A light drizzle is about all we got all day Sunday and that is all we probably will get for a few days. Stay dry and warm.
David and Carolyn Vater were celebrating their 12th anniversary on Sunday. And Nathaniel and Wanda Jordan will celebrate their anniversary on March 11th. Jill Kettner Cochran celebrates her birthday on March 14th and Jerald Jordan has a birthday coming up on March 18th. Have a great special party and invite all of your friends.
It was great to see Carolyn Vater in church and looking well. Anna Grace Durst is home and Clinton is surely doing a great job of caring for her. Prayers are still needed for Ella Reynolds as she continues to recovers from her injuries. Prayers were requested for Willeda Rea as she recovers from surgery to remove cancer. She is to start radiation treatments this week. Continue to pray for Andrew Kothmann, Pearl Leifeste and Etta Marie Mutschink. Mark Krause’s mother, Jane, is having more back pain again and is probably going to need surgery. Prayers are needed for Carolyn Vater’s sister Marcy, and her friend Mary Ann, Pray for Marge Boyd’s nephew Dean White as he recovers from prostate surgery. Keep praying those powerful prayers. God hears all of them and answers them in His special way. Thank God for answered prayers.
It was good to see Bob and Joanne Davee visiting while they were here checking their property in Hext.
David Vater provided our special music as he sang "Fill My Cup Lord". Thank you, David, for sharing your talent and inspiring us with that great hymn.
Rev. Krause titled his sermon "Spiritual Food" and read the Gospel scripture from John 21:15-17. This is the account of the 3rd appearance of Jesus to the disciples after He had risen from the dead. Jesus had told them to cast their nets on the right side of the boat. They threw the nets into the water and they were immediately filled with fish so that the fishermen had trouble getting the fish in the boat. The other disciples came to help because they were near the shore and the water was shallow.
After they pulled the nets onto the shore, they saw Jesus cooking fish on a fire of coals with some bread nearby. Jesus told them to bring some fish they had just caught. Simon Peter and others went to the boat and brought a net full of fish – 153 of them and the net had not broken.
Jesus said: "come and have breakfast". But none of them would venture close because they knew He was the Lord. So Jesus rose and took the bread and the fish and gave it to them.
And when they had eaten, Jesus said to Simon Peter: "Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these others do"? And he answered Jesus saying: "Yes, Lord, You know that I love You". And Jesus said: "Feed My lambs".
Again Jesus asked Simon: "Simon, son of John, do you love Me"? Simon said: "Yes, Lord, You know that I love You". And Jesus said: "Shepherd, tend My sheep".
A third time Jesus asked: "Simon, son of John, do you love Me"? Peter was grieved, saddened and hurt, that Jesus would ask him a third time if he loved Him. Simon said: "Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You". And Jesus said: "Feed My sheep".
Is the Holy Spirit in your heart? He will be there if you say: "Come, Holy Spirit, feed me because I need the food you bring". Do you truly love the Lord? Peter was transfigured by the Lord. He was fed with fish and then Jesus restored his faith.
Do we gather in church to be fed? Are we led by the power of the Holy Spirit to do God’s will? The Holy Spirit fills our souls and fills our hearts and we know why we are here. The moment we put our faith in the Lord our God, we respond to the call of God. We put our hands and eyes into His creation and are fed by the Holy Spirit. Our hearts are filled.
Our mission is to feed others, both physically and spiritually, we need to feed our brethren. Do no harm to any person by doing all of the good when we serve others. Stay in love with the Lord as the Holy Spirit feeds our heart. Follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We can do anything He wants us to do.
What are you going to do about it?