This past Sunday the congregation sang “Happy Birthday” to our members with a July birthday. Then they sang a “Happy Anniversary” to Pat and Lisa Leatherwood and to Mike and Mary Haley. Best wishes to everyone!
Laura Leatherwood served as our Worship Leader, she gave the opening prayer and read the scripture lesson from Luke 10: 25-37.
We learned that our friend, Kathy Logan of Midland, fell and broke her arm. Kathy received first aid in a hurry since the fire station is just a few houses down from her home. She was taken to the hospital for a while, but she is home now and going to therapy for her arm. We are praying for Kathy and hope she is healing like new.
Ray LaBaume continues to slowly get better at home. I believe he and Ola Mae would like a nice casserole or dessert brought by their house.
We welcome Ike Wade and Patty Hirst-Wade to our congregation. They joined with us this past Sunday. They have already been helping us with our projects.
Our congregation extends sincere sympathy to the friends and family of Dan Leatherwood.
The Pastor’s confirmation class continues on Tuesday’s except the 3rd Tuesday, through July.
“Can God Depend on You,” was the title of Rev. Ken Lunsford’s sermon. He gleaned it from the wonderful, timeless parable of the “Good Samaritan.” Jesus started His story with this, “You must love the Lord you God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”
Then a legal expert asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus then told the story of the man who went down to Jericho who was attacked by thieves and left to die by the side of the road. A priest passed by the injured man, a Levite saw the man, but did not stop to render aid. Then a Samaritan came by and had compassion for the bleeding man. The Samaritans were not a race the Jews associated with. They were looked down on. But it was the Samaritan who rescued the wounded fellow. So, who was a neighbor to the beaten man? The legal expert said, “the one who showed mercy to him.” Jesus told him to go and do likewise.
This story has become one of the World’s best- known acts of kindness. And the question still haunts us, who is our neighbor. Anyone who needs our help? But that is a lot of people! The hitchhiker by the road, the homeless derelict on the city street. It is too dangerous to stop, we tell ourselves. Deep in our hearts we wonder what would Jesus do? We were a stranger lying in a ditch knowing that we were dying. But a good man saved us, He gave us a second chance, that man was Jesus Christ, He paid the price for our life.