Enews: Sunday, October 31, 2021

October 31st, 2021

23rd Sunday after Pentecost

In Person & Virtual Worship @ 10:00am

Reformation Sunday

 

What transcends death? Love. What is the greatest commandment of God to the people? Love. What does Jesus declare the greatest commandment is: Love God and Love Others as Yourself. Kingdoms rise and fall. Temples are built and crumble and are destroyed and rebuilt. People die, and those of us left have to go on. How do we live on? Love. How do we know our loved ones are with God? Love. Love is what resurrects Jesus. Love is what conquers death and sin. Love never fails, never ends, as the Apostle Paul declared. Love is the true foundation that will never crumble, never waste away. Love is in the end what helps us move on, because we know love will always be with us. When we center God’s love in our lives, we live out that love to one another, and we trust that the love of God will endure for eternity.

 


READING-

Mark 12:28-34:

When a legal expert asks Jesus what the greatest commandment is, Jesus replies that it is to love God with all one’s heart, soul, mind and strength. Then he adds that the second is like it, and is to love one’s neighbor as oneself. The expert replies that Jesus has spoken well, and Jesus tells him that he not far from God’s Reign.

Order of Worship for Sunday, October 31

Link to Facebook Live


Prayer
God of the tides, God of the changing seasons, at this time of year we take notice of what is being let go of and what is clinging to our hearts. The pang of loved ones gone rests on our hearts. The weariness of the pandemic aches in our bones. As we prepare for upcoming holidays, remind us to be gentle with ourselves, to give ourselves time and space for grief and for rest. For grief, like tides, ebbs and flows, but never ceases. The longevity of the pandemic has become too familiar, something we have longed to shed but do not know when that will come. Gracious God, love us gently in this season, so we might experience Your grace and gratitude. Refresh our minds with Your wisdom by helping us recall Your scriptures and stories and songs of old. Restore us with the knowledge that even long seasons will change and unfold into something new. For You remain with us, now and always, Eternal Spirit. Amen.


 

Pastor Luis continue recovering at home after surgery.   For any office/business/pastoral care related matters please contact Jennifer at 630/627-2508 x 301 or jennifer@firstumclombard.org and she will assist you.

 

 


Thursday, November 4th          

 Ministries of Music Rehearsal & Video Recording

Sunday, November 7th        

24th Sunday after Pentecost

All Saint’s Sunday

Service of Communion

Christian Formation Hour @ 8:45am


 

Just a friendly reminder we are under MASK mandate for all indoor facilities.

So please while in our building  wear your masks.

 

 

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