Anyway – Words attributed to Mother Teresa*

Image result for kent m keithPeople are often unreasonable,
illogical, and self-centred;
forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you
of having selfish, ulterior motives;
be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends
and some true enemies;
succeed anyway.

Image result for mother teresaIf you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you;
be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight;
build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous;
be happy anyway.

The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis,
it is between you and God;
it never was between you and them anyway.

– Mother Teresa of Calcutta*

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*  See https://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/05/18/do-good-anyway/#more-3828 –

“In conclusion, Kent M. Keith crafted the “Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership” when he was a young student at Harvard University in 1968. His words have been misattributed to at least four different people including Mother Teresa. The commandments have also been altered over the decades. Sometime between 1995 and 1999 a coda was added that Keith dislikes.  …

“[KKSR] 1969 (Copyright 1968), The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council by Kent M. Keith, 4th edition, Chapter Two: Brotherly What?, Quote Page 11, Harvard Student Agencies, Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Verified with scans; Many thanks to the librarians of the Olin C. Bailey Library of Hendrix College)  …”

See also: http://www.paradoxicalcommandments.com/

Spring Newsletter – Canterbury LPA

kowhaiYes, it is that time of year when life seems to be bursting forth at every turn of the path.  And, once more, Joy Kingsbury-Aitken and Linda Cowan, of the Canterbury LPA, have produced another newsletter full of resources for Spring – prayers, poems, a call to worship, a meditation – for use on Flower Sunday as well as during Creation Season, beginning this coming Sunday, 1 September.

And, here, one small taste of the contents –

…  We pray in the name of Jesus, who has walked with us through winter cold and dances by our side into the new life of spring.
[Linda Cowan]

Download your copy of the newsletter here!

An Easter Poem

OUR DAY

This is my day
A day of rest
A day of hope
A day of peace and happiness.
This is the day the Lord has made
A day to sing
A day to praise
A day to become one in the Spirit.
This is the day that the Lord has made
This is my day
This is your day
This is our day.

Doreen Alexander, Guyana, in Margaret Hebblethwaite, ed., The Living Spirit: Readings for the Christian Year – A Tablet Anthology (Norwich, UK: The Canterbury Press, 2000), p. 242.

Easter Resources from Linda Cowan and Joy Kingsbury-Aitken

Joy begins the newsletter from the Canterbury Lay Preachers Association …

Linda and I have assembled a resource with an Easter theme this time. As always we hope you find the collection of prayers and poems we have compiled inspiring, encouraging and useful in your personal worship and lay preaching ministry.

This resource begins with material inspired by John chapter 20, which tells of Peter and the Beloved Disciple running to the garden tomb after Mary Magdalene had reported to them that the body of Jesus was missing, followed by Mary’s encounter with the risen Christ.

Last Christmas, when my husband and I were packing our motorhome in preparation for our annual summer holiday, I popped in three books for holiday reading. One was a novel written by a good friend and former work colleague, in which she recreates the amazing story of her ancestor, who was born an illegitimate daughter of Australian convicts and rose up through the social ranks to eventually become a friend of King Louis Philippe of France. The second was a book on container gardening, and the third a Mary Magdalenebook on Mary Magdalene. Apart from this eclectic selection of reading material, I also took away with me a bronchial infection which didn’t respond to antibiotics. Consequently I didn’t do much during our holiday, including much reading.

The novel and the gardening book remains untouched, but I have completed the book on Mary Magdalene, which was a fascinating read, although I did question some of its contents.  …

[Click here to continue reading to download a copy of the newsletter and its resources.]

Preparing for Advent

But wait – there’s more, from Rev Silvia Purdie, Minister at  Cashmere Presbyterian Church, Christchurch –http://www.conversations.net.nz/  (24 Nov 2017) –

PictureFor the Cashmere congregation this year we have prepared a simple photocopied booklet of Christmas readings, including a daily reading guide (with help from Catholic.com). It is not my own work but you’re welcome to view it HERE. It includes a couple of lovely poems from Madeline L’Engle’s fabulous ‘Winter Song’ book, as well as a couple of our very special Kiwi authors, Shirley Murray and Joy Cowley.

The light of the Christmas star to you
the warmth of home and hearth to you
the cheer and good will of friends to you
the love of the Son and God’s peace to you

An Advent and Christmas Miscellany

A Collection of Advent Poems, Prayers and Blessings

A Liturgy for Advent and Christmas

Betty Shore has sent us an Advent/Nativity reflection/study she used with a group. You may be able to use all or part of this

A Birth in Bethlehem – a Nativity Play – by Joy Kingsbury-Aitken

If Jesus Came for the First Time This Year – A Nativity Story with a Modern Twist – by Joy Kingsbury Aitken

A Collection of Christmas Prayers and Blessings

Free – From Philip Garside Publishing Ltd –

Creative WorshipCreative Worship Volume 1Songs, Prayers & PoemsPhilip Garside. PDF eBook, 32pp. ISBN 9781927260791. Philip Garside Publishing Ltd. (2017). Free. Click to Download now

Fresh songs, prayers and poems for worship and reflection.

Here are 11 songs, in a variety of styles, for your church or choir. You can copy and sing them for free!

“…Come and dance with us,
sing with us, walk along our way.
Help us bring alive God’s kingdom
on earth today.”

The arrangements are simple and include guitar chords. Some are best sung unaccompanied.

To help you learn them, links to midi and mp3 files of the melody, and to the Noteworthy Composer software music settings are included for each song. There are also notes about how and why the songs were written and tips for performing them.

The songs, poems and prayers in this book have all been successfully used in worship.

We hope you and your congregation or choir will enjoy them.