We have some nice cool nights and great days for being out and about. Maybe we will have some rain because we really need it now. The cows are enjoying the grass and the deer are beginning to hide in the bushes. Are you ready for winter? And hunting season?
Wishes for a great, happy birthday go to Taylor Slocum on October 23rd, to Seth Hudson on October 25th, to Laura Jordan on her 4th birthday on October 25th, and to Willard Jordan on October 27th. I hope you all have a great day!
We have a new address for our favorite sailor: Krause, Richard M., 320A Dewey Ave., BEQ 838-4268, Great Lakes, IL 60088. Send him your love and thanks for doing such a great job. You can also find him on Facebook. And his picture is in Zavala’s.
Continue your prayers for Anna Grace Durst, Andrew Kothmann, Pearl Leifeste (who had almost all of her family in church for her 97th birthday), and Etta Marie Mutschink. Also pray for Kathy Jordan’s mother who is in the hospital in Austin. Pray for relief of pain for Jane Krause (Mark’s mother) as she undergoes a series of shots for her back. Pray for Gary Garner as he recovers at home from surgery. Pray for the family of Norma Kothmann after her death.
Sam and Maribelle Hoerster announced the birth of Henry Caleb Hoerster, the second son of Sam and Jessica Hoerster. Sam also requested prayer for his stepfather.
Everyone is waiting to see the new church picture. We were all dressed up, looking into the bright sun and trying to hold our eyes open.
It was good to have Maria Mutis playing her violin for the service. She joined Nancy Jordan at the piano, playing “Ava Maria” for the Offertory.
The Art Men’s Choir sang “Come Unto Me” for their monthly special. You guys are really great!
Remember the Church Workday this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. A lunch will be served after the work is finished.
Rev. Krause’s Proclamation was titled “Status or Service.” The Gospel lesson came from Mark 10:35-45. Jesus had just reminded the disciples again of the events that He was going to endure in the next few days. But they did not understand what He was saying. They were thinking of an earthly kingdom rather than believing in a Heavenly Kingdom. Bewildered and perplexed, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, wanting to be first in the kingdom, approached Jesus and told Him that they wanted Him to do whatever they were going to ask of Him. Jesus said: “What do you desire Me to do for you?” They replied: “Grant that we may sit, one at Your right hand and one at Your left hand, in Your glory" (Your majesty and splendor).
Jesus asked them if they were able to drink of the cup that He drank from and be baptized with the baptism with which he was baptized? They replied positively. Jesus then told them; “The cup that I drink you will drink, and you will be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized.”
Jesus continued: “But to sit at My right hand or at My left hand is not Mine to give; but it will be given to those for whom it is ordained and prepared.” Jesus reminded them that they were not to be rulers with power and authority and dominion over others. He reminded them that “many who are now first will be last then, and many who are now last will be first then” (verse 31).
God honors service, not power. He honors humility, love and service. Jesus paid the ransom for our sins. He humbled himself and freely died on the cross for our sins. His love is pure and true. He loves us because we are His children. His Kingdom is for us. In God’s eyes, we are all equal. He loves each of us.
Thank God for His love, His wonderful gift of love. God sent His Son to be our servant. Remember God’s great act of love. Go and serve those who need to know God’s love.