20thSunday after Pentecost
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
In Person & Virtual Worship @ 10:00am
Service of Baptism at the In Person Worship
The life of faith often includes times of pain. In those moments, we are free to approach God honestly. We can be our true selves in God’s presence and can freely express our pain, our struggles, and even our sense that God does not respond. “Where are you, my God?” the psalmist asks. Jesus understands what it is to struggle. Jesus quoted Psalm 22:1, “My God, why have you forsaken me?” from the cross (NRSV). The question of suffering may absorb the minds of theologians and philosophers, but it is not an issue to be debated. Nor is it a problem to be solved. Rather, suffering is a reality to be entered into with compassion and mercy in the name of Christ. When we encounter those who suffer, the Gospel calls us to give our lives and resources to serve and heal. And when we are faced with suffering of our own, the Gospel gives us the assurance of God’s presence and grace, and a community of companions to journey with us. This is the call as followers of Christ . Hebrews proclaims Christ as our high priest, who understands the human experience of pain and mediates grace toward us. When we despair, Jesus reminds us that for God, all things are possible.
A wealthy man asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life, and Jesus answers that he must follow the commandments – which the man claims he has done. Then Jesus tells him to sell all his possessions, give the money to the poor, and follow him, at which point the man goes away sad. Then Jesus teaches that it is very hard for the wealthy to enter God’s Reign. When Peter points out that the disciples have left everything to follow him, Jesus responds that those who have left behind loved ones and possessions for the Reign of God will receive much more in return, both in this life and in the one to come.
Just a friendly reminder we are under MASK mandate for all indoor facilities. So please while in our building wear your masks.
God of all seasons, we take notice of You in the colors upon the earth. From spring in the southern hemisphere to autumn in the northern hemisphere, You are doing something new. Seedtime and harvest, You are painting a great canvas in our world of beauty and life. Renew our hearts, O God, in the turning of the seasons. Remind us how short and precious life is, Creator of All, so that we might count our days with wise hearts. Help us to enjoy Your earth and to care for it. Whether we are preparing bulbs for slumber or tilling the earth for planting, bless our co-creating with You, Holy One, and grow something new in us. Help us to perceive that You are doing a new thing, sprouting forth and changing, dying and rising again, for all things return to You, O God, Giver of Life. Amen.
The Reverend Danita Anderson (former Aurora District Superintendent) and currently Lead Pastor
Woodridge United Methodist Church will be our Presiding Elder.
Monday October 11th
Finance & Stewardship Committee Meeting
on ZOOM @ 7pm
Thursday, October 14th
Ministries of Music Rehearsal & Video Recording
Sunday, October 17th
21th Sunday after Pentecost
Christian Formation Hour @ 8:45am
Preaching – Bonnie Campbell, Pastor
Pastor Luis will be undergoing surgery on October 12 and will be taking time off. For any office/business/pastoral care related matters please contact Jennifer at 630/627-2508 x 301 or
email@example.com and she will assist you. For any Pastoral Care Emergency, please contact Deacon Ginny or
Pastor Bonnie. Pastor Luis will return on October 27th for the Charge Conference.
All Saints Sunday, November 7
Please send pictures of your loved ones that have passed since All Saints Sunday 2020 so we may include them in our Worship Service.
Please provided full name and date of passing. Last date to submit: October 26!
Christian Formation News.
Reading the Old Testament through the eyes of Rabbi class is closed.
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