We beseech you Lord for rain. As humans, we know it is going to rain but we are getting a little impatient in its timing. There are many old oak trees showing the stress of the extended lack of moisture. Hopefully, they are going into a kind of hibernation instead of flat out dying. They take a long time to get to be so big and there doesn’t seem to be many little ones growing out in the fields.Celebrating birthdays this week are Eliza Cope on the 31st, Frances Toeppich on September 4th, Kaden and Kyler Jordan on the 5th, and Don Boyd on the 6th. Hope you all have a wonderful day! Celebrating their anniversary this week are Janet and Layton James. Congratulations and have a great day!Continue to pray for our folks that are homebound and in the nursing homes Anna Grace Durst, Dick Pierson, Etta Marie Mutschink, Pearl Leifeste, and Johnita Bohmfalk. Our service men and women continue to need our prayers as they are about the business of serving us and our beloved country Stuart Jordan, Josh Calhoun, Taylor Slocum, Amanda Adams, Kyle Pierce, and Matt Krause.Prayer requests were for healing and comfort for Brenda Kothmann’s mother, Alma; David and Carolyn; and for their grandson Ashton; Deloris Wilson; Bobby Sievers; Sam and Maribelle Hoerster; Charlie Morris and DeeDee; Marge and Don Boyd; the Beaver family; and the Priess family. Prayers for Rain, thanks for the safety of William and Lisa, and for Vicki’s parents from the worst effects of Hurricane Irene; for those hurting from the earthquake and Irene; the teachers and children as school has started; and the families of those heroic Navy Seals were also offered up.Wednesday the 31st, we will be having a Worship Team meeting at 5:15 p.m. and an Ad Council meeting at 6 p.m. The Men’s Choir practice is at 7 p.m., it will be held at Beth’s recording studio. An advanced notice for the UMW, anyone interested in joining us for a field trip to Kerrville to visit the new UMCOR facility on September 13th please let Joyce or Susie know. Also our Bible Study on Revelation will begin on Wednesday Sept. 7th at 7 p.m.Pastor Cliff’s sermon continues from Matthew 16:21-28, Jesus is telling his disciples He must go to Jerusalem and what He must suffer for them (and us). Peter jumps up and tells Jesus that is not how it’s going to be. Jesus then has to rebuke Peter for his narrow-mindedness, for anyone or anything that opposes God’s plan is evil. Do you ever tell God He doesn’t know what He’s doing just because it doesn’t fit with our world view? Jesus came to bring the triumph of God over Death and Dying for all of us, not just the Jewish people. Did it look good for those who were following Jesus thinking He would get rid of the Romans? Nope. But we are in a covenant with God, our creator and our God is in control. Have you ever got crossways with God ‘cause it ain’t working out the way we had it planned? Our God is merciful, forgiving when we ask (as if we had never sinned), and He loves us more that we can ever imagine. He asks us to believe in Him and in the one He sent (Jesus). We are to deny ourselves (our will) which includes those circumstances that occur even when they don’t fit our plan. We are to believe in Him. We need to “see ‘um like God sees ‘um”, let God worry about pulling the weeds, and stop imposing our will on God. For we have hope in the midst of our situations, no matter what!