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!
July 1, 2019 - Love and peace from our brother Jesus. We have entered Ordinary Time on the church calendar and will celebrate our nation’s independence on the American calendar. I sure hope everyone has a wonderful Fourth of July with family and friends. We have had a wet June—but I’m not complaining. It started heating up the past week or so, but nothing like the heat wave in Europe. I saw on TV that it was an unheard-of 115 degrees in the south of France!
June 24, 2019 - Love and peace from our brother Jesus. Sunday was the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost. We now enter the long period on the Christian calendar called Ordinary Time. I have read many explanations for this term: The explanation I like best is that Pentecost is the last High Holy Day until fall. Until the last century, most workers were tillers of the soil, and their world was busy with ordinary tasks. Thomas Aquinas believed that the ordinary was infused with the Divine, but we are often too busy to notice.
June 17, 2019 - Love and peace from our brother Jesus. Sunday was Trinity Sunday as well as Fathers Day. Sue and I were in Missouri last Sunday, which was The Day of Pentecost. So I decided to preach on Fathers Day and Pentecost. We had a great trip to Louisiana, Missouri. Louisiana is a quaint little town right on the Mississippi north of St. Louis. Sue’s aunt Patsy died and I conducted the graveside memorial service. We stopped and saw some of our favorite cousins on the way up and visited the picturesque towns of Hardy, AR, and Hermann, MO.
June 2, 2019 - Love and peace from our brother Jesus. Sunday was the Seventh Sunday of Easter. What a beautiful week we had! I have really enjoyed working in the garden. On Monday Sue and I went to the Memorial Day Program at Shelby County’s historical court house. It was a moving program, and Paxton Methodist made a good showing there. Gene received a 4-H quilt of honor—not only thoughtful but beautiful. Jo, as a member of a Gold Star family, told about a family quilt; she promised to share that story at our nursing home programs.
May 27, 2019 - Love and peace from our brother Jesus. Sunday was the Sixth Sunday of Easter. Monday is Memorial Day: Our thoughts and celebrations should be about those who sacrificed so much. As the Christ said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” I have been watching a mini-series on the terrible nuclear accident at Chernobyl. The accident was much worse than believed; but for the heroic efforts of first responders, miners, engineers, and scientists, the devastation would have been catastrophic.
May 20, 2019 - Love and peace from our brother Jesus. Sunday was the Fifth Sunday of Easter. This week has sped by. Most schools have held their graduation ceremonies and kids and teachers are free! We have two nursing home ministries this coming week. On Tuesday we meet at Holiday and on Thursday, Lakeside Assisted Living. Both start at 2:00, and we would love to see you there.
May 14, 2019 - Love and peace from our brother Jesus. Sunday was the Fourth Sunday of Easter. The first lesson, the one I chose for my sermon, came from the second part of the Luke Gospel called The Acts of the Apostles. It is the strange story about Dorcas or Tabitha who was a faithful disciple of Jesus. She tended to those in need all around her and was deeply loved. When she became ill, Peter was sent for. Dorcas had died, but Peter called upon her to rise: She did.
May 7, 2019 - Love and peace from our brother Jesus. Sunday was the Third Sunday of Easter. Easter is not to be a one-day remembrance and celebration but a way of life, and the time from Easter to Pentecost is often referred to as Eastertide. The first Sunday in May was beautiful after days of rain and storms. Since it was the first Sunday of the month, we celebrated Holy Communion. Also, during this month we will be collecting cans of fruit for Community Christian Services.