MOWRYSTOWN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

 

 

 

 

 

3 State Route 321             

(Corner Main and High Streets)             

PO Box 2, Mowrystown, Ohio 45155             

(937) 442.5685  Office              

 

Studying the Word of God and Sharing it with others              

 

 

 

 
 

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Rev. Mark Mong, 937-661-4580

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 Clerk of Session

Tena Roler, 937-446-2460

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Ruth Ann Richey, President, 937-393-9359

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 Men’s Breakfast Group:

Jack Richey, 937-393-9359

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Jill Schelling, Treasurer, 937-393-4134

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Deb Tissot, 937-442-2781

 


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Updated 5-12-15


Sunday Service at 9am  -  Sunday School at 10:15am

Wednesday Bible Study at 7pm

Thursday Bible Study at 1pm
 


Euchre Club

Our monthly Euchre Club will resume on Saturday, May 30 at 6pm.  Please bring an appetizer to share and a friend.


From the Pastor's Desk

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

One of my favorite movies as a kid was a Disney film Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken.  A young woman trains a restless horse and is trained herself to jump off a diving platform into a pool of water.  The lead actress finds a restless horse that is considered by many to be untrainable having been spooked by a previous owner.  No person can put a bridle on the horse, let alone train the horse to be ridden or even to pull a plow.  Over the course of the movie the lead actress not only bonds with the horse, but is able to put a bit and bridle on the horse and is eventually able to train the horse to be ridden and to dive into the water.  The horse which was wild and out-of-control is trained to be disciplined and under-control.

In the gospel of Mark, we have a similar story but instead of being a wild mustang, the story is about a wild human.  In the land of the Gerasenes, Jesus steps out of a boat and immediately a man out of the tombs with an unclean spirit met him.  He lived among the tombs and no one could restrain him any more even with a chain; for he had often been restrained with shackles and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart and the shackles he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him.  Nothing could restrain him and no one could subdue him; except for Jesus who not only removes the unclean, wild and out-of-control spirit but restores the man to clothing and his right mind under control.

Clearly, this man was a wild mustang, out-of-control and restless.  Just as a mustang can be restrained and led by a bit and bridle, so too is this man restrained, not by chains and shackles but by the very Word of God.  Just as a mustang’s wildness is broken by the trainer, so too is the man’s wildness broken by Jesus.  Just as a mustang trusts its master and yields to its master’s instructions, so too is the man brought to yield to Christ.  The man’s unclean spirit is replaced by the Spirit of Jesus Christ.  No longer is he out-of-control but instead he is under self-control.

Is it not the same with us?  We might not have a legion of unclean spirits dwelling within us, but we are a wild and out-of control society. Young men and women spend their years living wild and free behaving sexually out-of-control.  Men and women no longer consuming food and drink for the sake of nourishing bodies, but for the slaking of out-of-control appetites.  Men and women buying possessions not for their utility or purpose, but for the satisfaction of the out-of-control urge to possess and hoard.  Men and women rioting and looting stores not pursuing the righteous cause of justice, but in the pursuit of the out-of-control desire for violence and revenge.  Men and women seeking after the lure of the spotlight and the paparazzi, not for the finding of wisdom and truth, but for the out-of-control urge for fortune and glory.  Lastly, men and women spewing poison not from a syringe or canister, but from their very mouths because they are wild and out-of-control, constantly seeking the latest gossip or even attempting to love our neighbors by spreading the “truth” about someone.  We might not have a thousand unclean spirits dwelling within us, but we each have that mustang’s spirit within us that is wild and out-of-control.

Like the Gerasene Demoniac, Jesus can break our unruly spirits and restore them to self-control through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  Like the mustang, the Word of God is the bit and bridle which restrains and disciplines our unruly spirits training them for obedience and restraint.  As Paul wrote to Timothy, God did not give to us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-control.  If we now have the Spirit of Jesus Christ, then to a person, each one of us wild and out-of-control must learn to give up those ways of life and to learn through the work and training of Jesus Christ to become self-controlled, restrained and disciplined.  Or the hard and uncomfortable truth just might be, that if we never learn self-control at the hands and mercies of Christ, we just might not have Christ to begin with.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, gone are the wild and out-of-control ways which were ours before our baptism of the Holy Spirit.  Now that we have the Spirit of Jesus Christ freely, graciously and abundantly, now is the time to learn self-control; because God has not given us an unclean spirit but a spirit of self-control.  Let us therefore become more self-controlled and give up being wild and out-of-control.  Let us become those mustangs which are not “wild and out-of-control” but instead those mustangs under the “self-control” of Jesus Christ. 

In Christ,
Rev. Mark

 

 


 

Daniel Frank's Prayer

Age:14

 

May the Holy Spirit fill your minds

And release you from those evil binds

That contain us and stop us from loving God

Let Christ be seen, not through a facade

But in your church and in your lives

Love the Lord that strives

To live in your hearts forevermore

And flow over you like waves on a shore

So love the Lord your God deeply

And do not turn away so sheeply

That you miss God's love

Like just another morning dove

So go now with the Father's Word

And fly in the sky with God's herd

Of loving, following Christians

Amen!