Enews: Sunday, March 14, 2021

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Fourth Sunday in Lent
God’s intention for us is the same intention for all of creation in Genesis 1: for goodness. However, we have fallen from that intention, seeking the ways of the world. The ways of the world teach us to desire what others have, and to not be satisfied. The ways of the world teach us that sin is only individual and personal, instead of also being collective, as the Hebrew scriptures show us again and again. The ways of this world allow us to ignore the plight of others, those who labor in unsafe work conditions, those who are practically enslaved, as long as we live in comfort.

The ways of the world teach us to ignore how our actions affect others. Christ came and taught us to become last of all and servant of all, to seek the best for others. When we mutually care for each other’s needs, we find our own needs are met. This is what God intended us for: good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life (Ephesians 2:10)

 

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Numbers 21:4-9

The people of Israel complain about being in the desert because there is no food or water and they don’t like the food God has provided. Then a plague of snakes attacks them and they ask for forgiveness and salvation. God instructs Moses to make a bronze snake and put it on a pole so that anyone who is bitten by a snake can look at the bronze snake and be healed.

 

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Numbers 21:4-9

The people of Israel complain about being in the desert because there is no food or water and they don’t like the food God has provided. Then a plague of snakes attacks them and they ask for forgiveness and salvation. God instructs Moses to make a bronze snake and put it on a pole so that anyone who is bitten by a snake can look at the bronze snake and be healed.

 

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John 3:14-21

As the snake was lifted up on a pole in the desert, so Christ is to be lifted up so that all who seek to be saved may look to him. God sent him into the world to save, not condemn, but those who love darkness rather than light are already condemned, because they want to keep their actions hidden and not have them exposed.

Prayer

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, we lift our prayers to You, knowing that the world is not as it should be. There is violence. There is poverty, disease, and despair. But we turn to You and Your ways, knowing that when we remember who You created us to be, we find the true life and treasures of heaven. When we lift You up, we remember there is no other idol, no other god for us. There is no other way for us to live, for all other ways are false and lead to dead ends. Holy, Holy, Holy One—remind us of what is holy, and good, and true. In the name of Christ, who leads us into life, we pray.

Amen.

 

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Link to Facebook Live

Order of Worship for Sunday, March 14

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Help us staying connected through our prayer….

Please email Jennifer (jennifer@firstumclombard.org) with any of your Prayer Requests, including joys & concerns.

And once you see our list, please shower them with cards, that’s one way we show our love and care for one another. Nothing brightens your spirit like a card of “thinking of you”.

Thank you!

 

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Women’s History Month

Tuesday, March 16th

Confirmation Hour @ 3:30pm

Nominations & Leadership Development @ 6:30pm

Wednesday, March 17th

Study- “Savior” 6:45pm (meeting opens @630pm)

Video Recording for Holy Week

Thursday, March 18th

Music Rehearsals & Video Recording

Sunday, March 21st – Fifth Sunday in Lent

Christian Formation Hour on ZOOM at 8:30am — “Living the Questions”

Children’s Hour on ZOOM at 9:15am

Worship Online at 10:00am—

The Reverend Alka Lyal – Preaching

Lead Pastor -Broadway United Methodist Church, Chicago IL.

Fellowship Hour- 11:15am on ZOOM

 

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PILLOW TALK

Friends,

Even though things have been closed the need for pillows has not stopped.

On Saturday, March 27th we will once again meet to restock our supply. l have been sending out pillows all winter long all over the country as well as to Canada.

Remember, you don’t need to be a seamstress. We have a job for everyone!

We will still be observing covid restrictions. Masks must be worn and gloves or sanitizer used. We will start at 9:00am in fellowship hall to allow for proper distancing.

I sincerely hope to see many of you at our return to pillow making!

Questions? Call Carol 630 – 627- 6758

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