On this Monday morning, we are waiting for a cold front and a good possibility for rain. It should be here by the time you get your paper. Pray for rain and warm weather.
The last week of September is full of birthdays: Maribelle Hoerster and Megan Toone on the 25th, Ken Jordan on the 28th, Samantha Jordan and Treg Hudson on the 29th, Emilie Bibb on the 30th and Mozelle Palmer will be 5 years old on October 1st. And Mark and Leslie Mutschink will celebrate their 3rd anniversary on September 29th. Wishing you all a great special day.
Special prayers for healing were requested for Pastor Mark’s mother Jane Krause, for Brenda Kothmann’s Aunt Mildred Arthur, for Kathy Jordan’s twin cousin in Indiana, for Ruby Toeppich’s sister in Llano, and for Matt Krause as he continues his basic training in the Navy. Continue your prayers for Carlita Jordan, Pearl Leifeste, and Anna Grace Durst.
Our sympathy goes to the family of Rev. Howard Johnson, a former pastor at Art UMC. We also offer our condolences to Robert and Ella Mae Hall and their sons Ryan and Dale after the death of Robert’s father. May you find comfort in knowing that our God has provided a place for us to spend for eternity. God is great!
It was great to see Nea Young back from her journeys. And it was good to see and hear about Jerald and Vondell Jordan’s visit with Barry and Michelle Jordan and their children, Kaylee, Kammeron and their one year old twins Kaden Chase and Kyler Reese. And Sophia Jordan, daughter of Matt and Diana, had a great time with Roger and Tyra for a few days. And I really enjoyed a few days having my daughter here for the funeral and the birth explained in the next paragraph.
Jeff and Barbi Gentry are the proud parents of a baby boy. Chad Aubrey Tadlee Gentry was born on September 15th in Kerrville. He weighed eight pounds and was 21 and a half inches long. He is a perfect miniature of Jeff. I am his official grandfather and was present for his first cry. This is Jeffrey’s first child and he is welcomed by three brothers. You did good, guys.
We all have the choice of living a life of convenience with money, cars, expensive things and all of the conveniences of life. Or we can live the life of human convenience, a life of our own logic, not God’s example. Or we can live the life of compassion, the Christian way, the life of Jesus, a life of pure compassion, a life where we follow Jesus and are willing to die for Him.
Rev. Krause’s sermon began with the above three choices. The Gospel scripture comes from Mark 9:33-37. Jesus had just told the disciples that He would be delivered into the hands of men, and they would put Him to death, and after three days, He would rise from death. The disciples did not understand His words and were afraid to ask Him about them.
After arriving at Capernaum, Jesus questioned the disciples about what they had been discussing and arguing about on the road. They would not answer Him because they had been discussing and disputing with one another about whom among them was the greatest. He sat down to give the disciples some serious teaching, and they listened carefully as He said: “If any one desires to be first, he must be last of all, and servant of all”. And He took a little child and put him in the center of the group; and taking him into his arms, said to them: “Whoever in My name and for My sake accepts and receives and welcomes one such child also accepts and receives and welcomes Me; and whoever so receives Me receives not only Me but Him Who sent Me”.
To be first, you must be last, be servants of all people, and serve everyone’s needs before your needs. Have compassion; repent; be like Jesus. He never tried to impress anyone. His words and actions proved that He loved everyone. As His followers, we are called to be imitators of Jesus. Live a life of pure love. Treat everyone with dignity, love and respect, no matter who they are. Jesus calls us to welcome everyone with severe love and respect.
Welcome all people with love and compassion. Share His love and grace. There will be an obvious change in your life. Live like Jesus did; it is not easy. Success is not more houses, cars, or being famous. Let God help with your selfish nature; don’t make excuses. God knows our needs. Those who serve all people and God, will have their needs provided. Spread the Word and the strength God provides. Every day grow closer to God.
Remember the 59th Annual German Hymnfest next Sunday evening at Hilda UMC. Check the paper for more information.