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Wednesday, February 1, 2012 • Posted February 1, 2012

My “weather confusion condition” is getting a little better after last weeks’ rain and cooler days. It’s amazing what a little rain can do. Thank you Lord for answered prayers!Marion Leifeste and Nea Young will be celebrating their birthdays on Wed. Feb. 1st. Happy Birthday ladies! Our “For Unto Ya’ll” practice will be this Wednesday at 5:30pm and our Revelation Bible Study will start at 6pm. Even if you have not yet attended, we’d love to have you join us. We would like to thank Rev. Margaret Persky again for her time spent with our Children’s Sunday school.We are happy to report that Maribelle Hoerster is doing well. We will continue prayers for her complete recovery. Please pray for Kathy Jordan’s mother Deloris Wilson, who suffered a bad fall, and for Karen and Steve Toone’s granddaughter, Cambry, who had a bike accident and will require extensive dental work. Also Herbert Loeffler, Nic Lowery, and Christian’s mother as she travels from New Mexico. Prayers are also requested for Nancy and Wayne Jordan’s daughter, JoAnna’s foster daughter, Sophia. Also for Nancy and Wayne’s friends from Ft. Worth, Aaron and his wife Laura, as Laura’s baby was born premature. The baby is doing well, but Laura needs our prayers due to a health condition that caused the premature birth.As always, we ask for continued prayers for our homebound and nursing home members and friends as well as our servicemen and women. Thank you all for your prayers and concerns.Sunday was the 4th Sunday after the Epiphany. Jordan Dyess and Wesley Trevino served as acolytes and James and Michael Gleghorn were ushers. Our call to worship reading was read by Dakota Dyess. Pastor Cliff was at St. Paul Seminary in Kansas City, Mo. last week, so, in his absence, Vondell Jordan gave the Children’s Message. We were honored to have Shirley Davis, Lay Speaker from Trinity UMC to give our Gospel Reading and Message. In turn, our own Roger Jordan, Lay Speaker gave the Gospel Reading and Message to the congregation of Trinity UMC in Castell. For the benefit of those who may not know, Pastor Cliff is the minister for both Art UMC and Trinity UMC. The 5th Sunday worship service was held at Trinity UMC. The Gospel Reading was from Mark 1: 21-28. Jesus was teaching at the synagogue in Capernaum and the people were amazed by Christ’s inherent teaching authority. Of course Jesus did not quote human authorities like other teachers because His teachings were from God. Within the synagogue, a man who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, “What do you want with us Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” Jesus said, “Be quiet! Come out of him!” The man shook violently and the evil spirit came out of him with a shriek. The people were amazed at what Jesus had done and the news spread quickly.Shirley explained how all four of the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John deliver the good news of Jesus, however, are different depending on the audience. Matthew spoke more to the Jews with emphasis on the Old Testament. Luke, a Gentile by birth and a physician by profession, was well educated in the Greek culture. His writings were salvation based through the teachings of Jesus. John was the theologian of the four. He focused on the signs of Jesus’ identity and stories of eyewitnesses. Mark on the other hand, was like a reporter. He was interested in the actions and healings of Jesus. His focus was more about what Jesus did than what He said. Shirley summarized the Gospel of Mark for us in three understandable ways. First, there is no narrative of the nativity in Mark’s writings. He starts with John the Baptist and how he establishes that Jesus is the Son of God proclaiming His Kingdom after being tempted in the wilderness by Satan. Secondly, Mark speaks of the humanity of Christ throughout the gospel. He was human. And thirdly, is Marks coverage of the miracles of Jesus and His power over evil. We sincerely thank Shirley for her message and for reminding us of the vast amount of instruction and knowledge to be gained from reading the four gospels. Peace to all.

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