It was a joy to see Laura Jones at the school reunion with her brother Dale Young. She looked beautiful and was having a lot of fun with many old friends.
During celebrations and concerns we heard about the good rain everyone received. Also most everyone had fruit trees that were loaded this year. Life is good and God is good they said.
Jill Moore reported her mother, Jo Ann Pate, is doing better and can take a break from her treatment.
Doris Morton told of a former classmate that came to see her. Doris said this friend was a few months older than she was and it was nice to see someone older. Doris is the oldest active member in our congregation and can out work most of us.
Pastor Ken and Judy asked for prayers for their sister-in-law, Ginny Noel, and her family. Ginny lost her daughter-in-law and this has been a blow to the family.
Kaitlyn Gordon walked her younger brother Corbin and Joe Salinas to the front of the church for children’s time.
Pastor Ken talked to them about their family. He told them all the people in the congregation are really family also, they are part of God’s family. He told a story from the Bible where Jesus said “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” Pastor Ken said you and I love our families, but we have a wonderful family of faith made up of people who love God and love one another.
The older congregants learned we have some sweet, kind, and well behaved children to enjoy in our midst.
During the offertory Leta Sage sang “Abba Father,” it was very appropriate for today’s sermon and last week’s also. Leta accompanied herself on the piano and she was wonderful.
Rev. Ken Lunsford titled his sermon, “Who are my mother and brother?” He took his lesson from Mark 3:20-35.
James Nestingen, a theologian at Luther Seminary in Minnesota, lifted high the importance of family joys and family values in our time. “How do you overcome the sorrowful world and sinful values of society?” he asked, by telling family stories and Bible stories
over and over again.” But don’t be surprised when conflict arises even in the best of families.
Jesus had conflict with His own physical family. Some family members came and tried to take charge of Him when He was debating with the scribes. They thought He had lost His mind. They
were concerned about Jesus’ teaching which challenged the values of His society. Reconciliation came to Jesus’ family at the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The Bible doesn’t tell us how it happened we only know that it did. In Acts 1:12 it tells of all the disciples, the women who were followers of Christ, Mary, His mother, and his brothers were together in an upstairs room in
Jerusalem. They were constantly in prayer together, can we do