8:00am in the Chapel & 10:00am in the Sanctuary
Thursday, April 18 @ 7:00pm, combined with First Church, in their chapel across the street. Please consider making this part of your Holy Week observance.
Good Friday The Sanctuary will be open from 3-8pm for Candle lighting and time of reflection
Holy Saturday-Be in an attitude of Prayer as we await the wonder of Easter Sunday
Easter Sunday Sunday, April 21
Service at 6:15am (Outdoor Weather Permitting on East side of Maple Street Lot)
Easter Breakfast 8:15-9:45am—Special Fundraiser for Redefine!
There will be NO Sunday School classes on Easter Sunday.
Worship in our Sanctuary @ 10:00am
Easter Egg Hunt for the children following the 10:00 Worship Service!
Welcome to Lent
In this season of formation and preparation, we again approach the 40 days of Lent from a variety of different perspectives and points along the Christian journey. During this
season, new and longtime Christians alike hear the call to return to God with all their hearts, thus entering a season which it is characterized by much prayer, fasting and… Using the words of Wesleyan theology, we believe all this work is initiated by God, who invites us to come before God with all our hearts.
As we move forward, we will be experiencing the wilderness, will repent, will come together, will make a new thing, will prepare and yes hopefully we will believe.
Movies for the Lenten Season
The Way – Friday, March 8 @ 7pm
The Way is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends, and the challenges we face while navigating this ever changing and complicated world. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an irascible American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking The Camino de
Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son’s desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn’t plan on, is the profound impact the journey will have on him…
Hacksaw Ridge – Friday, March 15 @7pm
HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.
R (for intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence including grisly bloody images)
Selma-Friday, March 29th @ 7pm
The unforgettable true story chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent
opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.
Director Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history…
Lion- Friday, April 12th @ 7pm
Northern India, 1986. Guddu and his younger brother Saroo help out their impoverished family by
scavenging anything they can. One-night Guddu and Saroo are separated at a train station. Saroo tries to find Guddu but ends up on a train that takes him to Calcutta, 1,600 kms away. In Calcutta he is taken in by an organization that finds adoptive parents for orphans and lost kids. Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple, the Brierleys, and moves to Hobart, Tasmania. 20 years later he decides to find his mother and brother.
Theme/topics for Lenten Season & Holy Week
Wilderness…. 1st Sunday in Lent
Deuteronomy 26: 1-11/ Luke 4: 1-13
2nd Sunday in Lent (UMW Sunday) Rev. Britany Isaac, Chicago Northwestern District Superintendent
Repenting… – Third Sunday in Lent
Isaiah 55: 1-9/ 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Coming Together… 4th Sunday in Lent
Joshua 5: 9-12/ 2 Corinthians 5: 16-21 and maybe some of the Prodigal Child
Making a New Thing… 5th Sunday in Lent
Isaiah 43:16-21/ Philippians 3:4b-14
Preparing ……. Palm/Passion Sunday…
Isaiah 50:4-9a/ Philippians 2:5-11
Sharing the Table of Grace… Holy Thursday with Tenebrae Service
Exodus 12:1-4,11-14; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Believing … Easter Sunday
1 Corinthians 15:19-26 / John 20:1-18
Words from our Deacon Ginny:
“The church season of Lent begins on March 6th with Ash Wednesday. Lent is a time for us to reflect deeply upon our relationship with God, Jesus’ path to the cross, and looking forward to his resurrection.
The Shepherding Committee will be sponsoring another church gathering on March 31st, following the 10 a.m. church service. The topics will cover the church seasons of Lent, Easter, Pentecost, and Ordinary Time.
Come hear the presentations on each of the church seasons mentioned above and explore a hands on “Stations of the Cross” which will allow you to reflect on Jesus’ final days on earth and their impact upon your life.
All are welcome, including children. A light lunch will be provided.
More information and a registration form will be provided in the church bulletins in March.
Peace, Deacon Ginny
Services times during the school year
Traditional Worship in the Chapel – Sundays at 8:00am in the Chapel
A traditional service with communion. This service is held in our chapel which is just past the sanctuary. The chapel is a smaller and more intimate worship space.
Worship in the Sanctuary – Sundays at 10:00am in the Sanctuary
Song, prayer and praise! In this Contemporary/Blended service, you will enjoy music from our Chancel Choir, Bell Choir, The Band FUSION, and Pastor Luis’ electrifying sermons, as well as experience the friendship and fellowship of our congregation.
SUNDAY SCHOOL / SMALL GROUPS
Adult Christian Education
Group Conversation with Pastor Luis – 8:45 to 9:50
Children’s Sunday School meets during the 10am worship service.
Following the children’s sermon, all children are invited to meet at the back of the Sanctuary for Sunday School down the hall in the Chapel.
Our Ecumenical Lenten Study is base on the movie “The Way” see the outline below… Meeting on Wednesdays from March 13 to April 10 from 10:30am to 11:45am in our Chapel… hope you can join us.
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. –
Isaiah 43: 19
“The Way: You Don’t Choose a Life, You Live a Life” – Lent is a time of reflection and there’s nothing like a pilgrimage to conjure that up. Inspired by passages in the scriptures that talk about the journeys, roads and pathways of life, we will make our “way” together through this poignant season. The movie “The Way” accompanies us as our modern-day inspiration to live the life we’ve been given to the fullest.
The Wandering Way-3/13/19
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. – Luke 4:1-2
After Jesus’ baptism, he went on a pilgrimage into the wilderness. A common practice among
spiritual leaders of his day, this was a time to dig deep into the humanity of his soul. Along the way he encounters what we all encounter along the paths of life–temptations to stray from the path that God has intended for us. But “all who wander are not lost”–for it is in the wandering that we find our true selves.
The Way Around-3/20/19
At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! – Luke 13:31-34
We are not always understood. Jesus found this out, just like so many others whose closest family, friends and neighbors have created an idea of who we are and cannot imagine the possibilities God has called us to. Sometimes we must go ahead and do what we dream, claiming who we know we are, taking the way around what others think we ought to do and be.
The High Way-3/27/19
Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price… For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. – Isaiah 55:1-9
We are taught that everything costs. But our ways are not God’s ways. There are higher ways. We are all invited, without price, to the table of God’s grace. This is the high way that we are invited to embody to others. Hospitality is the way… even we do not agree on everything, we are still one family at one table.
The Way Home-4/3/19
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So, if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! – 2 Cor 5: 16-17
…Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to
celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.'” – Luke 15: 11b-32
No matter what we call “home” in this physical world, we yearn for a spiritual home within that offers serenity, acceptance, belonging. The extravagant acceptance of the father for the son in Jesus’ parable of the wandering son is difficult for us to believe sometimes… that no matter what we have done, who we are, how far we are from what we want to become, we are welcomed home by the Loving Parent.
The Free Way-4/10/19
Thus, says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43: 16-19
Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. – Phil 3: 13-14
New paths are possible through freedom in Christ. And these ways made plain before us if we have eyes to see. Yes, we will strain against adversity–such is life. But new is always possible. New horizons are ours through relationship with God and with each other. We will offer symbols of our efforts this day in the form of rocks (which can be both stumbling blocks and stepping stones along
Please be sure you don’t miss the 45-page Lenten Devotional included within this issue of the Messenger!
Join the flock this upcoming Lent and spend some time in a weekly devotional all about sheep and shepherds written by Bishop Sally Dyck and Rev. Dr. Myron McCoy, along with editor Jane Rubietta.
The six-week devotional titled A “‘ Sheepish” Lenten Guide to Sheep, and Staying on the Path to spark conversations about ministry and leadership – laity and clergy – in our local churches.
Various tools are available at the end of each week’s reading individual and/or group discussion, prayer, and reflection.
From our Director of Music Ministries….
The Lenten season is just around the corner. The music department has a lot of things to
prepare for. Thank Offering Sunday is March 17th. The women of our congregation will come together for an all women’s choir! There will be two rehearsals, one on March 5th and the other on March 12th, both starting at 6:45 PM. If you are interested please let me know, or just show up the day of the rehearsal. No music reading experience is required!
As in years past, the choir will combine with Faith UMC on Ash Wednesday (3/6) and then combine with First Church for Maundy Thursday (4/18). This is a tradition I always look forward to! And finally, the bells, choir and fusion will work together to worship in song on Easter Sunday!
As always, if anyone would like join an ensemble feel free to contact me in person or via email at Brianna@FirstUMCLombard.org. No prior experience is necessary! We are especially looking for people to fill in for the Aldersgate Ringers this Winter and are in need of more women in the Chancel Choir.