Palm Sunday was a nice warm day with no clouds. But rain is predicted for Easter. Get out in the yard while we have such great days. The hummingbirds are back and demanding food.
Caleigh Calhoun will have her third birthday on April 3rd and Kathy Jordan is getting ready to go to California and bring the family back while Josh spends some time at sea. Lee Jordan and Michael Cope will also have birthday celebrations on April 3rd. And remember that Leonard Foster will celebrate his 87th birthday on April 10th. Stuart and Julia Jordan will celebrate their third anniversary on April 4th. Enjoy these special days as they come every year.
Keep Kelly Kothmann in your prayers while she goes for her annual back checkup. Keep Marge Boyd in your prayers as she heals from knee surgery. Keep Tyler Jordan, Jerald’s grandson, in your prayers while he has surgery on Thursday. Your daily prayers should include Matt Krause while he studies to raise his grade average. And continue to pray for Jane Krause as she needs more back treatments.
It was really great to see Andrew Kothmann in church. He is looking good and getting around great. Continue to pray for Anna Grace Durst and Pearl Leifeste. I was great have Sandy and David Stubbs worship with us as they take time out from working on their house in Art.
Tyra Jordan had the calendars for April and May ready for distribution. Remember the Sunrise Service on Easter Sunday at 7:00 a.m. A light snack will be shared after the service. Monday is a special day as we distribute the Food Bank boxes from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
A special Maundy Thursday Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church on April 1st beginning at 7:00 p.m. This includes a short drama of the Last Supper and also includes Holy Communion. Everyone is invited to share this experience.
Reverend Krause’s Palm Sunday sermon was titled "Praise and Confusion" and the Gospel scripture was from Luke 19:28-40. This scripture describes the events around the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The crowd that followed Jesus was great. It included all of the disciples of Jesus and many followers that had been with Jesus. They had heard Him preach and teach; they had seen Him heal the sick, remove demons and raise people from being dead. They had heard Him speak of the Kingdom of God that was coming but they did not understand what He was saying. Along with the believers were the ever present Pharisees and Sadducees who continued to trip up Jesus’ words
Thomas was also confused because he believed that the king that was coming was would be a mighty warrior that would rule with a firm hand. But the crowd of believers found the colt of a donkey that God had provided and they threw their garments on it and sat Jesus on the colt.
As they approached the city, coming down from the Mount of Olives, the crowd of disciples began to rejoice and to praise God, extolling Him exultantly and loudly for all of the mighty miracles and works of power that they had witnessed. They shouted "Blessed is the King Who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in Heaven and glory in the highest Heavens."
The Pharisees prodded Jesus with "Teacher, reprove Your disciples!" And Jesus replied "I tell you that if these kept silent, the very stones will cry out!"
The disciples had seen Jesus perform miracles; they knew Him well. The Jews, on the other hand, were in the back of the crowd. They were waiting for the mighty king. They did not believe that Jesus was the King, sent by God to save them from their sins. And they don’t believe today. They are still confused.
Keep your faith. Hold on to what you know is right. As Christians, we know that God is a patient God, a loving God. Our job is to spread the Word and serve others and increase the family of God.
Do not be confused. What does God require of us? To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.