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1 Timothy 2:2 (CEB)
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
Grace and Peace to you in the name of our Lord.
This morning I found myself praying for impeachment as I prayed for the world, its people, and its leaders. Let me be clear. This was not a prayer for the US Congress to impeach the President. It was a prayer for the wisdom of God for the people of the United States and for elected leadership — all the elected leadership.
Paul in his letter to Timothy instructed him to pray for those in authority so that the people may live quiet and peaceful lives in complete godliness and dignity. Authority in the Scriptures is accountable to God. Authority and power are never an end in themselves. They always serve the higher purpose, as Paul says, so the people can live a “quiet and peaceful life in complete godliness and dignity.”
Many of Paul’s letters addressed the issue of division in the church. We don’t know what he thought about the political divisions of his day. My hunch is that he liked them no better. His opposition to division was grounded in his commitment to a quiet and peaceful life for all the people.
This is an uncertain time in our nation. Yet I believe that the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective in what they can achieve. At the very least, it will make the church (you and me) a community in which people’s dignity is unquestioned.
Whether the US Congress moves forward with impeachment or not, the church must be the place where the values of peace, dignity and godliness are upheld for all people. Will you join me in praying for our leaders that they may uphold peace, dignity and godliness for all people?
Christ’s Servant ~
The Reverend Joseph A. Johnson
Pastor Joe is exploring three of these stories with the congregation through discussion, interviews, and application. Join him at 10:30 am on Sundays — April 28, May 5, and May 12.
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Haunted by an array of extraordinary historical figures, from Kafka and Tolstoy to O. J. Simpson and Philip K. Dick, but populated by anonymous ordinary people just like you and me, the stories pool seemingly random moments into something deep, dazzling and disconcerting. Bleak and funny, ironic and lyrical, enigmatic and aphoristic, Ninety-Nine Stories of God breaks down the barriers between the everyday and the divine and takes Williams’ writing into territories strange and new.”
Good Friday Observance in a combined worship service at First United Methodist in Elmhurst
April 19, 2019 7:00 pm
Join the congregants from our Cluster Churches to hear The Seven Last Words of Christ and the music of our combined choirs. This will be a richly textured and imaged service with the music of Charles Gounod and John Stainer, the sketches of Jan Richardson, the sermon of Rev. Darneather Murph-Heath, and the prayers of the Church.
Ministry of the Salt Creek Cluster
United Methodist Church ~ Elgin District ~ Northern Illinois Conference. Rev. Darneather Murph-Heath, District Superintendent
- Calvary UMC in Villa Park ~ Rev. Julie Fleurinor- Moore, Pastor
- Christ UMC in Elmhurst ~ Rev. James Fu, Pastor
- Faith Evangelical UMC in Elmhurst ~ Rev. Uziel Hernandez, Pastor
- First UMC in Bensonville ~ Rev. SoYoung Kim, Pastor
- First UMC in Elmhurst ~ Rev. Joseph A. Johnson, Pastor
- Good Samaritan UMC in Addison ~ Rev. Sang hun Han, Pastor
- Wood Dale Community UMC in Wood Dale ~ Terry McDorman, Pastor