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worship lisTings s P e C i A l A d ver T ising se CTion to advertise call 214.560.4203 Night cometh But July days seem to last forever If any month is vacation month, it like, “Fussed at Blair to mow the lawn.” must be July. Things slow down some at There was a fair amount of fussing with the church I serve, because in July many Grandma, as I remember; but I loved of the saints flee the Texas heat and head her. I can still smell her violet perfume. I used to swear I could tell whether for the hills and the beaches. Grandma had ever had a dollar bill in For me, July brings back memories of her purse by simply smelling it. being out of school for what seemed an Tempus fugit , they say (it’s a little endless summer when, as author Fred easier to accept the swift flight of time Buechner describes it, we “ran forever when it’s expressed in Latin). Or, as the through the firefly dusk.” When we great clock on the steeple of Park Cities were children, hours and days had not Baptist puts it, “Night Cometh.” I avoid yet experienced the inflation of age. It Northwest Highway if I can, because that was a time when a dollar could still buy sounds so ominous. But when I get into something special, and a day could still one of these July reveries, I see the truth last forever. On July mornings, my school friend, of it. It’s been more than a half-century Tom, would appear at 8 o’clock sharp at the kitchen screen door, eager for a day of riding bikes. A little As the great clock on the steeple peanut butter and jelly on toast, and we were gone of Park Cities Baptist puts it, for the day, exploring back “Night Cometh.” I avoid Northwest alleys and building great Highway if I can, because that forts in the woods. In those sounds so ominous. days, if there were rea-sons for parents to worry, they were not yet aware of them; and we knew that we could stay out until near sunset, when my mother would ring since Tom knocked at the kitchen door. the bell that meant that supper was on He’s retired now after a long career with the telephone company. Night cometh, the table. An only child, I was raised by my par-and one of these days we’ll both hear ents and my maternal Grandma Butch-Mom’s bell, ringing in the distance, an-er, who was completely the product of nouncing that dinner is on. And there another age and time. When she was will be fresh sweet corn and home-a child my age, it was still “18-some-grown tomatoes, and Grandma with her thing,” which was incomprehensible to smell of violets, happily fussing at me to me. I still have 27 years of her diaries, mow the lawn. That’s the way it is in July. May it be which she kept as religiously as she attended church. They include entries so for you. Blair Monie is senior pastor of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church (phpc.org). The Worship section is a regular feature underwritten by Advocate Publishing and the churches listed on these pages. For information about help-ing support the Worship section, call 214.560.4202. BAPTIST PARK CITIES BAPTIST CHURCH / 3933 Northwest Pky / pcbc.org All services & Bible Study 9:15 & 10:45. Trad. & Blended (Sanctuary), Contemporary (Great Hall), Amigos de Dios (Gym) / 214.860.1500 WIlSHIRE BAPTIST / 4316 Abrams / 214.452.3100 Pastor George A. Mason Ph.D. / Worship 8:30 & 11:00 am Bible Study 9:40 am / www.wilshirebc.org BIBlE CHURCHES NORTH HIGHlANDS BIBlE CHURCH / www.nhbc.net Sunday: Lifequest (all ages) 9:00 am / Worship 10:30 am Wed: Student Ministry 7:00 pm / 9626 Church Road / 214.348.9697 DISCIPlES Of CHRIST EAST DAllAS CHRISTIAN CHURCH / 629 N. Peak Street / 214.824.8185 Sunday School 9:30 am / THE TABLE Worship Gathering 9:30 am Worship 8:30 & 10:50 am / Rev. Deborah Morgan / www.edcc.org used for small ver tical and social media lUTHERAN ZION lUTHERAN CHURCH & SCHOOl / 6121 E Lovers Ln. Sunday: Sunday School 9:15 am, Worship 8:00 am, 10:30 am, & 6:00 pm / 214.363.1639 / www.ziondallas.org NON-DENOMINATIONAl SHORElINE DAllAS CHURCH / 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane ShorelineDallas.com / 469.227.0471 / Pastor Earl McClellan Everyone’s Welcome at 9:15am / Children’s & Youth Ministry PRESByTERIAN NORTHPARK PRESByTERIAN CHURCH / 214.363.5457 9555 N. Central Expwy. / www.northparkpres.org Pastor: Rev. Brent Barry / 8:30 & 11:00 am Sunday Services UNITy UNITy Of DAllAS / A Positive Path For Spiritual Living 6525 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75230 / 972-233-7106 / UnityDallas.org Sunday services: 9:00 am & 11:00 am AdvOcATEmAg.cOm STAY used for THE small hor izontal IN KNOW be local be local July 2012 farnor thdallas.advocatemag.com 23

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Night cometh<br /> <br /> But July days seem to last forever<br /> <br /> If any month is vacation month, it must be July. Things slow down some at the church I serve, because in July many of the saints flee the Texas heat and head for the hills and the beaches.<br /> <br /> For me, July brings back memories of being out of school for what seemed an endless summer when, as author Fred Buechner describes it, we “ran forever through the firefly dusk.” When we were children, hours and days had not yet experienced the inflation of age. It was a time when a dollar could still buy something special, and a day could still last forever.<br /> <br /> On July mornings, my school friend, Tom, would appear at 8 o’clock sharp at the kitchen screen door, eager for a day of riding bikes. A little peanut butter and jelly on toast, and we were gone for the day, exploring back alleys and building great forts in the woods. In those days, if there were reasons for parents to worry, they were not yet aware of them; and we knew that we could stay out until near sunset, when my mother would ring the bell that meant that supper was on the table.<br /> <br /> An only child, I was raised by my parents and my maternal Grandma Butcher, who was completely the product of another age and time. When she was a child my age, it was still “18-something,” which was incomprehensible to me. I still have 27 years of her diaries, which she kept as religiously as she attended church. They include entries Like, “Fussed at Blair to mow the lawn.” There was a fair amount of fussing with Grandma, as I remember; but I loved her. I can still smell her violet perfume.I used to swear I could tell whether Grandma had ever had a dollar bill in her purse by simply smelling it.<br /> <br /> Tempus fugit, they say (it’s a little easier to accept the swift flight of time when it’s expressed in Latin). Or, as the great clock on the steeple of Park Cities Baptist puts it, “Night Cometh.” I avoid Northwest Highway if I can, because that sounds so ominous. But when I get into one of these July reveries, I see the truth of it. It’s been more than a half-century Since Tom knocked at the kitchen door. He’s retired now after a long career with the telephone company. Night cometh, and one of these days we’ll both hear Mom’s bell, ringing in the distance, announcing that dinner is on. And there will be fresh sweet corn and homegrown tomatoes, and Grandma with her smell of violets, happily fussing at me to mow the lawn.<br /> <br /> That’s the way it is in July. May it be so for you. <br /> <br /> Blair Monie is senior pastor of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church (phpc.org). The Worship section is a regular feature underwritten by Advocate Publishing and the churches listed on these pages. For information about helping support the Worship section, call 214.560.4202.

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