Worship is the heart of the church! Sunday morning worship services are at 10:00 a.m.
Church school for children preschool through grade 8 is offered during the worship time September 8 through May. Children begin in the sanctuary for worship for the first 15-20 minutes, and then are dismissed to their church school classes following the Children’s Time.
The first Sunday of the month is usually a Communion Sunday and Family Sunday, No church school classes are offered on those Sundays. Children are invited to participate in worship with their families. All may participate in Communion, including young children, if their parents believe they have some understanding of the special nature and meaning of Communion.
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Below is a list of some upcoming events that we will be hosting or participating in. We would love to have you join us!
For details about any of these events, contact the church office.
The office will be closed for renovations 8-12 February. During that time Pastor Thom will be working from home, so please contact him by email or phone (thomhaha@gmailcom / 847-513-1479).
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE—February 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Lyonsville.
LENTEN STUDY GROUP—Saturdays 10:30 to noon. February 13 to March 19. We’ll be using the UCC devotional Heart Soul Mind Strength. (Copies will be available at the church for free—but your donation is appreciated!)
We’ll consider what it means to Be The Church today in Indian Head Park & other southwestern suburbs.
Come join the conversation!
LABYRINTH WALK Saturday, February 20, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Join us for a peaceful walk through our candlelit labyrinth. Come and go as you wish. An introduction to the labyrinth is provided for beginners.
CHURCH WOMEN UNITED
Community Nurse Collection
New onesies, new receiving blankets, baby hats, bandages designed for children, and small, soft animals (e.g. Beanie Babies) are being collected.
Please bring donations to church.
THE POWER OF PRAYER
The Worship and Spiritual Growth Ministry has started a prayer chain. This is in addition to our regular “Joys and Concerns” time, which we do during our Sunday service. A prayer chain is a way for people to gain assistance in prayer for any serious or pressing problem.
People can request any concerns for their family, friends or themselves via the church’s email: Lyonsville@SBCGlobal.net. A group of people will commit to praying for this individual for 30 days. All information and requests will be kept in strict confidence with our prayer group.
If you would like to join our prayer group or need further information, please contact Laurie Tsukuno.
“That Old Time Religion”
A Sermon by Rev. Dr. Thom Bower
24 January 2016 – Third Sunday after Epiphany
This gospel lesson is set as the Jesus’ public entrance into ministry. It is in this story that Jesus declares his mission and vision for ministry. It is a ministry that is rooted in the Hebrew Scriptures, particularly the prophet Isaiah, but it is also a ministry that says from the start that God is going to do new things, startling things, things that will be disruptive. We are challenged to think about our own expectations of ministry: when we do God’s work, do we expect things to become more stable or more turbulent? Who will benefit from our ministries – the ministries we take on as individual people of faith and the ministries we take on as a congregation? Listen now to these words of Jesus’ life and ministry.
Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the power of the Spirit. Through all the surrounding country a report about him spread. Jesus began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. When he came to Nazareth, where Jesus had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because God has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.
God has sent me
to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Jesus rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (translation by thom bower) Continue reading