God doesn’t give up. Even when we make promises and vows to God and fail to live up to them, God sends others to call us back to God’s ways. When we think we are not good enough, God calls us by name. When we set our own stumbling blocks in front of us, that we are not pure, that we are sinners-God declares us clean and calls us anyway. Judgment is for everyone, regardless of who we are.
But do we turn back to God in the face of judgment, or do we give up? Do we repent and turn from our ways, or do we look to our possessions and wealth for security? Are we willing to risk everything in the face of injustice in this world to live into God’s ways, even if it means suffering and punishment in this world?
What does it mean for us to be awake, to be ready, to live as children of God in a way that is visible to all?
At a time when the Israelites are oppressed by the Canaanite King and his army led by Sisera, Deborah, the prophetess, instructs Barak to assemble an army, and she promises to help him to overpower Sisera.
A reminder that Christ’s coming will be like a thief in the night, and an encouragement for God’s people to stay alert and live sober lives protected by love, salvation and faithfulness, in union with Christ.
Jesus tells a story about a wealthy man who entrusts some of his wealth to his servants. Two of them increase the money, while one simply buries the money & gives it back when the master returns. The master is angry and rejects the third servant, giving his small amount of money to the servant who made the most.
Gracious and generous God, you are always with us, offering guidance, healing, and hope. We know that with things seem dark or are dazzlingly bright; when troubled times assail or peace reigns; there you are with us.
Continue to guide and challenge our lives. Lead us in pathways of service and away from trails of fear and anxiety. Open our hearts to receive your healing transforming love that we might serve you more faithfully; for we ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.
“A House Divided” Discussion on ZOOM @ 7:30pm with Pastor Bonnie
Coffee Chat with the Ministry Team @ 6:30pm on Facebook live
Christmas Worship Planning Meeting @ 7pm
Music Rehearsals @ 6:00pm & Video Recording
Christian Formation Hour on ZOOM at 8:45am -” The Color of Compromise”
Children’s Hour on ZOOM at 9:15am
Worship Online at 10:00am
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service @ 4:00pm on Facebook live (see flyer)
Please be aware that last week we experienced problems with our US Mail delivery. There was one day in particular where it was found in a bundle at the back door, nowhere near our mailbox. Please be on lookout if you have mailed something that we have not received, especially a check!
Join us on, as we journey together with First UCC this Advent Season on
Wednesday’s @ 7:00pm on ZOOM … more details are coming soon.
Lombard Villa Park Food Pantry
Toy Shop Volunteers & Toys Needed
The Food Pantry will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for ages
newborn to 2 and 8-12 unisex from now until December 10th when toys will be sorted.
If you would like to donate, you may drop off the toy(s) in the church office. Tuesday or Thursday 8:30 to 12:30, please call ahead! We are still following strictly the Covid19 protocols!! If these times do not work for you, call and we will arrange another time for you.
Thank you for your generosity!
Link to facebooklive
Please note that on Thursdays along with musical rehearsals, ALL MUSICAL pieces and parts of the Sunday’s Worship service will be recorded. 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
Please email Jennifer with any of your Prayer Requests. Thank you!