Enews: Sunday, April 19, 2020

Dear Friend,

“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
In our Covid-19 world, many of us have not been able to see one another. We may have a hard time seeing hope right now. But we see hope in the number of people making masks for others to wear. We see hope in the neighbors who are helping their neighbors.
We see hope in the numbers finally starting to taper off in areas where there were breakouts of Covid-19. Resurrection, new life is all around us. Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet have come to believe. We will be together again.
Peter, preaching on the Day of Pentecost, proclaims that Jesus is risen and quotes from David’s Psalm (16) as a prophecy of the resurrection of Christ.
 Peter encourages the believers as they endure trials, reminding them of the life they have in the Risen Christ and of the joy that they will experience when their faith, having been strengthened by their suffering, leads them into fulness of life.

 The resurrected Jesus appears to his disciples and breathes the Holy Spirit on them, then he appears to Thomas who had doubted the witness of the other disciples, and shows Thomas his wounds, leading Thomas to faith and worship. After telling this story, John explains the purpose of his Gospel, to show who Jesus is and to lead his readers to faith.
Merciful God,
you come offering us peace,
but we hold onto our fears;
you come offering us faith,
but we cling to our doubts;
you come offering us a future filled with promise,
but we retreat to pleasant memories of the past.
We want to believe that you offer us an inheritance
that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.
We want to see ourselves as you see us.
We want to live as you would have us live.
We want to believe that life is stronger
than the death we see all around us.
Help our unbelief, O God,
that we may truly know and live
your gift of resurrection. Amen.

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Livestream Worship at 10am
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Christian Formation Reset – Part 2
We’re moving the start time to 11 am, which should be a few minutes after the 10 am Virtual Worship livestream ends.
We’ll meet by Zoom, so if you aren’t familiar with it, please let me know. Because we want to keep the # of participants at a reasonable level, please email me immediately if you want to participate this Sunday:  Scott@Firstumclombard.org
Everyone who responds will get a link late Saturday for the Zoom conference on Sunday morning.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
My cell is 630-697-3587.
Scott Hotaling, M.Div.,
Director of Christian Formation
Easter Flowers,
The first Sunday we will gather, it will be Our Easter Celebration and we want flowers, color anything that invite for a celebration… so place your order and help set our chancel area.
Disregard the deadline on the order form.  You can make your donation on line or mail a check to the church.
As we move to virtual worship, we can’t forget that bringing our gifts, offering is part of worship. We thank God that we still have the opportunity to do so even in these uncertain times. Please use this link Contribute to continue your contribution or to do a new one, or you can continue mailing your checks. Doing this we continue to bless the ministry we all love and care for.


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