The Spirit has been present since the beginning. A wind from God swept over the waters of creation, and wind, breath, and spirit are all the same word in Hebrew (ruach) and in Greek (pneuma). However, Jesus promised the disciples that a new Advocate would come, that the Spirit would come in a new way, and on the Day of Pentecost, the work of the Spirit was revealed to the disciples.
But this same Spirit has always been at work, just as the message of God’s love has been present and known since the beginning but revealed to us in a new way through Jesus Christ. God is doing something new, and even Paul declares that now we have the Spirit, but we are still in the labor pains. God is still doing something new.
Jesus tells his disciples that he is going away, and that this is a good thing, because then he can send the Holy Spirit to be their advocate, to convict of sin and to lead people into truth.
Holy God, we confess to You that we have not paid attention. We have failed to see signs of You at work around us in creation. We have failed to notice You at work in our neighbors, those who are different from us, those who are marginalized, those who are often forgotten. We have failed to recognize that You are at work inside of us, and we have resisted opening our hearts and changing our minds.
Forgive us for our selfish ways. Forgive us for putting ourselves first, instead of humbling ourselves to You, humbling ourselves to the myriad of ways the Spirit is at work in us, around us, and among us. Call us back to Your ways. Help us to be open to experiencing You through the love and care of our neighbors, through the beauty and wonder and awe-inspiring power of nature, and most of all, to be open to new insights, understandings, and new ways of love. In the name of Jesus, the power of the Holy Spirit, and our Wondrous Creator, we pray. Amen.
In our Prayers Today:
All of our members, especially:
Dorothy Miller; Holly Linneweh; Bill Battcher; Lucille Edwards;
Louise Anderson, Pat Matzek, Loretta Tanis, Rich Rardin, Amy Castleberry,
Those with health and family issues: 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; Sarah Wilkin, niece of Carol Wixson; Janet, extended family of Dennis Subach
9:00am Worship in the Sanctuary:
Music by: Call To Worship
Ushers: Steve Anderson, Melanie Johnson, Greg Parks,
Amy Thorpe, Jeff Kaiser
Coffee And…: Sandy Wright
As we move forward in hosting PADS this upcoming summer here are what we need. We need the same number for each of the three weekends.
We will have sign up sheets starting this weekend.
PADS – Volunteer Needs for Saturday, June 2
Dinner Prep (on site) Salvation Army, 1 S 415 Summit Ave., Oakbrook Terrace, 60181: We need 5 people
Sunday, June 2
5:30 – 7:30 a.m. Breakfast Prep, Serve, Clear, clean kitchen, distribute lunches : We Need 3 people
Clean-up – Collect Linens, wipe down pads, sweep floors, drop laundry at Central DuPage Hospital: 6:00-7:30 – We need 3 people.
Clean Laundry Pick-up and Return to Salvation Army: Between 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm, Monday-Friday: We need 1 person
Midnight to 3 a.m.: 1 person
3am to 6 am – 2 persons (1 needs to be male)
In order to be welcoming, please leave the Maple Street parking spaces close to the entrance
available to people that need to park close.
If you are able and would like a
little exercise, please either 1) park in lower lot or 2) pick up a parking permit to use Brust Funeral Home parking lot.
Let’s remember that for some, a long walk or stairs are