We were glad to see Doris Morton back in church and feeling better. Also there was thanks given for Kathy Logan’s safe return from Kansas. Kathy said they had a good visit with her sister, June Trice, and June enjoyed the visit.
Stormy Armstrong told the congregation her brother, Chris Humphreys, had been back in the United States for a long visit and is now working in Turkey. The family is relieved Chris is out of Afghanistan. Their relief is short-lived because her niece, Sam’s daughter, has gone to Cambodia on a church related trip. Those Humphreys are a traveling bunch!
Our Vacation Bible School started Tuesday, 6-8. Each night of the school at 5:30 p.m. we are serving a meal to the children and workers. Thursday, 6-10 is family night, so if your child is attending, come on out, eat supper and see what the children are learning.
Remember the Food Pantry here at First Methodist Church. Many families have been served this summer and the pantry is running low. All kinds of canned goods, and “dry” items are good choices. Money donations will be accepted in the office. For more information call 445- 2157.
The family and friends of Dr. Russell Reynolds of Comanche has our congregation’s utmost sympathy and prayers. We offer prayers also for the men burned and injured in the fireworks explosion on 7-3 in Comanche.
Rev. Ken Lunsford titled his sermon “Appetite or Desires.” The scripture he used was Romans 7 and Matthew 11.
Cravings; we all get them. Whether it is for ice cream late at night or a dish our grandmother made when we were small. We crave with our memories and our souls. As life unfolds we desire more expensive things. Our appetite is whetted by success, money, security, and power. Our appetite shifts from tasty to take-over.
In Matthew’s gospel Jesus notes that He is criticized by the authorities because He came eating and drinking. Jesus visited with and ate with all sorts of persons. Yet John the Baptist, the one announcing the coming of the Messiah, was considered strange for living in the wilderness, living off locusts and wild honey. John too, was “wrong” for the mainstream people.
There is a chasm separating our earthly appetites and our eternal desires. St. Paul wrote,” I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” It is both a personal apology and a profound confession of the human spirit. Finding a way to discern our true desires takes Jesus.
Jesus, who came eating and drinking did so to connect with the people who most needed to hear about the coming of the kingdom of heaven. Jesus gives something that sustains our soul for a lifetime. Jesus gives us a desire to love God and love each other with our heart, head, and hand. Desires of the Spirit moves us beyond the mundane to the miracle of abundant life.