First United Methodist Church ENews
Sunday, June 3
One Service Only 9:00am
God knows us, and calls us to do God’s work in the world. God’s commandments were given not to be burdens, but to help us know God’s goodness and love. The time is always right to do the right thing, to do the work Christ has given us to do. How we live our lives ought to glorify God, and be an example of God’s love and grace to the world.
The child, Samuel, who is serving God with the Eli the priest, hears God’s voice in the night. He mistakenly thinks it is Eli, but then Eli explains it is God, and instructs him to say, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”
God’s apostles don’t preach themselves but Christ crucified. The light of Christ shines in their hearts, but they are like fragile clay jars to show that the power is from God. They endure many different kinds of suffering and persecution, but the life of Christ is at work within them even as their bodies are dying. Our present struggles are nothing compared to the glory that awaits and that lasts forever.
Jesus’ disciples pick grain to eat as they are walking along, and the Pharisees challenge Jesus on this, because it was the Sabbath. But Jesus points them to David eating the sacred bread from the temple. Then he tells them that the sabbath was created for people, not people for the Sabbath, and he is Lord of the Sabbath. Then Jesus heals a man with a damaged hand and challenges the critics who want to accuse him of working on the Sabbath. But they do not respond.
Almighty God, we confess that we are caught up in the busy-ness of the world around us. We confess that we rarely take time for You. There are many distractions in our lives that take us away from family and friends, even from knowing ourselves. However, we often neglect spending intentional time in prayer, meditation, and reflection with You.
Forgive us. Help us to turn away from the noise of the world and to pay attention to Your voice. Help us to rise above the distractions and feel the rhythm of the world’s needs for justice and reconciliation. Call us back to You, to one another, and to ourselves, to remember Your created intention for us, to love You and to love one another. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.
In our Prayers Today:
All of our members, especially: Dorothy Miller; Bill Battcher; Lucille Edwards; Louise Anderson, Pat Matzek, Loretta Tanis, Rich Rardin, Amy Castleberry, Jan Elsner
Those with health and family issues: Family of Sarah Wilkin, niece of Carol Wixson, passed; William, grandson of Teddie and Dick Knapp; ; 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; 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; Janet, extended family of Dennis Subach
9:00am Worship in the Sanctuary:
Music by: Fusion
Ushers: Jody Baldyga, Robert Friend, Tom Hayes, Liz Enid Rodriguez, Gustavo Rodriguez, Jeff Kaiser
Baptism: Zachary John Haimann
Parents: Eric and Jordan Haimann
Sponsors: Benjamin Haimann
Reception of New Members: Eric and Jordan Haimann
Coffee And…: Men’s Club
Northern Illinois Annual Conference – June 3-5
Pheasant Run Resort – St. Charles, Ill
Those in attendance
Luis F. Reyes, Lead Pastor
Virginia Rainey, Deacon
Lay members – Teddie & Dick Knapp and Donovan Summers
Outdoor Worship – June 10
We are now equipped with a Hearing Loop. To receive the signal directly in a hearing aid, a dedicated program with a T-coil is required. For RITE or open-tube fit BTE instruments and near normal low frequency hearing, program a “T” only setting and an MT setting for closed mold fittings.