ENEWS: Sunday, June 13, 2021

Third Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Online & Worship

Celebration @ 10 in the morning.

Watch for a Special ENews coming soon related to our Re-Opening!

God is at work in all living things. God is at work in nature surrounding us, bringing forth new life. God is at work deliberately in the things we cannot see, and we live by faith that the seasons change and life grows and dies and grows again each spring. What seems useless to us is often useful by God, and God cares for creation as much as God cares for us. God cares for our well-being, but often we do not want to change from the worldly ways we created, the systems and structures that prop up powers that control and oppress others. We do not want to hear God telling us to change our ways. God speaks to us through the prophets of old, through the scriptures, but also through the stories nature tells. Currently, we hear the story of climate change, but many of our leaders refuse to listen. We hear the story of destructive practices, but those in power only listen to the story of profit. What is God speaking to us now, and in what ways? Are we listening? Are we becoming the new creation God intends us to be in Christ?

 

 


Readings

 

Ezekiel 17:22-24

God speaks through the prophet using an image of a small branch that is planted on a high mountain, becoming a large tree. The message is that God makes small trees large and brings down large trees, and God makes green trees wither and dead trees live.

 

 

 

Mark 4:26-34

 

 

Jesus shares two parables of God’s Reign using the metaphor of seeds. In the first, he speaks about a farmer who plants seeds without knowing how they grow. In the second, he describes how the small mustard seed grows to become a large plant in which birds can nest.

 


Prayer

Great Creator, Source of Light, all things come from You, and all things return to You. All the trees grow in Your light, nourished by the star You burned to warm the earth, the home You made for us now. Like the cedars of Lebanon, may we outlast the dangers and destruction before us. May we tenderly care for the earth so all of creation may outlast the climate change we have wrought. May we return to restorative practices and bring healing to Your planet. And may we remember we belong to You, and have our purpose in You, set here to care for this earth, for all of creation, and You have made us co-creators in Your image. Restore in us Your intention as earth’s caretakers. Amen


Order of Worship for Sunday, June 13

Link to Facebook Live


Graduation Recognition Sunday, June 20th, Father’s Day. 

Please contact the church office with information about anyone graduating this Spring.

Please include a name, picture, and graduation information.

jennifer@firstumclombard.org  or 630-627-2508 by June 15.

 

 

 


Thursday, June 16th  

Ministries of Music Rehearsal & Video Recording       

Sunday, June 20th

 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Children’s Hour on ZOOM at 9:15am


 

 

 

Looking ahead…

Sunday, June 20 – Recognition of Graduates

Sunday, July 12 – RE-Opening Celebration after Worship

Saturday, August 13 – Outdoor Movie Night

Sunday, September 12 –   Ministries Extravaganza Celebration—  Fall Kick Off  Sunday!

Sunday, September 16 – Lilac Parade

More information will come soon before each event!!!

 

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