April 7, 2019
Pastor Ken has ordered the palm fronds to wave on Palm Sunday. The children enjoy marching and waving their palm fronds. To tell the truth, I like it also.
No service is scheduled for Maundy Thursday. But a Good Friday service will begin at 7 p.m.
Set your alarm clocks to rise and shine early on Easter morning. You will be lifted by the Dublin Ministerial Alliance Sunrise service at 7 a.m. in the First Methodist atrium garden. You are protected from the north and west winds in the garden. As we have for several years, we will serve a pancake breakfast in fellowship hall after the Sunrise Service.
We will get folks their pancakes in time to attend their denomination’s Sunday School and church!
Lisa Leatherwood was our Worship Leader and she read the scriptures from John 12:1-8.
We extend sympathy to the family and friends of Shirley LaBaume. Shirley is a cousin of Ray LaBaume.
Our congregation extends sympathy to the family and friends of John Underwood. Keep his wife Hilda in your prayers.
Neva Smith’s son-in-law has had his surgery and so far, so good. Lee Lusk’s sister, who is in her nineties, has had surgery and is recovering: Miracles are happening all around us.
Irene Sohm is feeling feisty enough for spring cleaning, and that is good!
Our pastor and congregation were happy to welcome three adults and three children as guests this past Sunday.
Laura Leatherwood presented the children’s lesson and asked the children about their most important possessions. Some said their pets or their family. Then Laura asked them “would you give something important away to someone you cared for?” Then Laura told them about Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha, who anointed Jesus’ head and feet with an expensive perfume oil and dried His feet with her hair. Laura said that the oil was Mary’s greatest gift and she used it for Jesus.
Rev. Ken Lunsford preached about the times it is alright to be extravagant. That is what the story in the Book of John is about.
Jesus will go to Jerusalem for Passover. It is just a few days away. Judas is ready to betray Him. The crucifixion is less than a week away and Jesus knows it.
Jesus and His disciples visit in the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus in Bethany. Only a few days before, Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead.
They are all enjoying a dinner when Mary brings an alabaster jar of nard and breaks it open. Mary pours the oil on Jesus. Was she thanking Him for raising her brother? Or was it an act of preparing His body for the death to come? All agree it was an act of love and kindness.
It is all right to be extravagant in our generosity. It is ok to extravagant in our gratitude and graciousness.