August 21, 2018 - Sunday was the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We had our regular bunch for Sunday School and church. One of our regulars is far away visiting her sister, and we sure miss her. Our Sunday School lesson was a really good one. Gene read the scripture, Romans 12: 9-21. It speaks about love and justice, which can not be separated. Paul lists many actions that come out of God’s love and justice, such as not thinking one is better than anyone else. We as Jesus followers are to contribute to the needs of those less fortunate.
August 13, 2018 - Sunday was the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time. These slightly cooler temperatures and the little bit of rain certainly are appreciated. As I am writing this article on Sunday afternoon, the sky is full of sunshine as the heavens are thundering! I sure hope we get some of the rain. Sue and I missed church last Sunday. My son Jacob and I have birthdays, my daughter’s renovation of her 1950s home are complete, and my brother celebrates his first year anniversary of having new and healthy lungs. We had a wonderful visit.
July 30, 2018 - Sunday was the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time. These last few weeks sure haven’t been ordinary, as the heat has been excessive. Shelby County is now under a burn ban; the talk as we gathered at Paxton was the nice rain earlier this week and the promise of more on Monday and Tuesday.
July 23, 2018 - Sunday was the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Most of the talk before Sunday School was about the hot weather. All of East Texas is under a heat advisory warning, and I am thankful for a cool house to take refuge in. We had a nice crowd by Paxton standards this morning. Our Sunday School lesson was titled “Entering God’s Kingdom.” The background scripture was Luke 13: 22-30, where Jesus tries to explain who will be saved. Jesus speaks of a narrow gate through which many will not be able to enter. I found this scripture difficult but thought-provoking.
July 16, 2018 - Sunday was the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The topic of conversation this morning was the electrical outage around Tenaha and the really hot dry weather. Being without air conditioning for just a short while is no fun, and five or six hours makes for an uncomfortable day. Fannie handed off the baton to Joe, and he taught our Sunday school lesson. He did a fine job. The lesson was the parable about the widow and the unjust judge. The scripture was Luke 18: 1-8.
July 2, 2018 - Sunday was the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time. It was certainly an ordinary hot and humid Sunday morning in East Texas! I don’t like the cold of winter, but I really can’t take the summer heat anymore. When we were kids we spent many summer days out playing and trying to stay out of our mothers’ hair. It wasn’t until I was in Junior High School that our schools were air conditioned. Last Sunday our air conditioning went out at home; we closed the drapes and turned on all the ceiling fans. It got up to the mid 80s but wasn’t terrible.
June 25, 2018 - Sunday was the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time. It is hard to believe that 2018 is almost half done! June 21st was the official beginning of summer, but I think we have gotten a head start in the summer heat department. A couple of the regulars were out this morning, so our numbers were pretty slim. But we had a great Sunday school lesson and our time in worship was well spent. I had been under the weather for most of the week and didn’t finish my sermon until late Saturday night. Not one to procrastinate, I was pretty uncomfortable with my late finish.
June 19, 2018 - Sunday was the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time. It was also Father’s Day. It is hard to believe that we are about halfway through this year. Time really does fly by. Our Sunday School class moved out one of the big tables and we all sat around it instead of Ms. Fannie standing behind a podium. Today’s lesson was titled “Jesus Teaches About Justice.” The Pharisees and legal experts came to Jesus complaining that his disciples didn’t follow the purity codes before eating; Jesus dealt handily with them as usual.
June 12, 2018 - Sunday was the 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time. It was overcast Sunday morning, and the talk was about the possibility of some rain. Later Sunday afternoon we got almost 2 inches at the Smith house! We really needed it—my yard and garden sure appreciated it. I enjoyed not having to drag hoses around, watering various garden spots.
June 4, 2018 - Sunday was the 9th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Summer is fast approaching, with the temperatures already in the high 90s. I hope this isn’t a warning that this is going to be an exceptionally hot summer! Just before I left for Sunday School it rained a little bit. It didn’t rain much or for long, but it was nice anyway.