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Times Change-His Promises Don’t

Hi Friends:

It has become somewhat of a tradition that I take the calendars I receive as a gift each year, and put the calendar photos into a slideshow/movie.

This always allows me the opportunity to emphasize how important it is to have God’s Word “posted” around your house … where you “can’t help” but to see it every day … every day of the year. And … not just you … but, everyone who visits your home will see the Scriptures, too.

For many, this past year has been the toughest, the hardest, and the most difficult year they have ever experienced. We look ahead, to a time when things are “back to normal.”

I think of every year. Many “tougher” than others.

I think about the weather. Yes, the weather. As I write this, we’re in the middle of our latest snow storm. Can’t help but think about Summer. About Spring. I would file that under “hope.” Real hope. Hope I have. Hope you have.
Spring will come. Summer will come. And, so will Fall. And Winter.

My hope comes from God’s Word.
Period.
Same as last year.
And, the year before that.
The same hope I have for this year.
And, the year after that.

As “different” as this past year has been, has it really been all that different?

We’ve suffered great loss. And, achieved great victories.
We’ve experience a lot of bad.
We’ve experienced a lot of good.
Our Hope remains the same:


Hope in God’s promises.
Because they are true.

Posted in PASTOR APPRECIATION GIFTS

Welcome to Our New and Updated “Pastor Appreciation Gifts” Online Store

Hi Friends:

Our newly re-built and re-designed online store, Pastor Appreciation Gifts, is now up and running, and we’d like to invite you to visit us and take a look at the “new look.”

It has been our honor and privilege to be allowed to serve so many of you, for these many years, helping to “Honor Those Who Honor Him.”

We’ve worked very hard on this, and have spent many, many months getting the new website built, and we still have some updates and re-arranging to complete, some “spacing” issues to resolve, but we can finally invite you in for a look at our new online store.

While this is just “the tip of the iceberg,” it is still the tip, so we wanted to get it as close to completed as possible before we “opened the doors.”

We will be adding many more new products, and product categories, as we go, but we are proud to be able to begin anew with the Personalized Plaques and Christian Calligraphy Artwork we have been so blessed to offer over the years. This includes our Mini-Pulpits, Standing Billboard Plaques, in addition to “Why, Pastor, Why” Plaques, “In Praise of Pastor’s Wife,” “Letter to Assistant Pastor,” and the “Star Witness” Personalized Plaques. Plus, we have added 5” x 7” artwork, which is perfect for shelf or desktop display.

We will also be updating our online ministry efforts, with complementary looks to our Blog, Facebook, and YouTube sites.

We invite you to please visit Pastor Appreciation Gifts, where we welcome any comments, and we’d love to hear from you, and be allowed to serve you, and your family.

As always, you can call us. Our new toll-free number is 833-4PULPIT (833-478-5748), our email address is still customerservice@pastorappreciationgifts.com, and you can always use our “Contact Us” page to send us a message.

We will continue to do everything we can to serve you, in any way we can. Our mission and credo haven’t changed. We still believe that God honors those who honor Him, and that “He will bless those who bless you.”

Again, we look forward to your visit, and serving you in any way we can.

Blessings to you, and your family,

Pastor Appreciation Gifts

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I Remember: When “The Lord’s Prayer” Was a Hit Record

Hi Friends:

Recently, I was listening to an old broadcast of “American Top 40” with Casey Kasem (remember that?), and he was counting down the top hits of 1974. Yes, 1974. When I found the station, Casey was the mid-80’s section of the countdown … and there it was …

Coming in at number 86 on the year-long countdown was … “The Lord’s Prayer.”
Yes … “that” Lord’s Prayer, put to music and recorded by Sister Janet Mead.

Hold on … That’s not all:
The song reached # 3 on the Australian Charts, and … The song became an international hit record …
Yes …an international hit record.
Hold on … That’s not all:
It sold three million copies worldwide, reaching at the top of the “pop charts” in nations like Canada, Japan, Brazil, Germany, and the United States.

Yes … “that” United States.

The song entered Billboard’s Top 100 charts on February 24, 1974, was on the charts for 13 weeks, and reached # 4 on the charts in April, 1974, during “Holy Week,” the week before Easter Sunday. The record also reached # 2 on the Adult Contemporary singles chart. “The Lord’s Prayer” was a certified “Gold Record” in the United States, meaning sales of over One Million copies. The single earned her a Grammy Award nomination.
 
The single was the very first Australian recording to sell over one million copies in the United States.

Plus … this:
It also became the only song to hit the Top 10 in which the entire lyrical content originated from the words of the Bible. More specifically, it is the only Top 10 hit whose lyrics were attributed to Jesus Christ.

Janet Meade was (and is) an Australian Catholic nun. She taught music at Saint Aloysius College where the original music video for “The Lord’s Prayer” was filmed. She was born in Adelaide, South Australia. When she was 17, she formed a rock band to provide music for the weekly Mass at her local church. She studied piano at the Adelaide Conservatorium before joining the Sisters of Mercy order and became a music teacher at local Catholic schools.

Mead began making professional recordings of her music for schools and churches in 1973. Later in 1973, she traveled to Sydney for a recording session with Festival Records, produced by Martin Erdman. Originally wanted as a “B” side, “The Lord’s Prayer” became an international hit record. Mead donated her share of the royalties to charity.

In 2004, Mead received the Yamaha Golden Gospel Award in recognition of her services to Australian Christian music.

I just checked “Billboard’s Top 100” for the week of April 13, 1974, and “The Lord’s Prayer” is listed as # 4.

I know you are curious, so here goes:
At # 3 on the charts, “TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)” by MFSB Featuring The Three Degrees
# 2: “Hooked On A Feeling” by Blue Swede
# 1: “Bennie And The Jets” by Elton John

As I look at the charts for that week, I see … “moving up 7 notches this week, up to # 20 on the charts is … ‘Tubular Bells’ by Mike Oldfield … the theme for the movie “The Exorcist.”

It would be so easy to do a “then vs. now” commentary, but, I don’t think I need to.

We decided to share this particular video of the song, as it has a lot of photos of Janet Meade, and some of the record labels which released the singles.

Usually, we add the words to the song we are featuring.
Don’t think we have to, on this one.

Please enjoy Sister Janet Meade and her hit recording of
“The Lord’s Prayer.”