Good Folks, it is Friday, May 25, 2018. This is Memorial Day weekend. A time to remember and give thanks to the servicemen and women who died in the line of duty for our country, who serve our country today and our duty to never forget.
This Sunday is Senior Sunday. We will celebrate our high school graduates. A reception in Aldersgate is planned for everyone after church to attend and congratulate our seniors on this educational goal in their lives: Baily Boelter, Mackenzie Harkins, Mikaela Harkins, Sergey Ivory, Kenzie Owens, Ashley Strickland and Nathan Wooddell. Bring cards of encouragement.
Lest I forget, our church campus will be lined with 31 US flags. Subscriptions to sponsor ($40) these flags are being accepted. Make check payable to: FUMCD; memo: Flags. Thank you for your support.
Prayer. All pray. Read this prayer that has circulated the internet for some time, but well worth the repeat.
One Sunday morning at a small southern church, the new pastor called one of his older deacons to lead in the opening prayer. The deacon stood up, bowed his head and said, “Lord, I hate buttermilk.”
The pastor opened one eye and wondered where this was going. The deacon continued, “Lord, I hate lard.” Now the pastor was totally perplexed. The deacon continued, “Lord, I ain’t too crazy about plain flour. But after you mix ‘em all together and bake ‘em in a hot oven, I just love biscuits.”
“Lord help us to realize when life gets hard, when things come up that we don’t like, whenever we don’t understand what You are doing, that we need to wait and see what You are making. After you get through mixing and baking. It’ll probably be something even better than biscuits.”
Amen. (Romans 8:28)
All through scripture prayers happen.
- Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” Matthew 26:36
- I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, Ephesians 1:17
- While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Acts 7:59
- Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; … Luke 23:34
- Matthew 6:9ff “Lord’s Prayer”
Prayers for decision-making, wisdom, acceptance of the inevitable, forgiveness, …
Maybe, we could just pray to give thanks for the biscuits made, melted butter, strawberry jam and a restful moment to enjoy the goodness of God—literally and metaphorically speaking.
Enjoy your weekend and be safe.
Blessings from Duncanville,
Pastor Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)