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FRIDAY, JUNE 16,2006 FAITH THE HAYS DAILY NEWS AS When you need help to get out of the gutters By REV. TED WILKERSON CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE Recently I read a book titled "When You Get To The End of Yourself" by W.T. Purkiser. I cannot say that I agreed with everything the author wrote, but It caused a great deal of thought to take place on my part. What happens when we get to the end of ourselves? That would depend upon whether or not we are a Christian. And I don't mean some scary mask of a thought of religion. To be a religious account of the term Christian does not mean to be a Christian. Once again what happens when we get to the end of ourselves? What or who do we turn to? Some of us turn to alcohol, some turn to prescription drugs (Zolof — the cure all) others find people to talk to. It seems we are too busy, or quite possibly too proud to seek the one who loves us unconditionally. Next thing we know we are caught up in all of the wrong principles. Our lives are meaningless. We wonder why without understanding who. Annie Johnson Flint wrote poetry that touched the heart. She truly understood suffering, for she had been stricken with a terrible form of crippling arthritis at the age of 20. Here is an example of her writing: "God hath not promised Skies always blue, Flower-strewn pathways All our lives through; God hath not promised Sun without rain, Joy without sorrow, Peace without pain. But God hath promised Strength for the day, Rest for the labor, Light for the way, Grace for the trials, Help from above, Unfailing sympathy, Undying love." The question of why cannot be answered without the answer to who. Who? God! God should be what happens to us when we come to the end of ourselves. When life has beaten us down so far that we need help just to get up onto the street curb, it is God whom we should seek. When we look at the gospel of Luke (NIV) 24:36-49, we find Christ appearing to a very scared group of people. They had lost the one they had been following for three years. They were afraid for their very lives because they belonged to this movement. They were at the end of themselves. Who shows up In verse 36 saying "peace be with you." Yep, you guessed it. Jesus! The only thing that needed to be done was allow God to be God. God Is love, yes? If that is the case, then what does love look like? 1 Corinthians 13:4-8b: "Love is patient, love Is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, It Is not proud. Iv is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." This is unconditional love! God gives unconditional love! When we are at the end of ourselves the only possible solution is unconditional love. I myself am very melancholy and analytical. Yet I know about this unconditional love be- cause it was when I myself was down so low that I needed help just to get up on a street curb that there was Jesus with an extended hand and unconditional love in his eyes. The current world view screams out with all its pain and misery, "LOVE ME!" Christians, can you hear it? Religious people, do you want it? Are you at the end of yourself? The one true God desperately wants to love all of humankind, if it would only look, and see his very hand reaching our for it. Christianity is not dead. The world view and the way we practice tradition has changed, and will continue to change. But, God's unconditional love remains the same as it has always been. Peace be with you. Rev. Ted Wilkerson, Pastor Church of the Nazarene 400 East Seventh Hays, KS 67601(580) 625-5555 Briefs Hays First United Methodist Church and Smith Center United Methodist Church were named Mission Award congregations this year. These two churches earned mission recognitions during 2005 and the awards were presented May 26 during the 2006 Kansas West United Methodist Annual Conference Session in Salina. The Excellence in Mission awards recognize congregations that have gone the extra mile to support United Methodist missions around the globe. Pastors of Hays First UMC are Delbert Stanton, senior pastor, and Sheryl Johnson, associate pastor. The pastor of Smith Center UMC is Russell Fincham. Nine United Methodist Churches have received the Dis- cipling Church Recognition from the Kansas West Annual (Regional) Conference of the United Methodist Church. These churches include Hays First UMC and Quinter UMC. This award is given to churches that demonstrate a £ strong con^mdtttient to making,^ ? disciples through Christian ed- ji ucationveVangelisiri leadership ** development, spiritual formation, stewardship and worship. • • • Five United Methodist Churches earned Creation Care Congregation awards during 2005. The awards were announced May 26 during the 2006 Kansas United Methodist Annual Conference. The churches awarded include Colby UMC and Hays First UMC. The awards are given to congregations who plan and carry out ministries of environmental education arid environmental care. They work to be good stewards of God's creation. Forty one United Methodist Churches were named Healthy Congregations for providing health education and care within their congregations and outreach ministries. These churches include Bogue Community UMC, Ellis UMC and Hays First UMC. Sheryl K. Johnson, Ellis, has been accepted into associate clergy membership in the United Methodist Church. She was accepted by United Methodist Bishop Scott Jones during a May 24 service in Salina. She will begin a new appointment July 1 at the Oakley and Winona United Methodist churches. She has previously served at Ellis and Hays First United Methodist Church as an associate pastor. Associate clergy membership authorizes Johnson to conduct worship, preach the word, perform the marriage ceremony and bury the dead. She can also administer the sacraments of Holy Communion in the charge to which she is appointed. Before entering the ministry, Johnson was a business owner and para educator. A native of Grinnell, she and her husband, Steve, have two children, Brett Suter and Brook Suter. She is the daughter of Joan Hilzer, Park, and the late James W. McCullough. Catch the Wave at Treasure Cove Vacation Bible Study. Join us at Messiah Lutheran Church, 2000 Main, from June 19 through 23,5:30 to 8:30 p.m. A light supper will be provided. For more information, please call (785) 625-7780. U.S. Catholic bishops approve new Mass translation By GILLIAN FLACCUS ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES — The nation's Catholic bishops signed off Thursday on a new English translation for the Mass that would change prayers in- , grained in the memories of millions of American parishioners. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted at its biannual meeting for a new translation after a brief but vigorous debate over several small changes in wording. The 173-29 vote on the Order'of the Mass was aimed at satisfying Vatican calls for a translation that's closer to the Latin version. Before Mass changes at the parish level, the Americans' version must go to offices in the Holy See for final approval. /'Without a doubt, this is the most significant •gical action to come before this body for many years," said BiaHop Donald.XrauMkn, chairman "It will take some adapting, but it is not earth- shattering when you think of the changes we went through 40 years ago," he said, referring to the Second Vatican Council, where the Latin Mass was replaced by the vernacular languages in each country The new translation alters the wording of key texts spoken by Catholics during worship, including the Nicene Creed, the Gloria, the Penitential Rite, the Sanctus and Communion. Some have worried about changing a fundamental rite of worship that is so much a part of Catholic identity, especially now. Mass attendance has been declining, the priest shortage has left a RIC FRANCIS / Associated Press Monsignor Francis Maniscalco, Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, Bishop Gerald Kicanas, and Archbishop Jerome G. Hanus attend a news conference at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Thursday in downtown Los Angeles. growing number of .churches without a resident cleric, bishops?and parishioners have been battling" over the,cjpsure.flf qld^qhurches and schools, and .the grela.tes.h,aye,beep l tryjngj:o .rebuild trust in "' their leadership after the clergy sex abuse crisis. "It's going to cause chaos and real problems and the people who are going to be at the brunt end of it are the poor priests in the parishes who . don't need any more problems," said the Rev. Thomas Reese, a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University and a Jesuit priest. The Vatican recently issued updated guidelines for the translation of the Latin texts that aim not only for accuracy but for "a deeper language that's more expressive and more poetic," said Monsignor James. P. Moroney, who leads the liturgy office for the bishops' conference. Scholars sense belief is weak Cardinal to stay busy in retirement WASHINGTON (AP) — Catholic Cardinal Theodore Me- , Carrick, the outgoing spiritual leader of the Archdiocese of Washington, plans to stay active after retiring this month. One of the most visible American church leaders is promising to continue speaking out on behalf of the poor, as well on immigration and family issues. McCarrick was among a group of prominent religious leaders who endorsed a statement protesting any American use of torture as "morally intolerable." The White House has said the U.S. does not condone or practice torture. McCarrick, 76, also is scheduled to visit Rome at least three times between now and Novembe., as well as Kazakhstan, Argentina, Canada, Montenegro and Moscow. author Marjorie A. Creamer book signing FHSUQuad 9am 6/19/06 Many thanks to all you wonderful people who came to the wake service, the Mass, the funeral; the families, relatives, friends, Sisters of St. Agnes, Sisters of St. Joseph, Fr. Gilmary Tullman, Fr. Daniel Befort of Wichita, the Knights of Columbus, the Daughters of Isabella, travelers and neighbors, the Liturgical Ministers and Brock's Funeral Home, Gary Boeve and staff. We also thank you for the phone calls, floral arrangements, Mass money and donations for St. John's Nursing Home. God bless all of you in a special way, Every hour... every day, Lucille Befort and family Today is Friday, June 16, the 167th day of 2006. There are 198 days left in the year. Today in History By The Associated Press Today's Highlight in History: On June 16, 1858, in a speech in Springfield, 111., Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln said the slavery issue had to be resolved, declaring, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." On this (kite; In 1897, the government signed a treaty of annexation with Hawaii. In 1909, Ford Motor Company was incorporated. In 1933, the National Industrial Recovery Act became law, (It was later struck down by the Supreme Court.) In 1943, comedian Charles Chaplin married his fourth wife, 18-year-old Oona O'Neill, daughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill, in Carpentaria, Calif. In 1961, Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected to the West while his troupe was in Paris. In 1963, the world's first female space traveler, Valentine Tereshkova, was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union aboard Vostok 6. In 1978, President Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos exchanged the instruments of ratification fur the Panama Canal treaties. Ten yeqrs ago: Russian voters went to the polls in their first independent presidential election; the result was a runoff between President Boris Yeltsin (the eventual winner) and Communist challenger Gennady Zyuganov. Five years ago: Face to face for the first time, President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged during a meeting in Slovenia to deepen their nations' bonds and to explore the possibility of compromise on U.S. missile defense plans. City lawmakers elected Klaus Wowereit Berlin's first openly gay mayor. One year ago: Masked gunmen took dozens of toddlers hostage at an international school in Siem Reap, Cambodia, killing a 3-year-old Canadian boy before they were overpowered by the police. Today's Birthdays: Country singer Billy "Crash" Craddock is 67. Actress Joan Van Ark is 63. Boxer Roberto Duran is 55. Actress Laurie Metcalf is 51. Actor Eddie Cibrian is 33. Actress China Shavers is 29. Actress Olivia Hack is 23. Singer Diana DeGurmo ("American Idol") is 19, Thought for Today: "We seldom stop to think how many people's lives are entwined with our own. It is a form of selfishness to imagine that every individual can operate on his own or can pull out of the general stream and not be missed." Ivy Baker Priest, former U.S. treasurer (1905-1975), Newspapers in Education Sponsored By: Newspaper Activity I find at least 5 ways numbers are used in the newspaper. I Cut out your examples and label them. TELEPHONE By RICHARD N. OSTLING ASSOCIATED PRESS Belief in hell is going to you- know-where. And belief in heaven is in trouble, too. That's the concern of some Christian thinkers, including Jeffrey Burton Russell, an emeritus professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of the new book "Paradise Mislaid: How We Lost Heaven and How We Can Regain It." The growing problem, according to Russell and others, is that the way U.S. Christians conceive of both heaven and hell is so feeble and vague that it's almost meaningless — vague "superstition." It's "not that heaven is deteriorating," he said. "But we are." Gallup reported in 2004 that 81 percent of Americans believed in heaven and 70 percent in hell. An earlier Gallup Poll said 77 percent of ever- optimistic Americans rated their odds of making heaven as "good" or "excellent." Few saw them, ,»seLve,s i as hel}.-pound. "The percentage who say t! ,- believe in heaven has remained* pretty constant the past 50 years;" but what people mean by it has changed an awful lot," Russell said. Some people are so confused they believe in heaven but not God — "I suppose a New Age thing," Russell said. But if today's notion of paradise is off base, and sentimental images of clouds, harps and cherubs are the stuff of magazine cartoons, then what's the best way to think of heaven? "For Christians, basically, heaven underneath all of the decorations means living in harmony with God and the cosmos and your neighbors and being grateful," said Russell, who studied hell and Satan for 15 years before turning his attention to heaven in 1997. To Russell, it's healthiest to see heaven as starting on earth, not an existence that "suddenly happens when you die." What about hell and its fire and brimstone? "There is a tendency to over-dramatize hell in order to get (it) across to people," he said, but it's "the absence of God, the _ .. absence of heaven." RUSSell "Heaven has gradually been shut away in a closet by the dominant intellectual trends," Russell wrote. Likewise with hell: Russell cannot remember the last time he's heard the subject treated in church or hi religious literature. 4- What happened? RusselTs book •claim that knowledge comes only through the physical senses and empirical science. Such an outlook is arrogant and unproveable, Russell believes, because it ignores humans' moral sense and the supernatural — including heaven and hell. If you do not receive your paper by 5:00 p.m. in Hays, 6:00 p.m. outside of Hays, Monday through Friday or by 7:00 a.m. on Sunday ... or if a problem persists and you are unable to work it out with your carrier, we would like to know about it. Please call our Circulation Department at... 785-628-1081 or Toll Free 800-657-601 7 8:00 A.M. TO 7:00 P.M. MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 7:00 A.M. TO 10:00 A.M. SUNDAY We will do our best to get the problem resolved as quickly as possible. Take ADVANTAGE of the savings! If you are a Hays Daily Mews subscriber paid-in-advance for at least three months, you are entitled to an Advantage shopping and dining discount card. To obtain your card, simply notify the office, and your Advantage card will be delivered with your newspaper within seven days. 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