Enews: Sunday, January 13, 2019

Baptism and beginnings: it’s both a wonderful and terrifying image. John the Baptizer was not a gentle man. He warned those gathering near him to bear fruit, to show inward transformation, before coming forward to be baptized. The purification by God is painful, because it strips away the parts of us that do not bear fruit for God.But, as Jesus is declared God’s Beloved, so we also are God’s Beloved children, when we come forward to become the people God has intended us to be: to turn back to God, to live into the Holy Spirit, to become wheat that is free from chaff, fruit worth of repentance.
Isaiah 43:1-7
God’s people have no reason to fear, for God has redeemed them, and they will not be harmed when passing through water or flame. God will bring the children of God’s people from the four corners of the earth, and will bring together blind people who can see and deaf people who can hear to bear witness to how God has saved and liberated God’s people.

Acts 8:14-17 
The apostles, having heard the news that the Samaritans had accepted God’s word, laid hands on the Samaritan believers and prayed for them to receive the Holy Spirit, which they did. 

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
The people wonder whether John the Baptizer is the Christ, but he denies it and proclaims that another is coming who is more powerful than he is, and who will baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Then John baptizes Jesus along with the other people, and the Spirit descends on him and he hears God’s voice affirming him. 

Almighty God, we confess that at times we do not bear fruit worthy of repentance. At times we do not want to change, to transform into who You intended us to be. At times we want to stay stubbornly the same but desire everyone around us to change.Forgive us for our unwillingness to grow. Forgive us for our resistance to being pruned. Forgive us for not trusting You, and the light You are growing us in. Call us into Your light. Call us into Your restoration. Help us to trust in You, and to become who You intended us to be, as people faithful to justice, mercy, and love. Amen.

8:00am Worship in the Chapel
8:45am Christian Formation
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary
Music: Chancel Choir & Fusion
Ushers:  Gerry Chvatal, LouAnn Chvatal, Jack King,Ron Lohman, Jeff Kaiser
Coffee And…: 

PADS AT FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH IN DOWNERS GROVE 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 at church in the South entryway/foyer on Sundays in January between the services. 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

Good Deeds Day
We are collecting “individual containers” of apple sauce, fruits and popcorn to fill out the Snack Bags for Children.
Please bring items to the church office no later than Thursday, Jan. 16.
Thanks for your help!
Questions? Contact the church office at 630.627.2508
Or email us at MediaRelations@FirstUMCLombard.org or
Have a wonderful day!

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