(7-12-21) The Congregation of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ – Rockford welcomed Reverend Doug Meyer to the pulpit on Sunday, July 4, 2021. He began with reflecting on the 245th birthday of our nation with our freedom to worship, go to school, travel and celebrate, and most importantly to celebrate the freedom Jesus gave us through his death on the Cross. He came to set us free to love and serve others.

Doug continued with the Children’s Message. He showed a small cross that his friend Wayne Gerber of Jackson Center
made. Wayne has made and given 28,000 of these away over the years. Pastor Doug continued with the children about the freedom in our country (and gave each of them a small USA flag) and the freedom of the cross of Jesus (and gave the children two homemade cookies in the shape of a cross and a heart. His message, titled, “The Tragedy of Unbelief”) was based on the Gospel scripture of Mark 6:1-9. Mark explains that Jesus had been teaching all over, and people were
flocking to him to hear his message. He taught about the Kingdom of God in parables. He performed miracles, healing the sick, raising the dead and calming storms. Jesus returned to his hometown of Nazareth and taught in the synagogue.

Instead of respect and honor, though, Pastor Doug said he was met with contempt and jealousy from the townspeople with whom he had grown up. They took offense. Jesus explained that prophets are not without honor except in their home town. The scripture reads: He could not do much and was amazed at their unbelief. One can’t give the message to people who do not want it. Put your trust in Jesus today –where there is faith, mighty works will be done.

Reverend Doug Meyer will be back in the pulpit on Sunday, July 18, 2021. He is the retired minister from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Celina serving over 50 years in the ministry of God.