Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

The most common church family name

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

3rd July 2011

Do you know what the most common names in the UK are?

In England the top 5 are:
  1. Smith
  2. Jones
  3. Taylor
  4. Brown
  5. Williams
Robinson only comes in at number 9.
In Scotland the top 5 are:
  1. Smith
  2. Brown
  3. Wilson
  4. Robertson
  5. Thomson
In Wales it’s:
  1. Jones
  2. Williams
  3. Davies
  4. Evans
  5. Thomas
And in Northern Ireland it’s;
  1. Wilson
  2. Campbell
  3. Kelly
  4. Johnston
  5. Moore

But did you know that the most common name family name in churches up and down the land isn’t any of these?

It is in fact Tate.

Every single church has a family by the name of Tate.

Don’t believe me? Well let me introduce them to you.

There is old man Dic-Tate who wants to run everything.

Uncle Ro-Tate tries to change everything.

There's sister Agi-Tate who stirs up plenty of trouble, with help from her husband, Irri-Tate.

Whenever new projects are suggested, Hesi-Tate and his wife, Vege-Tate, want to wait until next year.

Then there is Aunt Imi-Tate, who wants our church to be like all the others.

Devas-Tate provides the voice of doom, while Poten-Tate wants to be a big shot.

But not all members of the family are bad. Brother Facili-Tate is quite helpful in church matters. And a happy, cheerful member of the congregation is Miss Felici-Tate.

Cousins Cogi-Tate and Medi-Tate always think things over and lend helpful, steady hands.

And of course there are the black sheep of the family, Ampu-Tate, who has completely cut himself off from the church, and Apos-Tate who has forsaken the Faith.

So how about it - do you know anyone in the “Tate” family?

In fact are you one of these Tate’s?

Premedi-Tate to have a good week.

Pastor Barry

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