Even though Jesus said that on the third day he would be raised, how could anyone believe it? How could anyone who witnessed such horrors as the crucifixion, the last and final punishment by the empire, believe that anything good could still happen? How could anyone live again after dying? Paul knew that some were skeptical and believed that Jesus only appeared to die, or appeared to live again, that it couldn’t be a physical resurrection. But that’s just it: God has done the impossible. Everything else in our world and our lives can be explained, but not this. God made life triumph over death. This is unexplainable. It is unbelievable—and yet, belief has triumphed over skepticism. Love has triumphed over hate. Life triumphs over death. The reign of Christ triumphs over the empires of the world. Christ is Risen!
Mary finds the empty tomb and reports it to the disciples. Peter and John investigate and witness the empty tomb, but Mary remains and becomes the first to meet, and witness to, the Risen Christ.
Prayer of Brokenness
We confess, Loving One, that Christ is Risen Indeed! We confess that we are still beholden to worldly notions of what is final and done, and do not yet understand the fullness of Your Gospel, that Your love endures forever. Guide us from the shadows of the tomb into the radiance of dawn. May we understand now that even if we see in a mirror dimly, one day we shall understand face to face and be blown away by Your compassion, mercy, and grace. In the name of the Risen Christ, we pray all things. Amen.
We will have communion together. For those watching the livestream, please remember to have your communion elements available.
“Jesus lived with the awareness that God is doing something, right here, right now, and anybody can be a part of it. He encouraged his listeners to search, to question, to wrestle with the implications of what he was saying and doing. He inspired, challenged, provoked, comforted, and invited people to be open to God’s work in this world. Wherever he went, whatever he did, Jesus started discussions about what matters most, because for Jesus, God is always inviting us to open our eyes and join in.
NOOMA is a series of short films that explore our world from a perspective of Jesus. NOOMA is an invitation to search, question, and join the discussion.
Each film is 10 to 14 minutes that blends events of everyday life with “discussion about God”, each on a different topic. Each short story covers a specific topic on a real-life situation, usually by relating the various experiences from a Christian perspective. Each NOOMA video features Rob Bell, the author of Love Wins and most were shot on location in Western Michigan or the Chicago area.”
2022 Bishop’s Appeal
The 2022 Northern Illinois Annual Conference Bishop’s Appeal special offering will go toward Ukraine assistance. While immediate needs are great, we know the people of Ukraine will need assistance in the long term. For more details on fundraiser ideas and bringing your collective offering to Annual Conference, visit umcnic.org/Bishopsappeal2022. In the meantime, you are encouraged to give to your local church and designate “Ukraine Assistance.”
Humanitarian Assistance to Ukraine
United Methodists and others wishing to provide humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian people in the wake of the Russian invasion of their country may contribute to Advance #982450, UMCOR International Disaster Response and Recovery. This fund will provide direct assistance to those in Ukraine as well as assistance to Ukrainians fleeing to neighboring countries.
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Jean Bubert – Saturday, April 23 @ 11am
Amy Castleberry – Saturday, May 21@ 10am
It’s Almost Post Time!!
The annual church auction is on Sunday, May 1, at noon. Refreshments will be available at the Tack Room café while the final food preparations are underway. You can enjoy these treats as you mosey around The Paddock looking at silent and live auction items.
This year’s meal features appetizers and desserts that one would expect at Churchill Downs or in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Anticipate some tasty items!
As always, the success of the auction is due to donations of money, goods, and services. Your support is very much needed to enable us to fund our share of the United Methodist Church mission outreach. Saddle Up! Let’s Make It A Great Ride!
Attention Online Worshipers!
If you’d like to sign up to attend the auction, please text Denise Karhoff King at 630-379-6616 to let her know. The cost is $15 per person, which is payable on the day of the auction.