June 16, 2019
Wow, we had lively guests with us Sunday! The youth group from Christ United Methodist Church in Plano came to worship with us. They took up several rows of pews across the front of the sanctuary. Adult sponsors were in the crowd, but all the rest were “just graduated” seniors of high school. This group is in Dublin to help repair homes and build wheelchair ramps.
Leta Sage, our organist, took to the piano for an impromptu, rousing version of “Do Lord” and those teenagers let loose right along with her.
Alford Havens came up to dais to give the congregation information on the Central Texas Conference gathering in Arlington on 6-10,11, and 12. Alford was a voting delegate representing Dublin First United Methodist Church. Pastor Ken Lunsford attended also, and he and Alford roomed together and split expenses. Alford said he will always remember that B.I.B.L.E. means “Basic instructions before leaving earth,” and W.I.G. stands for “Wild, important goal.”
Alford announced that Rev. Ken Lunsford has been assigned to Dublin First United Methodist and to Laurel St. United Methodist Church for another year.
Pastor Ken gave a notebook and pen to all the fathers present Sunday and wished them “Happy Father’s Day.”
Larry Standford asked for prayers for his mother, Betty Standford, who was to have extensive surgery in Abilene this week.
Pat Leatherwood was thankful that Dublin I.S.D. is a Blue-Ribbon school in Texas. And Patty Hirst is thankful the Summer Reading Program at our library began with 100 children in attendance!
Betty Lusk announced that the church yard sale brought in $1,400. That is wonderful and the barn was cleaned out, so yippee!
Community Table will be serving “Taco Salad” on Wednesday, 6-26. Also, we are out of cookies: that is zero, zip, none, the freezer is bare of cookies! Please bake more cookies and bring them by the church office before 1:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
I served as Worship Leader and read the scriptures from Romans 5:1-11
Rev. Ken Lunsford preached about wayward children on Father’s Day.
Romans says, But God shows His love for us, because while we were still sinners Christ died for us. So now that we have been made righteous by His blood, we can be even more certain that we will be saved from God’s wrath through Him.
The picture that the New Testament gives us of God is as a loving parent. The picture it gives of humanity is of a wayward child. And the result of that waywardness and that love is the cross of Jesus Christ.
It is tremendous heartbreak to have a wayward child. You wait and you worry because that young person is the most important person in your life, more important than your own life.
The God Jesus revealed to us is a God who waits for His wayward children to come back home. God will patiently wait and forgive. He does not disown us as some earthly fathers have.
There is always hope in a home where forgiveness is present. There is no love without forgiveness and no forgiveness without love. They are the two sides of the same coin.
Do your children know about amazing grace because they have experienced it in your family?
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