Enews: Sunday, March 7, 2021

Dear Friend,

This is a disturbing passage for some Christians. Seeing Jesus angry to the point of violence offers a somewhat awkward picture in relation to the Jesus so many people want to see. John is not afraid to depict the humanity of Jesus. John also seeks to portray Jesus sharing the message of the kingdom with a sense of urgency that demands a decision from those he encounters now! This scene hinges on the question of Jesus authority. A new day has come to human history initiated by God in Jesus.


God gives the Ten Commandments to the people of Israel, instructing them how they should live as God’s people.

God’s wisdom is far wiser than human wisdom, although it appears like foolishness and weakness to human beings. God’s wisdom and strength is Christ crucified which offends those who seek human strength and wisdom but saves those who are willing to believe and embrace it.

Jesus drives out the animal sellers and the money changers from the temple. Then when the religious leaders ask for a sign to prove he has the authority to do this, he tells them that if they destroy the temple, he will rebuild it in three days – to which they respond with incredulity. The disciples, however, after he is raised, realize that he was referring to his body.

Holy One, you are the same one who called us forth into being along with light and all creation. You are the same one who called a people to become Your people, giving them commandments, a way of living with one another and You. You are the same one who hears the cries of the oppressed and leads the people out of exile. You are the same Spirit that moves in and among us. You are the same love incarnate in Jesus Christ. You have been present from before time began, and You are present, with us, now. Help us to perceive You at work in the world around us and in our lives. Help us to know we are not alone. Grant us strength for the journey of life before us. In Your Holy presence and name we pray. Amen.

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 showering them with cards, that’s one way we show our love and care for one another. Nothing bright your spirit like a card of “thinking of you”.  Thank you!

ZOOM Coffee Social at 11:15am,
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Women’s History Month
Pastor Luis @ Candidates Conference – NIC Board of Ordained Ministry
Interviews for those seeking Full Membership & Ordination – Elders & Deacons
Sunday, March 7 th – 4:30pm to 8:00pm
Monday, March 8 th – 8:30am to 5::00pm
Tuesday, March 9 th – 8:30am to 5:00pm
Tuesday, March 9 th
Trustees @ 6:30pm
Wednesday, March 10 th
Confirmation Hour @ 4:15pm
Study- “Savior” 6:45pm
Thursday, March 11 th
Music Rehearsals & Video Recording
Sunday, March 14 th – Fourth 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 Virginia Rainey , Preaching
Fellowship Hour- 11:15am on ZOOM
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