When I stepped outside early Sunday morning I thought to myself, “Hummm, no breeze, kinda humid and warm……didn’t rain like the weatherman said”. Then all of a sudden the wind picked up, the temperture cooled down and the rain came! Naturally I had to say to myself, “O ye of little faith”. Our God is truly an awesome God!
Happy Birthday wishes this week go to David Vater on the 20th, Dorothy Asbill on the 21st, William Howard and Bob Davee on the 22nd, and Lois Kooch on the 23rd. Happy Birthday to all!
Happy Anniversary to Kenneth and Virginia Durst on the 23th and to Lee and Amy Drapela Jordan on the 24th!
Pastor Cliff and Vicki shared great news with us on Sunday. They will become grandparents for the first time this fall! Congratulations! We were so happy to have our lovely Nea Young back home and with us on Sunday.
We were asked to pray for Linda Terrell as she will in and out of the hospital for the next five weeks. Please remember our homebound, our servicemen and women, and our nursing home residents in your prayers. Please pray for the leaders of North Korea as well.
There will be a Trustee’s meeting this Wednesday, April 18th, at 6:30pm. No Choir practice this Wednesday. The next two Peacemaker Training sessions will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 27th and 28th, at Trinity UMC in Castell.
We had the pleasure of having Reverend Kathy Harrell and her husband Jim Harrell as our guests for Sunday worship. Rev. Harrell is the teacher for the Peacemaker Training currently being held at Art UMC and Trinity UMC. Rev. Harrell delivered the message from the Gospel of Luke 11: 1-4.
This particular Gospel of Luke as well as the Gospel of Matthew 6:9-13, is about Jesus teaching the disciples to pray. The prayer is The Lord’s Prayer. Jesus always set the example of prayer before His disciples. He prayed with great humility and sincerity and from the heart. His lesson to them and to us is that we are to do the same. The Lord’s Prayer is a teaching prayer and not just words we repetitively recite. In the prayer our Lord taught us to pray, we are to respectfully recognize God for who He is, and glorify His name, because of the uniqueness of His character and attributes. We are to pray for God’s promise and for His will to be accomplished. We are to ask for our daily food, recognizing that we are dependent on Him for our needs. Ask for forgiveness of sins and mercy so that we may also forgive. Jesus instructs us to pray that we not be lead into temptation and to ask for the spiritual protection to avoid falling into sin. The prayer is closed with a tribute of our affirmation of faith. Through this prayer, we humble ourselves before God, show awesomness to His character and name, acknowledge His grand purpose, ask for forgivness and guidance, and express our confidence in the belief of His ultimate plan and purpose for us. What a prayer! No wonder Jesus chose those words!
Peace to all