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Bits of Art for July 1, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 • Posted July 1, 2009

After a really hot June with record high temperatures, we can only hope that July will be more normal and some rain will fall on this dry land. Keep praying for rain.

Happy birthday wishes go to Susie Jordan on July 3rd and to John Wayne Sanders on July 9th when he will be 7 years old. And, Bill and Lois Koock will celebrate their anniversary on July 5th and Terry and Michelle Burdette’s anniversary is July 8th. Have a great celebration.

Our sympathy goes to the family of Matt and Diane Jordan after the death of her father, Pedro Gonzales, in San Antonio. Roger and Tyra Jordan are keeping their children, Laura and Sophia, for a few days.

It was great to see Carlita Jordan, Anna Grace Durst and Pearl Leifeste with her daughter Lindith Kuhne in church. And it was a real surprise to see Katherina Thicken here for a few weeks visiting with Max and Jan Jordan. Other visitors included Bob and Joanne Davee, Shannan and Charity Berry, and Joe David Yates. We enjoyed seeing you and hope the worship service was meaningful to you.

Family and friends of Fred Jordan honored him with a surprise birthday party on Saturday evening at the home of Roger and Tyra Jordan. About 40 guests enjoyed a BBQ meal and visiting.

Tyra Jordan expressed thanks to all of the generous people that contributed to feed the people at Vacation Bible School. Continue to help by volunteering to work in the kitchen preparing and serving the snacks and refreshments.

Also, workers will be needed on the afternoon of Monday, July 6th, at the Food Bank to carry out the boxes. Sign up at church on Sunday to work for an hour between 2-6 p.m.

E. Wayne Jordan gave a report of the 150th Annual Conference of the Southwest Texas District of the United Methodist Church. The new Bishop, Rev. Jim Dorff, emphasized that we are to facilitate a culture of growth in the church. The Methodist Church is experiencing great growth in Africa. The conference is always an interesting event with many inspirational sermons and many constitutional amendments to be voted on. Overall, it is a picture of the working of a great church.

Rev. Krause read the Gospel scripture from Mark 5:21-43 and preached using the sermon title of “Just a Touch of Love.” This lesson is the account describing what Jesus did as He was approached by a man wanting healing for his daughter.

It is amazing how God touches us in our lives. His touch goes a long way. Jesus is the bread of life and we will never hunger or thrust. God’s love is for everyone. He does not discriminate. He had just healed a man that was possessed by demons and now crossed the lake where a great throng gathered around Him.

Jairus, a ruler in the synagogue, came begging Jesus to come and lay His hands on his daughter who was sick and dying. This was a great act of faith for Jairus to seek help from Jesus. As Jesus was went, the great crowd of followers pressed about Him. A woman in the crowd who had been bleeding for 12 years and had spent all of her money for a cure, came through the people and gently touched His garment. She had great faith that she would be healed by just touching the garment. Jesus felt the healing power go out of Him and He wanted to find her in the great, pressing crowd. He continued to ask “Who touched Me?” as the disciples urged Him to go on. Finally, the frightened, trembling woman came, telling Him the whole truth. Jesus said “Daughter, your faith has restored you to health. Go in peace and be continually healed and freed from your disease.”

Jairus waited as Jesus talked to the woman, seeing the healing power of Jesus. But a messenger came to tell him that his daughter had died. Jesus told him to not be afraid, only keep believing. Keep your faith and everything will be all right.

They came to the house and saw the people weeping and wailing. Jesus told them not to weep, the little girl was only sleeping. But they did not believe Him.

He went into the room with only the father, mother, Peter, James and John. Holding her hand, Jesus said “Talitha cumi” – which is translated as, Little girl, I say to you, arise. She instantly got up and walked. Everyone was astonished and amazed. Jesus warned them that no one was to know what had happened. And He told them to give her something to eat.

God’s love touched the crowd. We all receive the healing of Jesus. Faith perceivers and God’s love can do anything. Share the hope; share the touch with those around you.

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