Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Online & Worship Celebration @ 10 in the morning
God knows our sufferings and our longings. However, our human desire is often for justification: justifying that we were right all along, that our way is the best way, that what is important to us must be important to everyone, and what is unimportant to us is a waste of time for everyone. God proves this wrong again and again—lifting up the poor, the widow and orphan. Raising the voice of the marginalized. Responding to the cries of the oppressed. Jesus proves the disciples wrong by going to the woman who touched him (which would have been scandalous in that time period), and caring about the basic needs of a young girl. We must shift our priorities to God’s priorities.
Jesus is asked by a synagogue leader, Jairus, to go with him to heal his daughter. On his way, a woman who has been bleeding for twelve years touches him and is healed. After insisting that she make herself known, and speaking words of grace to her, he goes on to Jairus’ house, where his daughter has now died. Then Jesus raises her from the dead to the amazement of all
God of Love and Grief, when we grieve it is because we have loved so much. You grieved the oppression of Your people long ago and grieved when they made terrible choices in the wilderness. You grieved Saul, whom You chose as a king for the people but went astray from Your ways. You grieved David, Your beloved, when he went astray. You grieved for the people when they went into exile, and You grieved Your only Son, killed by the empire of violence to maintain a peace for the people. However, we know Your love is stronger than grief, and Your love will see us through our own losses. Remind us that grief comes before joy. That grief is necessary, and it is a sign of strength, not weakness. Help us to remember that grief is a sign of our great love, and the great love others have had for us.
For we know that You grieve with us, and You bring comfort to us in the care and love of our family, friends, and neighbors. Remind us not to short-circuit grief, but to allow it to turn, in its own time, from mourning to dancing, from loss into joy, and may we know You are with us in this journey. Amen.
Thursday, July 2nd
Ministries of Music Rehearsal & Video Recording
Sunday, July 4th
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Fellowship Time after Worship
(Building will be closed on Monday, July 5th, in Observance of Independence Day)
Sunday, July 11 –
RE-Opening Celebration after Worship
Friday, August 13 – Outdoor Movie Night
Sunday, September 12- Ministries Extravaganza Celebration—
Fall Kick Off Sunday!
Sunday, September 16- Lilac Parade
Please join us for our Return to In Person Worship Celebration on Sunday, July 11 after worship.
Come for a time of fellowship and getting re-acquainted with one another. There will be music, activities for children and more…
A light lunch will be provided, so please RSVP with name and number planning on attending by Thursday, July 8 at: Jennifer@firstumclombard.org or call the church office. Please note that a free-will offering will be received to help with the cost of food.