Guest Speaker: MW:. Jeffrey M. Williamson

A Lifetime in Masonry, Ritual, Observations and the Book of Ecclesiastes 12:1-7

By Jeffrey M. Williamson, PGM

Please join us on February 25, 2020, for a presentation by the MW:. Jeffrey M. Williamson, Past Grand Master of Masons in the State of New York. MW:. Williamson will present; “A Lifetime in Masonry, Ritual, Observations and the Book of Ecclesiastes 12:1-7”.  This is a presentation every Mason should attend. MW:. Williamson is an awesome speaker and has years of Masonic knowledge, some of which he will pass along this evening. Please RSVP if you wish to attend. All Entered Apprentices, Fellowcraft, and Master Masons are welcome to join us for this exciting event.

Fellowship begins at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm, and we will open Lodge at 7:30 pm sharp with Fellowship continuing after Lodge closing. If you are attending or possibly bringing along some Brothers for the dinner and presentation please RSVP to ensure there will be enough for all.


Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 King James Version (KJV)
12 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years
draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after
the rain:
In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, 
and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,
And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise 
up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;
Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond 
tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth 
to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:
Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the
fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

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Brother Robert Burns Day – Repost

Brother Robert Burns
(1759 – 1796)

Robert Burns day is the day when Scottish, Masonic, and people everywhere celebrate the life, poems, and songs of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns. In 1801 nine of Burns’ closest friends (most likely Masons) gathered to honor the fifth anniversary of his death. While it is not a Masonic tradition, just as Masonic traditions never change, Burns night is celebrated exactly the same way it was that first night. If you wish to celebrate you will need to follow this guide.

May the best you’ve ever seen
Be the worst you’ll ever see;
May a moose ne’er leave yer girnal
Wi’ a teardrop in his e’e.
May ye aye keep hale and hearty
Till ye’re auld enough tae dee,
May ye aye be just as happy
As I wish ye aye tae be.

Our Brother was Initiated an Entered Apprentice on July 4, 1781 in St. David Tarbolton Lodge. Soon after his initiation Brother Burns passed to the degree of Fellowcraft and raised to the Degree of Master Mason on October 1, 1781. Further information can be found at http://www.robertburns.org.uk/freemason-robertburns.html.


Masonic Song
Robert Burns - 1786
 Tune: Shawn-boy," or "Over the water to Charlie. 

Ye sons of old Killie, assembled by Willie,
To follow the noble vocation;
Your thrifty old mother has scarce such another
To sit in that honoured station.
I've little to say, but only to pray,
As praying's the ton of your fashion;
A prayer from thee Muse you well may excuse
'Tis seldom her favourite passion.

Ye powers who preside o'er the wind, and the tide,
Who marked each element's border;
Who formed this frame with beneficent aim,
Whose sovereign statute is order:-
Within this dear mansion, may wayward Contention
Or withered Envy ne'er enter;
May secrecy round be the mystical bound,
And brotherly Love be the centre!


DOUGIE MacLEAN ~ Ae Fond Kiss ~ Robert Burns

Dougie MacLean is another great Scottish singer/musician. It is an obvious fit for him to sing one of Brother Burns’ songs.

Brother Bring A Friend

Brothers,

Our last communication was a First Degree. Bro. Snyder did a fantastic job of arranging and conferring the degree. He will make a fine Master in the years to come.

Our next communication will be January 14, 2020, and is the Brother bring a friend night. If you know of any worthy gentlemen who would be a good fit in Masonry invite him/them along. We will also try a few games after the meeting. Maybe left/right/center, cards, and I may bring the corn hole boards and we can further discuss challenging other Lodges to a tournament.

I hope the New Year is safe, joyous, prosperous, and filled with only the best. My Brothers, look to the future, goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020 and a new decade. May there be more Light!!!

Respectfully and fraternally,
W:. Glenn

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