In all the accounts, from Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem to his death at Golgotha, Jesus does not resist what happens. Jesus does not resist the pageantry of riding on a donkey into Jerusalem, and does not resist the violence of the people at the cross. Instead, Jesus lays down his life, modeling the love that God has for all of us, and how we ought to love one another, in his humbleness.
Christ’s reign is not of this world, not made by human hands, nor can it be taken away by worldly rulers. God’s love endures forever, and Christ exemplifies this love in his life, death, and resurrection.
An exhortation to give thanks to God for God’s eternal mercy. Also a cry for God to save God’s people, and an invitation for God’s people to join a procession of thanksgiving, marching to the altar with palms, blessing the one who comes in the Lord’s name.
People who are in Jerusalem for the Passover hear that Jesus is coming and so they go out to meet him with Palms. He sits on a donkey and they cry out “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” The disciples realize, after the resurrection, that this all fulfilled prophecy and that they had been part of the fulfilment.
Holy One, we confess that we continue to deny and betray You, for we serve the world’s interests instead of You. We confess that we allow fear to rule in our hearts, and we turn away, instead of holding fast to trust and love. We confess that we seek our own gain instead of seeking to serve You by loving our neighbor as ourselves.
Forgive us for our faults. Forgive us for failing You. Call us into Your ways of righteousness, of justice and peace. Grant us wisdom and courage, faith and love, to live into Your ways. In the name of Christ, who though he was betrayed and denied, did not waiver; in the name of Jesus, who was abandoned by his friends, never abandoned the great love he has for us. It is in the strong name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
In our Prayers Today:
All of our members, especially: Bill Battcher; Grace Stetson; Bonnie Campbell; Lucille Edwards; Louise Anderson, Pat Matzek, Loretta Tanis, Rich Rardin, Amy Castleberry, Jan Elsner
Those with health and family issues: Beth, Linda Dumas’s niece; Debbie Sanchez; Kim, niece of Teddie & Dick Knapp; Marlene, friend of Shavers; Tracey, friend of Randi Grzenia; Missy Iannella; Kayson Schumacher; Barb McLeod, Denise Karhoff King’s sister; Virginia Thomasma, Pat Shaver’s mother; 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, Kate Benner, friend of the Landerholms; Jerry Buffenmeyer, Susan Friend’s Father; Sarah Wilkin, niece of Carol Wixson; Janet, extended family of Dennis Subach
8:00am Worship in the Chapel
8:45am Conversation with Pastor
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary:
Confirmation of Jacob Aguirre
Music by: Chancel Choir
Ushers: Steven Flint, Mike Johnson, Pat Price, Al Reiman,
Mike Thorpe, Jeff Kaiser
Coffee And…: Veronica Russell in the Chapel
Sign up for upcoming events! Two are coming up soon! Let Denise Karhoff King or Susan Friend know if you’d like to attend these. Denise: 630-379-6616; or Susan 630-309-0408.
Game Night – Saturday, April 14, 7-9 p.m. in the church parlor. Snacks, dessert, beverages $15/person
Tour and Tasting: Afterthought Brewery – Saturday, May 12, 2-5 p.m. The title says it all! $15/person
Arranged at your convenience
Train Hunting, Spotting and Chasing (and lunch!) – Date arranged with you by Carl Shaver $15/person
Coming this summer
Church Ohana Luau – Saturday, July 21, 5 p.m. Full dinner and fun for all. $28/person
Bag Toss Tournament – Saturday, July 28, 3 p.m. Compete or cheer for others, it’s up to you. Sub sandwiches, snacks, and drinks. $20/person
Ladies and Lanterns – Tuesday, August 7, 7 p.m. Paint Mason jar lanterns, enjoy appetizers, and libations. $20/person
Country Fair Quiz Night – Saturday, August 18, 6:30 – Trivia contest, hamburgers, hot dogs, treats $25/person
BBQ and Fair Games – Sunday, August 25, after worship – Pastor Luis in the bucket dunk tank, games, and a cookout. $10/person; children under 7: $2
Coming in the fall
Ladies Night – Saturday, September 22, 6:30 p.m. – Appetizers, desserts, sangria, coffee, tea, and more! $20/person
Oktoberfest – Sunday, September 23, noon – German luncheon with a festive atmosphere $20/person
Wine Tasting – Saturday, October 13, 6:30 p.m. Taste a fine assortment of wines and enjoy tasty foods to go with them. $25/person Note: A minimum of 30 people is required for this event. Please invite your friends and family to help us reach our 30 slots!
Gift cards and certificates available for sale – Contact Susan Friend 630-309-0408, if you’d like to make a purchase!
Brio – $10 Good for appetizers at this Yorktown restaurant
CD One Price Cleaners – $25 Get those winter coats cleaned and put away!
Feel Good Hair – $25 – Get a new spring look or freshen up your traditional look
Lombard Roller RInk – $25 – Party for 10, doesn’t not include skate rental and not usable for birthday parties.
Editing Services – $15 for the first 15 pages or editing and proofreading services. $1/page for pages 16 and beyond. Treat yourself or your favorite student to this opportunity!
Ichiban/All Blue Sushi – $10
Kelly Nails – $12 – Treat yourself to a manicure.
Progressive Village Performance Network – $10 – Attend Blithe Spirit or Guys and Dolls in Westmont
Punky’s – $20 for pizza and pitcher at this local pub
Ruff Life – $50 – Newer Lombard dog emporium with foods, treats, equipment, and apparel.
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A new Soup & Study group will begin on
Tuesday, April 10th at 6:30 pm
We will share a supper of soup and bread. Then we will view and
discuss a DVD session from the revised version of “Living the
Questions”. This is a contemporary look at Christianity. Each session is independent of the others.
For more information, please, contact Deacon Ginny at 630-200-2729.
Please know that the front lawn of First Church of Lombard will be open for older, less able people who would like to participate in the March for our Lives without the bigness and parking problems of the other marches. If you know people who would like to be a part of this event, but may not have the stamina or the transportation to get to one of the larger events, we will have the church open from 10 a.m. to Noon for their witness. First Church is on Main Street and it has visibility. They are free to walk along the public sidewalks with their signs or sit in their lawn chairs. The church will be open for those who need the restroom and/or need to warm up. We also have a good sized parking lot to accommodate the vehicles of those who would like to express themselves.
Outreach House Fundraiser – First Church Lombard
The fundraiser is the DuPage Human Race 5K. It’s organized by Giving
DuPage as a fundraiser for over 70 area charities. The Outreach House is trying to raise $3,000 and is getting really close! Our congregation has supported Outreach House in the past – we want to make sure all are aware of the fundraiser. There are 2 ways we can help–sign up for the race (run or walk) or make a one time donation.