Online & Worship Celebration @ 10 in the morning
Service of Holy Communion
For Online, please have your communion elements ready
Throughout the history of God’s people, the faithful have at times faced scorn and ridicule. They have struggled to maintain faith while hope slips away. Even Jesus, coming to his hometown, was unable to help his own neighbors because they could not believe God would use one of their own people. Ezekiel was warned by God that the people wouldn’t listen to him, but to go and speak on God’s behalf anyway. Paul struggled and suffered and at times was afraid of what others would think, and yet he still preached, still wrote, still worked to share the Gospel at all times and in all ways. But there is hope. Jeremiah spoke words of comfort and hope in the midst of the siege of Jerusalem. Jesus had to change course and send out his unknown disciples into unknown places to share the good news, because in the known places, they didn’t want to listen to him. In this pre-post-Covid time, we might have to shift how we are doing ministry, how we are worshiping, how we live out the good news of God’s love, because the world has changed. But the message remains faithful: God’s steadfast love endures forever. Sin is forgiven, and remembered no more.
Mark 6:1-13: Jesus preaches in his home town but the people reject him because they know him, and cannot honour him. Then Jesus sends the twelve out in pairs, with no resources, to preach, and they go, proclaim Jesus’ message, heal, and cast out demons.
Ruler of all nations, remind us that the lines on a map are of our own making and not Yours. Remind us that the borders You made are ocean shores and riverbeds, living and moving, reminders of the boundaries of fragile ecosystems. You are the Maker of the earth, and have called us to be caretakers of the whole planet, not just our own country, county, neighborhood or dwelling. You have made us to care for one another and all of creation. Call us to remember that we have only one planet, and that we are one people in You. Bind us together, O God, to be Your body, and to care for the planet You so lovingly made for us. In the name of Jesus, who laid down his life for us; may we lay down our lives for one another, and care for this earth together. Amen
Monday, July 5th
(Building Closed in Observance of Independence Day)
Thursday, July 8th
Ministries of Music Rehearsal & Video Recording
Sunday, July 11th
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
RE -Opening Celebration after Worship in our Patio
Sunday, July 11 – RE-Opening Celebration after Worship
July 16 & 17 – NIC– Annual Conference Session on ZOOM
Saturday, July 17 @ 1pm – Memorial Service for Linda Shaver-Gleason
Friday, August 13 – Outdoor Movie Night
Sunday, September 12- Ministries Extravaganza Celebration— Fall Kick Off Sunday!
Sunday, September 16- Lilac Parade
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.
Covid Vaccination Site– July 7— 1 to 4pm
Registration information available on this flyer, or visit our home page for link to registration under “Stuff You Should Know”.