Love is the greatest commandment, the one rule that all other rules fall under. The other Gospel accounts list two commandments: Love God, and love your neighbor as yourself, but the Johannine community understood that truly loving one another meant that you loved God, because you could not love God without loving others. All other commandments fall under that one. Love is what makes us children of God. Love is what brings us together. Love is what calls us to sacrifice ourselves for others, to lay down our own desires on the cross and follow Jesus in the footsteps of love.
As Peter preaches to the Gentile believers in Cornelius’ house, the Holy Spirit comes on them and they begin to speak with other tongues. Peter then baptizes them confirming that God’s salvation is for the Gentiles as well as for the Jews.
Jesus calls his followers to love one another just as he has loved them. There is no greater than to lay down one’s life, as Jesus does, for one’s friends. Through this obedience to Jesus’ command to love we bear fruit that lasts.
We confess to You, O Christ, that we have not loved as we ought. We have judged, despised, ridiculed, and envied others. We have measured others against metrics that we dare not measure ourselves. We have placed heavy burdens on others, expecting them to lift themselves by their bootstraps, while forgetting our own places of privilege.
Forgive us, O Christ, for love ought to level the field, by bringing us down and lifting those from the margins. Forgive us, O Christ, for justice ought to call us into humility and repentance. Forgive us, O Christ, for mercy ought to remind us of Your great love for us. Forgive us, O Christ, that we receive grace and do not extend it. Call us into repentance, and lead us on right paths. In Christ’s name, the name of Love, we pray. Amen.
In our Prayers Today:
All of our members, especially: Grace Stetson; Lucille Edwards;
Louise Anderson, Pat Matzek, Loretta Tanis, Rich Rardin, Amy Castleberry, and Jan Elsner
Those with health and family issues: kids and families from Glenbard East burned in fire; Mike & Sue Eagan; Family of Marie Holle passed; Family of Jerry Buffenmeyer, Susan’ Friend’s Father passed; 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; 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; 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:
Baptism: Piper Renee Russell
Parents: Michael & Allison Russell
Sponsors: Michelle & Paul Mykytka
Music by: Fusion
Liturgist: Veronica Russell
Ushers: Jody Baldyga, Robert Friend, Tom Hayes, Liz Reyes Rodriguez, Gustavo Rodriguez, Jeff Kaiser
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
dangerous. Thank you!
Beginning May 20, there will be one worship service only at 9:00am. This will carry through September 2.
This was a choice made at our last Church Council Meeting.