God has called us to a way of life that we do not always understand. The ways of this world do not match up to the way of God. Sometimes we hear the call from the world and mistake it for the call of God, as perhaps Abraham did.
We fall into the ways of sin in this world, of selfish desire, of listening for a word that pleases others as Hananiah did, instead of listening to God as Jeremiah did. Christ calls us into a different way of life: listening as hospitality. Welcome God into your space by welcoming others.
Welcoming the most vulnerable among us is how we welcome God.
Jeremiah challenges Hananiah (who has claimed to be a prophet and has prophesied the end of the Babylonian captivity), saying that he will only be known to be a true prophet if his predictions come to pass.
Paul encourages the Roman Christians to turn from sinful living and to obey God in order to find life and righteousness, and he reminds them that, while sin leads to death, God’s gift in Christ is life.
Jesus teaches that those who receive prophets and righteous people will be rewarded, as will those who care for the followers of Christ.
Prayer of Brokenness Holy One, we are tempted by the life this world has to offer-a chance at worldly comforts of wealth and possessions, worldly status of fame. We are tempted by those idols that promise us freedom from need and fear.
We are taught that hard work comes with sacrifice, but we sacrifice the wrong things: the environment, our health, sometimes even friendships and family. Forgive us when we make sacrifices to idols. Forgive us when we do not worship You. Forgive us when we do not remember to deny ourselves, take up Your cross, and follow You.
Call us into Your ways, and away from the temptation of this world. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.
Our Health Team has been quite busy at work and it is ready to bring the re-opening plan, and protocols to the Council. The team functions on a consensus pattern. So, all recommendations that are to be presented at the Council are with the full support of each member of the team.
Let, me share that the team has reviewed, CDC, IL Dept. of Health, DuPage Dept. of Health, Northern Illinois Conference, American Choral Directors Association and Handbell Industry Council guidelines. The team has reviewed other congregations plans as well as presentations for the congregation. Their work has been based on public health official’s guidance and medical experts. With one of our simple rules “do no harm” in mind our health team members recommitted to the mission, program, and ministry of our congregation.
I hope you are grateful and proud of their work because I am.
Please thank them for their work. By the way, they are not done yet.
New Ministry Opportunity.
We are seeking volunteers who can assist in video recording and editing for our online worship.
You need to feel comfortable with a camera and “some” basic knowledge of video editing software. Training will be provided. Please contact Pastor Luis for more information.
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.