Our Worship Leader for last Sunday was Judy Lunsford, she read a sweet “Thank You” card from our former church secretary, Wanda Myers. We will miss Wanda and wish her well.
It was announced that former members, Carter and Martha Cook of Austin, have made a substantial gift to our church. The gift was to recognize that their friend, Pastor Ken Lunsford, has been reappointed to Dublin First United Methodist Church and in honor of the Cook’s fifty-fifth wedding anniversary. We appreciate their donation very much and praise God for old friends.
Ron and Maxine Baker of Pasadena, Texas were our guests for the second Sunday in a row. The Bakers visit at Proctor Lake and see relatives in this area.
Norma Sharp enjoyed having her daughter, Donna Starkey, with her for church. We enjoyed Donna’s wonderful singing voice, of course she is Leta Sage’s sister.
Pastor Ken saluted the fathers in our congregation and gave out two new Bibles to the fathers present with the most children.
Rev. Ken Lunsford took his sermon from Matthew 10: 1-42, he titled it “The Love of a Father.” In this scripture Jesus is telling His disciples what they must do when they go out into the world. Jesus said to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with skin diseases, and throw out demons. He also tells them to watch out for evil people, He says “Look, I’m sending you as sheep among wolves. Be wise as snakes and innocent as doves.” He gives them “Fatherly advice.”
The most common image that Jesus used in describing God was that of “Father.” In Matthew 10:29-31 we have an important reminder of the love of our Heavenly Father for His children. Jesus tells “Aren’t two sparrows sold for a small coin? But not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father knowing about it already. Even the hairs of your head are all counted. Don’t be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.”
The Father’s love does not protect us from life’s problems, but neither are these problems punishment upon us for our sins. Here is where our theology of the cross of Christ becomes critical. We live under the rule of Grace. Because of what happened on the cross at Calvary, we believers in Christ believe He paid it all.