Sunday, January 16, 2022

First United Methodist Church of Lombard

January 16, 2022

Human Relations/Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Sunday

Virtual Worship Celebration at 10am

 

Please note we have extended the pause  for all in persons activities for another week– Virtual Worship—Sunday, January 16

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Link to Facebook Live

Order of Worship for Sunday, January 16

 


Relationships, family, marriage—all of these need a strong foundation. A strong foundation includes trust, respect, but also boundaries. Some of the marriage metaphors found in our scriptures are abusive, even in their historical contexts. Even in the way we speak of Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins, spiritual abuse has often been shoveled onto the marginalized and vulnerable. Churches and leaders have taken advantage of those seeking belonging.  Jesus saw abuses in the temple and in his view, the whole thing needed to be turned over. Paul reminds us that in a world where we prioritize wealth and power there is a different way to live. Through the Holy Spirit, there are a variety of gifts: to appreciate everyone for what they bring from God to all of us. There are no gifts greater than others. We are reminded that in Christ we all belong to one another, we all serve one another. There is no fairy tale prince that rescues and redeems us—Christ laid down his life for us so that we would lay down our lives for one another. We are the ones who save each other, for Christ saved us. We are the ones who tear down the systems of oppression and injustice for each other, because Christ conquered those systems of sin in his death and resurrection.


READINGS:
Isaiah 62:1-5

Isaiah’s prayer for Jerusalem, and prophecy that God will restore her to be a place that people celebrate – even as bride and groom celebrate each other.

 


1 Corinthians 12:1-11

No one can acknowledge Jesus as Lord except by the Holy Spirit, who gives gifts to God’s people. These gifts are diverse, though God is one, but all are given for the common good.

 

 


John 2:1-11

At a wedding in Cana, they run out of wine, and Jesus’ mother tells the servants to do whatever he tells them, in spite of Jesus saying his time had not yet come. Then Jesus tells them to fill the water jars with water and take some to the host. When he tastes the water, it has become wine.


Prayer of Brokenness
Almighty God, our Rock and our Salvation, we confess that our own foundation has been shaky. We have schemed in relationships, used friends and others for social gain. We confess that at times we tolerate the actions of others when they should be called out. Forgive us for the times we have transgressed boundaries and taken advantage of others. Show us how to be gentle with ourselves when we have been hurt and wronged by others. Teach us how to create good boundaries and sure foundations with one another of trust, respect, compassion, and mutual love. In Your love and grace may we grow in relationship with one another. Amen.


 

 Saturday, January 22nd

Worship Service in Celebration of Life of Evelyn “Bunny” Corrough @ 2pm

Note- Family request that only those fully vaccinated attend the service.

Service will be livestream on our Facebook page 

Sunday, January 23rd              

Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Ecumenical Sunday

Christian Formation Hour – 8:45am

January 18-25 Week of Prayers for Christian Unity

 

 

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