Ascension reminds us that the ways of this world are not the way of Christ. Jesus didn’t come to establish a worldly kingdom on earth. Jesus didn’t come so that we could continue in our old ways.
Jesus came so that we might die to sin and live for love, for one another. As Christians, we expect Jesus to come again-but as Christ came into our world in an unexpected way-arriving as a helpless baby, and leaving us with the Holy Spirit-Jesus is coming into our world and our lives in an unexpected way. Come, Lord Jesus.
After casting a demon out of a fortune-telling slave girl, Paul & Silas are imprisoned. They continue to worship even while in jail, and the prison bursts open, giving Paul an opportunity to lead the jailer and his family to faith in Christ.
John’s conclusion to the Revelation proclaims Christ as the one who invites all to find life in Christ, and who is coming to ‘set things to rights’ bringing rescue and the safety of the Holy City to those who respond to God’s invitation.
Jesus prays for his disciples and for all who will come to believe in him, that they may be one, and that through their love and their ‘belovedness’ the world may be brought to knowledge of Jesus.
Holy One, we recall that the work of sharing the Gospel, the Good News, has been entrusted to us. You called us to be Your witnesses. You called us to abide in Your love. You called us to love one another, and You told us you were coming again. Help us to trust in You.
Guide us to find the holy in the world around us, the places where You are already at work. Lead us to give in to hope, and to give up on despair. Hold us accountable to the work of the Gospel, the sharing of the Good News, and the hope found in You.
For You are our Way, our Truth, and our Life-and Your way is love eternal. In Your name we pray. Amen.
Ushers: Jody Baldyga, Robert Friend, Tom Hayes,
Liz Reyes Rodriguez, Gustavo Rodriguez, Jeff Kaiser
Pastor Luis, along with Deacon Ginny, Rev. Bonnie, Teddie & Dick Knapp, and Christine Marousek will be attending Annual Conference from Sunday through Tuesday. For Pastoral Concerns, please contact Scott.
Summer Fun for YOU!
Socializing….relaxing…eating…Do these appeal to you?
All you need to do is sign up for these
auction events which are happening in the next month. Contact Denise Karhoff King at 630-379-6616,
Susan Friend at 630-309-0408, or the hosts of either event.
Lohman’s Grill Fest on Sunday, June 9 at 4:30 p.m. Steak or pork roast dinner with all the trimmings, along with appetizers and beverages. Fee: $62.92
Friend and Moldenhauer’s Luau on Saturday, June 29 at 5:00 p.m. Kalua pork, teriyaki chicken, mahi mahi, and lots of side dishes and tasty desserts and beverages. Fee: $28