We just had a great Sunday; maybe that explains the attendance at church; we had a great sermon and everyone was smiling. The fruit trees are in full bloom; no rain is predicted for a few days; spring break is in full action; have a great week.
There are two birthdays this week: Jerald Jordan on the 18th and Brenda Kothmann on the 24th. Get out there and enjoy the sunshine and have a great BBQ. You could start your garden, Plant a few flowers for me.
You could come to church and while there wish you had been there to hear the 9 members of the Art Men’s Choir sing "Wonderful Story". They really do sing with all of their hearts and we applaud and shout our approval with much enthusiasm. Thanks Guys!!
It was really good to see Pearl Leifeste in church. It’s great that she has so many family members that take such great care of her every day. Clinton Durst was home taking care of Anna Grace. Andrew Kothmann is at home and I saw Ken’s truck at his house. Jane Krause had Pastor Mark take her to the doctor on Monday. He really needs a fishing vacation soon. Carolyn Vater’s sister Marcy has cancer and Piper (I forgot who she belongs to) needs our healing prayers. Pray for Etta Marie Mutschink or, even better, go see her or send a card. Pray for peace; pray for our elected leaders (they really need them). Pray for me (that’s OK, Lisa will be here Friday).
Sign up to have lilies for Easter in memory or in honor of someone special. The list is at the back of the church.
Reverend Mark Krause’s Proclamation was titled "Part of God’s Story". The reading of the Epistle on the 4th Sunday in Lent was from 2 Corinthians 5:16-21. This is a passage dealing with reconciliation (and we are hearing a lot about this from our politicians). I still do not know what they mean.
How do you respond to God’s love and His glory? Paul’s letter is a story about God’s people. God is still here for us, among all of the corruption, the sins and temptations. Paul planted his church in the middle, the center, of all of this. Can we really understand how Saul could be changed from a Christian killer into Paul, a Christian preacher?
We still live in a world that is moving further away from God. The number of true Christians is decreasing. When someone becomes a Christian, there is a change in their hearts and their attitudes. They change into a person who loves everyone, who loves himself and loves God. He is a new creation. But, God is still in control.
But all things are from God (verse 18). We are only a part of God’s story. It is not always a perfect world; things happen. God watches over us and sees what is happening.
We are called to share the story of God. Pray for the strength and guidance of God that we may be able to help those that have not heard the story. Our lives are still part of God’s ongoing story. Share what you have done in your life with others. Let them know of God’s wisdom, power and glory.
Joyce Meyer labels this as "putting the Word to work". "Do you know that you are Christ’s ambassador? Just as you were reconciled to God through Jesus, He now entrusts you to tell others that they, too, can be reconciled to God and have a loving, personal relationship with Him. Think of someone to whom you can be Christ’s ambassador, and pray for an opportunity to share God’s love with that person".