If you are happy with the rain you got last week, thank God. If you are not happy, keep praying and it will surely come.
Mark and Leslie Mutschink will be celebrating their 4th wedding anniversary on September 29th.
Be sure to check your E-mails this week so you won’t miss any meeting that may be necessary for Church Conference. And be sure to attend the Church Conference on October 3rd. The District Superintendent for the San Angelo District, Larry Altman, will preach and Pastor Mark will serve Holy Communion. There will be a covered dish lunch after the morning service.
Continue to pray for Nathanial Jordan and Jacob Beam. Jane Krause is now home and able to get around pretty well. Continue to pray for Andrew Kothmann, Pearl Leifeste, Anna Grace Durst and Etta Marie Mutschink.
Teachers are still needed for the Children’s Sunday School Classes. Let Barbara Krause know when you can help.
Rev. Krause’s sermon was a detailed explanation of Chapter 13 of Ist Corinthians, better known as the Book of Love. It tells us clearly that no matter how many gifts of the Spirit we may operate in, if we are not operating in love, all other gifts are useless. If we speak in tongues, but do not love, we just make a big noise. If we have prophetic power, and power to understand and interpret secrets and mysteries, if we have all knowledge and so much faith we can move mountains, but have not love, Paul states that we are useless nobodies. Even if we give away all that we have to feed the poor and surrender our very lives, but do it with wrong motives and not out of love, we gain nothing.
Love endures long and is patient and kind; love is never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. Love is not conceited, arrogant and inflated with pride; it is not rude, unmannerly and does not act unbecomingly. God’s love in us does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it.
It does not resent at injustice but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
What would Jesus do? Love never fades or becomes obsolete. And so faith, hope, love abides. Faith reflects man’s relation to God. Hope, man’s true affection for God and man, and God’s love – true affection for God and man – but the greatest of these is love.