An historic peace church in the heart of Elgin

All Things New…

notes from Pastor Katie Mar-Apr, 2019

Roll Down, Justice

There's a lot going on. Maybe you feel it too. There's a lot of hurt and heartbreak in our world. We may not always agree on where it's coming from or what's causing it. Yet, the experience of pain is something we share as humans, as well as the yearning for healing and wholeness in the midst of that pain. 

In his time, the prophet Amos proclaimed, "let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." Justice means different things to different people, but one of the definitions I appreciate is a sense of things being healed, made whole, grown mature, and set right. In Lent I invite you to join me in praying for God's healing and wholeness to wash over us and through our world.

Sometimes healing means painful growth. It may mean needing to face our fears, challenges, and short comings, in order to find the growth and transformation we seek. I see that as the kind of work we are invited to do together in our Lenten Wednesday series on white privilege. I also see many small but profound opportunities to do so in everyday lives, like letting go of shame for not feeling "good enough" or letting go of fear in order to have healing conversations. How are each of us called seek healing and wholeness? As anyone who has spent extended time in physical therapy may know, healing can be hard, hard work, but with God's help it is possible.  

Marcia McFee, creator of this worship series, writes that Lent is a time of reminding ourselves who we are called to be in this world. The images of water rolling down in healing waves invoke the significance of baptism and of our feetwashing practice. How do those practices remind us of who we are and whose we are? How do God's healing waters move in those special moments and in all the ordinary moments of our lives to bring wholeness, peace, justice, and even joy to where it is most needed? It is my prayer that this season will offer us reflection and renewed inspiration to let our voices be tuned to the heart of Jesus' healing, saving, transforming, justice-bringing message: God loves you and all creation.

May it be so. Amen.

Announcements

February Worship Schedule

Feb 3     Season of Epiphany     Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13
Worship in the Round - in the Fellowship Hall

What is love? How does love shape what Jesus followers do and say? How do we live out love in our communities? Join us this Sunday in the fellowship hall for a less formal but still highly worshipful service, in which we will have the opportunity to see each other, talk with each other, examine this well-beloved teaching on love, and create an artistic testimony to God's holy love together.   

Feb 10     Season of Epiphany     Scripture: Luke 5: 1-11
Sermon title:  What about the Fish?     Presented by:  Pastor Katie

In this story the disciples leave everything and follow Jesus--including a huge catch of fish! What happened to the fish? What does this mean for followers of Jesus today?

Feb 17     Season of Epiphany     Scripture: Luke 6: 17-26
Sermon title:  Blessed Be     Presented by:  Pastor Katie   

In this story Jesus heals bodies and spirits then turns the idea of who is "blessed" upside down. Anointing will be offered for all who feel led, following the sermon.

Feb 24     Season of Epiphany     
Race and the Congregation      

Please join us in welcoming Eric Bishop, Vice President of Student Services at Chaffey College in Southern California and instructor for the Brethren Academy course "Race in the Congregation" to be held in Elgin at the General Offices this week. Eric and his class will share their viewpoints and wisdom on this topic.


Sunday worship service  9:30 a.m.  All are welcome!

Fellowship time   10:30 a.m.  Vsitors, take a blue mug  : )

Sunday school  11:00 a.m.   For all ages

Wednesday Morning Bible study 10 a.m. each week. We will study the scripture text that will be used for our worship service the following Sunday. Join us for a spirited, open discussion!