These days are warm and beautiful, allowing us to get out in the gardens and fields to start spring planting. There is some possibility of more rain this week; keep praying.
March ends with the birthday of Sam Hoerster III on March 29th. Have a great family celebration with all of you children and grandchildren
Prayers were requested for healing for D’Ann Stahl after her accident with a tractor. Also pray for healing for Monica Cotter as she deals with cancer, for Chuck Smith as he continues to improve after his accident, for Helen Donop in the Fredericksburg Hospital, for Roger Luckenbach as he recovers from shoulder repair, and for Florence Blake as she heals form chest congestion.
Bill and Monica Cotter reported that they have a new grandson, Vannon Marian Adams, son of Wade and Terry Adams.
The Mason County Republican Women presented the book, “Charlott’s Web,” to the Mason County Library in memory of Brucene Cox Norton at their meeting on March 18th. Members of the family were unable to attend because of the funeral of Annie Lou Cox in Nolanville, TX. Our condolences go to Van and Willeda Rea and the rest of the Cox family. Annie Lou was the last member of her generation.
Our sympathy also goes to Billie Lehmberg and her family after the death of her husband Fritz. I got to know them at the Senior Center during the last two years as great Christian and loving people.
The 5th Sunday Sing will be held at the Baptist Church next Sunday.
Choir practice for the Art Men and the Easter Special Music will be held each Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m.
The Gospel scripture from Luke 14:15-24 was the inspiration for Rev. Krause’s sermon titled “Because He Lives.” Jesus was always being closely watched by the Pharisees looking for errors in His teachings and actions. Chapter 14 begins with Jesus curing a man with dropsy. When questioned by the Pharisees, Jesus asked if they would rescue their oxen or donkey if it fell into a well on Sunday. They had no answer.
Then Jesus told the parable about a man who invited guests to a wedding feast. Jesus stated that an invited guest should not sit in the place of honor because a more distinguished person may have been invited. You would be asked to move to a lower seat. You would be very embarrassed. But, if when you arrive, you sit in a lower seat, the host would come and ask you to move to a higher place. You would be honored. And Jesus said that everyone who exalts himself will be humbled and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
Jesus also advised the giver of a feast to not invite his friends, relatives or wealthy neighbors. They would then need to have a feast and pay you back for your hospitality. What you should do is invite the poor, the disabled, the lame and the blind. They would have no way to repay you but “you will be recompensed at the resurrection of the upright” (verse 14). A man sitting at the table said: “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.”
Today’s lesson is called “The Parable of the Great Feast.” A man giving a great supper invited many people. When the food was ready, he sent his servant to tell the people to “come, for all is now ready.” But, one man said he had to go look at some land he had just bought. Another man said he had to go see the five yoke of oxen he had just bought. And another man said he could not come because he had just gotten married. All of these were just lame excuses.
The master of the house was angry and told his servant to go into the streets and invite the poor, disabled, blind and lame to his feast. This was done but there was still room for more people at the table. And the servants were told to go into the highways and hedges and constrain them to come so that the house would be filled. The Master said: “For I tell you, not one of those who were invited shall taste my supper.”
God’s supper is ready. You can gladly accept and be a member of God’s church or you can make lame excuses, or maybe come for a little time to look and then not come again. The invitation is open; if no one comes, we are to go out and bring in the poor, the disabled, the blind and the lame. We are to go into the highways and hidden places and carry them into the church. We are to work until the church is full.
God invites all to the banquet of the Lord, to enjoy the salvation of life. He spreads before us a wonderful table full of hope, joy and praise. The more we feast at God’s table, the more we will be like Him. Come and be cleansed, sit and eat; make no excuses. Come and accept wholly the invitation given. God has prepared a table for us to eat and to know that we are blessed. Let the Holy Spirit bring everyone to the banquet.