We are all God’s beloved children. Traditions, teachings, the ordinances and laws of old-have all been passed down and entrusted to us to carry on. Though we may only see a glimpse of the reign of God in our lifetime, we pass on the hope to future generations, that they might live to see its fruition. We remain faithful to God, knowing that God has, and will be, faithful to all of us, for generations to come.
God comforts the returning exiles as they grieve the loss of former glory, and face the reality of a new, simpler, less prosperous and glamorous life. God’s presence is assured, and a promise of future glory is offered as comfort and inspiration.
Jesus is confronted by the Sadducees about life after death, using the story of a woman who, through Levirate marriage, is married to seven brothers consecutively. He responds with an affirmation of resurrection, proclaiming that God is the God of he living, not of the dead.
Loving God, we confess that we do not always see each other as Your children, as our siblings. We confess that we hold to the ways of this world, and seek worldly comforts in wealth and possessions. We confess that it is hard for us to let go, and to envision Your reign and the age of resurrection. Forgive us for our short-sightedness.
Call us into Your ways, to understand one another as Your people, Your children, our siblings that You have called us to love as ourselves. Break us free from worldly measures of success and worldly fears of scarcity and liberate us to know the fullness of the love You have for us by loving one another. In the name of Christ, our brother who came to us, died as one of us, and lives now and forever, we pray. Amen.
Ushers: Gerry Chvatal, LouAnn Chvatal, Jack King,
Ron Lohman, Jeff Kaiser
Coffee And…: Mark and Karen Thorpe
Our Men’s Club Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, November 9th at 8:30AM in the lower level conference room.
Our speaker will be Whitney Cimaglia with Republic Bank. She will be speaking on banking regulations. She spoke last year, but we had a small turnout. Please put this on your calendar.
Reminder…Please turn in your pledge form for 2020, if you haven’t already done so.
Thursday November 7
6:30pm Aldersgate Ringers
7:15pm Chancel Choir
Saturday, November 9
8:30am Men’s Club
Sunday November 10
following the 10:00 Worship Service-Special meeting of the Staff/Pastor Parish Committee
Tuesday, November 12
Noon Naomi Circle at Lexington
Wednesday, November 13
6:45pm Social Justice coffee break at the Corner House in Lombard