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Bits of Art
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011

Now that we are officially into Autumn, here is hoping and praying we can cool down enough for it to rain. Of course we have had two days of over 100 but this is Texas. Oh Lord, we and the land and the creatures of it ask: let it rain.Celebrating birthdays this week are Ken Jordan on the 28th, Samantha Jordan and Treg Hudson on the 29th, Emilie Bibb on the 30th, in October Mozelle Palmer on the 1st (go girl!), and Carl Sanders on the 4th. May you all have a happy,fun-filled day. Kevin and Melissa Kothmann are celebrating their anniversary on October the 4th. Congratulations!We again ask you to pray for our special folks who are in the nursing home and those that are homebound, Pearl Leifeste, Etta Marie Mutschink, Johnita Bohmfalk, Deloris Wilson, Anna Grace Durst, and Dick Pierson. Keep our loved ones serving in the military in your prayers as they stand against evil, Taylor Slocum, Josh Calhoun, Stuart Jordan, Kyle Pierce, Amanda Adams, and Matt Krause.Art UMC hosted the German Hymnfest Sunday afternoon and it seemed an enjoyable time was had by those attending, whether or not they could sing in German! The Hymnfest honors our German forefathers and their faith in God. There were about 65 people in attendance. The Art cookie angels made lots of delicious refreshments for after the singing. Many thanks to Stephen and E. Wayne for leading the program, the Men’s choirs of Mason and Art, the visitors for coming, and the cookie angels. All together it was a entertaining afternoon.Annoucements were the Revelation Bible study is on Wednesday at 7 pm. The committees need to be completing their forms in preparation for the Charge Conference on October 31st.Joys and concerns were to continue in prayer for Ellen, Nancy and Wayne C. Jordan’s cousin, and for Bob Davies as he is recovering from knee surgery. For God’s Grace for the rains to come. Thank you to Bill Cotter, Jan Jordan, and Maria Mutis for their special music.Pastor Cliff led us in a service of healing and forgiveness. The scripture reading was from Matthew 21: 23-32 where Jesus explained where He received His authority and He gave the parable of the two sons. One said he wouldn’t do what his father asked of him but later did and the other son said he would but didn’t. So which son was obedient? The first son because he actually did the will of his father. Talk is cheap. You can just think that you are going to do something or you can really do it. Such as forgive someone(s). Forgiving is Hard. Forgetting is probably even harder. But if you say you forgive but hang onto the memory are you holding on to the possibility of revenge?? So God calls us to forgive and forget, because He loves us. It is a burden to carry all the hurts and tragedies that life has given. Even more so, to not forgive and forget is to be disobedient to our God. Forgiveness is prescriptive not predictive. If we do what God asks of us there are outcomes; ex: in 2 Chronicles 7:14, God told Solomon “if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face...,and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.” And many other examples are given in the Bible, if we would do what God asks, He lovingly forgives us and He forgets, even better than we do. There in is a new beginning. We cannot change our past however God can change what our past means to us. So in our obedience to our God, we then went to the front of the sanctuary with our list to offer to God. The lists were burned and now we ask God for the grace to forget.

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