July 10, 2019 - Love and peace from our brother Jesus. We are in the midst of Ordinary Time, and it sure feels like an ordinary Texas summer. We have had a wetter and milder summer until the last week or so—but here come the heat and humidity! I am watering every day; even with this effort, some of my perennials just wilt under the heat of the sun. I would say I am not really complaining—but I am!
It is hard to believe that we are in July, I hope everyone had an enjoyable Fourth. There were plenty of fireworks around where we live, so my dogs were not happy. They must think people do strange things in the name of entertainment. We celebrated Communion, as Sunday was the first Sunday of the month. We also started collecting cans of spaghetti and ravioli for Community Christian Services. This last week, I took a back seat full of paper towels and toilet paper to CCS along with a couple of checks. We at Paxton Methodist are really pleased to do our little part for this great ministry.
We had a really good Sunday school lesson, “Jesus Teaches About Fulfilling the Law.” The scripture came from Matthew 3, where Jesus talks about people needing to be the salt of the earth. Our lesson showed us just how important salt was to ancient people. This was also another reminder that the great rabbis or teachers said that the greatest law was to love God and to love our neighbors.
We had a nice crowd for Paxton Methodist. Liz and Evie joined us—so nice to see them. Evie is such a grown up! Joe wasn’t here this morning, and we hope he is feeling better. Gene selected our songs and served as song leader. Liz sure makes our congregational singing sound really good. We always appreciate Hilda coming to Paxton to play the piano (hearing a second sermon in the process), The sermon scripture was the Epistle Lesson found in Galatians 6: 7-10. Paul tells the Jesus followers to never get tired of doing what is good. Later, John Wesley urged his followers to do all the good they can in all places they can.
Last week was our monthly ministry to Focused Care, and did we have a crowd! Sue and I found ourselves in the middle of a heavy rain on the way; when we arrived, they were already singing “Count Your Blessings.” Note to self: Heavy rain, good. Hilda was a lively presence on the piano and later in the program did a solo of “Beulah Land.” I emceed, telling anecdotes between songs, including our family’s struggle to understand “English” when we were in Scotland. In honor of the Fourth of July, we sang several patriotic songs, and Theresa passed flags out to all in attendance. Fannie also read some patriotic pieces for this special time of the year. Jo read a cute little poem called “Don’t Worry,” and Sue did The Cafeteria Lady from the Black Lagoon, part of a humorous kids’ series, Nora graced us with “It Is No Secret What God Can Do” and followed with the short song on the facing page. We’ve gotten used to having Margie helping us out even when we’re not at Lakeside, and she was front and center at Focused Care. She says it’s Mrs. Hilda’s influence (which is likely why we’re all there). We had a newcomer last week: Pastor Sarah joined us, even though she had just moved in the day before! She introduced herself with a little biography and lots of feel-good. We finished with our usual “God Be with You ‘Til We Meet Again” and the benediction.
Our worship time is 10am; we would love to have you come to worship with us. I know how very busy everyone is: Our early meeting time enables you to move on to family get-togethers or jobs afterward. Not to mention naps, which my wife says are best on Sunday afternoon. Whoever you are, in whatever faith you were born, whatever creed you profess; if you come to this house to find God you are welcome here.” Paxton United Methodist Church is an inviting church that takes to heart the idea of “Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds.” Sunday School starts at 9:30 and Worship begins at 10:00. Our email address is email@example.com. If you would like the weekly email newsletter about Paxton Methodist you can send me your email address to the Paxton email address and I will add you to the list. God’s Speed.