Lisa Leatherwood served as Worship Leader. Carrie and Carley Belew were our acolytes. Laura Leatherwood performed as pianist this past Sunday. That gave our regular pianist, Pat Beaty, a chance to sit in the congregation with her sister, Barb Volpe.
It was great to have Melba and Travis Rasberry visit with our congregation.
Laura and Jim Leatherwood were pleased to have their son Gabe, daughter-in-law Meagan and grandchildren Ally and Silas in church with them.
Stormy Armstrong was happy her son was back safely from Australia where he had participated in an athletic event.
Eddie and Harlan Raley celebrated an anniversary on 10-1 and Karen and Rickey Rowe celebrated on 10-2.
Prayers were requested for Re Holle who is having knee surgery. Re is the pianist for Laurel St. United Methodist Church.
Our congregation extends sincere sympathy to the family of Lynn Neff. Lynn was a staple of the Dublin community and school activities.
Rev. Ken Lunsford titled his sermon “Bear the Name of Christ.” He took his lesson from Mark 9:38-50. John said to Him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of Me. Whoever is not against us is for us.”
Pastor Ken said each of us has watershed moments in our lives, dividing everything into “before” and “after” the event. The event does not have to be bad or dramatic and it could be a good thing. Sometimes it takes years for us to realize just when the moment occurred. But whatever happened you are now living in a different world.
A different world is what Jesus kept trying to describe to His disciples. The disciples think their “big” moment came when they were called by Jesus to follow Him. They still had no sense of the cost of their calling. They were the inner circle of the most talked about person of the day. No wonder John was upset some outsider was using Jesus’ name to cast out demons. He was an interloper exorcist working unsanctioned.
Jesus quickly quashes the disciple’s complaints. He points out the person invoking Jesus’ name has brought the healing Spirit of God, and that would hardly cause anyone to “speak evil” about Him. Jesus tells His disciples any act, however small and simple, even giving “a cup of water to drink,” will gain a heavenly reward.
The “Twelve” mistakenly thought they were special, they had to learn to give way to those despised and deemed disposable by the culture they had lived in all their life. The “bottom of the heap” were on the same playing field as “the cream of the crop.” Christ offers grace and glory to all who call on His name with faith.
For the disciples the watershed event did not come until after the resurrection. Not until the power of the Holy Spirit opened their hearts and filled the holes in their souls did Jesus’ first followers figure it out.
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