Monmouth “We Didn’t Start the Fire”

I started this year’s state of the presbytery at Monmouth Presbytery singing these words to the Billy Joel song, “We Didn’t Light the Fire.”  Some similarities to the New Brunswick version of a couple weeks ago … some noticeable differences.  Just like the presentations themselves.

We Didn’t Start the Fire
(with apologies to Billy Joel)

Marie begins, email news, constant contact sign-ups too
Sandy Superstorm hits hard, then add a foot of snow
Walt recruited right away, visits made with PDA
Donations, gifts cards, coming in, SRT’s a go.

Congregations on the shore though wet themselves open the door,
mission work groups coming in from local and afar.
Need to hire Mary-Lynn; emails, calls, connect us in
Village hosts identified; grants and volunteers arrive.

We didn’t start the fire,
It was always burning
since the world was turning
We didn’t start the fire
No we didn’t light it
but we tried to fight it

Congregation crises hit (can’t get into most of it);
Clif Christopher at Manasquan; per capita review
Deficit, reductions loom; new database makes office zoom.
Gracious Discernment Team, Policy approved
Mount Holly, prayer and fasting, votes, report to presbytery notes,
Thelma, cancer, what a loss, all there at Principe de Paz
Mother of the Bride, it’s true. Two busses needed for Purdue,
Mission Week Experience, Grand-opening of Genesis,

We didn’t start the fire,
It was always burning
since the world was turning
We didn’t start the fire
No we didn’t light it
but we tried to fight it

This was the introduction to the State of the Presbytery address I gave to Monmouth Presbytery on September 24, 2013.  The rest of the address can be found here:

 

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