Enews: Sunday, November 22, 2020

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From: First United Methodist Church <jennifer@firstumclombard.org>
Date: Thu, Nov 19, 2020, 11:19 AM
Subject: ENews 11.22
To: <mediarelations@firstumclombard.org>

 

Dear Friend,

 
Reign of Christ Sunday/Thanksgiving Sunday
God’s love endures forever.
On this Reign of Christ Sunday, we remember God’s intention for us was to love one another as God loved us. We were made in the image of God, to care for the world that God had made, and to love one another. We have fallen short, we have sought our own interests and gain. However, God has never given up on us, and God continues to lead us on. Through Christ, we know that the kin-dom is at hand, and we still can turn back to God and live into God’s intentions for us.
In thanksgiving, may we remember that we were intended for good works. We were intended to love and to be loved. We were intended for more than what we often see.
We were intended to live into Christ’s reign on earth, as it is in heaven, for we have the power and ability to end suffering for others now, when we love and care for one another’s needs.

READINGS:

God promises to rescue God’s sheep, like a good shepherd, and to bring them to a fertile land, and then to judge between the sheep, protecting the weak from the bullies.

Paul gives thanks for the Ephesian Christians and prays that they may know God, God’s call which is their hope, and God’s power which raised Christ from the dead and made him head over all things, and which works in them.

Thanksgiving
Jesus encountered a group of ten lepers at the edge of a village. They kept their distance from him, but called out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” Jesus told them to go, show themselves to the priests, and they would be made clean. But one of them, when he realized that was healed, came back, fell at Jesus’ feet, and thanked him. That man was a Samaritan.

 
Prayer
King of Kings, Sovereign Above All, though we have moved on in this world from such archaic language, we remember our ancestors who struggled to survive among wars and exiles, and saw You as the king who would never fail them, the one who ruled above all. Though we call You by many names, may we remember how our ancestors turned to You when all else was failing, and may we turn to You in the same way.
For You are our source of light and love, and in whom we live and move and have our being. There is no other God. There is no other way for us than Your way, which is love. Through Your love, may we learn how to love one another. Through Your forgiveness, may we learn how to forgive. Through Your ways of peace, may we seek justice, practice loving-kindness, and move forward, in humility with You. We pray everything in Your name. Amen.

Monday 11.23
“A House Divided” Discussion on ZOOM @ 7:30pm with Pastor Bonnie
Tuesday 11.24
Recording for Services – 7:00PM
Wednesday 11.25
Office Closed
Coffee Chat with the Ministry Team @ 6:30pm on Facebook live- Pastor Bonnie
Thursday 11.26
Thanksgiving Day- Office Closed
Friday, 11.27     Office Closed
Sunday 11.29- First Sunday in Advent
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

It is very important that you use this link, included in the flyer below, for the Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration.  It is the only way to Attend.


 Advent Series
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!

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