Jesus spoke about his followers being “in the world but not of it”. This was not a call to “otherworldliness” or to check out of the world as we wait for heaven. It is a reflection of the reality that as individuals and churches we face the daily temptation to adopt the broken values and practices of the world around us. It is a call to live the values and practices of God’s Sabbath Kingdom within the societies and communities in which we find ourselves.
It is all too easy for us to become driven by the same idols of success, wealth and convenience that the affluent sections of our global society embrace – and all too many churches and theological systems have done just this. But, if we are to be Sabbath/Kingdom people, we are to step out of this system, embracing rather the rhythms of justice – meaningful work, joyful rest, compassionate service, generous sharing, and a commitment to equity and compassion.
Unlike the people of Israel who were afraid of God’s appearing at the mountain, followers of Christ have been invited into God’s grace and the joyous community of worship in Christ. We have received an unshakeable kingdom, and must be careful to listen to Christ’s words, and worship God in thankfulness.
Jesus heals a crippled woman on the Sabbath, incurring the criticism of the synagogue leader. Jesus points out that everyone ‘works’ on the Sabbath, and that it is right and good that she should be freed.
O God of all goodness, you welcome us, forgive us and heal us.
You seek us out from places where we have hidden from you.
You crown us with steadfast love and mercy.
Reveal yourself to us as we come before you in worship.
Let us know your presence so that we may bless you:
Bless you, O God!
Bless your holy name! Amen.
Ushers: Steven Flint, Pat Price, Al Reiman, Mike Thorpe, Jeff Kaiser
6:30pm Aldersgate Ringers
7:15pm Chancel Choir
Sat. 8/24 11:00am Service of Celebration of Life
Mon. 8/26 7:00pm Women’s Book Group
Tues. 8/27 7:00pm LaLeche League
6:30pm Aldersgate Ringers
7:15pm Chancel Choir
A Service of Celebration of Life for
Tracey Wilson-Sauerman a dear friend of our congregation
Saturday, August 24 @11 in the morning in our Chapel.
A light luncheon will follow.
Please we invite those in attendance to share their “Tracey’s Moment”
Mark your calendars….
Sunday, August 25
a Panel Presentation with laity from congregation who have gone through the process of becoming a reconciling congregation.
A Q & A time will be available.
More Fun for YOU!
Socializing….relaxing…eating…What’s not to like?!
All you need to do is sign up for these upcoming auction events. Contact Denise Karhoff King at 630-379-6616, Susan Friend at 630-309-0408, or the hosts of either event.
Lunch on the Lido Deck…Sunday, September 8….11:30 a.m.
Hosted by Sandy Wright and Veronica Russell
Enjoy a delicious, professionally-catered lunch on the church patio. Catch up with friends and meet some new folks, too.
Oktoberfest Celebration…Sunday, October 6…high noon
Hosted by the Auction Committee
It is time enjoy a traditional German dinner. Sausages and bratwurst, with all the trimmings! Prost!
Men’s Club meetings are now on the Second Saturday of the month.
Our kickoff meeting will be September 14th at 8:30AM in the new Lower Level Conference Room. For more please contact. Steve Flint at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you ready to resume your life after summer vacation? Do you feel the need to do something to help many others? Join us on Saturday, September 14 at 9:00am as we make our care pillows for so many people who are in pain and in need of our love.
No sewing skills needed: just a desire to make a difference in someone’s life. If you are unable to join us we are always in need of monetary donations.
Questions: call Carol Wixson, 630-627-6758
It’s almost September, so it’s time to start thinking about your
Christmas greens and garlands!
I know, you’re saying “Seriously??” Well yes seriously, and here’s why….
Fusion would like to retrofit our existing wired mics and go
wireless. This improves the following:
– the sound of our vocalists,
– the sanity of our sound techs moving cables back and forth,
– the messy look in the front of the Praise Team in the Chancel area,
– and the safety of those Fusion members that are clumsy and often trip over chords….
This is an expensive undertaking, so Fusion will be selling Christmas greens and garlands this year to help us raise those funds.
Ordering in early Fall and placing our order in mid-October gives us the largest discount available through Noble Farms.
Please consider ordering your Christmas greens in September.
Starting on Sunday, September 1st, order forms can be found before and after Sunday services near the water fountain and on the MUSIC
bulletin board outside of Brianna’s office.
Donations are also gratefully accepted. Many thanks in advance!