As of Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021, Sunday School time changed. During 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship, there is a Children's Moment included for children of all ages. Contact Pastor Richard Wagner at the church office more more details. 708-481-5928 or email email@example.com
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Meeting Challenges "Head On" in a virtual way, via Zoom, is a reminder of what the beginning of Christianity may have looked like.
As we approach Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. the message remains the same.
Jesus taught openly, yet later during times of trial we find the disciples and followers of Jesus meeting in secret to continue to pray and worship together. (Examples include Peter's struggle in the book of Luke or Paul's letter's in Timothy from prison).
Current times may remind us of the similar challenges as the disciples continued to fish for men. The desire for family celebrations and other church gatherings continue to be generated during the pandemic. As such, worship and all activities in our church building have been postponed, but virtually weekly Sunday worship, meetings, and activities have been available via Zoom. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details).
We are still here praying without ceasing. Gathering and meeting, worshiping and praising, listening and learning, teaching and strengthening our hope and faith. Through prayer without ceasing, we are vigilant, prepared, and patient. We continue to support and strengthen each other in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen
Lois Nemeth Olympia Fields United Methodist Church Certified Lay Servant Lay Leader Member to Northern Illinois Conference
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Thursday's Thought for Sunday's Service
“As the Father loved me, I too have loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy will be in you and your joy will be complete. This is my commandment: love each other just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than to give up one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I don’t call you servants any longer, because servants don’t know what their master is doing. Instead, I call you friends, because everything I heard from my Father I have made known to you. You didn’t choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you could go and produce fruit and so that your fruit could last. As a result, whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you. I give you these commandments so that you can love each other.” (John 15:9–17, CEB)
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When doubts and dismay arise from discouraging drama and dialogue of dread, one must admit to powerful forces of darkness. Yet, love, often exemplified through friendship with God through Jesus Christ and with one another, remains a transcendent light serving as a beacon to those who are lost. In this, there is bright simplicity in love that remains, despite the complexities that arise in human relations. It’s a response that shines and casts away the shadows.
Indicated by Christ’s sensitive example, we are invited to see how sacrifice has power to illuminate, finding inspiration by how it’s reflected innumerable times through the lives of those who follow him.
Pastor Rich Wagner
Olympia Fields United Methodist Church
20301 Western Avenue
Olympia Fields, IL 60461