November 20, 2017 - Sunday was the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Next Sunday marks the end of the Christian Year as we celebrate “Christ the King” Sunday. The following Sunday will begin the 40 days of Advent and our preparation for the birth in Bethlehem. We had a nice group this morning for Sunday school and worship. Our world traveler, Carolyn, was back and we all loved seeing her. Everyone is getting ready for Thanksgiving. Some are hosting and some are traveling. We at Paxton Methodist wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
November 13, 2017 - Sunday was Gideon Sunday. Paxton Methodist, along with many churches around East Texas, welcomed a Gideon speaker into their church. We welcomed a “Gideon family” to our church and have three new friends: Sam, Jamie, and Caitlyn from Marshall. I shared the pulpit with Sam, who spoke of the work of Gideons and the events that surrounded his becoming a Gideon. We really enjoyed having them this morning. We are so small that we get excited when we have visitors.
November 6, 2017 - Sunday was All Saints Sunday or All Souls Sunday. This is the day set aside on the Christian calendar to remember all the saints of the church, our communities, and our families. All of us have people who have influenced our lives and have helped us on our life journey. Sunday was the day to remember them as we celebrated Holy Communion. It is heartwarming to realize that billions of Christians around the world celebrated All Saints Day and Holy Communion right along with Paxton Methodist. Veterans’ Day is Saturday, but all this week schools and community groups will be h
October 30, 2017 - Sunday was the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Sunday morning was cold but promised to be a beautiful day. Fannie turned the heaters on early, and the church felt so good. We had a small group this morning, but we had an excellent Sunday school lesson. The scripture was from Nehemiah 9 & 10 and dealt with the covenant God made with the returning exiles. The purpose of the lesson was to admit our faults and then pledge ourselves to a life that honors our relationship with God.
October 23, 2017 - Sunday was the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. It was a rainy Sunday morning, but no one was complaining. We needed rain as drought conditions have really set in during September and October. We had a great surprise when Hilda’s sister Linda came in with her—so nice to see Linda again.
October 16, 2017 - Sunday was the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The weather folks on TV are promising us that fall is coming this week. The Christian Year is coming to a close. Soon our attention will be on preparing for the Christ Child and the season of Advent. We have been in the very long season of Ordinary Time. From Pentecost until All Saints Day, there are no holy days like Christmas, Easter, or Pentecost. But even in ordinary day-to-day living we can still get glimpses of the Divine.
October 9, 2017 - Sunday was the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We are still waiting for autumn to make its appearance. I hope we don’t go straight from summer to winter. I love fall with the cool mornings and the pleasant days. This morning felt good, but as we were leaving church it was obvious that it was going to be another summer day. At least the lovebugs have moved on!
October 2, 2017 - Sunday was the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time. The Gospel Lesson for this Sunday was another of Jesus’ parables set in a vineyard. In Matthew 21: 23-32, a vineyard owner asks his first son to go and work in the vineyards. The son refuses but then rethinks what he has said and heads to the vineyards. The second son agrees readily to his father’s request but doesn’t show up for work.
September 18, 2017 - Sunday was the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time. The Gospel Lesson was Matthew 18: 21-35 and deals with God’s idea of absolute forgiveness. Jesus calls upon us to forgive others as God forgives. That task sounds impossible but each of us knows of some unbelievable story of forgiveness. St. Thomas Aquinas says that God never commands us to do impossible things—he commands us to do things that would be impossible if not for the grace of God.
September 11, 2017 - Sunday was the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time. The Old Testament Lesson from Exodus Chapter 12 combined a story of death and destruction with a story of hope and liberation. Needless to say, I prefer the hope and liberation story. The last of the plagues has God killing every Egyptian first-born—human and animal. The birth of the Passover story is the hope and liberation part. The Jews are to be ready to leave and to paint their doorframes with lamb’s blood.