Enews: Sunday, April 5, 2020

First United Methodist Church ENews
Sunday, April 5
Palm/Passion Sunday
10:00am on Church Website 
or Facebook Livestream
Dear Friend,

We are entering Holy Week in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak in our world, most of us at home rather than in our churches. How do we welcome Christ into our homes in this time? How do we prepare for the One who Reigns in our hearts? We remember that the kingdom of God is not of this world. We remember that God is present with us no matter where we are.
As the residents of Jerusalem long ago came out to welcome Jesus, the hope of a new king while they were being oppressed by the Roman Empire seemed far-fetched, with Pilate in town to make sure there were no revolts during the Passover. Yet they dared to hope. We dare to hope for the reign of God to be present in our lives now while we remain in isolation-or for those who are essential workers, while they risk their lives to make our lives continue on through necessary services.
We all, together in spirit though separated by physical space, dare to hope for the reign of God.
Liturgy of the Palms
READINGS:
A celebration of God’s goodness and faithful love, answering prayer, turning the rejected stone into the capstone, and inviting people into God’s presence.
Jesus instructs the disciples to bring him a donkey and its colt, then he mounts the colt and rides into Jerusalem, where a procession gathered to celebrate him, while others wondered who he was.
Liturgy of the Passion
READINGS :

A prophecy of the obedient servant, beaten and mocked, but vindicated by God.
Jesus’ humility and obedience in his incarnate, crucified life, and God’s exaltation of Christ.
 
 
At the Last Supper Jesus predicts Judas’ betrayal and Peter’s denial, and then at Gethsemane Judas comes with the soldiers to arrest Jesus and the disciples flee. As predicted, Peter denies knowing him, and Jesus is tried before the priests and then Pilate, abused by the soldiers and crucified as mockers taunt him. Finally he dies, and Joseph of Arimathea takes his body and buries him, but the priests request that the tomb be sealed and guards be placed in watch over it
Prayer
Hosanna! Save us, O God. Save us from temptation. Save us from our tempers, our short fuses and bad moods. Save us from despair. Save us from hopelessness. Hosanna! Save us, O God. Save us from giving up. Save us from not planning ahead. Save us from worry. Save us from fear. Hosanna! Save us, O God. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed are you, Lord Jesus, who came into our world as one of us, who died as one of us, and who lives again. May we seek Your reign on earth as it is in heaven. Hosanna in the Highest! Amen.
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.
Friends,
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.
Christian Formation Reset
Since we may not be doing anything in the church building for a while, we shouldn’t wait any longer to pick back up where we left off with Christian Formation.
Soooo, this Sunday, April 5, we will do the next session of the Drops Like Stars (Rob Bell) series. For those who don’t remember, or weren’t at one of the sessions, Nicole Putong and I are leading from book and video.  We’ll start at 9 and be done in time for everyone to take a quick break and be ready for the Palm Sunday Livestream at 10.
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 When you do, you’ll get a link for the video and instructions on how much to watch. (There is no need to read the book if you watch the video.)
On Sunday morning, you’ll get a link to join the Zoom Conference.
 After Easter, we’ll do the final session, and then move on to something else. If we have a lot of interest, we’ll offer a weeknight option with the same format.
If you have any questions, please let me know. My cell is 630-697-3587.
Peace.
Scott Hotaling, M.Div.
Director of Christian Formation

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