February 24, 2019
My goodness I missed out on a fine Sunday last week! I was not feeling well and stayed home from church. Our wonderful friend, Julia Broussard, joined the Dublin First United Methodist Church. Welcome Julia!
We say we don’t “need for much” here at First Methodist, just membership, and we invite anyone seeking a relationship with God, Jesus and others to come and join us.
Community Table continues to be a success. We have great cooks, dedicated volunteers, faithful drivers to deliver to the home bound. But these good folks are not all members of our congregation. They show up from many denominations to help make this food ministry work!
Pat and Lisa Leatherwood brought their grandson, Liam and granddaughter, Landry, to church last Sunday. They were good children and we enjoyed them. I hear that is not always the case at home.
Jaxson and Joe Salinas were our acolytes, they do a good job of leading Pastor Ken out of the sanctuary at the end of the service.
Nancy Wooldridge was the Worship Leader and she read our scripture lesson from Luke 6:27-38.
Pastor Ken asked for prayers for Bill Traweek, Bill fell and broke a hip. Bill was Ken’s agriculture teacher in high school.
Laura Leatherwood presented the children’s lesson.
Laura asked the youngsters if they knew what opposites were. Yes, they certainly did and gave her several good examples. There was big and small, happy and sad, and love and hate. Laura said it is easy to love people who love you and are nice to you. It is hard to love those who hate us or treat us badly. But Jesus said we should love and care for those who treat us badly. Laura said the children must learn self-control and not to act hateful when others behave that way. That is what makes Christians different from other people.
Rev. Ken Lunsford preached from Luke about judging others.
What is your philosophy of life? Do you think about the set of beliefs that drive your worldview? It comes out of us in subtle ways: how we treat people, how we handle a new situation, what we spend our time, energy, and money on.
This life philosophy is our guide, our GPS, down the pathway of our entire life.
The best source for a guide is Jesus, because He is the Word of God come down from heaven according to scripture. He is God’s revelation of the way we should pattern ourselves.
Jesus was speaking before a mixed crowd, there were ordinary Jews, and also the ruling Jews called Pharisees, there were pagans from Tyre and Sidon, and Roman soldiers who oppressed the Jews. They heard Jesus say, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, give him the shirt also.” Jesus also said, “Do onto others as you would have them do to you.”
Jesus continued by telling them “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged.”
This was His message, it was rooted in love. I am amazed how many Christians miss that truth. Maybe we never really listened to Christ’s teachings. But to those who do listen He offers hope for this life and salvation in the next. Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors. If you are looking for a church home, we invite you to come and give us a chance to share Christ’s love. Thanks for reading