Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
Annandale United Methodist
Friday, February 22, 2019
To generously share God's love with everyone we meet

Baker's Yeast

An elderly couple lay down for bed one night.  The woman said to her husband, "When we were younger, you used to lie close to me."  The man sighed and moved closer.
The woman said, "I remember when you used to hold my hand."  The man sighed again, a little frustrated, but reached out and took her hand.
Then the woman said, "I remember when you used to nibble my ear."  This time the man angrily threw back the covers and got up to leave.  Shocked, the woman asked, "Where are you going?"  The man replied, "To get my teeth!"
"Love to Stay" is the title of the book and sermon series we will be studying in February.  The story printed above is how Adam Hamilton starts the book.  I can honestly say that this is the most insightful and interesting book I have ever read on the topic of marriage.  But, it's about more than just marriage, it's about making all of our relationships healthy ones, and then maintaining that health.  You don't have to be married in order to enjoy this book.
The entirety of the book is based on Genesis 2:18, 21-25.   "Then the Lord God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner." ...
From these verses, we are reminded that the meaning and mission of marriage (yes, marriage involves a mission) can be summed up like this.  Both husband and wife are to be helpers, partners, and companions for one another.  The word for "helper" in Genesis 2 is the Hebrew ezer, which is always used in the Bible to express that one who is stronger comes to help one who is weaker.  (p.20) The idea in Genesis is not that a weaker person is brought in to help a stronger, but that people with different strengths are brought together, and are able to use their mutual strengths to build a relationship that blesses each other. 
If you are interested in hearing more, learning more, sharing some of your own wisdom with each other, or just want to read the book, give us a call at the church office.  We will be offering times when we can come together during the week to share and learn together.  Call now so we can order your book, or just come to the sessions, and learn from the discussions.   The church office is 320-274-5127, or Pastor's cell number is 320-455-7314.
Please join us for the video study at either of the following times in February.
* Montrose: Sundays, 11:30AM after worship.
* Annandale: Mondays, 6:00PM   
May God’s Kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven!
Pastor Paul D. Baker