It’s hot. Keep cool; drink plenty of water; work in the morning and stay out of the sun in the afternoon. Pray for rain.
Wishes for a happy birthday go to Caroline Jordan on July 17th, to John D. Fleming on July 20th, to Kaci Lyn Durst Zaleski on July 22 and to Kyle Andrew Kothmann, son of Brad and Brandy, on his 3rd birthday on July 22nd. Have a great cool celebration.
Keep Tina Carter in your prayers as she has surgery scheduled for July 30th. Continue to pray for Anna Grace Durst, Florence Blake, Carlita Jordan, Andrew Kothmann and Etta Marie Mutschink.
Sunday was the last time we will see Katherina Thicken on this visit as she will return to Germany this week. She is a beautiful intelligent woman and it was good to see her again.
Vacation Bible School was a tremendous success with over 140 kids in attendance. Tyra Jordan and her helpers got the whole bunch feed and watered with a lot of help from many great volunteers. In church Sunday were some leftovers – Amber Sanders, John Sanders, Annette Ashby and Laura Jordan.
Also, a good group of workers were on hand to distribute food boxes on Monday. Thanks to everyone for filling the boxes last week and their help on Monday.
The broken windows in the parsonage were being replaced on Monday and the new roof is on the schedule to be installed in a few weeks. This will make Barbara Krause very happy but not as happy as she will be when Pastor Mark returns late Thursday. Glad to have you home Mark.
Roger Jordan was the speaker on Sunday and used the scripture from Luke 7:36-50 for inspiration. Jesus was asked by a Pharisee to dine with him.As He was reclining at the table, a woman, a prostitute, came into the house and brought an alabaster flask of perfume. Standing behind Him at His feet, she began to wash His feet with her tears, dry them with her hair, kissing His feet and anointing them with the oil.
The Pharisee, seeing this, thought: If this Man were a prophet, He would know what sort of woman this was that was touching Him. Jesus answered him by telling the story of the two debtors: one owed 500 hundred denarii and the other owed 50 denarii. When the lender realized that neither debtor had means to repay their debt, he freely forgave them both.
Then, Jesus asked Simon: “Which of them will love him more”? Simon indicated the one who that was forgiven the most. Jesus said that this was the correct answer. Jesus then asked Simon about the woman: “Did you see this woman? When I came into your house, you gave me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave Me no kiss, but from the moment I came in has not yet ceased to kiss My feet tenderly and caressingly. You did not anoint My head with even cheap oil, but she has anointed My feet with costly perfume.
Jesus continued: Therefore I tell you, her sins. which are many, are forgiven her – because she loved so much. Jesus told her: you sins are forgiven; your faith had saved you; go in peace, freed from all of the distresses that are the result of sin.
The Scribes and the Pharisees, the top spiritual leaders, did everything for their own benefit and glory. They prayed loudly in public; they gave openly. But Simon was a devout man. He realized that Jesus was not a prophet; He was the real thing. Jesus realized that Simon was upset by the woman’s actions.
We are not capable of living a life of perfection. If we find ourselves slipping, as humans we justify what we are doing. The woman realized that she was a sinner. She gave her love freely.
The mission of the United Methodist Church is: To seek and to serve that which is lost. (Luke 19:10) The woman fulfilled the church’s mission; her faith and love brought her forgiveness. If we don’t have love and forgiveness, we have nothing. Simon could not understand that love, that great expression of emotion and healing. Devine love is the true expression of God’s love. His love works in every situation. His love helps us to grow as Christians.