HURON CHURCH NEWSLETTER
JULY 1, 2017 Issue 47
MESSAGE FROM REV. RUSS ROTH:
Psalm 16 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
The good Lord leads us down many and varied paths in life, always the destination is unknown as even the journey along the way may be, but we can stand assured of one thing, it is to His good purpose that we are set on the journey. The Bible is filled with stories of journeys, people setting out on uncertain paths, Abraham, Joseph, Ruth, Esther, David and so many more set out on paths with two commonalities; they trusted in God to lead them where it may and God saw them to the end of the journey. Just as Marjory and I are setting out on a new journey to wherever God will lead us so, too, is Huron setting out on a new journey. As long as you trust that God has the best of intentions for you, and will lead you to the best destination you cannot go wrong. For 200 years God has guided you to this point, continue to place your trust where it belongs, in God and those who have been lifted up by the Spirit to lead you and you can not fail.
WHAT I HEARD IN THE JUNE 4TH PENTECOST SERMON:
The first scripture reading was Numbers 11:24-30 which states that the Spirit came to rest on a group of men that Moses had brought together. The second scripture, Acts 2:1-21, says that on Pentecost, tongues of fire came to rest on a group of people from Galilee and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues. The people from many countries, gathered for the occasion, each heard their own language being spoken. Many heard the wonders of God, but some said the speakers had too much wine.
Early in his sermon Pastor Russ noted the Spirit came to the prophets in the Old Testament who were to give witness to what God wanted said. They were ordinary men and some, like Jonah, resisted God’s call for a while. He noted in the day’s reading that Moses addresses the complaint about two of the group by saying it was alright as God had chosen them.
Regarding the reading about Spirit coming on Pentecost, Pastor Russ said that he could not write sermons on his own and was thankful the Spirit moves in him for his sermons. One’s wording does not have to be perfect. It is important to get the idea. For example, when reading Homer, which was written 400 years after it was spoken, there were many parts in which the precise meaning was uncertain due to the old language. When translation is made from one language to another sometimes it is impossible to do it well. The Spirit can move past that so that we get the idea of what God was saying or what God wants a minister to say. One needs to remember the two greatest commandments are to love God with your entire mind, heart and soul and your neighbor as yourself. Those criteria need to be met.
Analyzing each word of scripture can sometimes cause loss of meaning. There are different Bible translations as pastor Russ mentioned in the children’s story time. The Spirit gives the gift of speaking and hearing. On the day of Pentecost the disciples were given the gift of speaking, so that the many people from different countries heard in their own language. They were amazed as they knew the disciples came from Galilee and spoke the language of that area, but still they heard and understood. However, what some others heard made them think the disciple were drunk.
God helps you to speak to others as God wants; the Spirit will lead you. Pray that God will guide you. Sermons are meaningful to people in different ways. The spirit rests on each of us. You can speak clearly, some will hear, others will not hear. Don’t be afraid to speak. Be emboldened. Recall the story of the grain falling on rocks (seed that fell there did not take hold). Make the effort to speak. People hear what they need. You have to talk. God will help you to say what God wants you to say and what people need to hear.
On June 5th, Pastor Marjory in leading the worship at Anchor the Way also spoke of Pentecost. She noted while the Spirit is part of the Trinity, unfortunately, only one Sunday in the year is much spoken of the Holy Spirit.
SPOKE BICYCLE CLINIC:
The clinic has been doing well so far this year. We started off the season with over a dozen bicycles ready to go. We've managed to keep up with demand for the most part, but we are running out of men's bikes to even fix. Although I am leaving, Marvin Burrows, who helped start the clinic, will be maintaining it with the assistance of a number of volunteers who have been involved for the last year or more. However, we can always use more volunteers if you're available, more bikes if they happen to pop up and in particular the clinic could use a good vice if you know of one rusting away somewhere, contact Marvin Burrows (315) 595-9087if you have questions or donations.