As we prepare for the season of Pentecost approaching, the season of the work of the Holy Spirit, perhaps God is calling us to be open to new movements of the Spirit in this covid-19 season. For years, voices from the margins have foretold that the church had to change. Now, everyone recognizes that the church has had to adapt.
However, as we recognize the need for prolonged social distancing, studies on the effects of singing and spreading aerosols, we are faced with the reality that the church needs to shift completely. This is not a temporary adaptation, but perhaps a longer-term change in how we gather, and who God needs us to be. But we are not left orphaned.
The Advocate, the Comforter, the Helper, is at work and moving among us. Faith, Hope, and Love, abide, these three-and the greatest of these is love.
Paul preaches to the people of Athens, remarking on their many shrines, and using the shrine to the unknown god as a springboard, tells them about the God who is near to every person, and who has revealed God’s self to humanity in Jesus.
Jesus invites his disciples to show their love for him by obeying him, and he promises that the Holy Spirit will come to them and be in them, leading them into all truth.
God of Steadfast Love, fear is moving fast in our world. The fear of power and control, the fear of disease, the fear of losing jobs and healthcare and education. Most of all, the fear of losing all that we had, the way of life we once took for granted, has shaken us to our core. Fear has wrapped its tendrils around us, but Your love helps us to shake free.
Your steadfast love helps us to move forward boldly in faith, knowing that You overcame the worst of our fears at the cross. Nothing can ever be the same, but with You, we know that we can embrace the new life ahead. May Your steadfast love be made known to us, now and always, but especially during our times of trial. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Please note for this Sunday we are trying something new, we are “premiering a pre-recorded service on Sunday at 10am. “Sunday’s service will include participation from Deacon Ginny, Scott Hotaling, Members of Fusion & Pastor Luis… Continue using the same link if you’re watching.
For those using phone
For this week we are trying something new, as for reason beyond our control Facebook Phone Streaming is not available.
Topic: First UMC Lombard Worship
Time: May 17, 2020 01:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 881 3357 2212
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1-312-626-6799 (# US Chicago)
The Zoom meeting will be scheduled on Saturday, May 16th at 11:00 a.m.
You will need to down load ‘Zoom cloud meetings’ from the App Store and Rev. Luis will then invite you to a scheduled Zoom meeting with a Meeting ID and Password.
Hosted by Sandy Wright and Deacon Ginny
As we have moved 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.