If you were out Sunday afternoon enjoying the great sunshine and the bluebonnets, you missed a great service dedicated to God if you did not stop at The Art UMC at 5:00 p.m.
Bill Cotter presented a Southern Gospel Concert. The selections of Gospel songs covered the life of Jesus through His suffering, death and resurrection. It covered His associations with the disciples and ended describing the meaning of His life for all who believe. What a great God we have that loves us so much that He would send His Son as a man, to be a perfect example to us, to fulfill His mission on earth by taking away our sins and remembering them no more. He is now waiting for us to join Him in the air and spend eternal life with Him.
Bill sang with much compassion and excitement as he sang about his and our great Christ. You may have heard Bill sing with the Art Men’s Choir but as a single performer, he is pure and compassionate about his Jesus. Thank you Bill and Monica for all that you are and do.
Happy birthday wishes go to Joe Davis Yates on April 17th, to Sam IV Hoerster on the 18th, to Dorothy Asbill on the 21st and to my son-in-law William Howard on the 22nd. And happy anniversary to Dick and Dorris Ann Pierson on April 18th. And get ready for the Annual Spring festival at St Joseph’s Catholic Church at the end of the month.
And, bring your family and picnic lunch for our Annual Picnic in the Park. Bring everyone to eat and play games in our beautiful park. See you there.
It was great to see Marge Boyd up and about after her knee surgery. Continue to pray for healing for Ella Reynolds, pray for Carolyn Vater’s sister Marci as she is now having radiation treatments, Jean Lyons ask for prayer for David McCormic who is in the hospital, and continue to pray for healing for Jane Krause’s back that it will heal without surgery. Remember Andrew Kothmann, Anna Grace Durst and Pearl Leifeste in your daily prayers.
And thanks to all who helped deliver boxes at the Food Bank last Monday.
It was good to see Maria Mutis and have her play "Be Still My Soul" as the offertory.
Rev. Krause preached about "Call Upon Him in Faith" using the Gospel scripture from John 20:19-23. This scripture tells of the first appearance to the disciples after Jesus’ death. Jesus appeared in a locked room because the disciples were afraid of the Jews. Jesus said "Peace to you!" And he showed them His hands and His side and they were filled with joy, delight, exultation, ecstasy, and rapture. And Jesus spoke again "Peace to you! Just as the Father has sent Me forth, so I am sending you". And He breathed on them and said to them "Receive the Holy Spirit."
The disciples were afraid because they had no faith. They did not understand what had happened to Jesus and why. What were they to do? But Jesus calmed their fears and restored their faith. And He poured out the Holy Spirit on them. He gave them the power of the Holy Spirit. The scripture continues as Jesus also told them "if you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven, but if you retain the sins of anyone, they are retained." The disciples were given the power of God to forgive sin. Jesus was giving them the power to forgive sins of those that had great faith and will proclaim their faith.
Call on Jesus. Believe on His power to answer your prayers. Never doubt that Jesus will help in all situations. God will answer your prayers in His own time and He will do it the right way.
Listen to God. He will take care of you. Call upon the name of the Lord. Never give up. Always have faith.
We are not perfect. We cannot run away from God. Know that God is always with you; As you serve Him, give Him your praise, give Him the glory that His creation requires; He has taken away your sins. Believe.