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Prayer Network

The NIC Prayer Network is an entryway for joining in common prayer for the ministries of the Northern Illinois Conference.  As we draw near to God, we can listen and ask for direction and inspiration.

Contact the Discipleship Task Force at DiscipleshipTF@umcnic.org for a more detailed prayer agenda or to request the Zoom link to join the NIC Prayer Team that meets monthly.  Copy these prayer requests and add them to your prayer list and share with your local prayer group.

Ephesians 3:20-21 CEB  Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us; glory 

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*Beginning February 2021, the prayer network switched to a monthly devotion with a weekly prayer focus calendar.

Prayers

Septemeber Devotion

Rev. Caleb Hong, Orland Park: Faith  Lake South District

Wisdom

Life is challenging. Just when you think you have things figured out, you realize that you don't. Fires devastate forests. Hurricanes hammer communities. Loved ones get sick. Schools switch from hybrid to virtual (or vice versa) What do we do? Where do we turn for wisdom? Is it to Oprah? Dr. Phil? Uncle Jim or Aunt Judy?

While these are all good choices, the Bible teaches us that there is one SOURCE for wisdom. This source is more available than Oprah. it's more consistent than Dr. Phil. It's even more reliable than Uncle Jim or Aunt Judy.

6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly, 8 guarding the paths of justice and preserving the way of his faithful ones. - Proverbs 2:6-8

Now, there's nothing wrong with seeking the counsel of wise people. They are blessed by God. However, in those times when competing voices are deafening and opposing opinions are confusing, turn to the Lord. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. God offers wisdom for every facet of life. Whether it's family or finances, health or politics, we can turn to the LORD for guidance and direction and truth.

9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; 10 for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; let the wise listen and add to their learning - Proverbs 2:9-10

Lord, we are hard-headed and stubborn people.  We need your wisdom – to live rightly and wisely every day.  Help us to seek Your wisdom and truth.  Help us to walk in Your way.  Help us to experience Your gift of life.  In Jesus’ name, we pray, amen.

 Prayer Focus--Churches and clergy:

Aug 30-Sept 5

Melrose Park: Urban Village NFC

Juan Pablo Herrera

 

Mount Prospect: Trinity

Wendy Hardin

 

Mundelein: Vision

Kwan Woo Park

 

Northbrook: North Northfield

Min Hyuk Woo

 

Northbrook: Northbrook

Krista Paradiso

 

Oak Park: Euclid Avenue

Martha Scott

   

Carol Hawking

Sept 5-12

Oak Park: St John's

Noah Panlilio

 

Palatine: First

Keck Mowry

 

Park Ridge: First

David Aslesen

 

Prospect Heights: Central Korean

Ji Ho Hong

 

River Forest

Christian Coon

 

River Forest: Urban Village West NFC

Christian Coon

 

Skokie: Central

Timothy Bell, Jr

Sept 13-19

Skokie: Chicago Jesus Love NFC

Sun Hyung Jo

 

Waukegan: First

Barbara Morgan

 

Waukegan: New Hope

Richard Carlson

 

Wheeling: Chicago First Korean

Kwangtae Kim

 

Wilmette: Trinity

Brian Smith

 

Winthrop Harbor: North Prairie

Miguel Nieves

 

Zion: Memorial

Kwadwo Ntin

Sept 20-26

Alsip: Christ

Timothy Biel, Sr

 

Blue Island: Grace

Innis Miller

 

Blue Island: La Gracia de Dios NFC

Saturino Espinoza

 

Brookfield: Compassion

Karl Sokol

 

Chicago: Amor de Dios

Ramiro Rodriquez

 

Chicago: Clair Christian

Richard Mosley, Jr

 

Chicago: East Side

Josiah Montgomery

Sept 27-Oct 3

Chicago: Englewood--Rust

Grace O

 

Chicago: Faith

Tom Rawlinson

 

Chicago: First (Temple)

Myron McCoy

   

Hyewon (Sophie) Hyon

 

Chicago: Freedom

Robert Houston

 

Chicago: Gorman

Aaron McLeod

 

Chicago Grace Calvary

Innis Miller

 

NIC Leadership and NIC Advances:

  • Aug 30-Sept 5  Elizabeth Gracie, ACST Co-chair  

Midwest Mission Distribution Center

  • Sept 6-12  AC Committee Deborah Dangerfield 

MYSI Corporation

  • Sept 13-19  AC Worship Committee Addison Shields  

Native American Ministry Presence

  • Sept 20-26  Archives and History Kimberly Lewis-Davis  

Outdoor and Retreat Ministries "Campership" Scholarships

  • Sept 27-Oct 3  Board of Church & Society Elisa Gatz  

Reconciling Ministries Network

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August Devotion

Eugene Williams, Conference Co-Lay Leader

Scripture:             Psalm 1: 1-3

Psalm 1

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

The book of Psalms is one of my favorite books in the Bible. The foundation of the Christian worship experience has relied heavily on Psalms; whether spoken or sung. Psalms were the hymnbook of the Old Testament Jews; mostly written by King David; along with Moses and Solomon.  In Chapter 1, verse one, we are richly fed by words of wisdom, hope, and inspiration. 

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked; or stand in the way of sinners; or sit in the seat of scoffers.“ 

We embrace the way God blesses those of us who are obedient, loving, and prayerful.  Because when we are, our reward is that we are “blessed to be like trees planted by streams of water who will yield their fruit in due time”; provided that we do not allow our leaves to wither by failing to be obedient, loving, and prayerful.  And in all that we do, we will prosper.  Sisters and Brothers, don’t we want to be like those trees?  With our leaves never withering?  Don’t we want to prosper in all that we do? The Lord shows us the path of the righteous so we will not perish like the wicked.  With the many difficulties and storms that rage around us, we would be well served to be like trees planted by the streams with deep roots secured by faith in Christ; that we might be a blessing to others that we come across in our walk of faith.  Take strong root, then branch out. 

Let us pray…..

Heavenly Father, we thank you for your great faithfulness.  Let us likewise be faithful and obedient with our prayers and our works that we might be shown to be worthy of the strong roots that you have blessed us with.  We want to walk worthy, our calling to fulfill; please order our steps Lord, and we will do your blessed will; so that everything we do will be to glorify You through the mighty and matchless name of our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.  Amen and Amen.  

Prayer Focus:

Churches and pastors:

August 2-8

Chicago: St Matthew

Thomas Rawlinson

 

Rodney C Walker

Chicago: United Church of Rogers Park

Lindsey Long Joyce

Chicago: Urban Village Edgewater NFC

 

Chicago: Urban Villiage Wicker Park NFC

Hannah Kardon

Chicago: West Ridge

G Morris K Jarkloh, Jr

Deerfield: Christ

Esther Eunjin Lee

Aug 9-15

Des Plaines:First

Audrea Nanabray

 

Des Plaines: Nuevo Amanecer

Lino Aragon

   

Xiomara Castro

 

Evanston: Emmanuel

Scort Christy

 

Evanston: First

Rose Grace Imathiu

   

Jane Cheema, Deacon

   

Bonny Roth, Deacon

Aug 16-22

Evanston: Hemenway

Reuel Talapian

 

Evanston: Sherman

Dennis Oglesby

 

Franklin Park: First

Jesus Molina, Jr

 

Glencoe: North Shore

Scott Himel

   

Barbara Javore 

 

Glenview

Eun-Hye Choi

 

Grayslake: United Protestant

Ryan Kiblinger

Aug 23-29

Highland Park: Galilee

Mosung Eam

 

Lake Bluff: Grace

Deborah Percell

 

Libertyville

Jay Car

   

Ashish Singh

 

Maywood: Neighborhood

Beverly Dukes

 

Melrose Park: Cosmopolitan

Juan Pablo Herrera

 

Melrose Park: Red Door NFC

Shalamar Molina

NIC District/Conference/Leadership/Staff and NIC Advance

Aug 2-8 George Groves, Conference UMM President 

Facing Forward to End Homelessness

Aug 9-15

Lois Moreland-Dean, Conference UMW President

IL Church Action on Alcohol & Addiction Problems

Aug 16-22

Colin Monk, Conference Disaster Coordinator

JFON--Northern IL Justice for our Neighbors

Aug 23-29

Myron McCoy, Annual Conference Shepherding Team Co-Chair

The Martin Keagy Fund

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July Devotion
 

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July Prayer Calendar

By Sara Macklin, laity, Steward United Methodist Church, Prairie South District

O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.  Psalm 83:12

We enjoy country living!  Our home sits in the shade of large hickory trees and from our windows we have a great view of our pond.  Many of God’s creatures live here too.  To name one, frogs, make their home in the pond.  We are reminded of their presence each summer as the nightly croaking begins.  As all this croaking was keeping me awake one night, I remembered an acronym that I learned in vacation bible school many years ago.

FROG – Fully  Rely  On   God

Isn’t it great to know that we can choose to:

Fully – completely, to the greatest degree

Rely – trust or depend

On – without stopping

God – our Creator and ruler of the universe

I purchased a ceramic frog at a flower shop several years ago that sits on a shelf where I see it daily.  It reminds me to share with God what is on my heart and then let go.  Best of all, this frog doesn’t keep me awake at night!

Loving Father, In the midst of the challenges we are facing in our world today, we give you thanks that we can fully rely on you  (Romans 8:28) “and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him”   Amen

June Devotion

By Irma Clark, member of Hartzell United Methodist Church in Chicago, Director Lay Servant Ministries, Chicago Southern District, Certified Lay Servant and Certified Lay Minister

God’s Blessings 

II Corinthians 8:7-9

Be the best in this work of grace in the same way that you are the best in everything, such as faith, speech, knowledge, total commitment, and the love we inspired in you. I’m not giving an order, but by mentioning the commitment of others, I’m trying to prove the authenticity of your love also. You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Although he was rich, he became poor for your sakes, so that you could become rich through his poverty.

Paul points out in our scripture that The Corinthian believers excelled in everything --they had faith, good preaching, much knowledge, much earnestness, much love. Paul wanted them to also be leaders in giving. Giving is a natural response of love. Paul did not order the Corinthians to give, but he encouraged them to prove their love was sincere. When you love someone, you want to give him or her your time and attention and to provide for his or her needs. If you refuse to help, your love is not genuine.

Interruptions can interfere with the best intentions of communities and churches. And those who would manipulate God for their own purpose or franchise God's blessings through corporate channels can disrupt benevolence efforts for the needy. Corinth was a center for extremism in almost every human appetite: commerce, luxury, sexual liberties and abuse. Corinth was also a city at the crossroad of almost every kind of trade. It was a city where you could buy anything and almost anybody. It was a city of great diversity. Romans, Greeks, Jews, slaves and liberated ones, men, women, and children.

There were the worship centers for a host of deities, including a temple for Aphrodite which provided slave- prostitutes in a cult of what today would be considered unrivaled sexual abuse and human trafficking. It was difficult enough for Paul to proclaim the gospel and to plant churches in this diverse culture. He and the Corinthians  Christians also faced interruptions. These opponents of Paul challenged his leadership as the servant of Christ and his integrity as one who shared in the suffering of Christ. The disruption was severe. Reconciliation between Paul and his friends was delayed for nearly a year. Here Paul found people who were eager to hear the word of liberation in Jesus.

 Finally, when peace had been restored, Paul encouraged his friends to finish what they had started, to feed the hungry and care for the homeless. Their love in Christ, he said, should become tangible care for those in need. Love calls us back to our original mission: God's Blessings,  to love,  to feed, to shelter, to heal and to comfort, and God to follow Christ – whose richness in the form of God was interrupted and depleted for our sake.  

Prayer: 

Loving God, help us to be reconciled not only to you but also to one another, both near and far. Help us to know that both Spirit-filling is in your design for all your children, help us like Jesus, to embrace poverty and sacrifice that all of your earth may be rich together in your love and our care in your precious name we pray. Amen

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May Devotion

By Karen Bonnell, Laity, Steward UMC, DeKalb District

When Pentecost Day arrived, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound from heaven like the howling of a fierce wind filled the entire house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be individual flames of fire alighting on each one of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them to speak. Acts 2:1-4

Dios te ama! Աստված սիրում է քեզ! Бог те обича! 上帝愛你!Mahal ka ng iyos! Dieu t'aime! Gott liebt dich! אלוהים אוהב אותך! Dio ti ama! 神は貴方を愛しています! भगवान तुम्हे प्यार करते है! 하나님은 당신을 사랑하십니다! Gud elsker deg! Bóg cię kocha! Mungu anakupenda! Бог любит тебя! พระเจ้ารักคุณ! Unkulunkulu uyakuthanda! God loves you! الله يحبك!¡

What an outpouring of the Holy Spirit!  What an amazing message went out to all in Jerusalem that day!  Peter boldly spoke that God in the form of the Son personally came down from heaven, lived among them with signs and wonders, was crucified, buried, and was resurrected.  Jesus is alive!  All of this was for the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit to enable communion with God. 

The Holy Spirit is active today, not limited to doing what Google Translate does for us.  God is God and there is no limit to how God chooses to work among us.

Who will join in watching and waiting, anticipating the Holy Spirit?

Holy Spirit, we joyfully anticipate Your movement among us as You worked in Jesus’ disciples and humans throughout history.  Fill us.  Empower us.  We offer ourselves to You.  May your work be done through us.  Amen

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April Devotion

By Rev. Arlene Christopherson, Assistant to the Bishop/Director of Connectional Ministries

Scripture: Psalm 98:4-6

Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth!
    Be happy!
    Rejoice out loud!
    Sing your praises!
 Sing your praises to the Lord with the lyre—
    with the lyre and the sound of music.
 With trumpets and a horn blast,
    shout triumphantly before the Lord, the king!

Can you feel it? It’s in the freshness of the air as we first step outside in the early morning. It’s in the shifting angle of the sun. It’s in the little surprises of color as crocuses peek out of the cold soil. Eastertide in our Christian calendar coincides with spring in the western hemisphere and spring is here.

As we bask in the glow of Christ’s resurrection, God’s boundless love for God’s people, the miracle of our salvation, we see signs of new life all around us. One of my favorite Easter refrains is from “Was It a Morning Like This”.

Did the grass sing?
Did the earth rejoice to feel you again?

Over and over like a trumpet underground

Did the earth seem to pound, “He is risen!”

Over and over in a never-ending round

“He is risen, hallelujah, hallelujah!

The trumpets sound, the pounding earth all call us to witness to the love of God that transcends our darkness.

There are challenges on the horizon. We are bombarded by the evils and injustices that surround us. We cannot become blind to all that we are called to witness, the places our earth is groaning but God also calls us to proclaim places where we see hope!  

Where are you seeing signs of new life in this Eastertide?

 God of creation, new every morning is your love for us. In thanksgiving, we celebrate your sacrifice which becomes our blessing. May we see the risen Christ in the dawning of every day. Amen.

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March Devotion

By Karen Bonnell,  laity from Steward UMC in DeKalb District

 "And [Jesus] said to them, “Take care!  Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” ~Luke 12:15

It all started with pancakes.  On Zoom, our church was discussing them concerning a Mardi Gras evening meal. I didn’t understand the big deal. Hardly a worthy splurge meal, because pancakes are, in my experience, what we serve for supper when the food budget needs to be stretched.  Besides, what vegetable do you put with them?  

My pastor, Rev Megan Thompson, explained the reason many people eat pancakes on Mardi Gras was because early church customs included using up the eggs prior to the time of Lenten fasting (and they must not have heard of spinach quiche 😉).  During Lent, chickens were allowed to stop producing eggs so they could brood their eggs, renewing the flock.  

The word Sabbath came to mind, and God’s tenderness to allow for a time of rest and renewal. Thus, my Lenten quest of brooding over eggs began. I gave them up, so I would note more carefully what things contain eggs. *True*, eggs are easier to give up than chocolate. But when I think of eggs, I also consider my consumerism. I look for ministries showing tenderness and donate money to them. I also consider my apparent inability to rest on the Sabbath. I have already written out checks for good causes, but, I’ll have to let you know later how the Sabbath rest is coming!

Jesus, remind me that life does not consist of constant production and striving for things this world has to offer. You have blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.  You have destined us for adoption into God’s family.  What more could we want?  All praise be yours.  Amen

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February Devotion
by Pastor Seamus Enright, Ashton: Reynolds UMC

Isaiah 60:1-6

“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
2 See, darkness covers the earth
    and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
    and his glory appears over you.
3 Nations will come to your light,
    and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

4 “Lift up your eyes and look about you:
    All assemble and come to you;
your sons come from afar,
    and your daughters are carried on the hip.
5 Then you will look and be radiant,
    your heart will throb and swell with joy;
the wealth on the seas will be brought to you,
    to you the riches of the nations will come.
6 Herds of camels will cover your land,
    young camels of Midian and Ephah.
And all from Sheba will come,
    bearing gold and incense
    and proclaiming the praise of the Lord.

Maybe you’ve heard the saying, “it’s always darkest just before the dawn”. As the liturgical calendar changed to a new year, the days were still getting shorter, at least as far as daylight was concerned. Now that the everyday calendar has turned, that trend has reversed, but there are still several more weeks where night-time will exceed daytime to endure.

Many years ago, I regularly worked an overnight shift, loading and unloading trucks. One set of dock doors faced east, and I recall the simple joy of noticing, as trucks came and went, the way that the horizon would become visible long before the sun actually came up, the anticipation, and the inexpressible beauty of the sky, illuminated and radiant already, before dawn had actually broken. 

Through Isaiah, God offers an epiphany – a revelation, an insight – of the manifestation of the Divine. The prophet can already see the horizon of salvation. The language moves from the “right now” to the “coming soon”, but the action begins in this very moment. In the midst of seasons of struggle and trial we’re invited into awareness of the Divine radiance that is already with us. Before the “dawn” comes, we still rise and reflect the Son, living into the promise of hope, peace, joy, and the supreme love that is born in us, and among us, every day. Lift up your eyes, and see; arise, and shine as God gives the glory.

Prayer: Glorious God, give us ears to hear your message of hope, eyes to see the beauty around us, and voices to share the story of your goodness. Strengthen us for the work of these days, that through our faithfulness others might come to know your love. Amen.

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New Year Devotional 2021 for Discipleship Task Force – Prayer Network
Bishop John L. Hopkins, Northern Illinois Conference

The Covenant Prayer (Modern Version)

I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,
exalted for you, or brought low for you;
let me be full,
let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.’
Amen.

This is the covenant that I will make with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord.  I will put my instructions within them and engrave them on their hearts.   I will be their God, and they will be my people.  Jeremiah 31:33

 I enjoy listening to stories of faith. When one of my church members told me a stewardship sermon changed her life, I must have looked surprised.  She went on to tell me the sermon was about more than money. It was about what was important in her life.  Her pastor said, “Do not give one dollar to this church until you have given your life to Jesus Christ!” 

As she told me this, I could see she was committed to keeping first things first.  God’s claim on her life deserved her faithful response.  Every time she gave a dollar to the church, she must have asked herself, “Am I still giving my life to Jesus Christ?

In 1755 John Wesley introduced a Covenant Renewal or Watch Night service to help us reaffirm our covenant with God.  It is a service to reflect on the past year, make confession, pray, and resolve to live for God.  A Watch Night Service takes on special significance in the African American community after many slaves gathered in churches on New Year’s Eve in 1862 to await the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863.

As we acknowledge those who came before us in faith, we must be freed from any bondage that would keep us from knowing, loving, and serving God. This is a time to set aside all that divides us from one another and from God.  We acknowledge our plans need to change to follow God.  If God is with us, we can be with God!

As I begin my service to the Northern Illinois Conference, I look forward to learning about God’s claim on your life.  As this New Year begins, I have renewed my covenant with God and given my life to Jesus and His Church.  Will you join me?

Prayer:  O God, you are mine and I am yours.  So be it.  And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.  Amen.

Prayer Focus for January 11-17, 2021

Churches:

Grayslake: United Protestant
Hampshire: First
Hampshire: Zion
Hebron
Itasca: NFC
Lake Bluff: Grace
Lake Villa

Pastors:

William L Hall
Rob A Hamilton
Anne Cowick Hampson
Sang Hun Han
Sang-Hyu Han
Sandra E Harour
Harlene Harden

NIC District Leaders:  Charlotte Musser, Elgin District UMW President

NIC Advance:  Center for Changing Lives

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December 21- 27, 2020

Forgot Jesus

Holy Humor

By Bishop Sally Dyck, Northern Illinois Conference

We long to hear the angels sing: “Be not afraid; for I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people.”
Still, our fear with your good news that Christ is born in the world through the presence and actions of people.
Like first responders who risk their lives;
Teachers who care about learning, not just for today’s test but to prepare students for an unknown future.
The angels sang when Jesus was born in a manger instead of a palace.
We long to hear the angels sing in our communities experiencing poverty, disease and racism
Because we bring help and hope through mercy and justice.
The angels sang when Joseph responded to his dreams and chose unexpected routes:
To go to Egypt and later to Nazareth.
Help us to respond to our dreams of a better world.
Help us to strengthen our discipleship through prayer and scripture;  
Help us to take the “less traveled” routes that you set out for us—
To seek racial forgiveness and reconciliation, and with those with whom we disagree.
The angels did not sing when Jesus was crucified and laid in a tomb.
There was silence...until while it was yet dark,
Mary Magdalene went to the tomb in faithful service
Only to find her friend was now her risen savior!
So even when it is silent and while it is yet dark,
Let us hear the angels’ song—be not afraid!—
As we go forth to care and serve others!
Let the angels sing!

Prayer Focus: 

Churches

Paw Paw
Polo: First
Princeton: First
Prophetstown
Red Oak (DeKalb)
Reynolds
Rochelle

Pastors:

Dean L Francis
Sharon Ann Frank
Kaitlyn Frantz
Corydon E. Friedrich
James Fu
Victor Paul Furnish
Beth L. Galbreath

NIC District Leaders: Yvette Harris-Black

NIC Advance: Bridges Communities, Glen Ellyn

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December 14-20,  2020

By Lynne Heacock, laity, Dixon First UMC

Is This All

Holy Humor

THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS                                                            

Have you ever done something nice for someone and your heart felt really good? Have you ever thought back to the time when you helped someone out and you could feel your whole being filled with gladness? To me, that’s what everyday joy feels like. But the blessed Christmas joy we feel comes from Jesus, in fact, it is Jesus. That sacred joy comes from nothing we have done; it all comes from our loving Triune God.

The joy of Christmas was sent to the whole world. Joy came down from heaven that night in Bethlehem. God sent His dearly beloved Son, Jesus, down to earth to save the world. John 3:17…God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him. God sent the joy of our Messiah, the anointed one, to all the world. The whole world was covered with holy joy that night a sweet, tiny babe was born in a manger. Reading from Luke 2:8-11…"That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior-yes, the Messiah, the Lord has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!"


“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” written by Charles Wesley tells of the angels announcing the birth of our King. Through this blessed child, God and humankind would be reunited and the joy of His birth will cover the earth.
             

Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King
Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!”

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