19th Sunday after Pentecost
World Communion Sunday
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
In Person & Virtual Worship @ 10:00am
How do we know God? What image of God do we hold, and what image do we perceive reflected in ourselves? Is God testing us to see if we are faithful or is it that is God with us in our suffering, and we need to remember that God is always faithful to us. God made us a little lower than God out of love, but sometimes we have exploited that image, and not cared for creation; instead, misusing its resources. Christ came as one of us, called us brothers and sisters, siblings of God, but we have distorted relationships and hurt one another. God’s intention for us is wholeness, but we have sought division. We have excluded the most vulnerable, the ones on whom God’s foundation rests, refusing to see the image of God in all people. However, God calls us, through the songs of the psalms, the stories of Jesus, the teachings of the prophets, to remember that we are made in God’s image, all of us, and to love one another as God has loved us.
On this World Communion Sunday, we know that while we have a variety of ways we have responded to what has been passed on to us (1 Corinthians 11:23-26), we are still one in Christ. We are all made in the image of God, and together, we are one as we celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection until he comes again.
When the disciples scold those who bring children to Jesus to be blessed, Jesus stops them and tells them that God’s kingdom belongs to those who are like children, and that if we don’t welcome children, we cannot be part of God’s Reign.
God of Harvest, we thank You for these gifts of bread and drink, symbolizing Your body and blood. On this day, we remember that around the world we are bonded together as Your children, and in all traditions and cultures, we have our ways of bonding over food and drink. We gather at Your table with these gifts from the earth, from Your bounty, and remember You, how You gave Your life for us. We thank You, Gracious Christ, for giving of Yourself, and creating a way for us to remember You, Your life, death, and resurrection, in the simplest of ways: sharing a meal with one another. Bless this bread to nourish our bodies, bless these cups to nourish our souls, bless this meal to nourish our relationships with one another as Your children. Amen.
Just a friendly reminder that we are under MASK mandate for all indoor facilities. So please, while in our building wear your mask.
Tuesday, October 5th,
Staff/Pastor-Parish Relations Committee Meeting
on ZOOM @6:30pm
Date Change: Wednesday Night Christian Education begins next week October 13
Thursday, October 7th
Ministries of Music Rehearsal & Video Recording
Sunday, October 10th
20th Sunday after Pentecost
Christian Formation Hour @ 8:45am
Service Of Baptism – Luis F. Reyes, Lead Pastor
SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR KIDS RESUMED IN THE EDUCATION WING
6:15pm—Staff/Pastor-Parish Relations Committee
The Reverend Danita Anderson (former Aurora District Superintendent) and currently Lead Pastor Woodridge United Methodist Church will be our Presiding Elder.
Silent Auction is held Sunday October 3, 10 & 17. Live Auction will be October 18.
Dinner signups are underway and almost filled, so sign up TODAY!!
NEEDED: SPONSORS, DONORS AND BUYERS!