ENews Sunday, January 20, 2019

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Sunday
Dear Friend,
         In this season after the Epiphany, we continue to experience the ways Christ is revealed to the world, but also to us as followers of Christ. Where do we see the signs? What causes us to pause, and believe? Where do we hear God speaking out? What is the Spirit doing right now in our lives? Jesus is on the move, and we are the witnesses of what Christ is doing in our lives and in the world.


Isaiah 62:1-5
Isaiah’s prayer for Jerusalem, and prophecy that God will restore her to be a place that people celebrate – even as bride and groom celebrate each other.

1 Corinthians 12:1-11
No one can acknowledge Jesus as Lord except by the Holy Spirit, who gives gifts to God’s people. These gifts are diverse, though God is one, but all are given for the common good.

John 2:1-11
At a wedding in Cana, they run out of wine, and Jesus’ mother tells the servants to do whatever he tells them, in spite of Jesus saying his time had not yet come. Then Jesus tells them to fill the water jars with water and take some to the host. When he tastes the water, it has become wine. 

Lord, we give You thanks for the prophets who have raised their voice and put their lives on the line on behalf of Your people. We mourn their loss and pray for all of our prophets. God, stir in us the call to speak out when we see injustice, to act where there is injustice on behalf of all who suffer from oppression. Grant us Your courage and strength to do Your work, for You know each of us, You know our strengths and our challenges, and You call each of us to justice, forgiveness, and love. In the name of Christ, we give honor and thanks for those that have gone before us, and we pray for our prophets today. Amen and Amen.

8:00am Worship in the Chapel
8:45am Christian Formation
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary

As we gather for worship on Sunday, a special liturgy will be in place as we pause and remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his work and ministry.

Music: Fusion
Ushers:  Steve Anderson, Melanie Johnson, Scott Riley,  Amy Thorpe,  Jeff Kaiser
Coffee And…: 

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

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!

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