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
Our annual Valentine's Breakfast prepared by the men of the congregation will be on Sunday, February 14 at 8am. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy.
Our Euchre Club will be held on Saturday, February 27 at 6pm. Everyone is invited to attend and please bring an appetizer to share if able.
From the Pastor's Desk
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
time of year finds us not only being buried in drifts of snow but also
struggling with those resolutions we made in the New Year. We commit
ourselves to joining a gym in an effort to lose weight. We tell ourselves
we are going to eat healthier in an effort to lower our cholesterol or blood
pressure. We promise ourselves we are going to spend more time with the
family. These and many others are our annual New Yearís resolutions and by
this time in January most of them are a lost cause.
So too is it with our faith. In Christ Jesus, we are given a fresh start, a beginning, a do-over and we embrace that new life whole-heartedly with all the conviction we can muster. But how quickly the newness wears off and we settle back into that old lifestyles again. We commit ourselves to more time in study and for a time we study, only to find that study time becomes relaxing time. We commit ourselves to more time in prayer and for a time we pray, only to find that prayer time becomes working time. We commit ourselves to more time in service, and for a time we serve, only to find that service time becomes selfish time. Much like those New Yearís resolutions, our new life resolutions quickly settle back into the old lifestyles. It is enough to make one maddingly frustrated with yourself. So convinced we are of our failures to keep the Word of God that we begin to take out our frustrations upon ourselves.
But while it is easy to see the failures and frustrations in ourselves for our failed resolutions, it is quite often very difficult to see the Grace and Love of Almighty God. It is very easy to see the Word of God which convicts us of not just breaking the Law of God, but breaking the very Heart of God as well. But what the more important Word of God has to say is that in spite of our failures and frustrations, God loves us just the way we are. But, God proves his love for us in that while we were sinners Christ died for us.
As imperfect, tarnished and soiled as we are, Godís love is such that God makes us his children anyway. As sinful, wicked and unrighteous as we are, Godís love is such that God gives us his righteousness anyway. As much of a frustrating failure that we are, Godís love is such that he joyfully celebrates in the repentance of just one of us. Godís love is such that no matter who we are, no matter what we have done or not done, we are still worth loving and that is the essence of grace, favor that we do not deserve.
If this is the love of God for us in Christ Jesus, then we need to learn to take it easy on ourselves. While it is all so very easy to see the failures which lie close to us, we also need to be reminded of the Grace of God which lies closer. So in this season of failed resolutions, let us remember the Grace of God which succeeds in loving us in spite of us. Let us remember this Grace of God and let us begin to love ourselves instead of being frustrated with ourselves; because in the eyes of God, every failure of ours is just an opportunity for the success of Jesus Christ.
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