“Peter cut off the ear of a soldier because he feared his enemies were derailing his plans for justice. Jesus healed the ear of the soldier because he knew his plan for justice included the healing of his enemies.” — Dan White Jr. 
As always, the way of Jesus Christ is better than the way of Peter.
Tomorrow, Sunday, June 5, 2020, we’ll be beginning a new online worship schedule. We plan to livestream the 8:15 worship service on Facebook and then record the 10:30 service and upload it on Monday. You should be able to watch the livestream at 8:15 or anytime after that.
I’m down here in the church office in Abilene, but I’m dialed into Annual Conference.(Which is currently being livestreamed out of First UMC in Lawrence, Kansas.) Since we’re not in person, I don’t expect any really important or controversial decisions to be made, but I’ll keep you posted.
I know that some of you will continue masking because you’re unvaccinated, but others will continue to wear masks even though they are vaccinated. Either way, if you’re wearing a mask, I’ll be wearing a mask with you (except for the sermon and other places where the hard of hearing need to be able to read my lips). We will continue to stream online and broadcast on the radio for those of you who feel safer worshiping from home.
Doreen Couture passed away on Thursday, May 13, 2021. She died in her own home, surrounded by people she loved. She was an introvert, so I imagine this was exactly what she wanted. I was honored to have the opportunity to go and say goodbye and pray with her. There will be no public services.
Just a quick update to let you know that the Church Council is discussing how to respond to yesterday’s announcement by the CDC that fully vaccinated people no longer need to mask or social distances. I’ll let you know what they decide.
“Fine feelings, new insights, greater interest in ‘religion’ mean nothing unless they make our actual behavior better; just as in an illness ‘feeling better’ is not much good if the thermometer shows that your temperature is still going up.” 
Lewis wrote these words in Mere Christianity in 1952. Some parts are dated or were never accurate in the first place (e.g., don’t take marriage advice from a single man writing during the Eisenhower administration). But what is remarkable is not what he gets wrong, but the great deal he gets right.
 C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York, NY: HarperOne, 2001), 210.