It’s hot and dry our there. Continue to pray for rain.
Happy birthday wishes go to Barbara Foster on August 15th, to Annette Ashby who will be seven years old on August 15th, to Danny Mac Jordan on August 17th and to Susan Ceynowa on August 18th. And, three couples, Mark and Barbara Krause, Sam and Maribelle Hoerster and John D. and Lou Fleming, will celebrate their anniversaries on August 19th. Have a great time on your special day.
Our sincere expressions of sympathy go to the family of Tina Carter after her death last week. She had been on our prayer list for some time and we thank Jean Lyon for keeping us informed about her treatments. And may the grace and love of God comfort her family and friends in the weeks to come.
Also keep Florence Blake in your prayers as she has radiation treatments during the week. I saw her last Thursday and she was doing great. Her pain is controlled and she was enjoying some visits from family members. Our prayers must be doing some good as Carlita Jordan and Anna Grace Durst were able to come to church and both were smiling. And keep Andrew Kothmann and Pearl Leifeste in your prayers.
It’s coming on Monday, August 24th, the first day of school. And again, we will be covering school books for the Elementary and Junior High students. Work begins at 8:00 am in the Library. Come and enjoy the fun.
It was great to have Lori Slocum fill in as organist. Thanks.
Pastor Mark and Barbara are spending Monday sending their son Matt off to basic training in the Navy. We have a lot of faith that this is a great opportunity for Matt and that he will be just fine as he starts this great adventure.
We welcomed Jim and Ilene Kitchens, a Lay Speaker from Brady, to our service. Mr. Kitchens presented a talk on “The Bread of Life” using the Gospel lesson from John 6:35, 41-51.
In this scripture, Jesus said “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall never hunger; and he who believes in Me shall never thirst”. Jesus repeated this line adding that He is the bread that came down from Heaven. Again in verse 48, He said “I am the bread of life”. He also said that this is the bread which came down from Heaven that a man may eat of it and never die. The reading ends with “I am the living bread because I came down from Heaven; if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread which I will give is my body, which I am giving for the sake of the life of the world.”
We are all visitors in the house of God. As we partake of Holy Communion, the bread we eat represents the body of Christ Jesus and the grape juice we drink represents the blood that Jesus shed on the cross to wash away our sins. Jesus tried to prepare the disciples so that they could understand what was going to happen to Him, what He was prepared to do to accomplish the will of the Father. Jesus’ body was the temple that was destroyed on the cross, rose and then was rebuilt in three days. Our God is great.
The bread of life is easy to obtain; accept it; there is no cost.
Jesus loves us bigger, higher and loftier than any thing.