Have a great week during the middle of summer. It may be hot and the rains may be drying up but we are blessed in so many ways. Praise the Lord for all that he has done.
Philip Hinckley will celebrate his birthday in July 24th and both Keven Kothmann and Jackie Johnson are celebrating on July 25th. And Scott Ceynowa’s daughter Megan will be seven years old on July 28th. Don and Deborah Baxter will have their anniversary party on July 27th and Carl and Tina Sanders will celebrate their anniversary on July 29th. Keep cool and party with gusto.
Jane Krause is healing well from her surgery and going to rehab. Matt and Diana Jordan’s daughter Sophia has an abscess in her throat that may heal without surgery. Keep Matt, Diana, Tyra, Roger and Laura in your prayers. John Palacio was injured in an accident Saturday evening and required some stitches. None of the other injuries were serious. Kathy Jordan’s problems have been diagnosed and she is slowly getting better. Michael Lange is better and back working. Continue your daily prayers for Andrew Kothmann, Anna Grace Durst and Pearl Leifeste.
It was great to have Maria Mutis playing music for the service. And David Vater and Bill Cotter have done a great job cutting the grass and keeping the church grounds looking so good Thanks so much. Next Sunday we will be honored with a religious presentation by Bill Cotter. This is a "don’t miss’ big deal that you do not want to miss. You will be blessed tremendously.
And it was good to have Bob and Joanne Davee worship with us.
The week before VBS, there were grandchildren all over the church and I didn’t pay much attention to them. But I realized on Sunday that some of them were still here. Monica and Bill Cotter have her daughter’s three children with them and they will be in school in Mason this year. They are the best kids I have seen in a long time – polite, courteous, and well mannered. They are Dakota Dyess who is 10, Christian Dyess who is 9 and Jordan Dyess who is 8 years old. Their mother, Amanda Adams, is an electrical engineer fire man and has been in the Navy since April of 2008. She recently completed a deployment to the Indian Ocean aboard the USS John Paul Jones. We are really glad to finally have a children’s Sunday School class. Maybe they can teach us something.
My son, Robert Pierce, a Lay Speaker from the Somerset UMC, filled in for Pastor Mark with a message from Luke 10:38-42. This is the account of Jesus’ visit to the home of Martha and her sister, Mary.
Martha was busy and trying to impress Jesus and everyone else. She wanted everything to be just right. And they were except for her motives. She was distracted as she prepared the food and cleaned. Her service was pulling her away from Jesus.
Mary seized the opportunity to sit at Jesus’ feet, carefully listening to Jesus every word. But Martha complained to Jesus that she had been left alone to do all of the work. And Jesus told her that she was anxious about too many things. She needed to do just one important thing. Mary had chosen the good portion and that should not be taken away from her.
Both women had expressed their love of Jesus in their actions. Christ calls us to be a servant of others. Mary chose the better way to serve. She was truly interested in what Jesus was saying.
Do we spend too much time doing the little things when we should be including Jesus in our lives? Mary spent her time with Jesus and that is very important. In Matthew 16:25 Jesus told His disciples "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life in the kingdom of God".
Knowing Jesus is the important thing. Take time to listen to Jesus. If we are too busy serving others, we are too busy to listen to Jesus.
Jesus told us "This is My Son, listen to Him". Jesus is the Son of God. Listen closely to Him and get to know Him.
Martha was too busy to listen. We are to listen and be His guest. Nothing should keep us from being His guest. Don’t forget and be distracted. Every day listen to Jesus.