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Four pastors speak at fifth Lenten Luncheon

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By Panzi Blackwell

A full room of guests at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia received the welcome by the Rev. Roger Grimmett for the fifth Lenten Luncheon.
Grimmett asked the blessing for the meal, which was prepared and served on white tablecloths adorned with napkins and placemats of spring colors and centerpieces of  fresh flowers.
Following the meal, Bev Hood sang, “The Lamb of God,” accompanied by pianist Phyllis Thoman. In lieu of the previously scheduled speaker, four of the pastors present spoke briefly on the theme, “Discipline of the Saints.”
Grimmet began on a lighthearted note with the words, “My mission is to speak, yours is to listen, and I hope your mission isn’t finished before mine is.”
He went on to refer to the scripture Phillipians 2:5-7, and the message, “Your attitude should be that of Christ.”
The Rev. Tom Farris then spoke on Paul’s mission and referred to the scripture Ephesians 4:29 and to Matthew when Jesus told His disciples to “remain here and pray.”
The Rev. Victoria Halmagyi referred to the song sung earlier, “The Lamb of God” and to Jesus, the good shepherd.
The fourth speaker was the Rev. John Glennon who referred to Mark 11:15 and Jesus driving out the sellers who were “cluttering up the temple.” He asked the question, “What is cluttering up our lives that doesn’t let others in?” and said that we should let God weave a tapestry of love in all of us.