February 23, 2020
We have observed Ash Wednesday, which is the honoring of Christ’s sacrifice and remembering of our own mortality. When the ashes are applied to our forehead or the back of our hand the pastor will say “From dust you were made and to dust you will return.” Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent.
Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter, it lasts from Ash Wednesday for 40 days not counting Sundays. The Lenten season is a time when many Christians observe a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial and spiritual discipline.
Pastor Ken tells us we can observe Lent by adding to our lives instead of taking away. He says to help a friend or neighbor with a project. Or take them a big casserole. Or a pie. Allow someone to go ahead of you in a line, pay for someone’s meals in a restaurant, etc.
The church has a booklet of daily devotions for Lent, it is titled “Renewed by Living Water,” and it’s first lesson is called Even the Cows are Thirsty!
Many thanks go to Brookshire Brother’s Super Market for the food donations they brought to the Food Pantry. They brought eleven large sacks of miscellaneous groceries. We also extend appreciation to the Dublin Bottling Works for donating boxes to distribute the food in. Help us to thank these businesses by shopping with them.
Our congregation extends sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Weldon Hall of Comanche.
Kevin Stone was joined by his daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter in church. Kevin told us his father, Frank Stone, would have surgery and asked for our healing prayers.
We were pleased to have another guest with us, and we hope he returns to see us.
Nancy Wooldridge served as Worship Leader this past Sunday and read the scripture lesson from Matthew 17:1-13. Joe and Jaxson Salinas were the acolytes.
Nancy spoke of the passing of her sister-in-law, Mary Jane Stine. Mary passed with dignity and peace and left a “high bar” for the rest of her family to emulate.
This was Transfiguration Sunday and Rev. Ken Lunsford titled his sermon “This is My Son, Listen to Him.”
The Transfiguration of Jesus took place on a high mountain with Peter, James, and John along to witness it. On the mountain Jesus’ face shone like the sun, his clothes became white as light! Moses and Elijah appeared to them. A voice from a cloud overshadowing them spoke, it was the voice of God. He said,” This is my Son whom I dearly love, I am very pleased with Him. Listen to Him!”
Jesus commanded them, “Do not to tell anybody about the vision until the Human One is raised from the dead.”
In this moment, the three disciples see who Christ really is. John would later write: “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-4)