getting religion

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GETTING RELIGION

MY DOG IS GETTING RELIGION

HE ATE THE BABY JESUS OUT OF THE MANGER

THE SHEPHERDS WERE TENDING THEIR SHEEP

THE WISE MEN WERE LOOKING FOR A STAR

MARY AND JOSEPH FELL OVER IN AWE

JESUS WENT DOWN THE DOG’S GULLET

I LOOKED FOE CHANGES

IN MY POOCH’S BEHAVIOR

SAW NONE

HE STILL SHED

SLOBBERED HIS WATER

NEEDED TO BE WALKED

WHERE HE SALUTED EVERY TREE AS USUAL

BUT THEN HE DIDN’T HAVE TO LEARN

HOW TO BE TRUSTWORTHY

AND FAITHFUL

A FOLK LEGEND

SAYS

THAT A DOG’S LIFE IS SHORT

BECAUSE EVERYONE LIVES LONG ENOUGH

TO BECOME LOYAL AND TRUSTWORTHY

IF THEY TRY

DOGS LEARN FASTER

IN FACT

A COMMON NAME FOR DOGS

USED TO BE

FIDO

LATIN FOR I TRUST

GOD HAS BEEN CALLED

THE HOUND FROM HEAVEN

HE WILL PURSUE YOU

TIRELESSLY

TO LAY AT YOUR FEET

THE BABY JESUS

THAT HE MAY BECOME

YOURS

FRANK A VOLLMER

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galatians

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GALATIANS

I WOULDN’T INVITE HIM TO MY PARTY

PAUL I MEAN

I WOULDN’T INVITE HIM TO MY PARTY

I’D GROW WEARY

OF ALWAYS IN YOUR FACE CONFRONTATION

OF ALWAYS BEING RIGHT

MY SELF

I LIKE HEROES

WITH WEAKNESS

I

CAN IDENTIFY WITH THEM

SO I WONDER

DID THE OTHER APOSTLES

WHEN ALL THE T’S WERE CROSSED

AND ALL THE I’S WERE DOTTED

DID THE HUMBLE FISHERMEN

SAY TO THE LEARNED SCHOLAR

REMEMBER THE POOR

IF WE FORGET THE POOR

THEN ALL OUR SCHOLARSHIP

IS NOTHING

BUT A RESOUNDING GONG

OR A CLANGING CYMBAL

REMEMBER THE POOR

FRANK A VOLLMER

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IT PLEASES ME

TO SEE

A BIRD PERCHING ON THE CROSS

ATOP OUR STEEPLE

PERHAPS RESTING

FROM A JOURNEY

OR JUST A QUIET MOMENT

IT PLEASES ME

THAT HE SEES

IN THE CROSS

THAT THE CROSS

IS A SIGN

OF PEACE AND REST

WON FOR US AT GREAT PRICE

GIVEN TO US A NO COST

IT REMINDS US

THAT WE SHOULD BE WORTHY

OF THIS GIFT

FREE TO US

AS THE PERCH IS TO THE BIRD

FRANK A VOLLMER

A SOURCE OF PEACE AND REST

AS IT REMINDS US

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FORGIVE

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FORGIVE

IMAGINE IF YOU WILL

THAT YOU ARE JESUS

STANDING ON TOP OF A HIGH MOUNTAIN

ON THE NORTH SIDE

OF THE SEA OF GALILEE

YOU ARE LOOKING DOWN

AT THE SEA OF GALILEE

THE MOUNTAIN IS IN GALILEE.

LOOKING SOUTH

YOU SEE THE KINGDOM OF JUDEA

THE CAPITAL

JERUSALEM.

LOOKING EAST YOU SEE PEREA

LOOKING WEST YOU SEE SAMARIA

YOU ARE SAD

BECAUSE THERE IS MUCH HATRED

IN THE LAND

THE PROMISED LAND

HAS BEEN CONQUERED BY ROME

DIVIDED INTO THE FOUR PARTS

OF GALILEE, JUDEA, SAMARIA AND PEREA

THE JEWS HATE THE ROMANS

WHO ARE EVERYWHERE

ACTING AS POLICEMEN

THE JEWS HATE THE SAMARITANS

THE PEREANS

BECAUSE THEY WORSHIP GOD

IN A NON JEWISH MANNER

JESUS LOOKS DOWN AT THE LAKE

AS HE DOES

HE LOOKS BACK IN TIME

REMEMBERS THE EVENTS

Of HIS STARTING MINISTRY

HE REMEMBERS

HIS BAPTISM BY JOHN

WHERE GOD THE FATHER

DECLARED THAT JESUS WAS HIS SON

THEN THE WEDDING AT CANA

WHERE HE CHANGED WATER INTO WINE

THEN HIS FIRST SERMON AT NAZARETH

HIS REJECTION BY HIS NEIGHBORS

THEN WE REMEMBERS THE MIRACLE OF THE FISHES

WHERE THE APOSTLES CAUGHT SO MANY

THE BOAT BEGAN TO SINK.

TODAY HE REMEMBERS

COMING DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN

PREACHING THE SERMON ON THE PLAIN

ALSO CALLED THE BEATITUDES

BUT BEFORE HE CAME DOWN OFF THE MOUNTAIN

JESUS LOOKED DOWN

AT THE DIVIDED KINGDOM

HE WAS SADDENED

THIS WAS NOT HIS FATHER’S DREAM

FOR THIS LAND

THIS PROMISED LAND

FOR ITS PEOPLE.

RELIGION HAD BECOME

AN OBSERVANCE OF LAWS AND RITUALS

THE PRIESTS ARGUED

OVER SUCH THINGS AS

CAN A MAN WITH A WOODEN LEG

WALK ON THE SABBATH

BECAUSE THE WOODEN LEG

WAS A BURDEN

ONE COULD NOT

CARRY A BURDEN

ON THE SABBATH

BECAUSE CARRYING A BURDEN

WAS WORK

THE PERFORMANCE OF RITUAL

IN THE TEMPLE WAS SUCH

THAT

ON ANY PASSOVER

OVER 250,000 LAMBS WERE SOLD

SLAIN IN ONE DAY

MAKING GOD’S HOUSE

MORE A SLAUGHTER FACTORY

THAN A HOUSE OF GOD

THIS IS WHAT HIS FATHER’S RELIGION

HAD BECOME

HE IS SADDENED.

SO HE SLOWLY COMES DOWN THE MOUNTAIN

PREACHES THE BEATITUDES

LUKE HAS A SENTENCE

AT THE BEGINNING

OF THE BEATITUDES

THAT SAYS

THERE WERE PEOPLE

FROM SIDON AND TYRE

IN THE CROWD

HE DID THIS DELIBERATELY

BECAUSE THE JEWS ALSO HATED

THOSE FROM SIDON AND TYRE

SO JESUS LOOKS AT THE CROWD

THAT HAD SO MUCH HATE

HE PREACHES A SERMON

ON FORGIVENESS

A SERMON, WHICH SAYS

IF ANYONE HITS YOU,

TURN THE OTHER CHEEK.

EASY TO SAY

DIFFICULT TO DO

JESUS SAYS

FORGIVE YOUR ENEMIES,

DO GOOD TO THOSE WHO HURT YOU.

WHEN EVERY PART OF YOUR BEING

SAYS MAKE A FIST

HURT YOUR ENEMY

JESUS SAYS LOVE THEM.

JESUS HAS GOT TO BE KIDDING HERE

RIGHT

BUT ULTIMATELY

JESUS IS RIGHT.

FOR WITHOUT FORGIVENESS

NATIONS WILL FIGHT

LONG PAST REMEMBERING

WHY THEY ARE FIGHTING,

NEIGHBORS WILL FIGHT

LONG PAST REMEMBERING

WHY THEY ARE FIGHTING,

FAMILIES WILL FIGHT

LONG PAST REMEMBERING

WHY THEY ARE FIGHTING

HUSBAND AND WIVES

WILL FIGHT

LONG PAST REMEMBERING

WHY THEY ARE FIGHTING,

BROTHERS AND SISTERS

YOUNG OR GROWN OLD

TILL NEAR DEATH

WILL FIGHT

LONG PAST REMEMBERING

WHY THEY ARE FIGHTING.

WHEN WILL IT END

AS THE SONG SAYS

LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH

AND LET IT BEGIN WITH ME.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE YOU TO DO

RIGHT NOW

AS A REACTION TO JESUS’ SERMON

IS WRITE DOWN WITH YOUR FINGER

ON THE PALM OF YOUR HAND

THE NAME OF THAT PERSON

YOU FIND IT HARD TO FORGIVE.

THEN RUB YOUR HANDS TOGETHER

ERASE THEIR NAME.

THINKING AS YOU DO IT

THEY ARE FORGIVEN.

TRY IT

LET GO THOSE CHUNKS OF ICE

WHICH WE ALL CARRY

THOSE CHUNKS OF ICE OF HATRED

WHICH WE ALL CARRY

LONG PAST REMEMBERING

WHY WE ARE CARRYING THEM

HARD YOU SAY.

TOO HARD

I AGREE.

BUT IT IS JESUS

NOT ME

WHO IS SPEAKING

WHEN HE SAYS

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES,

DO GOOD TO THEM,

LEND ACCORDING TO THEIR NEED

EXPECTING NOTHING BACK

BE MERCIFUL

AS YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS MERCIFUL

STILL TOO HARD

LET ME PAINT YOU A PICTURE.

THERE IS A MAN WHO IS DYING.

CONDEMNED TO DEATH

FOR A CRIME

HE DIDN’T COMMIT.

CONDEMNED TO DEATH

OUT OF JEALOUSY

FEAR OF LOSING POWER.

ALL HIS FRIENDS

HAVE DESERTED HIM

OUT OF FEAR

ONE OF HIS FRIENDS

HAS SOLD HIM FOR A PRICE

ONE OF HIS FRIENDS DENIED

HE EVER KNEW HIM.

HIS HEART

WHICH IS STRUGGLING

TO STAY ALIVE

IS STILL FILLED WITH LOVE

FOR ALL MANKIND

HE IS GIVING THINGS AWAY.

HE WILL DIE POOR.

HIS CLOTHES ARE GONE.

HE HAS GIVEN HIS MOTHER

TO THE CARE OF HIS FRIEND JOHN

NOW HE GIVES AWAY HIS ANGER.

STRUGGLING UPRIGHT ON THE NAILS

HE CRIES OUT

FATHER FORGIVE THEM

THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO.

FORGIVE THE RULERS

OF TEMPLE AND STATE,

FORGIVE THE SOLDIERS

WHO WERE CRUEL TO ME,

FORGIVE THE CROWD

GATHERED LIKE VULTURES

TO SEE ME DIE,

FORGIVE THE THIEF WHO CURSED ME

FORGIVE ALL

WHO HAVE DESERTED ME,

LIED ABOUT ME,

SOLD ME FOR A PRICE

JESUS

LOOKING DOWN FROM HIS HIGH PLACE

ON THE CROSS

LOOKING DOWN THE YEARS

FORGIVING ALL WHO HAD EVER LIVED,

WHO WERE LIVING THEN

WHO WOULD LIVE IN THE FUTURE

LOOKING DOWN FROM HIS HIGH PLACE

HE COMES HERE

CRIES OUT

FATHER FORGIVE FRANK

AND BARBARA,

JOE AND TOM,

ALICE AND JAN,

FATHER FORGIVE ALL

AND WE CRY IN RESPONSE

FATHER FORGIVE US

FORGIVE THE ONE

WE FIND IT HARD

TO FORGIVE

WE

THEY

KNOW NOT WHAT WE DO.

IN THE LIGHT OF OUR FORGIVENESS

CAN WE NOT TAKE

THE NAME OF THAT ONE PERSON

WE FIND IT HARD TO FORGIVE.

WRITE IT ON THE PALM OF OUR HAND.

RUB OUR HANDS TOGETHER

TO MAKE IT DISAPPEAR.

AND SAY TO THAT PERSON

THAT CHUNK OF ICE

THAT I HAVE CARRIED

WITH YOUR NAME ON IT

IS MELTED

I FORGIVE YOU

AND JESUS SAYS

WELL DONE MY BROTHERS

AND SISTERS

WELL DONE

IN YOU

I AM WELL PLEASED.

MAY IT BE SO AMEN

FRANK A VOLLMER

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FLIGHT TO EGYPT

THERE WERE TWO SETS OF FOOTPRINTS

A BABY’S CRY

ARMED MEN LOOKING FOR A VICTIM

THERE WERE SHEPHERDS AND WISEMEN

A BABY’S CRY

ARMED MEN LOOKING FOR A VICTIM

THERE WAS FLIGHT THERE WAS PANIC

A BABY’S CRY

ARMED MEN LOOKING FOR A VICTIM

THERE WAS A GARDEN A KISS

A YOUNG MAN’S SIGH

ARMED MEN LOOKING FOR A VICTIM

THERE WAS A CROSS THERE WAS NIGHT

A YOUNG MAN’S CRY

ARMED MEN LOOKING FOR A VICTIM

THERE IS YOU THERE IS I

A NEED TO DEFY

THE ARMED MEN LOOKING FOR A VICTIM

AS CHRIST CAME ONCE HE COMES AGAIN

IF HE COMES NOW WOULD WE TRY

WOULD WE MAKE A SHIELD

OR JUST STAND BY

IGNORING FOOTSTEPS AND A BABY’S CRY

THE ARMED MEN AND THE VICTIM

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FIVE THOUSAND

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FIVE THOUSAND

HE HAD COMPASSION ON THEM

THEM

BEING THE CROWD

THAT FOLLOWED HIM

HUNGRY FOR THE GOOD NEWS

THEY WERE TRULY HUNGRY NOW

HOT

TIRED

DIRTY

LIGHT HEADED

FROM FATIGUE

NO FOOD

HE’D HEARD ABOUT JOHN

HE CRAVED SOLITUDE

SILENCE

SOLACE

HE NEEDED TO GRIEVE

BUT THEY FOLLOWED HIM

WOULD NOT LEAVE HIM ALONE

HE FELT COMPASSION FOR THEM

HE TOOK BREAD

FISH

FED FIVE THOUSAND

THE POOR

SHARING WHAT LITTLE THEY HAD

IN ANOTHER PART OF THE KINGDOM

FIVE THOUSAND

HAD LABORED

TO SUPPLY A FEAST

WITH FOOD

SILK GARMENTS

JEWELS

OINTMENTS

SOAPS

FINE WINES

A FEAST FOR A FEW

THE SERVANTS WOULD HAVE TO WAIT

LIKE DOGS AROUND THE TABLE

THEY WAITED

NO CONCERN GIVEN THEM

THEY WAITED

SO THEY COULD EAT

LEFTOVERS

THERE WAS ALSO

MUSIC

DANCING

MURDER

THE ROARING TONGUE OF CONSCIENCE

WAS SILENCED

BUT NOT QUIET

IN THE ECHOES OF HIS MIND

RANG THE WORDS

UNLAWFUL

UNLAWFUL

UNLAWFUL

JESUS

WAS SADDENED

BY THE DEATH

OF HIS FRIEND

THE WAY THE WEAK

WERE TREATED BY THE STRONG

MY FATHER DID NOT CREATE THE WORLD

THAT THERE SHOULD BE HUNGER

PREFERENCE

OR MURDER

BUT JESUS

SETTING AN EXAMPLE

TOOK BREAD AND FISH

WHAT LITTLE HE HAD

AND FED

FIVE THOUSAND

FRANK A VOLLMER

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