Sunday, November 1, 2009

A Prayer for Charitable Giving by Ogden Nash

A good friend just gave me a history of of St. Andrews by the Sea in Rye Beach, NH. It contains an O.N. poem when he was a member of the Parish Committee, that no doubt engendered smiles and donations.

Saint Andrew was a fisher
In the Galilean Sea
He left his nets upon the shore
When his Lord said "Follow Me."

Saint Andrew went rejoicing
He served without regrets
But in his namesake parish
We sorely need his nets

All you who know Saint Andrew's
Now let your hearts be roused
The Church must be in order set
The Clergy must be housed

The parish we loved in summer
In winter we forget
And therefor with this message
Is cast Saint Andrew's net

The yearly cost grows greater
The yearly yield is small
Oh Lord who blessed Saint Andrew
Send us one shining haul.

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