Community Table is on Wednesday, 1-28 so get your appetite in gear!
Last Sunday we sang “Happy Birthday” and “Happy Anniversary” to all our members celebrating in January.
We need to wish a joyous birthday to those celebrating in the second half of this month. They are; Karen Leigh, on 1-16, Elizabeth Young, 1-21, Brady Moore, 1-21 and Sammy Moore on 1-28.
I failed to welcome a new member who joined us last week, she is Karen Leigh. Karen is fairly new to Dublin.
Prayers were said for Doris Morton’s great-grandson who is a year old. The little fellow has been quite ill.
Our friend Travis Rasberry passed away and his funeral service was held at our church on Saturday, 1-10. Rev. Dean Bradly officiated with Rev. Ken Lunsford assisting. Our congregation extends sincere sympathy to Melba, the children, other family and friends.
The First United Methodist Church held a dinner for the Rasberry Family. The kitchen was filled with fast working ladies plus one man, David Cleveland.
“Baptism of Jesus” was the title of Pastor Ken’s sermon and he based it on Mark 1: 4-11.
One of the most confusing doctrines of our faith is the Trinity, the belief that God comes to us in three persons; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit or the Holy Ghost. Some within the church don’t agree with that idea. But the Trinity is an essential part of our denomination even if it is difficult to understand.
This principle was on display in a beautiful way at the very beginning of Jesus’ ministry on the day that He was baptized by John in the river Jordan.
John the Baptist, the son of Zechariah and Elizabeth, was Jesus’ cousin. John was preaching about the coming Messiah. John was celebrated in his own time and seemed to be popular with everybody except Herod. John stayed near the river to baptize those who were repentant, but he made it clear that he was not the Messiah.
When Jesus came forward into the water John tried to deter Him, saying “I need to be baptized by you. What are you doing coming to me”? Jesus was the blameless and spotless Lamb of God but He was setting an example for us to follow. We need to be baptized.
In Marks’ Gospel it tells that just as Jesus was coming out of the water He saw the heavens open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove. Then a voice from heaven said ”You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
We see the love of the Father, the humility of the Son, and the coming of the Holy Spirit.
Remember that Oak Dale United Methodist Church in Stephenville is doing “Compassion Counseling.” This is a suicide prevention program.
Email Pastor Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our office email@example.com