Next week we will have a covered dish dinner after church to honor Pastor Cliff and Vicki after their three years of service to the Art church and Mason County. Come and show your appreciation for their hard work and love for us that is so apparent.
Birthdays this week are: Robert Gleghorn and Micaela Cunningham on the 20th, Etta Marie Mutschink on the 22nd, and Dylan Hamilton on the 25th. Celebrating anniversaries are Jack and Lynn Sikora on June 22nd and Keven and Tennile Kothmann on June 25th. Help these people make these days special.
Terre Wade, a Certified Lay Speaker, brought a great message on Father’s Day titled “God is One and God is Three”. The First Reading was 1 Samuel 8:4-20 and 11:14-15. The Second Reading was 2 Corinthians 4:13 through 5:1.
This is the first Sunday after Pentecost, a time of the church year when our purpose is to present the Holy Trinity. Other really great days we celebrate in the church are: Christmas, His incarnation where God became flesh; Easter, His resurrection from the dead; Pentecost, the gift of the Holy Spirit and the establishment of the Christian Church; and Trinity Sunday, God as the Godhead.
The mystery of the Holy Trinity, where God is three persons and all the while God is also: One God, the Father, the Creator; God the Son, Jesus the Christ, the redeemer; and God, the Holy Spirit, the comforter, the counselor, the one who makes us Holy. One God in three persons.
God the Father; our creator, who tells us about the God of the Universe, who created all things, God who is all powerful, all knowing; God the Son, Jesus, who shows us the love of God, the saving, redeeming quality of God; and God, the Holy Spirit, who is God with us, in all circumstances of our lives, The Spirit brings the Father and the Son into our very souls, hearts and minds.
Yes, the Holy Spirit brings Christ, our Savior, into our lives. How He does that, we do not know. We do know that Christ’s Spirit of love, mercy, and redemption is there because we see the evidence of love, mercy and peace in folks where it replaces anger, fear, bitterness, hopelessness, selfishness, pride, resentment, evil intent and other such devices.
Have you ever known someone who took the power of the Holy Spirit for granted? Or maybe, they thought it was some sort of magic. They say: “I went to church today so everything is OK. I took communion, so I am okay for now. It is as if they go to church to light a candle or sit in a pew to plug into the Devine. As Christians, the good news is that we don’t need the building. God is inside us; we are the church.
We have the joy of knowing that being in the Spirit is more than magic. We know to spend time talking to our Lord, reading our Bibles, mediating on what we have read, listening for the message during the sermon that the Pastor has prepared for us.
We cherish the knowledge that Jesus was willing to give His life for us. We believe He deserves more than our passing fancy with Him and the Spirit. Do we want to just be able to plug into God when it suits us? No! Our desire is to live with God, every day, and every single minute.
And, we don’t have to go looking for God! God is not to be found in nature, for nature is only the evidence of His reality, His creation. It is God’s footprint or fingerprint. God is not found in social events or historical acts. But, we can see evidence of God through those events.
A human is body and soul. The soul is within the body and the soul is like a container for the Spirit. God is truly with us and in us. By having God’s Spirit within us, we can all fulfill the Great Commission to go tell others about the Spirit who is within us.
Christians who truly live their faith are very courageous. We must spend much time with the Lord in prayer, and listen to Him in the quiet of our lives, so that when our raging storms arrive with the winds, pounding, and distracting, we already know God’s voice so well that we can still hear Him in spite of the storm’s rage and noise.
God is the Holy Trinity and that uniqueness causes us to dance and sing Him praises, and in the valley times of life, God, being unlike anything ever before, helps us to know that He is truly a God able to do anything and be our place of refuge.
In the Old Testament reading, do you think the people were listing? Samuel hammered out what would happen if they got a king. In verse 18, after Samuel tells them all of the crummy things their elected king will do to them, it says: ‘When the day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the Lord will not answer you in that day.” Verse 19 reminds us that the people did not listen. Open your ears and ‘listen’. God is listening.
We must remind ourselves that God and the wisdom of the world are in conflict. Our guide to the Spiritual truth is the Holy Spirit. As we consider that God declares that He is our God in three distinct persons! God is unique and holy and worthy of our full attention.
All of us, wishing to achieve any endeavor, needs courage in the risk of failure. With God by our side, He is our ‘courage’. Courage is important because without it, we will remain inactive, and there is a call for action. (Haggai 2:4) God encourages us to work, no matter how disappointing the situation may be. Life is not perfect and it is normally people who are the ‘fly’ in the ointment.
When disappointment comes, as at surely will, we need to acknowledge that in a fallen world these things are bound to happen. We need to face up to the reality of the situation, take courage because God promises to be with us always. Move forward!
Terra used many stories that related to her topics and I wish I had the space to include them. We all look forward to her exceptional presentations. Thank you, Terre.