Rain, rain, rain in July! Now that’s something we folks around here don’t see very often! What a wonderful sight it has been. Having said that, and living in the Castell area, for some reason, we don’t seem to get as much rain as everyone else. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m profoundly grateful for every drop we do get. I’m convinced there is a giant magnetic horseshoe buried deep in the ground surrounding Castell and as the rain clouds head our way, they’re kept from entering our area except for the occasional times they enter the opening of the horseshoe! That’s my theory, therefore, the rainwater harvesting program that lingers in my mind needs to become a reality! Hummmm, let’s see how this ties in with last Sunday’s sermon! Please stay with me!
Special birthdays coming up this week include Lori Slocum on the 20th, Kaci Lyn Durst Kaleski, and Kyle Andrew Kothmann on the 22nd, and Philip Hinckley on the 24th. Happy Birthday to all!
Vacation Bible School starts next week! All kids between the ages of 4 years old and entering 6th grade are invited to join the “Amazing Desert Journey” that will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monday through Thursday, July 23rd- 26th from 8:30 – 11:50 A.M. One of the stops the caravan will make every day will be the “Art Oasis” for a refreshing drink and snack. Come one, come all!
There will be a Faith & Finance Committee meeting on Wednesday, July 25th at 6pm, followed by Choir practice. The Choir will be preparing for the 5th Sunday Community Worship that will be held at the First Baptist Church in Mason in Sunday, July 29th.
We were happy to have a group of our friends from Trinity-Castell join us for worship last Sunday, as Pastor Cliff has been out of town. It was such a pleasure to have them with us.
John Jordan thanked everyone on behalf of Sterling and all the Jordan family for the prayers and concerns during the recent passing of Sterling’s sister Dorothy.
Please pray for our homebound and nursing home members that are unable to be with us on Sundays. As always, may we remember our servicemen and women in our prayers, as their lives are continually placed in harm’s way for our freedom.
Last Sunday was the 7th Sunday after Pentecost and we were blessed to have JW Harle with Young Life Ministry as our guest speaker. The Scripture Reading was Psalm 73. In Psalm 73, the psalmist Asaph tells a story about his struggle with envy, doubts, and his faith in God. The theme of the psalm is: Why do the wicked (worldly non-believers) seemingly prosper and the righteous seemingly go unrewarded? In verses 1-3, Asaph felt God was good to Israel the true Israel, those pious Israelites who were not merely ceremoniously clean, but were clean in heart and mind as well. He knew he was part of the true Israel, but doubted God’s goodness and righteousness on his behalf. His skepticism had caused him to become envious of the success and wealth of the wicked. Asaph goes on to explain in verses 4-14, how despite their arrogance, vanity and pride, they just seemed to breeze through life and death painlessly and without difficulty as compared to those who lived life righteously. He said their pride and violence was displayed like jewelry around their necks. He basically thought they were pompous fools sinning against God, yet living the good life and getting away with it. This caused him to feel that his righteousness was without purpose or meaning. While in the temple in Jerusalem, Asaph is enlightened, as we see throughout the rest of the psalm. He has realized he can no longer continue on this path of abandoning his faith and questioning God. He was truly grieved by his lapse of faith. Despite his grief, he knew God had never left him, even when he struggled with doubts. He now viewed the world with enlightened eyes of grace, and envy no longer gnawed at his heart. The prosperity and ways of the wicked would not last and their wealth would have no value in the next life. It was God who upheld Asaph and kept him from slipping, being his guide and counsel during his confusion and distress. Asaph became clearly aware of this and resolved to put all his trust in the Lord God, knowing it would be God who would afterward receive him to glory.
JW left us with three thoughts from the context of Psalm 73. 1: Don’t compare yourself with others; what they’re saying, how they look or act. 2: Seek God’s perspective when life doesn’t seem fair. 3: Share God’s greatness with everyone around us. He said, “Life isn’t fair…….It isn’t fair for those who don’t know Jesus Christ”.
I promise I’ll look at the amount of rain I get with a much more humble attitude and not blame it on the horseshoe theory!
Peace to all