Enews: Sunday, May 2, 2021

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Online & In-Person Worship Celebration @ 10am (CST)

 

Love calls us away from drawing borders and building walls, to erasing lines and building bridges. Loving one another calls us to see the burdens we have placed on others that excludes them: the burdens of racism, sexism, ableism, the burdens of homophobia and transphobia. Perfect love casts out fear, and the love we know of God calls us to grow beyond what we have known ourselves. When we grow, we bear fruit. When we include others, we extend the love of God beyond what we have experienced. For God is love, and we cannot love God unless we grow and expand our love for one another.

 

 

 

READINGS:

Psalm 22:25-31

 

 

A psalm of praise and commitment in which God is celebrated for God’s provision and authority, and all people are challenged to worship God, to fulfil promises to God, and to proclaim God’s righteousness to unborn generations.

 


 

1 John 4:7-21

 

An exhortation to love one another, because God is love. If we cannot love our brothers and sisters whom we have seen, we cannot love God whom we do not see, but, as God has loved us, inspiring love for God in our hearts, so too, we should love one another. Such love drives out fear.

 

 


John 15:1-8

Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. God desires us to bear fruit, and to do so we must remain in Christ.


Order of Worship for Sunday, May 2

Link to Facebook Live

Please remember It is Communion Sunday!

Make sure you have your communion elements ready to participate on the communion service.  


Prayer
Author of Life, You have written love into the beginning of our stories. You have written love into the blood that flows in our veins, into our very DNA, for we are made in Your image and You are love. We have strayed from the story You intended for us, so help us find our way back. Open our hearts to love more deeply. Open our minds to seek Your wisdom and to grow beyond what we know. Open our lives to recognize that Your Beloved Community is beyond the people of our family unit, beyond our friends and neighbors and churches, but the whole world. Help us to live into ways that sustain and nourish this planet and all Your children, and remind us that You are the Author of our lives, in whom we find our beginning and ending. Amen.


 

Call for new pictures! Alex is hoping to include some updated spring pictures as part of the opening slideshow of the virtual service. If you have any photos of your and family that you would like included, please send them to Alex at his email: alex@firstumclombard.org. BONUS POINTS if your pictures are related to the activities of the church! Thanks!

Monday, May 3rd

Staff Meeting @ 6:30pm on ZOOM

Tuesday, May 4th   

Registration for Sunday, May 9th – In-person Worship Opens.

Thursday, May 6th    

 Ministries of Music Rehearsal & Video Recording       

Friday, May 7th    

In-Person Registration Closes at NOON

Sunday, May 9th – Sixth Sunday of Easter 

Christian Formation Hour on ZOOM – 8:30am

Children’s Hour on ZOOM at 9:15am

Fellowship “Coffee” Hour- 11:15am on ZOOM


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”.

 


Registration closes at noon tomorrow

Please remember …

Wear Masks

Maintain 6 feet of distance

No conversations on the hallway

Stay home if you are sick or have been in contact with anyone who has Covid

Encourage people to get vaccinated…

 

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