'                                                Covenant  Presbyterian Church
  230 E. Jefferson Street, Butler PA 16001

Phone 724.287.7731   /   Fax 1.866.309.2674

 A Welcoming Church for All

 

Committed to Social Justice & Peacemaking Since 1813

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 Celebrating the Advent of Our 3rd Century!

 1813 ~ 2014  

                                            READ  "HISTORICAL RECOLLECTIONS" 1938 to present

                                       READ ALL 2013 "BiCENTENNIAL HISTORY"  BULLETIN INSERTS 

      

* This Page Was Updated: December 21, 2014  *

 

 

VIEW OR DOWNLOAD
Our Current & Recent

Worship Bulletins


  CURRENT:     

12-21-2014  

 

RECENT:

12-14-2014

12-07-2014

11-30-2014

11-23-2014

11-16-2014

11-09-2014

11-02-2014

10-26-2014

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Special Services

Maundy Thursday

04-17-2014

Christmas Eve

12-24-2013

Underground Railroad

08-17-2013

 

Bicentennial Weekend

10-05-2013

10-06-2013

  

Blessing of the Pets

10-20-2013

  

Remembrance of

Departed Pets

10-20-2013

 

 

Sunday Lectionary

Commentaries

... dig deeper into the

Sunday Scripture Texts!

 

 

 

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Ministry

Page

 

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READINGS

or access the
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lectionary

 

 

 

 

Oremus

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look up any scripture

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Beaver-Butler

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website

 

 

PC (USA)
website

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Covenant Church History

from 1813 to the present
 

 

 

PC(USA)
Mission Yearbook
for Prayer & Study

 

 

 

VIEW

a very informative

summary of the

LITURGICAL

 CHURCH YEAR

with dates

and background

for each season

 

 

Important Dates
in 20
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January 6, 2014

Epiphany

 

March 4, 2014

Shrove Tuesday

 

March 5, 2014

Ash Wednesday

Lent Begins

 

March 9, 2014
1st Sunday in Lent

 

April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday

April 17, 2014
Maundy Thursday

April 18 2014
Good Friday

April 20, 2014

Easter

 

May 25, 2014

Summer Worship
Schedule Begins
at 10:00 am

(no Seekers Class)

(no Sunday School)

 

 

June 8, 2014

Pentecost

  June 15, 2014

Trinity Sunday

     

September 14, 2014
Welcome Back Sunday
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Fall Schedule Resumes

Seekers Class at 9:
45 am
Worship at 11:00 am

 

October 5, 2014
World Communion

Sunday

 

November 2, 2014

Reformation Sunday

All Saints Sunday

 

November 23, 2014

Christ the King Sunday

 

November 30, 2014
1st Sunday in Advent

(Lectionary Year B begins)

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

Christmas Eve

Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014

Christmas Day

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Communion Dates
for 2014

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  Jan  ~ No communion

Feb 2 ~ Come forward

 Mar 2~ Seated

April 6 ~ Come forward

April 17 ~ Seated

May 4 ~ Come forward

June 8 ~ Heritage style

July 6 ~ Come forward

Aug 3  ~ Seated

Sept  7 ~ Come forward

Oct 5 ~ Heritage style

Nov 30  ~Seated

Dec 24 ~ Seated

Jan 4, 2015 ~ Come forward

 

Communion at Covenant
is OPEN to all
who believe in Jesus Christ,
trust in him and try to
follow where he leads.


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who approaches

the Lord's Table

with earnest desire !

 

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translated by William Lorrimer

and read by Tom Fleming.

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lots of links for

lectionary study

 

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The scripture readings come from the Revised Common Lectionary.

 

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In the 1860's, while
our nation was torn
apart by the Civil War, members of our church showed their compassion
by establishing a stop on
the underground railroad.
 

Read more about
"The Underground Railroad"
(Background & History)

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PC (USA) ?
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What We Believe

What We Don't Believe

The Book of Order


The Book of Confessions
 


CLICK HERE

 

METRIC - U.S.
CONVERSION
CHART

 

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                                  Pastor. . . . . . . . . . Rev. Dr. James E. Swanson        

                                  Office Secretary . . . . . . . . . Elsie Codispot

                                  Sexton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Lars Morrison

                                  Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Tom Davidson

                                  Clerk of Session  . . . . . . . . . Nancy Blewett

 

              < View Our Congregational Leader Directory >

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DIRECT LINK to the
AUDIO RECORDING
Michael Desnoyers' Sunday Recital
following worship on Nov. 23rd

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Join Us for Worship!

    

December 21, 2014

11:00 am

   

Traditional Worship
with Pipe Organ & Choir
 
Our service is followed by
a "Food & Fellowship Hour"
each and every Sunday

 

Scripture Texts

RCL Year A 

  

Psalm 24 

Isaiah 29: 13-24 

Philippians 4: 4-7     

Luke 3: 1-3, 7-18 

                         

Advent Candle Lighters

Lars & Ann Morrison

Liturgist

Nancy Blewett

   

 Choral Anthem

" Ave, Ave, the Angel Sang   "

  Robert Lau   

Covenant Choir

Beverly Antis, Music Director

      

 Sermon

"  What Should We Do?   "

    Rev. Dr. James E. Swanson

preaching

 

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A Class for Inquisitive Adults

 

Current Topic: ADVENT

PRESENTERS

December 14 : Bob Mathias

December 21 : Pastor Jim

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Our Worship Time is 11:00 am

 

  HANDICAP RAMP 

GROUND LEVEL ENTRANCE
in the rear off E. New Castle Street
(the back alley behind Butler Jr. High School)

An ELEVATOR indoors
offers access from the ground floor
to the sanctuary level 

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We are a PC (USA) congregation

 of Reformed belief, Caring hearts

and Inquiring minds, following

where the Spirit of God beckons.

Join us on our journey!

New Visitors & Guests
Always Welcome !   

 
 

ALL ARE WELCOME HERE !

Even as the world seeks to judge or divide us according to our economic, racial and ethnic groups, ages, gender, abilities, preferences, politics and theological positions, we believe that in Christ there should be no such division.

Our congregation is strengthened through difference and diversity, and in the name of our Lord Jesus, we welcome all who come seeking refuge and healing from condemnation, prejudice and discrimination.  

All are welcome here !

 

A Brief History of the

Presbyterian Church

in our country, 1706 to 2013

 

 

PEACEMAKING LINKS:

 

Preaching Peace. org

Educating the Church

in Jesus’ Vision of Peace

 

Presbyterian Peacemaking

Many resources here

 

 

 

Online Periodicals

Butler Eagle Online 

Presbyterian Outlook

Presbyterians Today

The Christian Century

Sojourners

 

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For Rest, Relaxation

& Spiritual Renewal...

consider a day's visit to  

 

  Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

616 N. Highland Ave., Pgh. PA

Get Directions

 

      Villa Maria Retreat Center

Villa Maria, Pennsylvania

 

See the Villa Calendar of Events

Open to the Public

Get Directions 

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QUIK-LINKS

     

             Online Interlinear Greek-English Text

 

      Gospel Parallels Bible Study
      A wonderful on-line tool to examine the
      similarities and differences among the
      gospel accounts.  You should check this out!

      Bible Gateway Online
      All the popular translations...and you can
      even
hear the scripture read (streaming
      audio icon)
       
     
Books of the Bible
       All 66 books of the O.T. and N.T. arranged
       in order on a "visual bookshelf" 

     Religion-online.org
      Full texts by recognized religious
      scholars;  more than 5,700 articles

       TED Radio Hour ~ NPR Podcast

       Based on riveting TEDTalks from the world's

       most remarkable minds

 

Theology Matters 
Quarterly Presbyterian theological journal,
published by Faith, Family and Ministry,
 "a group of Presbyterian women and men,
clergy and laity who believe that theology
does matter.  All articles of all issues posted,
 from its beginning in 1995 to present.

    

  • Have you ever read
    "The Cotton Patch Version"
    of the New Testament?  Author and
    biblical scholar, activist and founder of Koinonia Community, Clarence Jordan,
    offers a mind-opening reinterpreptation
    of Paul's epistles set in our own time
    and culture.  To begin your journey....
    click here.
     
  • Read the full text of
    The Cotton Patch Gospels

     
  • Read more about
    Clarence Jordan
    at the
    Koinonia Partners website
    or
    read a biography at Wikipedia.
     
  • Read about Millard Fuller's
    vision for a changed world and
    the work of Habitat for Humanity
    International, which he founded
    in 1976 in Americus, Georgia.

 

 

 

QUESTION:
Have you ever wondered why
"bad things" often happen to
"good people" ? 

QUESTION:
Are you struggling to find some
bit of comfort or to make some
sense out of all the pain
and suffering in the world today?

QUESTION:
Do you ever wonder what, if anything,
you yourself have done to deserve
the "bad things" that have come
your way lately?

SUGGESTION:
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A PRAYER FOR BUSY PEOPLE:

Oh Lord, I am so tired.  It seems like my to-do list gets longer each day, and the frenzy in my home each night gets wilder. 

Help me, dear Jesus.  Let me feel your loving arms wrap me tightly in the warm embrace of your endless love. Teach me to make wiser choices about my time, to remember what is more important, and to say "NO" whenever my "Yes" would take me away from your presence and your peace. 

Fill me with patience, a desire for simple pleasures, and a sense of humor and mirth. Remind me of your deep love for those who are lost, and let your sweet gift of non-judgmental love encourage me to face life with courage and hope instead of fear.   Amen.
 

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The Blessing in "No!"

I asked God to take away my pride.
God said, "No.
"It is not for me to take away,
but for you to give up."

I asked God to make my

handicapped child whole.
God said, "No.
"Her spirit is whole--

her body is only temporary."

I asked God to give me patience.
God said, "No.
"Patience is a by-product of tribulations.
It isn't granted, it's earned."

I asked God to give me happiness.
God said, "No.
"I give you blessings.
Happiness is up to you."

I asked God to spare me pain.
God said, "No.
"Suffering draws you apart

from worldly cares
and draws you closer to me."

I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said, "No.
"You must grow on your own,
but I will prune you to make you productive."

I asked God for all things

that I might enjoy life.
God said, "No.
"I will give you life so that

you may enjoy all things."

I asked God to help me love others,
as much as He loves me.
God said, "AAAhhhhhhhhh!
Finally, you have the idea!"


Author Unknown

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The American Colonist's Library

 


A Treasury of Primary Source Documents Pertaining to Early American History:

An invaluable collection of literature

and historical writings relevant to the colonists and arranged in chronological sequence from 500 B.C. to 1800 A.D.

 

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ReligiousTolerance.org

 



 

 

 

"Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong."

 


 

WORSHIP RESOURCES

http://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.ca/  

   http://re-worship.blogspot.ca/2012/06/index-listing.html 

http://liturgy.slu.edu/

http://www.preachingpeace.org/

 

Please Join Us on

Christmas Eve

Wednesday, December 24

for Our Traditional Service of

Lessons &  Carols

With Communion (seated)

 

7:00 ~ Festival Music (prelude)
7:30 pm ~ Worship begins
9:00 pm ~ Worship concludes with
Candle lighting                                                             

 

Daily Advent Devotionals

Meditations and prayers written by

the student and faculty community at

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

 

       Week 1  ~  Nov. 30 thru Dec. 6

       Week 2  ~  Dec. 7 thru Dec. 13

       Week 3  ~  Dec. 14 thru Dec. 20

       Week 4  ~  Dec. 21 thru Dec. 24

 

 

 

 

Are you Having Trouble Deciding

What To Give

That Person Who "has everything" ? ? ?

click here

 

 

 

TO SEE A CALENDAR

of all OUR CHURCH events 

CLICK HERE

 

 

 

 

CLICK HERE

to access our archive of

AUDIO WORSHIP FILES

 

Want to hear a Sunday service...

or just catch the sermon?

This new feature will let you "catch up"

on what you may have missed!

 

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Pray for Peace

in the Middle East

 

 

 

 

What Could You Do With

3 Extra Hours each day ?

 

FOR A SUGGESTION...

 Read this

 

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NOW...  you can click below

on the Mission Yearbook Logo

to read each DAILY entry

(with links to the daily lectionary)

 

 

 

CLICK THE LOGO BELOW TO VISIT

many interesting articles, ebooks & features

 

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Resources to Find Out More

About Hunger

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Recommended Links

of Interest to Our Friends

in the LGBT Community  

 

 

 

HISTORY LINKS

Last year -- 2013 -- marked the Bicentennial
 of our congregation's founding.  Two hundred
years ago, life was quite a bit different, as you
know.  Western Pennsylvania was the frontier, largely unsettled and beset with many obstacles. 


For anyone interested in learning more about the history of Butler County, the settlers who were our spiritual ancestors and other fascinating details of life in the early 19th century right here in Butler,
visit any or all of these links:


1895 History, Table of Contents

1883 History, Table of Contents

1883 Pioneer Life

History of First Presbyterian Church

The Region Prior to 1796

To learn about the history of Presbyterians in America from 1706 to the present...
  
Click on this Link

   

   Even as the world seeks to divide us according to our economic, racial, and ethnic groups, ages, gender, abilities, preferences, politics and theological positions, we believe that in Christ there is no such division. Our congregation is strengthened through difference and diversity.

   We welcome all to our church community and its activities, especially those who feel estranged, misunderstood or are searching for respite from the stresses and anxieties of life.  Our programs, services and pastoral care are available to members and non-members alike. 

 

   If you feel a desire to deepen your faith...   or to "come back to God" because you've been disappointed with or "nudged away" from a previous faith community...

   ...don't give up.  We may be what you are seeking ~ a place to think and talk and learn about matters of the spirit within an open and accepting, Christ-imitating, neighbor-loving family of faith.  

 

   Covenant is a

      Welcoming Church
     
     for all !

  • Grow in your knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ

  • Enjoy the fellowship of others who are also seeking spiritual strength and loving encouragement to meet the demands of stressful life

  • Open your mind to better understand and appreciate other persons, cultures, religions and lifestyles

  • Experience uplifting worship with traditional, classical music and insightful contemporary preaching

  • Find respite from weariness, release from guilt, and mentors to guide you on your spiritual journey

  • Feel the unconditional acceptance of a community of believers who welcome the stranger, the needy, the lonely and "the different" 

 

 

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THANKS FOR VISITING
OUR WEBSITE !

please visit us in person

See Map

and Get Directions

 

 

To Contact Us
 Email the Church Office

 Email Pastor Jim Swanson

 

Office Phone

724-287-7731


Office Hours

Mon-Tue-Thur-Fri ~ 9 am - 4 pm
Wednesdays ~ 9 am - noon 

 

 

 

Covenant

Cupboard
Community

Food Bank

 

  HOURS

 FOR DISTRIBUTION

9 AM to 11 AM

 

DOWNSTAIRS in FELLOWSHIP HALL

PLEASE ENTER BY E. NEW CASTLE ST. DOOR

 

2014 Dates of Distribution

 

Patrons A - K

 
Mon. Oct. 20  &  Thurs. Oct. 23

Thurs. Nov. 13  &  Mon. Nov. 17

Thurs. Dec. 11  &  Mon. Dec. 15

 

 

Patrons L - Z

 

Mon. Oct. 27  &  Thurs. Oct. 30

Thurs. Nov. 20  &  Mon. Nov. 24

Thurs. Dec. 18  &  Mon. Dec. 22

 

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 Baskets for your food donations are
located at the E. Jefferson St. entrance
.

 

 Food donations welcomed!
Call 724-287-7731

before delivery.

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No qualification needed;

no proof of income;

no other requirement...

except that of being hungry !

 

All are welcome, including families. 

Each and every weekday,

here's where you can go in the city of Butler:

Click Here to See Complete List

of Times & Locations

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Access Full Archive of articles
HungryHearts webpage

 

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Also Be sure to Visit

 

 

PC(USA)

OFFICE OF

THEOLOGY & WORSHIP

 

Theological Issues, Worship,
Confessional Resources,
Conferences and Events,
Science and Faith, Christology,
Publications and more...


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This Day in History

 

Today's Birthday

 

 

Quote of the Day

 

 

Listen to a Daily Podcast 

of the Mission Yearbook

     for Prayer & Study

          or Read Today's entry:

 

Our Denomination

More than two million people call the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) their spiritual home. Worshiping in more than 10,000 Presbyterian congregations throughout the United States, they engage the communities in which they live and serve with God’s love.

Presbyterians trace their history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. Our heritage and our history began with John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings crystallized much of the Reformed thinking that had come before him (e.g., Martin Luther, Philipp Melanchthon, Ulrich Zwingli).  The thinkers and theologians in addition to Calvin who influenced our faith and practice include the Scotsman John Knox, early American educator and religious leader William Tennent, and others.

READ A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES
 

 

 

 

 


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Personal Lord and Savior?

 

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or
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A BLESSING PRAYER FOR THOSE
WHO ARE ABOUT TO LEAVE ON A JOURNEY:

O Lord our God, you have created a wide and wonderful world in which to travel.  I ask your blessing upon  [names] as they are about to leave on a trip.

May you, Holy Guide of all travelers, be their ever-present companion, spreading the road before them with beauty and adventure.  Free that road from harm and threat, and send your Holy Spirit as escort and protector.

On this journey may [names]  take with them a heart wrapped in wonder and a mystical map to see the invisible meanings of the events to unfold. 

Abide with them, Lord, and grant unto them your patience through  disappointments and delays, possible breakdowns and rainy days, that they might interpret all that will happen  in light of your love.

Now let [names] depart in your peace and grant them your traveling mercies in the name of Christ our Lord.  Amen.

ADAPTED FROM PRAYERS FOR THE DOMESTIC CHURCH: A HANDBOOK FOR WORSHIP IN THE HOME by Edward Hays

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Prayers for Milestones
and Moments in Life

Daily | Morning | Meals | Bedtime | Adoption | Aging | Baptism | Celebrations | Death | Parenting | Children’s Milestones | Moving |    Children’s Prayers Divorce | Illness | Marriage |   Pregnancy & Birth |

Prayers by Need

Comfort | Compassion | Depression | Fear | Forgiveness | Gratitude | Guidance | Healing | Hope | Loneliness | Loss | Peace | Praise | Protection | Strength & Courage | Stress |

 

CLASSIC PRAYERS - JOHN CALVIN

As you read these prayers, catch a glimpse into Calvin's heart of loving devotion towards God. These were uttered at the end of each of his lectures to his students on the book of Hosea.

1.

Grant, Almighty God, that as thou hast once adopted us, and continue to confirm this thy favour by calling us unceasingly to thyself, and dost not only severely chastise us, but also gently and paternally invite us to thyself, and exhort us at the same time to repentance, -- O grant that we may not be so hardened as to resist thy goodness, nor abuse this thine incredible forbearance, but submit ourselves in obedience to thee; that whenever thou mayest severely chastise us, we may bear thy corrections with genuine submission of faith, and not continue untameable and obstinate to the last, but return to thee the only fountain of life and salvation, that as thou has once begun in us a good work, so thou mayest perfect it to the day of our Lord. Amen.

2.

Grant, Almighty God, that as thou hast not only of late adopted us as thy children, but before we were born, and as thou hast been pleased to sign us, as soon as we came forth from our mother's womb, with the symbol of that holy redemption, which has been obtained for us by the blood of thy only begotten Son, though we have by our ingratitude renounced so great a benefit, --

O grant, that being mindful of our defection and unfaithfulness, of which we are all guilty, and for which thou hast justly rejected us, we may now with true humility and obedience of faith embrace the grace of thy gospel now again offered to us, by which thou reconciles thyself to us; and grant that we may steadfastly persevere in pure faith, so as never to turn aside from the true obedience of faith, but to advance more and more in the knowledge of thy mercy, that having strong and deep roots, and being firmly grounded in the confidence of sure faith, we may never fall away from the true worship of thee, until thou at length receives us in to that eternal kingdom, which has been procured for us by the blood of thy only Son. Amen.

 

To read more of John Calvin's prayers,
click HERE.

 


THE SERENITY PRAYER

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him forever

in the next.
Amen.

                             -- Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

 

 

 

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