It’s a beautiful day in Art on Monday morning after a little rain last week that keeps everything fresh and cool. Again we thank God for providing such a great place for us to live in and worship. Praise God for all that He has done for us.
Kelly Kothmann will celebrate her birthday on May 21st. And Andy and Brooke Rosberg will celebrate their sixth anniversary on May 22nd and Emeth and Willie Bauer will have their anniversary party on May 23rd. Make the most of these special days.
Our sincere expressions of sympathy go to the family of John Henry Kothmann who passed away last week after a long battle with cancer. His funeral was held on Tuesday morning in Fredericksburg.
Continue to pray for Anna Grace Durst, Andrew Kothmann, and Jane Krause. Prayers were requested for Carolyn Vater’s cousin Danielle as she deals with cancer.
Pastor Mark’s sermon was titled "Set Free" which is appropriate for both the scripture lesson from Acts 16:16-26 and also for his joy that his homework for his study this summer is now completed and turned in before the deadline. We can all understand his relief over having the work done so he can relax and get ready for Annual Conference and a few days of vacation.
The scripture from Acts tells about Paul and Silas while on their way to a place of prayer. They were followed on the road by a slave girl who was possessed by an evil spirit that enabled her to foretell future events. Her owners used her abilities for their own benefit and made much profit with her.
She followed Paul and Silas and the crowd, shouting loudly that they were the servants of the Most High God and that they were going to show the way to salvation. She did this for many days
Paul was completely annoyed with her and finally turned to her and said to the spirit within her "I charge you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her". And it came out at that very moment.
When her owners discovered that they could no longer profit from her, they caught hold of Paul and Silas and dragged them before the authorities charging that they had caused much confusion. The crowd joined in the attack on them and the rulers commanded that they be beaten with rods. After they had been struck with many blows, they were thrown into prison. The jailer was charged to keep then safe and he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in stocks.
About midnight as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and with the other prisoners listening, suddenly there was a great earthquake. The very foundations of the prison were shaken, and at once, all of the doors were opened and everyone’s shackles were unfastened.
Before we accepted Jesus Christ, we were slaves to the world, slaves to sin and desire. But being saved by Jesus, we are no longer slaves but are free from slavery. We are not perfect because we are sinners, but nothing can separate us from the love of God.
We are freed by the grace of God.
John 8:31-32: "If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free."