It’s Monday morning and we are all watching the weather to see where Hurricane Ike is going. We need the rain and some clouds are moving in from West Texas. Pray for rain.
Birthdays this week are Carolyn Vater on September 10th, James Toeppich on September 12th, Barbara Krause on September 13th and Don Baxter on September 15th. It is a great time to celebrate and we all wish you a great special day.
It is also time to remember the attack on the USA on September 11, 2001. Thank God and the government for keeping us safe for the last seven years.
It was great to see Dick and Dorris Ann Pierson in church. Continue to pray for Dick as he continues chemo treatments. Keep Marilyn Kahan, King Brown, Sara Dixon and Don Hallock in your prayers. And continue to pray for Cheryl Clark and her parents as they make a new home in Montana. Many people in this area need God’s help and only a few are mentioned here. Pray for those friends and relatives that are in trouble.
Next, Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., there will be a meeting of the Administrative Council and the Nominating Committee in the Art Fellowship Hall. This is in preparation for the Charge Conference on October 12th.
Also mark your calendar for the German Hymn Fest which will be on Sunday, September 28 at the Art UMC.
A new Bible study will start on September 21st and run for 6 weeks. Sign the list at the back of the church or call the pastor for more information. You have a choice of attending either on Sunday or Tuesday.
The Art Men’s Choir sang “I Will Sing of My Redeemer” for their monthly special. We really appreciate these men sharing their talents and being part of our service.
The Apostle Paul’s words in Romans 13:8-14 was the scripture for Rev. Krause’s sermon titled “Living in Love.”
Living in love should be our way of life. Jesus Christ made a big difference in the lives of others. Paul still makes a big difference today with his writings. Before his conversion, he thought he was doing God’s work by hurting Christians and killing them. But God got his attention and closed his eyes for three days. Ananias, a disciple, at the direction of God, laid hands on him and restored his sight and he was filled with the Holy Spirit. Read Acts Chapter 9. Paul’s eyes and heart were opened and he was baptized and proclaimed in the synagogues that Jesus was the Son of God.
Paul, by writing Romans, was trying to show people how to live the life of love. Give to those who ask and don’t turn away those that would borrow from you. Give to the government what it requires. Do no harm, proclaim the truth, resist not the Holy Spirit, persecute no man, obey the law, love God, pray for others. Live in love for God and your neighbors. Blessed are people who receive the love.
The moment we see the Light and become believers in life, we will start to walk the path that Jesus walked. In the pagan culture that Paul lived, a life of love was a real challenge. But Paul stood up to the persecutors and lived a life of true love. He lived the Gospel.
When we live by the gospel and love all people, we live out our faith in God. Practice these three rules: Do no harm, do good, stay in love with God. Jesus Christ is our example of true love. He reaches out to us and we must take His hand and let Him touch us so that we can love others as Jesus loves us. Give God all of the praise, all of the honor and all of the love.