Thank God for the beautiful rain last week and also for the great possibilities for rain early this week. He seems to be giving us just what we need and not too much. That is what He did to the Israelites with Moses in the wilderness for 40 years, giving then enough manna for one day but none to store for the next day, He is a loving and great God and we thank Him for all that He gives us.
A special wish for a happy birthday goes to Jordan Kothmann on July 12th. And Johnita Bohmfalk’s great grandson, Daniel Ullrich, will be 4 years old on July 12th. Kathy Jordan celebrates another year on July 15th and Karen Toone has a birthday party on July 16th. Celebrate with gusto on these special days.
It was great to see Pearl Leifeste with her daughter Goldie Lease and her husband Richard. And we all missed Sterling Jordan since he had gone to East Texas for the 80th birthday of his sister, Dorothy Lowe. Vondell brought two of her grandchildren, Lucas and Ella Huckeba from Louisville. They are enjoying Vacation Bible School this week.
Kathy Jordan furnished a beautiful red and white rose arrangement for our 4th of July service.
The Art Men’s Choir, all six of them, sang “One Day!” for our special music. The great chorus is “Living, He loved me; dying, he saved me; Buried, he carried my sins far away; Rising, He justified freely for ever; One day He’s coming – O glorious day!”
Stephen Mutschink, our Lay Leader, preached since Rev. Krause is in school in Dallas. He used the Gospel scripture from Mark 6:1-13. Jesus returned to Nazareth, His hometown, and on the Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue. The people, who came in great anticipation, were astonished by His words and actions. They asked: Where did this man acquire this knowledge? What is the wisdom given to Him? What mighty works and exhibitions of power are wrought by His hands? Is this not the carpenter’s son, whose family is among us?
And they took offense at Him and were hurt and they were caused to stumble and fall. They had a preconceived idea of what the message would be. Ezekiel 2:5-8 are God’s words: “And they, whether they will hear or refuse to hear – for they are a rebellious house – yet shall they know and realize that there has been a prophet among them. And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words; though briers and thorns are all around you and you dwell and sit among scorpions, be not afraid of their words nor be afraid of their looks, for they are a rebellious house. And you shall speak My words to them whether they will hear or refuse to hear, for they are most rebellious. As for you, son of man, hear what I say to you; be not rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.”
After healing and teaching in surrounding villages, Jesus called his disciples together and sent them as His ambassadors, two by two, giving them authority and power over the unclean spirits. They were to take nothing with them but a walking stick, no bread, no money, only sandals and one undergarment. When they went to a house, they were to stay until they left that place. If not welcome and they refuse to listen to you, shake the dust off of your feet as a testimony against them.
Jesus’ message of love and grace was not always understood. We are part of God’s family, disciples of Christ – not an easy job. Jesus required them to go with very little – depending on their faith and others.