Some of you got rain and some of us did not get anything. Continue to pray for rain. Some Post Oak trees are beginning to turn brown and drop leaves and the grass is getting short.
People with birthdays during the first week of September are Frances Toeppich on the 4th, Scott Zesch on the 5th, Don Boyd on the 6th, Cheryl Fritze on the 7th and Carolyn Vater on the 10th. And Bill and Monica Cotter will celebrate their anniversary on September 9th. We have a lot of birthdays in September, probably because of really cold weather around the first of the year. Get out there and celebrate!
The 5th Sunday Sing brought a crowd of singers to Art. The singing was great and the fellowship and refreshments were even better. I was a little bit disturbed by the lack of participation by some churches but other great people did double duty and we all enjoyed the program. Special music was provided by the Art Cousins: Dorothy Asbill, David Vater, and Janet Leifeste James sang while Marilyn Kahan played the piano. We all need to support the work of the Ministerial Alliance. And those that attended did support the Alliance by contributing the great sum of $3215.00. And, remember that the 4th Sunday of September is reserved for the Annual German Hymnfest of the Llano River Valley and this year, the 59th sing will be at Art UMC.
Our condolences are extended to the family of Eddie Sanders after her recent death. We especially pray for comfort for her husband, Howard, her son Carl and his wife Tina Ceynowa and their children Amber and John. Also, our sympathy goes to the family of Melvin Burns after his death.
Also in our prayers are Florence Blake, Carlita Jordan, Andrew Kothmann, Pastors Mark’s mother Jane, Matt Krause, Monica Cotter, and Pearl Leifeste.
We were also warned to be watching for rattlesnakes as they are out and about in the countryside.
James, the brother of Jesus, wrote to all Christians, even the Jewish Christians, and the verses 16-22 in the first Chapter of James was the scripture for Rev. Krause’s sermon titled “Persistent Patience.”
The Lord answers our prayers in His own time. Our lives do not happen without difficulties. We have many trials and blessings during this short time on earth. James tells us, in verse 4, to let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfectly and fully developed, with no defects, lacking in nothing. Then starting in verse 19, he writes that we should be quick to listen, be a ready listener. Listen to other people, even those who may have different opinions. You may learn something. Listen carefully and actively to the problems of others. People need someone to talk to about their problems. We are free to express our thoughts and what we say matters.
James continues to tell Christians to be slow to speak. Put your brain to work before your mouth opens. Also, be slow to take offence and get angry. This may be difficult for us. But man’s anger does not promote the righteousness that God wishes and requires of us. Jesus often became angry with the Pharisees, He defied their rules, healed on the Sabbath, and He ate with unclean hands. He was doing His Father’s will.
Humbly accept God’s will for your life. Realize your position in the community. Follow the words of God in all things, in all dealings with family, friends, your jobs, your activities, your neighbors and your enemies. Be prepared to love everyone.
God will never forsake us. Believe in Jesus. Put your whole, total faith in Him. Give your heart to God. Let Him have control and patiently wait. Your strength will come from the Lord. Give Him thanks for His patience with us, His grace and His love. Help spread the Gospel wherever you go.