Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Online & Worship Celebration at 10 in the morning
Living into God’s ways sometimes makes us look foolish to the ways of the world. David had no misgivings about dancing before God, even if it appeared scandalous. He was full of passionate zeal for what God had done for him and his people. The prophet Amos was a nobody compared to the priests of the land, but he was not afraid to speak God’s words to the king’s priest and tell them that they let the people down and they would be taken into exile, even if his own life was threatened. John the Baptizer spoke boldly to the point of being thrown into prison and became a victim of the actions of those in power, but still proclaimed a baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins. The early church, as revealed in the letter to the Ephesians, shows us that God’s intention for all times was that we would know ourselves as God’s children through Christ Jesus. In a time when the early believers faced marginalization among their own cultural communities and under the Roman Empire, it might be seen as foolish to live into a faith that included everyone, regardless of cultural and ethnic background, but based on belief. Jesus calls us to live into a way that seems foolish to the world—giving up our possessions, becoming last of all and servant of all, including those who are on the margins—but this is the beloved community, the reign of God on earth, in whom we have an abundance and inheritance.
David brings the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem in two attempts, the second after hearing how Obed-Edom, in whose house the Ark had been left, was being blessed. Then, as the Ark enters Jerusalem, David dances with all his might, but his wife, Michal sees him and despises him for it.
God has blessed God’s people in Christ, choosing us to be holy and to be adopted as God’s children, and bringing us forgiveness through Christ, in whom we have also received an inheritance. God has given us the Holy Spirit as a down payment on this inheritance.
When Herod hears about Jesus, he thinks John the Baptist, whom he had beheaded at the request of his daughter (under influence of her mother), has come back to life. After John’s disciples hear of John’s death, they take his body and lay it in a tomb.
Holy One, help us to live into Your ways of holiness. Help us to cultivate a practice of holiness in our life, setting aside time for You. Guide us into ways of living that are sustainable, that care for the earth and all of creation, and do not waste resources for others. Lead us into Your ways of deep compassion for ourselves and for one another. Help us to find the holy in our everyday lives—in the dandelion that grows between the cracks of cement, in the simple acts of kindness that someone has shown us, in the pauses between the busy. Remind us to breathe, for this simple act is the first act of human life, when You breathed Your spirit, Your breath, into the first human being. May we cultivate holiness in our daily life, and be holy for You. Amen.
Thursday, July 15th
Ministries of Music Rehearsal & Video Recording
Saturday, July 17th
Linda Shaver Gleason Memorial Service @ 1PM
Sunday, July 18th
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Fellowship Time after Worship
July 16 & 17
NIC– Annual Conference 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 19- 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 Today, Thursday, July 8 3pm at: Jennifer@firstumclombard.org or call the church office.
Thank-you to the Shavers & the Russells for sponsoring the lunch.