What a wonderful time of the year, cool nights and pleasant afternoons. I love this time of the year and especially Thanksgiving. No matter what our circumstances may be, the coming together with family and friends evokes the realization of blessings and gratitude. I sincerely hope that everyone had a gratitude filled Thanksgiving. May we all transend into the Advent season using that sense of thankfullness to prepare us for the time of hope, joy and giving.
Get ready folks! The time is near! You must be there! Something very special is about to happen in Nazareth, Wyoming and you will see and hear all about it when you arrive at the Mason High School Auditorium on Sunday, December 2nd, at 3pm! Believe me when I say, “You will laugh ( possibly uncontrollably) and be filled with so much Christmas spirit and joy!” “For Unto Y’all” is the anticipated fun filled play to be presented by Art UMC. The play is free of charge. Those who wish to do so may make a donation to the Mason Food Bank and/or the Young Life of Mason. See ya there!
Can’t forget our Birthdays and Anniversaries…………..Happy Belated Birthday to Shirley Davis whose birthday was the 21st. Clara McInnis turned 99 years young on the 23rd! Clara is such a blessing and inspiration to all of us! Belated Birthday wishes are also in order for Judy Kothmann and Barry Jordan also on the 23rd, Roger Jordan on the 24th, and Deborah Jordan Baxter on the 25th. Hope everyone had a wonderful birthday! Max and Jan Jordan’s anniversary was on the 24th and Stephen and Joyce Mutschink’s on the 25th. Blessing to both couples and may you enjoy many many more years together! Happy Birthday to Lorien Calhoun today the 28th, and to Wanda Jordan, Alexandra Claire Cope, and Daniel Hinckley on the 29th, Randy Hinckley and Denise Kennedy on the 30th, John Jordan on Dec. 1st, Kim Hinckley and McKenzie Jay Cano on the 2nd, and Mark Martin on the 4th. Bring on the cake and may you all have a great time on your special day!
There are just a few reminders of coming events. The Art Men’s Choir practice will be tonight, November 28th, at 6;00pm. Christmas play practice dress rehearsal will be Saturday, December 1st, at 10:00am in the Mason High School Auditorium. On Monday, December 3rd, Art UMC will fill Mason Food Bank boxes at 3:00pm. This is an early reminder and I’ll be reminding you again next week, but please keep in mind that we need homemade cookies, a lot of homemade cookies, for the food bank boxes that we will be handing out on Monday, December 10th, from 3:00-5:30pm. We have more than 130 families this year and we need at least 65 dozen cookies. That’s only six cookies per box! This is a wonderful opportunity to give this holiday season. If you can help, please bring your cookies to Art UMC by Sunday, December 9th, or to the Mason Food Bank before 3:00pm on Monday, December 10th. It would be most helpful and appreciated if the cookies were packaged six per package (in baggies or plastic wrap).
Last Sunday was Christ the King Sunday. The Gospel Reading was from John 18: 33-37. In this Gospel we see that Jesus has been brought to Pilate by the Jews without a formal indictment, only that he was a evildoer. Pilate basically told them to take care of the situation themselves, according to the law. The Jews could not legally execute (stoning to death) anyone and because they wanted Jesus to die, they wanted Pilate to pass the death sentence. They knew that if he did so, it would mean crucifixion for Christ. The charge has been brought against Christ because He claims to be the King of Israel. Pilate now faces and questions Jesus about this accusation. As he looks at Jesus, this seeming helpless prisoner and perhaps with a twist of irony, he asks Jesus if He is the King of the Jews. Jesus wanted to know if Pilate was asking this question for the Jews or for himself. If Pilate was asking the question for himself, it would appear as if Jesus were a rebel claiming to be a political king. If the question had come from the Jews, then it would have referred to a messianic king. Pilate, as Roman governor, dismissed any prior conversation with the Jews and asked Jesus, “what hast thou done”? In verse 36, Jesus explains that His kingdom is not of this world. His kingdom is a spiritual one and He has no political or military motives. Pilate is confused about Jesus’ concept of a king and a kingdom. When he stated, “You are a king, then!”, Pilate still assumed Jesus to be a political king. If he had really wanted to know the truth, Pilate would have understood exactly what Jesus was saying. Jesus Christ was born of royal inheritance (as King of Kings) and was to bring truth to mankind. Christ the King is the truth and the way!
Peace to all