In conjunction with the Salt Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches, First Church will explore the Lenten season with common objects found in the scriptures: dust, bread, cross, coins, shoes and oil. This series is inspired by Jill Duffield who reminds us that God works through the ordinary and goes to great lengths to communicate with us about Jesus Christ, salvation, grace, and reconciliation.
Drawing from the Christian contemplative tradition, Duffield reminds us that it is often in “hindsight that God’s providence becomes recognizable.” Throughout his teaching, Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is near and in our midst. Each week through these objects you will be asked to consider the possibility, the promise, that God is present, speaking, seeking to be in relationship with you.
Finally, the churches in the cluster will participate in a pulpit exchange. First Church will be welcoming Reverend Hong-kien Jeremiah Lee of Addison: Good Samaritan Church and the Reverend Juyeon Jeon of Bensenville: First UMC. Pastor Joe will be preaching at Addison: Good Samaritan and Elmhurst: Christ and Villa Park: Calvary.
This series explores the sacraments of holy communion and baptism. In preparation for this, consider watching the 1987 movie Babette’s Feast (available for rent on Amazon and Apple tv for $3.99 or free to checkout at Elmhurst Public Library). Additionally, the library is hosting a series of events called Common Connection: Around the Table that uses lectures, discussion and critical thinking to identify topics that influence the world today. Pastor Joe would love to hear about your experiences. You can leave him a comment by clicking this form.
Sunday mornings: July 10, August 14, and September 11; and Wednesday Evening October 5 at 6:30 pm. Taizé prayer is a meditative common prayer that uses uncomplicated and repetitive songs that allow the mystery of God to become tangible through the beauty of simplicity.