The Gospel of the Holy Spirit
A sermon by Barbara Brown Taylor*
The words above were the title of the Bread Lines article several weeks ago—I am honored that some of you thought I wrote the article. But, I want to be sure you know that it was written by Barbara Brown Taylor. She is an excellent preacher and writer and you might want to read more of her writing—Three of her books that come to mind are: Leaving Church, When God Is Silent, and Learning to Walk the Dark.
A Life Well Lived!
On Monday, June 12, I had the privilege of conducting a memorial service for my friend, Jean Thurmond. Jean lived a full and interesting life. I appreciated so many things about her one of which was her refusal to listen to what others might try to tell her was the “right” thing to do. In her 90’s she wore heels while using her walker. Jean knew who she was and she lived an authentic life. As sure as she was about how she wanted to act and look she was even more confident of who she was as a child of God. Jean had three children and when her oldest child was in elementary school she started reading one chapter of the Bible to the children each night. When that same child was in high school, they finished reading the whole Bible.
Jean taught us much about living, but she also taught us about dying. She was so ready to go. Her granddaughter was married on Saturday, June 4. Jean was too weak to go, but she waited until everyone got home on Sunday the 5th. She listened to their report about the wedding and then she peacefully died. She walked joyfully into “that good night.”
I have always said I want to be Jean Thurmond when I grow up—to live this one life I have been given with joy and abandon and to be faithful to my heritage as a child of God. May it be so for all of us.
On Monday fifty girls will gather at St. Andrews United Methodist Church for the beginning of this summer’s Freedom School sponsored by Tarrant Churches Together. It is a summer program for students who have completed Kindergarten through 5th grade. The students spend time working on their reading skills so they will be on target for their new grade level when school begins in the fall. They go on field trips, do art projects, write in their journals, sing and dance. Instead of being home alone they spend five days a week for six weeks of their summer in purposeful pursuits.
The Freedom school takes many volunteers and lots of supplies. Bread Fellowship signed up to provide journals, markers and manila construction paper. Sunday you will have an opportunity to participate in providing these supplies.
We are amazed at the many ways God leads you to give of your time and resources to help the least of these.
Kickball Game for Veterans
Nick wrote: "While you're remembering those courageous American men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to allow us to continue to live in and perpetuate idea of freedom and democracy... Take action. Kicking' For Defenses raised $3000 for Boot Campaign in its inaugural year and hopes to triple those numbers this year. It's REBoot program is revolutionary in it's approach to making certain our veterans are returning to civilian life with a positive mindset towards their futures and a clear conscience from the difficult tasks we've asked them to take on in combat. This year's tournament will honor the memory of Officer Patrick Zamarippa, a FW Paschal alum, 3 tour Navy vet, Dallas Police Officer, husband, father,
son, brother and friend. We cherish the memories we had with Patrick and support the beautiful family who will continue to be shining examples of strength and resilience. Fort Worth's own Alma's Paleteria will be on hand to sell its premium paletas (Mexican ice cream pops) with a portion of the proceeds going directly to the family.
Bread intends to field a team for this worthy cause. If you play kickball-- have ever played kickball—have ever seen a kickball--please sign up. We need ten players – we need YOU!