New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 6, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
6A □ Herald-Zeitung □ Friday, December 6,1996
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BreadGod reminds us that the streams of our lives need stewardship
The chalice was a gift from a senior minister and his wife. They had used it in their ministry and had given it to me several years ago when they semi-retired because of health concerns. Occasionally, I will take it to the sanctuary for communion services but mostly it has been my very personal reminder of what I do. I am called to make the Word flesh and blood to people.
Over the years oxidation has robbed the shine. I thought of polishing it and forgot. But then a still small voice spoke one recent early morning. Polish the chalice. Not a thought but a command. Feeling foolish, I went on about business, but the thought persisted. Polish the chalice. This second time I went to the kitchen and found a rag and a dried up tub of cream. Returning to my office, listening intently, I began to soften the hardened cake and mb the treasure gently.
Now your rings. I wear two rings. One is a ring I received this summer that says in
Hebrew, Wherever you go, I will follow. It is my commitment to the Lord that I will follow Him where He leads and not blaze through life on my own path. The other is my wedding band, seldom ever removed. It is my commitment to my marriage and my mate. Married 19 years and faithful by the grace of God.
Placing the chalice on the shelf next to me, I carefully polished both rings and set them in front of the holy cup.
The three represented the most important parts of my life ... my walk with God, my marriage, my ministry.
From these streams flow every other aspect of life. I cannot be separated from any of them to be complete. These are the streams from which the life of God flows in me.
But over time things have tarnished them. The dullness wasn’t apparent to most, but because these three are most important to me, I noticed. And now they looked the way they should. They looked as if I was taking care of them.
And that is when the words came soft again, like a wind whisper.
Don't let the shine fall from what really matters.
It is what happened to Peter when he lied about his relationship with Jesus. It is what happened to David when he sinned with Bathsheba. It is what happened when Adam and Eve took the forbidden fruit.
What ended in horrible sin began with a dullness of heart. The reflection of God was muted by the dead air of lackluster life.
So what does it take? More Bible reading? Prayer? Fellowship with other believers? Service?
If you’re hoping for three steps you won’t find it here. Because I don’t know any that prove out to work. All I know is when the holy in my life becomes common, I no longer care as I should.
It was not the polish, it was holding the chalice that changed me. The cold metal warmed to my touch. I thought of the next time I would use it. It is a wonderful and humbling mystery of why God chose me to feed His sheep His Word. He must love a lot He must be love, in fact.
The ring, still new to my right hand, was a deliberate purchase. I needed a constant reminder of whom I was committed to.
As a young bachelor I had worn a similar ring to remind me of my commitment to Christ. Beyond ministry, beyond service, I have been bought with a price by Jesus.
As I held the ring and examined the inscription, my heart commitment became fresh.
Another ring. This one of gold Nothing unique. But it is the biggest commitment of my life. The ring seldom leaves my finger. It is comfortable and relaxed It is part of me. It represents the joining of two lives that only death can separate.
Unpolished it was in odd company with its silver companions. Why? Because a tarnished marriage reflects on my whole life. But one that is lovingly kept reflects perfectly my : commitments to every other aspect of life.
So there they shine. On the shelf in front pf mc. My ministry, marriage and walk with „ God. I have touched them today with my hands, but God has touched them with His, also. His fingerprints remain on my soul!
Now let Him do the same with you.
(Dennis Gallaher is pastor of the Freedom Fellowship Church in New Braunfels.)
First Protestant exhibit offers historical walk
The New Braunfels community, neighboring areas and Festtage visitors are invited Dec. 14 to join in the third annual Die Historische Weinachtsreise (Historical Christmas Journey) at First Protestant Church. Narrated, ongoing tours will be conducted from 5 to 7 p.m.
Beginning at the entrance of the Family Life Center on Coll Street, visitors will find the German settlers and Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels arriving on the Texas coast in 1844 and worshipping together at the first serviced led by Pastor Louis Ervendberg.
The next scene is the Waisenhaus, or orphanage, founded in 1846 by Pastor Ervendberg, the first pastor of First Protestant Church. Nineteen-plus orphans and the Ervendberg's own five children prepare for Christmas in the exhibit.
Then the guests will enter the 20th century. The Victorian touches to a Christmas Eve family celebration are
Ratlrtd bishop: State should focus on schools, jobs
COLUMBIA, SC. (AP) — Improving race relations in South Carolina will mean improving school and job opportunities, says a retired bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
And while Frederick C. James believes the Confederate flag should be removed from atop the Statehouse, he says citizens should focus on the real issues - education, economic growth and employment.
“lf we were where we ought to be in those areas, in my opinion most of the other problems would be solved,” James told The (Columbia) State.
The former head of the AME Church in South Carolina returned here this summer after serving for three years as bishop in Washington, DC.
James said Gov. David Beasley’s proposal to move the flag is a sign of progress in race relations.
Priest teaches students about dinosaurs
WESTERLY, R I. (AP) — When he’s not in church carrying out his
found along with many “modem” improvements, including electric lights adorning the tree.
The ’40s scene — a new era added this year — shows the “thoughts of the home front” as a World War II soldier reads a letter from home.
Classical German music will be heard as the audience enters the church chapel where the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is depicted.
Entering the sanctuary, guests are invited to listen to glorious praises to our Lord delivered musically by the church’s musicians. One may also enjoy the miniature display of the church campus, past and present, within the Heritage Room inside the sanctuary.
The journey culminates with the live Nativity on the front lawn presented by the church youth as Sunday school students dressed as animals sing carols to baby Jesus.
Hot apple cider and homemade German cookies may be enjoyed in
duties as a retired clergyman, the Rev. David Crockett is in the wilds hunting for fossils.
“It’s important to know where we came from, where all living things came from, how they are developed,” he said. “To forget the past is to jeopardize the future.”
Some of Crockett’s finds are on display at State Street Elementary School in Westerly, where he recently spoke to pupils about his passion for fossil hunting.
His finds include what he says may be the smallest known fossilized dinosaur footprints, and a monstrous
A scene In the First Protestant Church's Die Historische Weinachtsreise, or Historical Christmas Journey, depicts the church’s first pastor, the Rev. Louis Ervendberg, his wife and the children of the Waisenhaus, or orphanage.
the Reno & Evelyne Schumann Hall following the journey, along with fellowship and music.
First Protestant Church is located at the comer of Seguin Avenue and Coll Street, one block from Main Plaza. There is no admission charge.
print left by the foot of a brontes giganticus.
He recently wrote a book, “Archaeological Anomolies,” about fossils.
Crockett, who sometimes assists with services at the Christ Episcopal Church, said he has found fossils in the Connecticut River Valley, in Massachusetts, Nova Scotia and in Portsmouth and Newport.
Dinosaur footprints by the hundreds can be found at the Connecticut State Park at Rocky Hill.
His favorite is the tiny footprints of podokesauras minuscule.
For additional information, contact Jacki or Charlene Nolte at 629-1000.
(Submitted by First Protestant Church)
The Unitarian Universalists
The Unitarian Universalists will have April Goldsmith, a student at Austin Theological Seminary, speak on "Christianity As a World Religion” at the Faith United Church of Christ, 970 N. Loop 337, on Wednesday Dec. 11 at 7:30 pm.
All are welcome.
Everyone interested is invited.
Come be a part of a new church this Christmas!
Hill Country Christian Church (Disciples off Christ) is a now congregation in formation.
We moot in tho "Party Hall" next to Tommy Wilson's BBQ on U.S. 281 in Bulverde, TX Como and Worship with us Sunday at 10:30 A.M.
Yov'ro Invited to tow Worship Oodl
for Moro Information, call Rev. Ross Richardson 422-4584
The original Jewish Gospel melodies will uplift you and the lyrics will affirm your faith in the Holy One of Israel.
Tree of Life Fellowship
652 Loop 337 • New Braunfels
Is this all there is?
Has life lost meaning and purpose? Are you asking. "Is this all there is?"
No. There is more. Much more. Simply discover God's Power within you and renew a zest for living and loving.
The Unity way of life may enable you to realize God's ulan for you * a love of life and a purpose for living.
We invite you to come, try the Unity way.
Church of Unity
Sunday Service 10:30AM Senior Citizens Center 655 Lands
Bulverde church to present view of living Nativity scene
St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bulverde presents a “Living Christmas” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14 and IS. The outdoor Christmas scene features live scenes.
Viewers can drive behind the church on a driveway surrounded by
hundreds of luminaries.
The church is located at 29797 U.S. 281 North, a quarter of a mile south of FM 1863, between State Highway 46 and State Loop 1604.
For more information, (210) 980-2813.
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