects the Principal told us.
Infant holy, infant lowly, For His bed a cattle stall; Oxen lowing, little knowing Christ, the babe, is Lord of all. Swift are winging, angels singing, Noels ringing, tidings bringing: Christ the babe is Lord of all. Flocks were sleeping, shepherds keeping Vigil till the morning new Saw the glory, heard the story, Tidings of a gospel true. Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow, Praises voicing greet the morrow: Christ the babe was born for you.
Saturday, 13 December 2008
Earlier this week I was invited to a Family Christmas night and potluck supper called the Agape Meal at the Pentecostal Church.
I was really blessed by the fellowship and warmth of the church people.
They focused on celebrating Christmas as a family. About 7 or 8 families presented Christmas carols. It was fun to see people of all ages - from little children to grandparents participate.
Above is sister K with her husband and daughter.This dear American lady is the Pastor of the church.She leads the church after the death of her father-in-law who was its founder.I am full of admiration for sister K. She is a fine example of perseverance, courage, spiritual strength and leadership.Her assistant Pastor began his ministry in our church, later on he joined her.
The songs gifts are hidden meanings to the teachings of the faith. The "true love" mentioned in the song doesn't refer to an earthly suitor, it refers to God himself. The "me" who receives the presents refers to every baptized person.
A Partridge in a pear tree - Jesus Christ, the son of God.
Two turtle doves - The Old and New Testaments
Three french hens - Faith, Hope and Charity, the theological virtues.
Four calling birds - The four Gospels and/or the four Evangelists.
Five golden rings - The first five books of the Old Testament (The Pentateuch).
Six geese a-laying - Six days of creation.
Seven swans a swimming - The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven Sacraments.
Eight maids a-milking - The eight Beatitudes.
Nine ladies dancing - The nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit (sometimes also listed as the nine classifications of angels).
Ten lords a-leaping - The Ten Commandments.
Eleven pipers pipering - The eleven faithful apostles.
Twelve drummers drumming - The twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed.
courtesy of http://www.irelandnow.com/christmas.html
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
We used to sing it in the Allahabad Choral Society.
The late Mrs Erica Harper (Presbyterian missionary) was the conductor.My sisters and I were the youngest members of the choir.
The wife of my Dad 's cousin Dr S (who is the head of the pathology dept. of the Medical College) sang the solo.
Isaiah ’twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind;With Mary we behold it, the virgin mother kind.To show God’s love aright, she bore to men a Savior,When half spent was the night.
The shepherds heard the story proclaimed by angels bright,How Christ, the Lord of glory was born on earth this night.To Bethlehem they sped and in the manger found Him,As angel heralds said.
This Flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air,Dispels with glorious splendor the darkness everywhere;True Man, yet very God, from sin and death He saves us,And lightens every load.
O Savior, Child of Mary, who felt our human woe,O Savior, King of glory, who dost our weakness know;Bring us at length we pray, to the bright courts of Heaven,And to the endless day!
Sunday, 7 December 2008
This evening I went to a Carol service held at the Holy Trinity Church.
I have sung many times in this church.
Trinity Church is about 150 years old and was the first civil Anglican church of Allahabad built by the British. Now it belongs to the Church of North India although it holds on to its Anglican uniqueness.
The altar with a stain glass window.
O Holy Night Lyrics The words and lyrics of the old carol 'O Holy Night' were written by Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure in 1847. Cappeau was a wine seller by trade but was asked by the parish priest to write a poem for Christmas. He obliged and wrote the beautiful words of the hymn. He then realised that it should have music to accompany the words and he approached his friend Adolphe Charles Adams(1803-1856). He agreed and the music for the poem was therefore composed by Adolphe Charles Adams. Adolphe had attended the Paris conservatoire and forged a brilliant career as a composer. It was translated into English by John Sullivan Dwight (1812-1893).
O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining. Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices! O night divine, the night when Christ was born; O night, O Holy Night , O night divine! O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!