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Bits of Art for May 6, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 • Posted May 6, 2009

Greetings! These are beautiful days to get out into God’s world and explore the greatness of His creation. Have a happy day.

Wish Mark Mutschink a very happy birthday on April 14th. Have a really great day Mark!

Our sincere condolences go to the family of John and Susan Ceynowa after the death on Sunday morning of their son Scott’s three year old step-daughter Mallary. Pray for them in this time of great sorrow.

It was good again to see Carlita Jordan in church. Continue to pray for her, pray for Monica Cotter as she has chemo every week, pray for Andrew Kothmann and pray for Florence Blake. Special prayers were requested for Jatelyn Waite as she recovers from surgery.

We again welcomed our visitors, Shannon and Charity Berry, and Joe David and Heather Yates.

The Art United Methodist Women will meet on Tuesday, May 12th, at 12:00 noon in the home of Etta Marie Mutschink. All women of the church and their friends are invited to attend this special group meeting.

Remember the monthly Emmaus Gathering on May 12th at First UMC in Mason starting with a covered dish dinner. The singing, worship service, fellowship and prayers conclude the event. Come join us.

And many thanks to Nea Young for bringing a beautiful Magnolia flower for our enjoyment on Communion Sunday.

Rev. Krause titled his sermon “Abide in God’s Love”. The New Testament scripture was 1 John 3:16-24 in which the apostle John “puts the Word to work”. The central theme of 1 John is love. John is writing to all of the church – to us today – before he was exiled to the Isle of Patmas where He suffered because of his belief in Jesus.

We are to love one another. To abide is defined as to endure, to put up with. We endure others because we love them even when we are annoyed by them.

Jesus spoke the truth, exposing the Pharisees and Sadducees, doing it with respect and love. Jesus endured a lot of suffering and pain for us because He truly loves us. There are times when God allows us to suffer pain. We are human, full of ourselves instead of being full of God.

God’s blessings do come because He loves us and gives us His grace. We are born as a sinful beings but God has redeemed us. He paid the ransom for our sins and died on the cross.

We endure the bad times and troubles that come our way because we have faith. Jesus endured it all for us on the cross for God. Ask God to help you endure your difficult times. If you live doing God’s will, ask in God’s will and you will receive in God’s will.

Walk with Jesus with humility, courage and dignity – all that life has given to you. We are spiritual beings living an earthly life. Endure! Praise the Lord!

God pours out His love on us even when we make poor choices. We must lean on God and follow Him wherever we go. Give Him your praise and honor.

Amen.

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