Fear leads to doubt. Hope leads to faith. In fear, the leaders thought the little girl was dead. In fear of not arriving on time, the disciples thought it ridiculous that Jesus worried about who touched him. In fear, we want to avoid the truth. But in hope, we take the girl’s hand and she rises, and we concern ourselves with her needs. In hope, the woman who has suffered for twelve years knows she will be made well.
In hope, we sit in silence with our lamentations and brokenness and yet know that God will see us through. In hope, we confess that we still have sin, but that we trust in God’s love through Jesus Christ, who laid down his life for us. In hope, we shed our fear, and have faith.
In spite of Saul’s persecution of him, David sings a song of grief for Saul’s death, and that of Jonathan. David’s respect and praise for Saul, and his love for Jonathan, are expressed in the beauty of the poetry, and no anger or hatred of Saul is present in David’s grief at all.
Paul encourages the Corinthian Christians to share their abundance with others who are less fortunate. He explains that he doesn’t want them to go without for the sake of others, but rather that their surplus can help others who have lack. In time the situation may be reversed and this ensures that all have enough and are equal.
Jesus is asked by a synagogue leader, Jairus, to go with him to heal his daughter. On his way, a woman who has been bleeding for twelve years touches him and is healed. After insisting that she make herself known, and speaking words of grace to her, he goes on to Jairus’ house, where his daughter has now died. Then Jesus raises her from the dead to the amazement of all.
Merciful Lord, we are so fearful these days. We encounter economic situations which threaten to destroy our lives; we encounter anger, fear and hostility, and we feel as though we are about to drown. We want to place our trust in you, but so many times before, when we have trusted others, we have been let down.
Help us to truly trust your mercy and love. Heal and forgive our fears and sins. Open our hearts to receive your mercy and help us to become your disciples. For we ask this in Jesus’ Name. 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: Linda Shaver-Gleason; Chris Gleason; Linus Gleason; 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; 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
Music: Fusion and Lou Linneweh
Ushers: Jody Baldyga, Robert Friend, Tom Hayes, Liz Reyes Rodriguez, Gustavo Rodriguez, Jeff Kaiser
Coffee And…: LouAnn Chvatal
We are still looking for a few more Volunteers!!!
If you can’t donate of your time, we are also accepting financial gifts for food purchase. Please designate PADS in your giving…either on-line, check, or cash. Thank you so much!!
Sunday, July 8
We are in need of 2 people to cover 3:00-6:00am shift.
If you can help out, or for more information, please contact either
Pat Price 630.2043.3448
Tom Price 847.800.6130
Pillow Day-Saturday, July 14 9:00am – Join Us!
Have you ever asked yourself “What can I do to make the world a better place? “
I have the perfect solution. It doesn’t take a great deal of your time, but the impact is huge. Join us at 9am for a pillow making morning.
We will be in the church parlor cutting, sewing,
stuffing, snipping or pinning.
As you can see there will be the perfect job just for you!
This is a perfect way to spend the morning with caring people like yourself!
It is only through your generous donations that we can continue with this ministry.
We are always in need of more materials!
Please, if you feel led, contribute with a monetary donation!
LOMBARD/VILLA PARK FOOD PANTRY
100 BAGS!!! 100 BAGS!!! 100 BAGS!!! 100BAGS!!!
We need YOUR help to prepare 100 “Back to School” food bags for the pantry families with school aged children. We will meet at First UMC, Lombard on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 10:15am in Fellowship Hall (lower level) to assemble the bags.
We are also asking for the following food donations to help fill the bags: *peanut butter *jelly/jam *juice boxes *granola bars *packages of single serving popcorn, apple sauce, fruit, pudding or oatmeal. Please bring these breakfast/lunch items to FirstUMC Rm #180 or Church Office by Wednesday, July 11 th .
On behalf of the Lombard/Villa Park Food Pantry, I thank you for helping our pantry children get off to a good start to the new school year! Questions, please call/text Christine Marousek, Board Chair at 630 363-1436.
Please Remember to complete the information form and turn into the Church Office.
And……get some amazing photos this summer if you haven’t already!!
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.