Enews: Sunday, January 27, 2019

  Jesus comes in the line of the prophets before him, proclaiming something new out of a very old tradition. Sometimes, we see Jesus as breaking from tradition, but throughout the history of the Bible, the prophets and priests were having to proclaim something new out of the old. The priest Ezra preached in the square after another group of exiled Hebrews returned home to their ruined city, offering interpretation and understanding. Jesus preached from Isaiah to the people, to hear the good news again in a new context, and on the mountain with his disciples, he proclaimed that he’d come not to abolish the law, but that their righteousness must exceed that even of the religious leaders around them. God is constantly speaking to us through our traditions, not in spite of them, and continues to do a new thing in us.

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Ezra reads the book of the law to the people. They respond in remorse, but Nehemiah encourages them to be joyful and to celebrate.
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Paul teaches that the Christian community is like a body with many parts. Each has a gift, and each must use their unique gift for the benefit of the “Body of Christ”.
Luke 4:14-21
Jesus reads from Isaiah’s scroll about God’s anointing for ministry, and God’s liberating work through God’s anointed. Then, he claims this prophecy for himself.



Prayer
Spirit of Life, breathe upon us. Give us the courage to proclaim release to the captives, to let the oppressed go free. Give us the strength to see things in new ways, to guide others to view Your beloved community growing on earth as it is in heaven.
Spirit of Life, grant us the wisdom to use the gifts You have given us for healing and restoration, for bridging together rather than building walls. Spirit of Life, remind us that You have created us not to be alone, but to be together.
You have made us one people on one planet; a people made in Your image, to live and grow and care for the earth You created. Help us to remember our created intention, to live into that purpose with Your breath of life, so that others may also live.
Amen.
 

8:00am Worship in the Chapel

8:45am Christian Formation

10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary

Music: Chancel Choir

Ushers:  Steven Flint, Pat Price, Al Reiman, Mike Thorpe, Jeff Kaiser

Coffee And…: Pam & Ron Lohman

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 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 tpnkprice@comcast.net


29 th Annual Auction & Dinner.
Sign up for events begins this Sunday, January 27!
Train watching, Jewelry Making, Dinners, High Tea, and more!
 Auction Dinner tickets on sale this Sunday, Jan 27! 
$15/guest through Feb 10
$20/guest after Feb 10 

Thanks so much to ALL who made the “Good Deeds Day” a great success (donations or/and your time at the event)!    What a blessing!

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