I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving and are now ready for an even greater and busier Christmas.
I spent my holiday with my daughter Lisa and her family and friends in Baltimore. We have had a lot of good food, shopped for food only, traveled one day to Washington, D.C. to see the Spy Museum. We drove to the north end of the subway and after a few subway transfers and a lot of walking, ended up by theSmithsonian Museum. The Spy Museum, a few blocks away, covers the worldwide history of spying, mostly American, Russian and German. It would take days to see and read everything, but two hours was sufficient for me this time.
I got home last Tuesday and was glad to see my dogs, my cows and Mason.
Wishes for a very happy birthday go to Logan Toone on December 12th, to Brooke Rosberg on December 14th, to Louis Herrington on December 15th and to Brad Kothmann on December 17th. Also happy anniversary to Denis and Lizzie Cano on December 15th.
Pray daily for those who you know that need God’s help and comfort. This includes my dear sister, Jean Horton, who is now in Morningside Manor and not doing well at all. Others mentioned at church were Ellie Blair who is now expected to recover from her fall at the basketball game. Pray for those who will be away from family during Christmas and for the many who are traveling during the holidays. Pray for our country. Continue to pray for rain.
Saturday’s “Heritage of Faith Tour” was lightly attended, mainly because of the cold weather. The church decorations are really beautiful and the historical exhibits and pictures tell the complete history of the church. All of the people who decorated and worked on the tour deserve a great “Thank You” for all of the hard work.
The Art Men’s Choir sang “Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine” as an Offertory.
Special music was provided by Mozelle and Beth Williams. Mozelle sang “Away in a Manger”; Beth sang a beautiful song about “Mary, Did You Know?” And there was more great music and Christmas songs. Thanks so much for sharing your special gifts.
The Advent Musical Festival at the First UMC in Mason last Sunday evening was spectacular. The program was a combination of Christmas scripture readings and musical specials by different Mason Co. churches. The Art Men’s Choir again sang “Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine” and also sang “Silent Night”, first in German and then in English. The cookies were fine.
Next Sunday, December 14th, St. Paul Lutheran Church will host a special musical presentation by the Mason Community Choir beginning at 5:30 p.m.
All items for the Mexico Outreach Program need to be at the church by next Sunday. This includes the boxes, clothing and any other thing that these families can use. One trip has already been made and surely we can fill another load.
Also, do not forget the Annual Parsonage Chinese Gift Exchange Party and covered dish supper on next Saturday, Dec. 13th at 6:00 p.m. Every person is to bring one gift and be a part of this fun and “spiritual” time. Please come and enjoy.
Pastor Mark Krause preached about “Holy Boldness” using the scripture from Acts 4:1-20. John and Peter had stopped at a begging, lame man on their way into the temple and Peter, with Christian boldness, told the man: “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee; In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk”. And Peter took him by the right hand and the man received strength in his legs and feet and walked into the temple, leaping and praising God. And 5000 people saw this miracle along with the priest, the captain of the temple and the Sadducees. And Peter, inspired by the Holy Spirit, took this opportunity to preach boldly about Jesus, His life, His persecution, His trial, His death, His resurrection, and His fulfillment of the many prophesies. He boldly preached salvation and forgiveness of sin.
John and Peter were taken hold of and imprisoned to be tried the next day.
Peter had spoken the truth; He was inspired by the Holy Ghost, and he continued to preach during his trial the next day.
The Holy Spirit is always around all people. The power of the Holy Spirit allows us to speak boldly if we are chosen by God to speak this way. Use the power of the Holy Spirit. Do not be limited by your own actions. It has to come from God. Bold speaking may encourage rejection. Satan does not want us to tell the truth. He wants us to lie.
God’s word touches people’s hearts. If we are obedient and allow God to speak through us, we will speak the truth. Preach truth seeds and see them grow. Speak out boldly; don’t just pray and worship in silence. Pray for others and speak out for God in the world.
“For the word that God speaks is alive, and full of power, making it active, operative, energizing, and effective; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and the immortal spirit, and of the joints and marrow (of the deepest parts of our nature), exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart”. Hebrews 4:12 (From the Everyday Life Bible)