As we begin the month of June, thoughts turn to those things we do in summer. Yes, it is that time of year when we enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities, such as picnics, ball games, swimming, and of course, spring cleaning! Ahhh, there’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly cleaned laundry after it has spent some quality time airing out on the line.
There’s a story told of a young couple who moved into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they were eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside. “That laundry is not very clean,” she said. “She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.” Her husband looked on, but remained silent.
Every time her neighbor would hang her wash out to dry, the young woman would make the same comment. About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband, “Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this.” The husband said, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”
The words of Jesus speak to us on this issue when he said, “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, and criticize their faults – unless, of course, you want the same treatment.” (Matthew 7:1-3 – the Message). A critical spirit often has a way of boomeranging right back at us. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own.
When we pray, let our prayers be along these lines: O Lord, remember not only the men and woman of good will, but also those of ill will. But do not remember all of the suffering they have inflicted upon us. Instead remember the fruits we have borne because of this suffering- our fellowship, our loyalty to one another, our humility, our courage, our generosity, the greatness of heart that has grown from this trouble. When our persecutors come to be judged by you, let all of these fruits that we have borne be their forgiveness.
When I am wrong, make me easy to change;
When I am right, make me easy to live with.”
In His Service,
Pastor Gary Ginter
Sunday 06/02 Church Breakfast served from 9-9:30 am
Sunday 06/02 Communion served during morning worship
Sunday 06/02-06/06 Annual Conference at Lakeside
Monday 06/10-06/14 Vacation Bible School – In The Wild
Friday 06/14 VBS Program at 6:00 pm, Supper following
Sunday 06/16 Father’s Day
Sunday 06/16 Puppets during morning worship
Friday 06/21-06/28 Pastor Gary and Nola on Vacation in Wisconsin