Gonna Memorize it Cold!


It went through my mind as I had a small panic attack at the lecturn this morning. Our church in Elko once had used a Sunday School program from Faith Inkubators (F.I.N.K.).  Part of that program was a song called  “New Testament Rap.”

It was a way to teach youngsters the books of the New Testament in order:  Matthew Mark Luke John Acts Romans First and Second Corinthians. Galatians Ephesians Phillipians Colossians.  1, 2 Thessalonians 2 Timothys and a Titus.  And Philemon and Hebrews and James and Peter One and Two. And Three from John and one from Jude and Revelations ends it, Dude! New Testament. Gonna memorize it cold!

I was the lector today.  The readings are ALWAYS printed on the back page of the bulletin.  In small print.  When I know that I am reading, I go to Textweek.com and print the readings….in LARGE print….so I can read comfortably.

I worked a few hours of overtime this week, though, and was “foggy” and forgot to print the text.  And the second reading was NOT printed in the bulletin.   There was only a notice:  “Romans 8:22-27-Not Printed.”

Nancy, the assistant minister saw my panic, realized the problem, and went and fetched a Bible from the front pew.  I took it and as I thumbed through the pages, the song ran through my head:  “Matthew Mark Luke John Acts Romans….ROMANS!

I am the first to admit that I didn’t like the FINK program.  I found it juvenile and silly.

But, boy, am I glad I learned the New Testament Rap.

Gonna memorize it. Cold.