|First United Methodist Church ENews
Sunday, January 28
What do we fear, what do we seek? Do we fear being separated from God? Do we seek an intimacy with God so profound that we might fear for our lives? Could we handle the Israelites’ intimacy with God as they fled Egypt? Would we be better prepared to handle our fear and trembling than they? As we enter God’s presence this day, what do we fear, what do we seek?
Moses promises that God will raise up a prophet for Israel like him, but warns that the people will be held accountable for whether they listen to that prophet.
Though idols are nothing, if eating meat sacrificed to an idol causes a brother or sister to stumble, we should rather not eat. Rather than knowledge, which creates pride, we should seek love, which builds up.
As Jesus teaches in the synagogue in Capernaum, the people are amazed at him. When he casts out a demon, they are staggered and the news about him spreads throughout the entire region.
God Who Teaches, we confess that we have not learned our lessons. We have failed to follow Your commandments. We have failed to listen well to our teachers. We have given weight to teachings that give us an easy way out, that focus on only our well-being, and have failed to listen to the teachings of Christ, that call us to become last of all and servant of all. Forgive us for our failures. Forgive us for not seeking You and Your authority. Forgive us for ignoring Your wisdom. Call us into the paths of righteousness. Call us into the ways of justice. Call us away from the foolishness of the world, to follow Jesus, our Rabbi, in whose name we pray. Amen.
In our Prayers Today:
All of our members, especially: Bunny Corrough, Mary Schwartz, Louise Anderson, Pat Matzek, Loretta Tanis, Gene Manley, Rich Rardin, Amy Castleberry, Jan Elsner
Those with health and family issues:
Kayson Schumacher; Barb McLeod, Denise Karhoff King’s sister; Virginia Thomasma, Pat Shaver’s mother; Jim Halligan, brother of Kathy Brenniman; Tony, brother in law of Christine Marousek; Linda Shaver-Gleason; Chris Gleason; Linus Gleason; Ann Efflandt, niece of Jack and Denise Karhoff King; Marilyn Blake, sister of Carol Wixson, Darrell Singelaub, brother of Jean Bubert; Kate Benner, friend of the Landerholms; John Tomlin, brother of Pat Baker; Brenda Caudill, niece of Rich and Shirley Rardin; Jerry Buffenmeyer, Susan Friend’s Father; Sarah Wilkin, niece of Carol Wixson; Janet, extended family of Dennis Subach
8:00 Worship in the Chapel
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary:
Baptism: Catherine Elizabeth Thorpe
Parents: Amy and Mike Thorpe
Sponsors: Andrew Kelley and Jerrica Kelley
Music by: Fusion
Ushers: Steven Flint, Pat Price, Al Reiman, Mike Thorpe, Jeff Kaiser
Liturgist: Pam Lohman
Coffee And…: Norma Nieves and Family
Dinner tickets go on sale on Sunday, January 28. Sign up for events begins on January 28. If you plan to host an event, please turn in your donation form ASAP to Denise Karhoff King so we can promote the event and let people can sign up!
Donation forms are available at locations throughout the church and on the church website. If you have questions, contact Susan Friend, 630-932-8452, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please turn in your forms so we can get the bid sheets and event sign-up sheets ready!!!
Ecumenical Lenten Bible Study 5 Weeks
Wednesday Mornings 10:30am beginning February 21-March 21
Meeting here in our Chapel
Cost of the Book: $12
About the Book:
Top Jesus scholars Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan join together to reveal a radical and little-known Jesus. As both authors reacted to and responded to
questions about Mel Gibson’s blockbuster The Passion of the Christ, they discovered that many Christians are unclear on the details of events during the week leading up to Jesus’s crucifixion.
Using the gospel of Mark as their guide, Borg and Crossan present a day-by-day account of Jesus’s final week of life. They begin their story on Palm Sunday with two triumphal entries into Jerusalem. The first entry, that of Roman governor Pontius Pilate leading Roman soldiers into the city, symbolized military strength. The second heralded a new kind of moral hero who was praised by the people as he rode in on a humble donkey. The Jesus introduced by Borg and Crossan is this new moral hero, a more dangerous Jesus than the one enshrined in the church’s traditional teachings.
The Last Week depicts Jesus giving up his life to protest power without justice and to condemn the rich who lack concern for the poor. In this vein, at the end of the week Jesus marches up Calvary, offering himself as a model for others to do the same when they are confronted by similar issues.
Informed, challenged, and inspired, we not only meet the historical Jesus, but meet a new Jesus who engages us and invites us to follow him.
About the Authors:
Marcus J. Borg (1942-2015) was a pioneering author and teacher whom the New York Timesdescribed as “a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars.” He was the Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University and canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, and he appeared on NBC’s The Today Show and Dateline, ABC’s World News, and NPR’s Fresh Air. His books have sold over a million copies, including the bestselling Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, Jesus, The Heart of Christianity, Evolution of the Word, Speaking Christian, and Convictions.
John Dominic Crossan, professor emeritus at DePaul University, is widely regarded as the foremost historical Jesus scholar of our time. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Historical Jesus, How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian, God and Empire, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, The Greatest Prayer, The Last Week, and The Power of Parable. He lives in Minneola, Florida.