Enews: Sunday, February 3, 2019

Dear Friend:

Speaking truth to power is dangerous, but necessary. In our current time, it seems that so many powers are at work to silence others. When marginalized voices begin to speak up, and a chorus begins to grow-often the ones who are oppressed become seen as the problem that must be squelched, rather than the systems and structures in place that keep the privileged in power.As long as Jesus said words that made others feel good, he was fine, but the minute he challenged them, he was a threat. Jeremiah was only a boy, but was called to speak to nations, and it was frightening because he knew those in power would want to stop him. Even when people think they are coming from a good place, sometimes they use privilege and power they don’t realize they have to speak even louder the voice of oppression. Paul had to speak to angry crowds, and he had to write a letter to a powerful church that was going through problems. He spoke of love as the most excellent way. We as people still misuse love and use it as a way to have power over others. Domestic violence and abuse still run rampant, in our homes and in our churches. But the love that Paul speaks of is subversive. It doesn’t harm others. It rejoices in the truth. And if we can’t speak to another in love, we shouldn’t speak at all. If we are using love to try to keep a false peace, that isn’t love. It’s a noisy gong or a clanging symbol. Love from God endures, and builds up.

Jeremiah 1:4-10
Jeremiah is called to be a prophet, and God explains God’s knowledge of Jeremiah from his conception, and God’s message for Jeremiah to preach. Note both the “yes” and the “no” in the message Jeremiah is given.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
 A celebration of the noble and godly characteristics of love, which lasts forever and is the greatest of all things. Again note the “yes” (love is…) and the “no” (love is not…).

Luke 4:21-30
After reading the “yes” in Isaiah’s scroll (last week) and claiming the prophecy for himself, Jesus confronts the people of Nazareth with a “no” because, like their ancestors, they are offended by the idea that God can work in and through “outsiders” and Gentiles, and they refuse to accept the teachings of the prophets. This offends the people, and so they attempt to kill Jesus.

God of truth and love, when we yearn for certainty in an uncertain world, remind us that we know only in part; when we long for others to see things our way, remind us that we see in a mirror dimly;
when we seek to impose our ways upon others, remind us that we have failings of our own.
Harken us to your voice once more, and reveal to us the truths that you alone can see.
In your holy name, we seek your guidance now. Amen.
This Sunday:

8:00am Worship in the Chapel
8:45am Christian Formation
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary
Music: Fusion
Ushers:  Jody Baldyga, Robert Friend, Tom Hayes, Liz Reyes Rodriguez, Gustavo Rodriguez  Jeff Kaiser
Coffee And…: Carol & John Reiman

First UMC of Lombard will be hosting PADS at the 
First Congregational Church in Downers Grove,
1047 Curtiss St. Downers Grove.  
Start time is Monday, February 4 at 5:00pm through Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00am.

There will be sign up sheets available in the South entryway/foyer on Sundays in January between the services.
We only need:
1 male for midnight to 3am
and 1 person 3am to 6am

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Tom or Pat Price.  Phone and email below.
Pat’s cell: 630-204-3448
Tom’s cell: 847-800-6130

29 thAnnual Auction & Dinner.
Sign up for events has begun!
Train watching, Jewelry Making, Dinners, High Tea, and more!
 Auction Dinner tickets are now on sale!
Get them while they are discounted!!  
$15/guest through Feb 10
$20/guest after Feb 10 

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