March 22, 2020
As of right now and I don't anticipate any change, the Shelter in Place order will not expire before Easter, so there will be No In Person gathering for EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE THIS YEAR!!
At least on Easter Morning, set your alarm clock before 7am and step outside and watch the Sun come up, and Thank and Praise God for another Beautiful and Glorious Day!
Pastor Ken found a way to do a live stream on the internet to Facebook, so this past Sunday Dublin United Methodist and Laurel St United Methodist Church did have a service.
I was already scheduled to be Worship Leader and I had studied what I was to read and announce. I found that the I phone, that was setting on a tripod, to be less threatening than the whole congregation sitting in the audience. Pat Beaty was the pianist and led the singing.
Rev. Lunsford’s voice sounded good on the recording that he played back for me. I, however sounded like a cross between Ma Kettle and Lady Bird Johnson. But I can’t help that!
Pastor Ken will stream to Facebook again this Sunday. The site is First UMC Dublin TX please note there is a space after each word. I do not know who will serve as Worship Leader, hopefully someone with a smooth voice.
The hymns will be shorter per requests from our audience. Also, we will have a special sung, the scheduled musicians are Pat Beaty and Sheran Weible, so I expect beautiful music.
There were many that were prayed for, a whole world in difficulty. Closer to home we need to pray for Bob and Irene Sohm. Irene had been in the hospital in Duncanville and Bob was spending time there at the hospital. The hallways there were polished, and Bob fell and hit his head, he required several staples to close the gash.
I read the scripture lesson from John 9:1-41 from the Common English Bible. These 40 verses tell of Jesus’ healing a man who was blind from birth. We have heard sermons and songs based on this miracle. The healed man says to the Pharisees, “Here’s what I do know; I once was blind and now I see.”
“You Have a Story to Tell’ was the titled of Rev. Ken Lunsford’s sermon.
As Jesus walked along, He saw a man who was blind from birth. Jesus’ disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned that he was born blind, this man or his parents?” Jesus answered, “Neither he nor his parents. This happened so that God’s mighty works might be displayed in him.”
This issue of earning our privileges and deserve our blessings has been around a long time. But Jesus did not place the blame of blindness on the man or his parents.
If the blind man didn’t deserve his disability, then we don’t deserve our abilities. So, every blessing and every hardship, every joy and every sorrow in our lives is an opportunity for God to work out His plan through us.
Keep calm and wash your hands often.
Our web site is http://fumcdublintx.com – email is firstname.lastname@example.org and Facebook is First UMC Dublin TX