And we wait for the rain, watching the sky, listening to the weather report, wondering when the next storm will come. We pray for rain and each day we are one day closer to that rain. Pray, watch and wait; God will provide.
Happy birthday wishes go to Michelle Burdette on August 9th, to Beth Palmer on August 10, and to three great people on August 12th: Andrew Kothmann, Aunt Melrose Leifeste and John Ceynowa. Have a great special celebration.
To the family of R. O. Ake, we send our deepest condolences. R. O, died late Friday night and was buried Monday morning. These are always difficult times, but his faith and his love for God were so very evident in all that he did. He was an inspiration to everyone. May he rest in peace.
The United Methodist Women will have their meeting Next Tuesday, August 12th. Contact Susie Jordan for more information.
Continue your prayers for Florence Blake who is recovering from pneumonia in San Antonio at her daughter’s home. She has responded well to treatment. Sara Dixon is doing well after her knee surgery. Pray for Carolyn Vater and Gus Kaderka.
Because of many reasons, usually personal, I have stopped listing all of the visitors that come to church in Art, but we all love to see them and they know that they are surely welcome. Come back often. I do list those that are involved in something special. This week, Dick and Dorris Pierson became members of the Art UMC and were given a great welcome by the congregation. They have been in our prayers for a long time.
We also had some great special music as Beth Palmer sang “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus” and then Mozelle joined her to sing “This is the Day” and “Swing Low.” We also have really enjoyed the music provided by Maria Mutis for the last month.
It was great to have Rev Mark Krause back from his schooling and it was even better when he brought Rev. Don and Barbara Tumlinson from Uvalde to preach on this special day.
Rev. Tumlinson used the scripture from Jeremiah 29:11-14 and 19 where God was telling the Jews that He would bring them back to Jerusalem after their 70 years of captivity.
God also has a plan for our salvation. It is an incredible plan for everyone. God used Jesus Christ and the cross to complete His plan. God also has a plan for Art UMC using Mark Krause.
When will our prayers be answered and our plan completed? Why are they not being answered? Rev. Tumlinson listed three reasons. First, we are not listening. We are waiting on God to speak through the lightening, or a storm, or an earthquake but God is not in the earthquake, wind and fire. God is found in a small, still voice speaking directly into your heart. Listen with your heart, your whole heart. Present yourselves to God as you are and purge yourself of what is ungodly. Approach God with abandonment and confidence. Wake up in the morning and say: “Good morning, Lord. What exciting thing are we going to do today?”
The second reason our prayers are not answered is that we don’t want to take the time to God’s work. We have too many distractions. We need the patience to wait for the right time. Wait for God’s time; it will come. Let God work His plan for you.
And the third reason is that we do not want change. We like thing the way they are. Check to see what needs to be changed. Look into the mirror, see the flaws and make the improvements that need to be made. Listen to the small, still voice and make a change for the better in your life.
This is a powerful message.