The Christian season of Lent starts next Wednesday, February 25th, with the first Lenten lunch at the River of Life Church. These lunches are sponsored by the Mason County Ministerial Alliance and start at 12:00 p.m.
Continue your prayers for Helen Donop, E. Wayne Jordan, Pearl Leifeste, Etta Marie Mutschink and Thomas Taylor. There was a special prayer request for Jessica Bibb, granddaughter of Sam and Maribelle Hoerster, as she waits for treatment to correct her heart. Also, pray for the fast recovery of Joyce Hallock from meniscus repair and cyst removal from her knee last Friday. Also, it was really great to have Carlita Jordan and Anna Grace Durst in church. Keep them on your daily prayer list.
The Art Men’s Choir sang the beautiful hymn, “Precious Memories,” dedicated to all of those who have gone on before us into the glorious presence of God. Thank you so much. Also we thank Maria Mutis for her beautiful contribution to the service with her violin music.
The United Methodist Women are continuing to take donations for “A Call to Prayers and Self Denial,” a program to fund their many activities. Give generously.
Florence Blake’s new phone number in Fredericksburg is 1.830.997.3181. Or you can visit her or write her at 1123 South State Hwy 16, Apt. 112. The Zip Code is 78624
Reverend Mark Krause read the scripture from Acts 8:26-40 prior to his sermon titled “Go and Share the Message.” An angel of the Lord told Philip to walk South in midday along the dessert road from Jerusalem to Gaza. As he went, a eunuch, who had the high position of being in charge of the treasure of Candice, the queen of Ethiopia, was sitting in his chariot, reading the book of Isaiah. The Holy Spirit told Philip to go and approach the eunuch. As he heard the eunuch reading, he asked him: “Do you really understand what you are reading”? The eunuch replied: “How is it possible for me to do so unless someone explains it to me and guides me in the right way?” And he asked Philip to join him in the chariot.
The passage was from Isaiah 53:7,8, prophesying about the injustice of Jesus’ suffering and death. But the eunuch was confused about the subject of the passage; who did it refer to? And Philip opened his mouth and with the Holy Spirit, explained the good news, the glad tidings, the gospel of Jesus and all about Him.
And they came to some water and the eunuch asked Philip if he could be baptized. And Philip told him, in verse 37: “If you believe with all your heart [if you have a conviction, full of joyful trust, that Jesus is the Messiah and accept Him as the Author of your Salvation in the kingdom of God, giving him your obedience, then] you may. And he replied, I do believe that Jesus is the Son of God.”
And Philip baptized him in the water and he came up out of the water, filled with the Holy Spirit, and he went on his way rejoicing. He saw Philip no more as he had gone on to continue to spread the good news.
Notice the way Philip administered to the eunuch; first, he explained the passage and then he told him about God. He helped the eunuch by answering his question and then told him the story of Jesus. The eunuch had a yearning for God and Philip came at the right time to tell him about God’s love and wisdom. Philip explained the question with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Baptism is the outward sign of washing away our sins, leaving us to be obedient and follow the Lord for the rest of our lives. The eunuch then went on to spread the word to his people with the help of the Holy Spirit.
This can still happen to us today. The Holy Spirit will touch your heart. God can do anything. Share the message of the love of Jesus Christ. God is so full of love and we need to know that God is continually giving us that message of love. Open your heart and let the Holy Spirit bring you into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. Let the light of God show in your heart. Tell satan to get behind you. Stop living in darkness. The word of God is powerful. It can change your world. Ask God to use you to spread His word.