Labor Day has come and gone and we still need a good rain. Last week brought some scattered showers. Pray.
Wishes for a happy birthday go to Carolyn Vater on September 10th, to James Toeppich on September 12th, to Barbara Krause on September 13th, to Don Baxter on September 15th and to Robert Hall on September 17th. To all of you, have a very special day!
Prayers were requested for Carolyn Vater’s friend Pat Robards, Virginia Durst’s sister Nancy McInnis as she has surgery, and Helen Donop. Continue to pray for strength for Matt Krause as he goes through basic training. Pray for Florence Blake, Carlita Jordan, Anna Grace Durst, Pearl Leifeste and Etta Marie Mutschink.
During this past week, two of our families suffered the loss of a young person in tragic accidents. Our condolences go the family of Barbara Krause’s sister Cindy after the death of her nephew. And our expressions of sympathy go to the family of Brenda Kothmann’s sister after the death of her grandson Jacob Hardin. Please talk to young people so that they realize that they are not invincible and they have to be aware that their actions may cause great sorrow for others. They are not foolproof; their lives are precious to all of us. They are now in God’s hands; find comfort in God’s love and grace.
It was good to have Maria Mutis play the violin for our service. And it was great to see all of the visitors on a busy holiday weekend.
Remember the German Hymn Festival that will be held on Sunday, September 27th, at Hilda UMC. I was in error last week when I wrote that it would be at Art.
The Art Men’s Choir did their usually great job with the special music as they sang “Wonderful Words of Life”. Their numbers are growing and they continue to sing with all of their hearts. Thanks.
“No Where to Turn” was the title of Pastor Krause’s sermon. The Gospel scripture was from Mark 7:24-30, a special story of Jesus’ healing power.
Isn’t it great to have Jesus to call on when we need help with anything, especially sickness. In this miraculous story of healing, Jesus demonstrated His power in a special way. A Gentile woman sought Jesus, a Jew, in a crowd of people and fell at His feet asking for healing for her little daughter who was at home and was under control of an unclean spirit. She was persistent in her request, showing Jesus much respect by her actions.
Jesus, being interrupted during His teaching, knew the woman’s needs, as He always knows our needs before we ask. It only takes faith on our part. But Jesus, first, told her that the little children must be fed, because it was not right to take the children’s food and give it to the dogs. She answered Him with respect, saying “Yes, Lord, yet even the small pups under the table eat the children’s scraps.
Because of her respect, Jesus told her go home, her daughter was healed permanently. Jesus had healed in His own special way. He answers our prayers in His own time line. His response to our prayers may be different each time but He knows our needs and He responds in His own way. His words are powerful. His healing takes many forms.
Turn to Jesus in time of need. He is our friend. He heals heart, mind and spirit. He gives us hope and strength.
Jesus said: “Come to Me all who are weary and I will give you rest”. Turn to God and thank Him for His grace, mercy and healing power.