Epiphany & Baptism of the Lord Sunday
Remembering our Baptisms
Virtual Worship Celebration
Please remember we are in a pause for all in person activities.
This season after Epiphany continues to be a season of revelations. The magi revealed Christ to the world; Jesus’ baptism reveals who he is yet again, as the Son of God, the one on whom the Holy Spirit descends. Jesus is revealed in the wedding at Cana as God who celebrates with us. Jesus’ very human mother Mary reminds her Godly son to be human, too, and to be concerned when we are concerned and to celebrate when we celebrate. Jesus is revealed as both human and divine in his own baptism. God’s voice is the one with the power over all creation, but it is Jesus’ mother’s voice who reminds him of who he is, and his own voice is given authority by her saying, “Do whatever he tells you to.” Jesus’ act of being baptized is the assurance of his commitment to partner with us, and is the invitation for us to participate in the work of God’s reign. Then the promise of God’s Spirit to empower us, and the gift of God’s living word to challenge, guide and strengthen us, assures that we have all the resources we need to participate in God’s work.
Wise men from the East arrive, worship the Christ-Child and present him with fine gifts. Then, having been warned in a dream, they return to their home via a different route, ignoring Herod’s request that they inform him of where the child is staying
Please make sure you have a bowl with water for the Renewal of Baptism
God’s people have no reason to fear, for God has redeemed them, and they will not be harmed when passing through water or flame. God will bring the children of God’s people from the four corners of the earth, and will bring together blind people who can see and deaf people who can hear to bear witness to how God has saved and liberated God’s people
The people wonder whether John the Baptizer is the Christ, but he denies it and proclaims that another is coming who is more powerful than he is, and who will baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Then Jesus is baptized by John along with the other people, and the Spirit descends on him and he hears God’s voice affirming him.
Wellspring of Life, we need water and air to live. By our breath we know Your Spirit; by the waters we know death and life. We are birthed into this world in the water of the womb, and born into You by the breath of the Spirit. In our baptism, we remember that we are both fully born of You and of this earth. As Jesus came to us, may we understand our unity in You. May we grow in understanding of our connection to the earth and all of creation. May we do our part to clean our water and air, to remember these gifts from You, gifts through the earth, that are part of us. In the name of Christ, who was born of Mary and brings us into new life now on Your beautiful earth, we pray. Amen.
Sunday, January 16th
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Christian Formation Hour – 8:45am
(In person or via ZOOM if the pause continue)
Please return your pledge forms for 2022 so we can begin to work with our church financial picture for the new year, and provide your envelopes if you need them.
If you’ve misplaced the form mailed to you, they are available at the back of the sanctuary, in the church office, or by calling Susan Friend. Questions, please email Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginning on Sunday January 16th
Adult Christian Education
When Making Others Happy Is Making You Miserable
How to Break the Pattern of People-Pleasing and Confidently Live Your Life By Karen Ehman
Paperback $13.00 ( Contact Pastor Luis for the book)
Best-selling author and recovering people pleaser Karen
Ehman offers stories and helpful tools from her own life to equip you with practical and biblical advice on how to break free from the pleasing game and reclaim your peace and purpose.
Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main, Lombard.
Funeral Service Saturday, January 8 at 10:30 AM at
Brust Funeral Home. Pastor Luis will officiate.
Masks are required for all services.
A Worship Service in Celebration of Life Service will take place later in the Sprint in our Sanctuary.
Rev. Dr. Rogelio T. Pangilinan
A Service of Worship in Celebration of Life will be held Saturday January 8th at Gary United Methodist Church, 224 N. Main Street, Wheaton.
A time for Personal Prayer and Reflection will begin at 2:30 PM, until the time of the Service at 3 PM.
At the request of the family, Pastor Luis will be preaching.
Masks are required for Worship
Remember cards are always welcome….
You are always in our thoughts and prayers, but if you need an extra boost of prayer, please contact the church office or send an email to MediaRelations@FirstUMCLombard.org. We’ll get that information to the right folks!