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Morning Devotions 2009 American Farm Bureau Federation速


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Morning Devotions American Farm Bureau Federation®

Larry Pratt of Eliasville was elected to the Texas Farm Bureau Board of Directors in December, 2005.

January 11, 2009

He raises cattle, wheat, oats and coastal hay on his Young County farm. Pratt does some custom farming and serves area ranchers with a hay business.

Invocation Terry Gilbert, Chair, American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee

Hymn Sherry Saylor, Vice Chair, American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty Inspirational Message Larry Pratt, Texas Farm Bureau

Musical Program San Antonio Chordsmen Benediction Sherry Saylor Morning Devotions are sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee Chair, Terry Gilbert Northeast Region, Beth Pool Vice Chair, Sherry Saylor Southern Region, Ginny Paarlberg Midwest Region, Isabella Chism Southern Region, Frances Price Midwest Region, Helen Norris Western Region, Margene Harris Northeast Region, Ethel Nash Western Region, Angela Ryden

Larry Pratt State Director, District 3 Texas Farm Bureau

Pratt has been a Young County Farm Bureau board member since 1972 and is the county president, serving since 1991. He served as vice president five years prior. Currently, he is on the board of the Foster’s Home for Children in Stephenville, Texas. Pratt earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Abilene Christian University in Animal Husbandry. He was honored with the Texas Farm Bureau Outstanding Young Farmer and Rancher award in 1976. He attends the Church of Christ where he is a minister. Pratt and his wife, Karen, have two sons: Gabe and J.T. and are the proud grandparents of one grandson.


San Antonio Chordsmen Since 1955 the San Antonio Chordsmen have been recognized as a premier men’s chorus providing a continual array of a cappella musical entertainment. For more than 50 years the Chordsmen have provided community performances for young and old in both formal and informal settings, and have been the source of many fine quartets who have entertained at numerous functions throughout the San Antonio region. In 1960 the Chordsmen won the International Barbershop Chorus competition, and in 1969 a Chordsmen quartet, Mark Four, won the gold medal in the International Barbershop Quartet competition. In 1988, San Antonio was selected to host the 50th Anniversary International Convention of the Barbershop Harmony Society, bringing over 10,000 conventioneers to the Alamo City for a week of great singing. In 2008 the Chordsmen hosted the international Barbershop Harmony Society’s MidWinter Convention in our city. This four-day convention was attended by over 1,600 Barbershoppers and included a senior’s quartet competition and the first-ever International Youth Chorus Festival. For many years they have worked closely with young musicians to encourage their interest in vocal music.This has included providing many wonderful musical arrangements, technical support and instruction, visitation by internationally-ranked champion quartets, providing scholarships to over 100 San Antonio high school students and educators to attend a three-day multi-state workshop, as well as featuring local high school performing groups on the Chordsmen annual shows. The barbershop art form is a part of high school music and is enjoyed in campus activities and in state competition. The Chordsmen encourage students of all ages to visit their chapter rehearsals and attend their shows at no charge.


Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee; Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty; God in three persons, blessed Trinity! Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee, Though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see; Only thou art holy; there is none beside thee, Which wert and art and evermore shalt be. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! All thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea; Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty; God in three persons, blessed Trinity! Lyrics by Reginald Heber, 1783-1826 Music by John B. Dykes, 1823-1876


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