People in our home town seemed determined not to pronounce our last name correctly. Perhaps its nine letters looked threatening. I remember hearing my father explain patiently, over and over –
“It’s phonetic – you pronounce it exactly the way it’s spelled. Chen – o – weth.”
“Oh,” the listener would not. “Chinnyworth.”
My father would permit himself a brief frown. “Think of it this way. ‘Chen’ rhymes with ‘when’ – then ‘o’ – then ‘weth’ rhymes with ‘Seth’.”
“Okay, I got it. Chinnyworth.”
So I grew up, known as Wilson Chinnyworth’s little girl Susan. In college I was known as Susie. And now, for many years, I have been a sedate and matronly Sue or Mrs. Olesen. This six-letter last name has continued to baffle my relatives, after nearly 60 years. They continue to experiment with Olsen, Oleson, or Olson. Apparently, two e’s are too much to expect.
Do you suppose the people in Nazareth had trouble pronouncing Jesus? Did he have a nickname? Did his brothers and sisters call him the Aramaic equivalent of Bro? Did Mary have a pet name for her precious first born?
Discussion: What do you like best to be called?
Activity: Learn the name of someone in our church whom you have not yet met. This person will be pleased, and our church family will seem warmer and more welcoming.
Thoughts: Jesus told his disciples to take a ship to the other side of the lake. He wanted – he needed to be alone. So he went up into a mountain to pray and rest. He was understandably tired of begging, clamoring, clutching people.
But his time alone did not last long. The disciples’ ship had sailed only to the middle of the lake before a storm came. The frightened disciples were even more terrified when they saw what they thought was a spirit walking toward them on the water.
Knowing is disciples’ danger and fear, Jesus came to them, reassuring them, “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.”
Discussion: Why did Peter sink when he tried to walk on water?
Activity: Think of someone who needs to know that he/she is not alone. We can’t walk on water, but we can call, write a note, pay a visit.
Remember in prayer this week Sheryl Dukes, Vivian Hansard, Betty Kalvoda, Eunice Kraase, Steve Olsavsky, Mildred & Dick Parker
Thoughts: Explanations have been proposed to explain this miracle of feeding at least 20,000 people.
1. Some people left and went home for supper.
2. Some people declined the food, so that others could eat.
3. Some people were gluten-intolerant, and some people didn’t like fish.
4. Some people had brought their own food so, when the disciples offered the
bread and fish, they got out their own supplies and shared them.
Why not believe that the Son of God could feed the multitude?
Discussion: Why are some people eager to disprove Jesus’ miracles?
Activity: Choose one worthy charity and send a check.
Remember in prayer this week Vivian Hansard, Millie and Dick Parker, and Tina and Mike Stefanski.
This Wednesday night at 6:15, our church softball team is playing a game that will propel them into the playoffs. Be there to cheer them at Good Shepherd Lutheran School.
Paving the Way through Faith continues to reimburse our Capital Improvement Fund. We are up to $7,000 of the $30,000 needed.
Christmas in July was a big success with $400 donated. Please contact the office with your cash donation amount to receive credit on your statement, and also to verify the amount of our offering which is designated for Christmas in July.
We welcome Nina Mendiola to our office staff this week. Donna will be training her. Stop by to say “hi!” Her church email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send all Tidings to her by August 21.
Concerns from Sunday, July 30:
Martin & Carolyn Jones – Prayers for a family friend who has had two strokes and can not walk.
Rick & Linda Wright – Prayers for the Shier family. Marilyn Shier, Wright’s dear friend, died unexpectedly Thursday.
Pete & Jill Woods – Excited to announce the engagement of our daughter Emily to Tyler Drabek.
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