February 24, 2020 - Grace and peace from our brother, Jesus, Amen. On the Christian calendar, Sunday was Transfiguration Sunday, the last Sunday of the Epiphany. Wednesday will be Ash Wednesday, and next Sunday will be the First Sunday in Lent. All that has theological importance, but I guess the big question is how modern people and the modern church remember these significant signposts in our world.
February 17, 2020 - Grace and peace from our brother, Jesus, Amen. Sunday was the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany. I am still waiting for my computer to be updated; my wife’s computer has viruses, so it takes forever to get something typed and ready to send out. This past Saturday I attended a mandatory workshop in Longview on Sexual Ethics. Many of our area Methodist pastors were there—it was good to catch up with them.
February 10, 2020 - Grace and peace from our brother, Jesus, Amen. Sunday was the fifth Sunday after the Epiphany and the second Sunday in February. My computer has been in the shop this past week getting updates and fine tuning. I feel powerless, even though I don’t use my computer except for word processing and the internet. I have most of my church stuff stored on an external drive, so I’m able to plug it in to my wife’s computer. But that is like driving a borrowed car—it just doesn’t feel right.
February 3, 2020 - Grace and peace from our brother, Jesus, Amen. Sunday was the 4th Sunday after the Epiphany and the first Sunday in February. As numbers, Sunday’s date is 02-02-2020! During our worship service we celebrated Holy Communion. In February we will be collecting soap and shampoo for Community Christian Services. In January it was tuna; on Wednesday, I took all that we collected to Christian Services. I saw many friends volunteering at the food bank, and several people helped me unload my truck. On Monday, we will head to Focused Care at 10:00 for our ministry there.
January 21, 2020 - Grace and peace from our brother, Jesus, Amen. It is Saturday, January 18, and I am at my computer working on my sermon for tomorrow. The Gospel lesson comes from the John Gospel, which was one of the later writings to be included in the Christian Testament. We don’t know who the author of this very spiritual book was, but are fairly certain it was written at the end of the first century of the Common Era. It is very different from the first three gospels.
January 13, 2020 - Grace and peace from our brother, Jesus, Amen. It seems like a year since I wrote my weekly article from Paxton United Methodist Church. I have spent the past two weeks either sick or getting over being sick. For two out of the last three years, I came down with the flu. This seems very unfair to me since I always get my flu shot. Finally feeling a bit better from the effects of the flu, I developed a sinus infection that kept me feeling bad. So I didn’t write an article last week and will try to get caught up.
December 30, 2019 - Grace and peace from our brother, Jesus, Amen. Happy New Year! Whether we are ready or not, 2020 is about to begin. We at Paxton United Methodist Church hope all our friends and neighbors had a very Merry Christmas. Sue and I went to our daughter’s house in Dallas. We celebrated the birth of the Christ child with our daughter, son, brother, and sister-in-law. We went out to dinner on Christmas Eve, and even though our daughter made reservations over a month ago, the restaurant was packed and running behind schedule.
December 23, 2019 - Grace and peace from our brother, Jesus, Amen. It has turned back to winter with a vengeance. It is Wednesday, December 18th morn and about 25 degrees at my house. My faithful companions, Gunter and Sam, are so ready to go for a walk, but I just can’t make myself bundle up and go. I will get the courage later. Winter doesn’t officially start until December 21st. Sue is getting ready to head to First Baptist Joaquin, as it is the day that children’s Christmas gifts are given to the many families who are being helped out this holiday season.
December 16, 2019 - Grace and peace from our brother and savior, Jesus, Amen. It is less than three weeks until Christmas. We are moving through Advent quickly: During the lighting of the Advent Candles in worship time, we speak of the themes of Advent—hope, joy faith, and love. In Advent we not only celebrate the coming of the Christ child, but also the coming of God’s Kingdom on earth.