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Bits of Art for June 18, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 • Posted June 18, 2008

PRAY FOR RAIN!

It was great to see Carlita Jordan in church. She is not very strong but getting out with her family and friends is good to see. Also, Carolyn Vater was in church and it was good to see her looking very well. Prayers are also needed for Tina Carter who has begun her treatments, for Brucene Norton who has been moved from the hospital to a therapy facility in San Antonio, for Dorothy Johnson as she gains strength and healing in her ankle, for Dorothy Lowe, Sterling Jordan’s sister, as she has a mass removed from behind her eye, and for Marilyn Kahan as she waits for further treatment. And pray for Kathy Jordan as she changes jobs to be closer to home.

A great big “Happy Birthday” goes to Etta Marie Mutschink on June 22nd. And, happy anniversary to Keven and Tennile Kothmann on June 25th, to Michael and Leslie Cope on June 26th and, also on June 26th, to John and Teresa Koock.

Katherina Thicken is on her way home to Germany after a great sendoff as Rev. Krause brought her forward for prayer. The entire congregation came up and laid hands on her during the prayer. We wish Katherina a safe trip home and much success as she finishes her schooling and her journey through life. We love her and will miss her greatly.

Rev. Krause read the Father’s Day Gospel scripture from Matthew 9:35 - 10:8. This is a great lesson as Jesus gives instructions to his disciples. Jesus, seeing the crowd that was following him, told the disciples that the harvest was plentiful, but the laborers were few. Pray to the Lord of the harvest to force out and thrust laborers into His harvest.

We are called to be workers in God’s fields. We are to work wherever we are. It is up to us to be about His calling, to ask how we can help, to go out into the fields to be Kingdom workers with sharpened tools.

Jesus had picked his disciples from ordinary folks with ordinary jobs. They were chosen as disciples, given the authority to cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and drive out demons. They were to receive nothing for their work.

Jesus gave this power to his disciples to increase the workers and send them to the people that needed help so that many would be saved. They were to go first to the lost sheep of Israel, their own people, the Jews, to preach the good news. After his resurrection into Heaven, he then sent them into all of the world.

We are called to do the same thing. Go into our own local world and out into the larger world. In your own community, you will find people in need. Jesus gave us three commandments: 1) Love the Lord your God with all of your mind, soul and strength. This will give you the power, 2) Love your neighbor as you love yourself. This will bring you into the community, and 3) Love one another as I have loved you. This unconditional love will help you minister when you go into the fields.

Our power comes from Jesus Christ. The Kingdom of God is near, Jesus is among us. He has come to this earth to give us the truth, freedom and eternal life.

The harvest is ready. Go!

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