2020 NWHPC Christmas Prayer

Give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. -Ephesians 5:20

The annual Northwest Houston Photo Club Christmas party affords me the opportunity to offer a prayer before we eat. I write a prayer for the occasion with specific connections to our group. Here’s this year’s prayer.

O Lord, You’ve been so good to us
With gifts and blessings pure.
We’ve come again to celebrate 
With friends and food and much good cheer.

Thank you for this food and crowd:
The people we hold dear,
And for the many good experiences 
We’ve encountered this past year.

Programs that open our eyes anew,
And keep us keen and sharp;
Those who have shared their knowledge and art:
We’re thankful for their part.

We’ve seen and clicked and captured the print,
And shown it for review.
We’ve enjoyed a growing fellowship
Of friends both old and new.

We’ve enjoyed our new meeting space
And with it a larger crowd.
And much more competition 
And images of which many should be proud.

So whether ours is Sony, Nikon, Pentax,
Canon, or any other gear,
We raise our glasses and say thank you
For Christmas joy and cheer.

As I end this Christmas Prayer,
I’m thankful most of all
For your great love and kindness shared

In the Babe of Bethlehem’s stall.

I offer this prayer in Jesus’ name,
And if you wish, my photo friends,
To join me in the same,
You may add your Amen as this prayer now ends.

Amen.

We also sang this prayer which I wrote (to the tune of O Tannenbaum).

Chorus:

O photo club O photo club
What fun we’ve had together!
O photo club O photo club
What fun we’ve had together!

Not only when we win the prize,
But also where the rule of thirds applies!
O photo club O photo club
What fun we’ve had together! [Chorus]

It’s time for Christmas cheer at last
And food and fun for every guest.
O photo club O photo club
What fun we’ve had together! [Chorus]

So with a prayer, good will toward all
I’ll say this prayer: God bless us all.
O photo club O photo club
What fun we’ve had together! [Chorus]

As Jesus’ birth we celebrate
So to our God we can relate.
O photo club O photo club
What fun we’ve had together! [Chorus]

So welcome here all and one,
We’re glad you’re here for all this fun!
O photo club O photo club
What fun we’ve had together! [Chorus]

 

2 comments
    • Thanks Don. The rule of thirds has to do with photo composition. Generally speaking (and there are always exceptions) it’s a good idea to put the point of interest in an area ⅓ right or left, and ⅓ up or down in the image. It’s also related to the “Golden Mean” which was derived from a study of the masters of the Renaissance. You’ll have to look that up for yourself. There’s more to it than I can easily summarize…but very interesting. Blessings! David Bahn

      And God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light. God saw that the light was good. – Genesis 1:3-4 > >

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