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Lent 2019

Lent is right around the corner, beginning with Ash Wednesday on March 6. This season is a time to focus on growing in faith. We are offering many worship, small group, and service opportunities this year for just that.

Worship Opportunities
This year’s special Lenten services will be shared with Burr Ridge United Church of Christ and Highlands Presbyterian Church.

 Joint Ash Wednesday Service
March 6 at 7pm, at Burr Ridge UCC, at the corner of Plainfield & County Line Road. I will preach.

 Sermon Series: Conflict on the Journey
March 10 – April 14, Sundays at 10:30am
See our Worship Schedule post.

In Lent, we follow Jesus on his journey to the cross. On that journey, he stirred up a whole lot of conflict with his followers, organized religion, and society in general. Otherwise, his journey wouldn’t have ended on the cross!

This Lent we’ll explore some of the conflicts faced by Jesus’ earliest followers, as found in the gospel of Matthew. How did they listen for God’s voice? What values did Jesus teach in difficult times? As a community following Jesus today, how will we handle the conflicts all around us today? What values will guide us?

Maundy Thursday Communion Service
April 18 at 7pm, here at Lyonsville in the chapel.
Rev. Tim Rhodes (Interim Pastor of Burr Ridge UCC) will preach.

Good Friday Tenebrae Service
April 19 at 7pm, at Highlands Presbyterian Church, 1902 W 59th St., La Grange (across from Highlands Middle School).
Rev. Dr. John Kay (Interim Pastor of Highlands) will preach.

 

Small Group Opportunities

Spirituality 101
Wednesdays at 7pm, from March 13 – April 10.
Indian Head Park Library/Heritage Center, 6250 Wolf Road.

What is prayer, really, and how can we grow in our faith through prayer? Join Lyonsville, Burr Ridge UCC, and Highlands Presbyterian for this joint study, held in the historic Indian Head Park Heritage Center.

Click here for more info

Learning For All Ages
Sundays at 9:30am

Grow, learn, and explore together with people of all ages.

 

Volunteer Service Opportunity

Greater Chicago Food Depository
Saturday, March 16, 8:30 – 11:15am
Contact Cindi Fiandaca to sign up.

Help pack food for people who need it here in the Chicago area.

 

You don’t have to do everything, but I hope you do take advantage of at least one of these opportunities to grow this Lent.

 

April 14, 2019 Sermon

“Who’s Religion For Anyways?”                                                                                Matthew 21:1-17
Rev. Sean Weston                                                                                                                           
Lyonsville Congregational UCC, Indian Head Park IL
April 14, 2019

We are used to hearing stories told as if the narrator was one of Jesus’ friends, following him around and recording what he did. The writer of the story writes from a particular point of view, one that assumes Jesus is right and anyone he is in conflict with is wrong. And given that I am a minister in a religion founded by followers of this Jesus, I also tend to assume that Jesus is right.

But there is a lot of conflict in today’s story, and there is more than one perspective. And, without letting go of the belief that Jesus is right, there is much to be learned about this story if we explore another perspective. It helps us see the whole picture. So here is today’s story, as I imagine it told from one of the religious leaders Jesus is in conflict with: a priest in the temple, responsible for taking care of that sacred space. Matthew 21:1-17, told by a Hebrew priest:

I was exhausted. We were just six days from Passover, the biggest religious festival of the year. Don’t get me wrong, I love Passover. In some ways I live for it. When else do all the faithful come from near and far to the temple? When else are we united in our faith, celebrating God freeing our ancestors from slavery? And it sure is nice to see a full temple. Continue reading

April 7, 2019 Sermon

“Who’s Right In The End?”                                                                                       Matthew 25:31-46
Rev. Sean Weston                                                                                                                           
Lyonsville Congregational UCC, Indian Head Park IL
April 7, 2019

Jesus had just finished telling parables that would have been hard to hear, parables with lots of weeping and gnashing of teeth. He had predicted that he would be killed by the authorities, though his followers fought him tooth-and-nail on the point. By the time Jesus finished telling these parables his followers were feeling pretty beat down. Tired. Scared. Anxious. Angry, maybe. Wanting to know what was next. Maybe wanting to just get over whatever was next: “OK, we get it, it’s going to be hard. If it has to be that way, could we at least get it over with?” They were weary of waiting. And like most weary people I imagine they were starting to squabble a bit with each other and within themselves, wondering why they got themselves into all this mess in the first place and what’s the point?

I wonder if we too, Lyonsville, are followers of Jesus who are weary of waiting. Wanting to know what’s next, whatever it may be, in our daily lives, in our life as church. After all, as the 19th century French novelist Honoré de Balzac once said, “most miseries lie in anticipation.”

Have you ever read a book that is getting especially difficult, and flipped to see how it ends? Sometimes knowing the ending is the only thing that gets me through hard stories. So, perhaps picking up on the weary misery of his followers, Jesus jumped to the end of the story, giving them something better to anticipate. Continue reading

March 31, 2019 Sermon

“Money Management with Jesus”                                               Matthew 25:14-30 Rev.           Sean Weston                                                                                                               
Lyonsville Congregational UCC, Indian Head Park IL
March 31, 2019

In second or third grade I checked out a book from the school library. I finished it and forgot about it until I got a notice that the book was due back. I looked everywhere for days and couldn’t find it until one day I found it right where I had left it – in the backyard. I was relieved until I realized it was soaking wet.

With a sinking feeling in my stomach I took the book back and told the librarian what happened. She was kind. She thanked me for bringing it back and being honest, and that she knew it was just a mistake. But then the kicker came, “we won’t be able to use this book anymore, so you’ll need to pay for it. That way we can get another copy that other kids can use.”

I’m not sure how much it cost. More than I had at that point in my life. I don’t remember how but somehow I worked with my parents to pay what I owed. And I have never, ever, ever left a library book outside again.

Libraries depend on people being good stewards. Borrowing what they need, treating it well, and returning it. If enough people stopped doing that, libraries couldn’t exist. Good stewards of library books recognize that libraries are for “us” and not for “me.” The people coming after deserve access to the same resources we do. As a kid I had to pay for the book not for punishment but so that my carelessness didn’t hurt those who came after me. So I could be a good steward. Continue reading

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