Rev. Emerson asked us “who is our neighbor?” Then he told us about the hardship and difficulties the pilgrims faced. He explained what a help the Indians were to the settlers and how fortunate they were to be befriended by these Native Americans. Rev. Emerson said there were people in Dublin that needed our help and friendship. We should get out of our comfort zone and go to these people if we are to tell them about Christ. Brother Brian gave a thought provoking message.
Rev. Ronnie Horton dismissed us with a Benediction and we went to the fellowship hall for some tasty refreshments.
On Sunday 11-18 Leah Kunselman was our acolyte.
We learned the children’s playground area has been refurbished. Concrete has been poured to form a curb and wood chips have been spread in the play area. The congregation gives a big thanks to Pat and Lee Leatherwood, David Cleveland and Ken Lunsford for the work done on the playground.
Laura Leatherwood gave the children’s lesson. Laura brought some marbles and a cup to show the children a lesson on thankfulness. She told the young folks you may have heard the saying “My cup runs over” well we are going to put a marble in the cup for all the things we are thankful for. They put marbles in till the cup was full and realized there was a lot to be thankful for.
Rev. Ken Lunsford titled his sermon “Provoke One Another to Love.” The church of Jesus Christ is intended to be a community that encourages one another, that provokes one another to love and good works. Christ set the example of love and kindness for us. “We love because he first loved us,” says John 4:19.
Sunday, 11-25 Laura Leatherwood served as worship leader and gave the children’s lesson.
Laura asked the children if they had ever been sick. She said she had tonsillitis and other sickness. Laura said this time of year a lot of children get “I wantitis,” they want too many things and their Christmas list is too long. The Bible teaches us to be happy with what you have. If we use what we have, we have enough.
“Christ the King” was the title of Pastor Ken’s sermon based on John 18:33-37.
When Jesus is questioned by Pontius Pilate Jesus tells him “My Kingdom is not of this world.” Pilate says you are a king then! Jesus replies yes, I am, born a king to testify to the truth. The kingdom Pilate understands and the Kingdom of Jesus the Christ are not compatible. The kingdom of God and the kingdom of man do not see eye to eye.
Jesus told Pilate for this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.
Our congregation extends sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Dannis Lozano. Rev. Ken Lunsford officiated at the funeral of his friend and Laurel St United Methodist Church provided a luncheon for the family.
There is much sickness in our community, let’s all help when and where we are needed.