21st Sunday after Pentecost
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
In Person & Virtual Worship @ 10:00am
happiness. The world tricks us into believing that if someone has suffered, they must have done something to deserve it. Scripture shows us, from Isaiah to Job, that suffering is not from God, but that God is with us when we suffer. We do not go it alone. We can find hope despite our suffering. However, looking for a world of ease, to escape suffering, is not the way either. James and John think they know the way of Christ, but they are still caught up on a world of princes and rulers; their desire to sit at the right and left hand of Christ in his reign shows they don’t understand Christ’s reign at all.
Jesus wasn’t speaking about a future kingdom, but the community that they shared right there, to serve one another, to meet one another’s needs as he was serving them. This is how we find the way—not chasing after some lofty ideal of what we think it means to be successful, but in serving one another as Christ served us.
James and John ask Jesus to be allowed to sit at his right and left when Jesus enters glory. Then after assuring them that they will share in his suffering, Jesus teaches all the disciples that those who want to be great among his disciples must be the servant of all, just as Jesus came to serve and not be served.
Amazing One, we cannot count the stars, we cannot see atoms, we cannot perceive the galaxies and how it all began except by our imagination and wonder. Yet we know You have set things in motion. We continue to learn and discover new and exciting things. Help us to foster curiosity and imagination and dreams. Remind us that Your ways of wisdom is to seek understanding by being in awe of Your work in the universe. Help us to let go of our need to have answers, but stir in us the courage to ask questions. Help us to shift our mindsets so that we might spend more time in wonder and delight instead of worry and fear. Amen.
Just a friendly reminder we are under MASK mandate for all indoor facilities. So please while in our building wear your masks.
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.
Thursday, October 21st
Ministries of Music Rehearsal & Video Recording
Sunday, October 24th
22nd Sunday after Pentecost
Christian Formation Hour @ 8:45am
Preaching- Virginia Rainey, Deacon
Pastor Luis continues recovering at home after surgery. For any office/business/pastoral care related matters please contact Jennifer at 630/627-2508 x 301 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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Last date to submit: October 26!
Sunday School for kids has resumed in the Education Wing!