It is definitely hot during August, but if one gets up early to work outside, especially with friends, it can be fun! That’s exactly what Denise Kennedy, from Trinity UMC, Castell and I did last week at Emeth Bauer’s farm. We were at his farm by 7:30am picking black eyed peas! Emeth said, “This is what rural America is all about, sharing with others.” Thanks Emeth for planting, fertilizing, and watering such a wonderful crop, but most of all for sharing them with so many others. Notice behind us in the photo, the beautiful field of peanuts. Emeth sure makes Mason County proud every year with his fields of peanuts!
Blessings raised this week included; Sam Hoerster said he is so blessed and thankful for his wife Maribelle, Teresa Koock gave thanks for the safety of Mason citizens during last weeks tanker truck incident on the square, and Carolyn Vater expressed thanks for her great- nephew SSgt Breg Hughes, who has finally been moved out of ICU at Brook Army Medical Center.
Maribelle Hoerster lifted Sam for prayer request as he will have cataract surgery on Wednesday. Kathy Jordan asked for prayers for her mother, Deloris Wilson. Pastor Cliff requested prayers for Joyce Lyons, the church matriarch from one of his former churches who is ill. Also, he requested prayers for ending the fires in Oklahoma and the war in Syria. As always, please pray for our servicemen and women and for our nursing home and homebound members and friends.
Happy Birthday to Ashlyn Gleghorn on the 9th, Beth Williams Palmer on the 10th, Dorris Ann Pierson on the 11th, John Ceynowa and Melrose Leifeste on the 12th, Courtney Brown and Hannah Paige Morales on the 13th, and Davis Charles Rosberg on the 14th. Hope you all have a fun filled cake eating day!
Just a reminder, Art UMW will have a meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. It will be a Girls Day Out with Hilda UMC. The meeting will start at 10:00am at Hilda UMC and there will be two speakers. Afterwards, a lunch at Doss is planned at the new restaurant. Please return to Art UMC for a business meeting around 2pm. A Christmas Play planning meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 15th at 6:00pm.
Sunday was the 9th Sunday after Pentecost. The Gospel Reading was John 6:24-35.
I’ll back up and finish the story in last week’s gospel which will take us to this week’s reading. As you recall, Jesus had fed the great multitude of 5,000 and had now departed to the mountain to be alone. The disciples had gotten into a boat and were headed over the sea toward Capernaum. It was already dark and when they had rowed about 3 to 4 miles, the sea arose because of a great wind. All of a sudden they saw Jesus walking on the water in front of them and they were “afraid”. He told them not to be afraid and He entered the boat and they were immediately transported to their destination. (Jesus provided yet another revelation of Himself by demonstrating His power over gravity by walking on the water, stilling the winds of the storm and supernaturally transporting them to the other side of the sea.) Meanwhile the multitude of people had seen that Jesus had not entered the boat with the disciples and assumed that He was still there and started looking for Him. When they couldn’t find Him, they got into their boats and crossed the sea to Capernaum where they finally found Him. They asked, “Rabbi, when did You come here?” In their minds, they still wanted to make Him a king. Jesus answered them by saying they had come looking for Him not because they saw the signs, but because they had eaten of the loaves and were filled. He told them not to labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him. (The food is Christ Himself and His authority to give everlasting life means that the Father has authorized the Son as the Giver of Life) In verse 28, we see how the people were still confused by asking Jesus what they were to do. When Jesus said, “believe in Him whom He sent.” The people went on to ask for even another sign to prove that they should believe in Him, despite the fact they had just witnessed the feeding of the multitudes! They spoke of how Moses had done better miracles because he had brought bread from heaven. Perhaps they saw Christ as a perpetual provider of physical needs rather than of spiritual ones. Jesus explained that the bread which Moses gave from God is of different character than the true bread. In verse 33 Jesus explained the true bread is a person (Himself) He which cometh, and is capable of giving eternal life. Christ identifies Himself as the bread of life. The life spoken of here is spiritual not physical. Christ, the bread of life, satisfies one’s spiritual need for hunger and thirst forever.
Peace to all