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
Rev. Mark Mong, 937-661-4580
Tena Roler, 937-446-2460
Diana Stephan, President, 937-393-4906
Jack Richey, 937-393-9359
Jill Schelling, Treasurer, 937-393-4134
Deb Tissot, 937-442-2781
Daily Bible Readings
from the Lectionary
The Mission Yearbook
Book of Confessions
Book of Order
Wednesday Bible Study at 7pm
Study at 1pm
From the Pastor's Desk
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As a boy, one of my chores this time of year was the harvesting of the garden and the various trees in the back yard. When my parents felt the produce was ripe, I was sent out with baskets to collect and harvest everything I was told to harvest. I dug up the potatoes and put them in a crock. I picked the apples and the tomatoes and put them in bushel baskets. I broke off the pea pods and placed them in a metal colander. When the time came to harvest, I was sent out with an empty container and told to get everything I could, while the time was right and the produce ripe.
Just as I was sent out to harvest by my parents, so too are we sent out to harvest by God. But while I was sent for vegetables and fruit, the Lord of the harvest sends out laborers into all his creation. Just as I was the only child at home to do the enormous task of harvesting a large garden and orchard, so too is Godís harvest plentiful but the laborers are few. God sends us out not for the corn, but sends us out for lost children of God.
Are we all to go out or only some whose specific purpose is to do so? While this may or may not be the question on many Christianís hearts and minds, I wish not to answer it, but ask maybe a different question. Did Jesus go out for us all? Then why donít we all go out for Jesus? Jesusí obedience was not just to obey the will of his Father to go out, but Jesusí love was that he went out for everyone. Instead of some obnoxious rule of what is right or wrong for all Christians when it comes to mission, let us replace it with a knowledge of God who is mission incarnate in Christ Jesus. Since he came for us all, then let us all go out for him.
Are we to go out into our community or some other one? While this may or may not be yet another question on many hearts and minds, I again wish not to answer it, but ask maybe a different question. Did Jesus go only to Nazareth? Then why donít we go everywhere for Jesus? Jesus didnít just stay in his home town, he went to others as well. Instead of some rule of what is right or wrong for all Christians when it comes to their mission field, (if we have one at all), let us replace it with a knowledge of God whose field to harvest is all of creation. Since Jesus went into all creation, let us all go everywhere for him.
My brothers and sisters in Christ, while I share with you all no small amount of trepidation or anxiety when it comes to mission work, we all share the common purpose given to us in Jesus Christ, to be laborers sent out into the harvest field to collect the Lord of the Harvestís bounty. While I might want to hide behind the readymade excuse of ďI am not called to go out,Ē in Christ Jesus we see God coming to us all, so that we all might go out. While I might want to take shelter in the pretext of ďI am not called to go there,Ē in Christ Jesus we see God going every place we are, so that we might go everywhere he is. Therefore, let us not dwell in our apprehensions and hesitations about being sent out and being sent out where we do not want to go, let us dwell in Christ Jesus through faith and we will find ourselves being Children of God having already gone out.
Daniel Frank's Prayer
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