The responsibilities for bringing food and supplies for the “Shared Table” have been filled. Everyone is looking forward to the meal on 1-29.
Those having anniversaries in January are David and Annette Cleveland and Gene and Tammy Coan. We wish these folks many happy days ahead.
Prayers were asked for Jerry Bolton.
We had five visitors with us last Sunday. This congregation is always glad to see a new face in worship.
The first tenant of what we believe is; God’s infinite love is available to all.
Mary Haley served as our Worship leader and Laura Leatherwood continues to bring the children’s lesson.
Laura brought a tape measure to show the youngsters. She measured one boy’s shoe sole and then asked what else she should measure. The children wanted to see how long a pew was, so with their help, Laura measured a front pew. It was about 152 inches.
Then Laura asked the children if there were things impossible to measure and a little girl said ”Jesus’ love was impossible to measure because He died for us.” Laura said that was right and she was so happy a child could answer the question. All the children were given a tape measure to keep for there own.
Rev. Ken Lunsford titled his sermon “God Shows No Partiality, Do You?” The scripture reading was from Acts 10:34-43.
Peter was one of Jesus’ first disciples. He was with Jesus from the beginning of His Galilean ministry and on until the bitter end at the Sanhedrin examination. Peter saw the empty tomb and witnessed the risen Christ. He experienced the Ascension and Pentecost. But it took all these things before Peter finally understood the world-changing wonder that was playing out before his very eyes.
In the Gentile household of Cornelius Peter says “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but that in every nation anyone who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him.” And just think it only took watching Jesus extend His love, compassion, and healing power on lepers, Gentiles, tax collectors, and sinners of all kinds for Peter to “get it.” It only took the miracle of the resurrection, the demonstration of God’s power over life and death, and the infusing gift of the Holy Spirit to give Peter this final insight. All are welcome; all are embraced by the same patient Spirit and Christ’s redeeming gift.
What does that mean for you and me today? Where will we be willing to go? With whom will we sit at the table?