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Sunday, February 21

First Sunday in Lent: Each of us is created a precious and holy vessel of embodied love. We have been through a harrowing time since last Lent that has shattered our sense of wholeness–body, mind, and spirit–like a glass vessel fractured into pieces. Let us enter a Lenten “season of recovery” as we focus on Jesus, the Healer of our every ill.  

 

“Liturgy and video compilations used by permission www.worshipdesignstudio.com/vessels, Dr. Marcia McFee in collaboration with composer Chuck Bell, www.chuckbellmusic.com; used by permission www.worldmaking.net."  Photos from Unsplash.com, and compilation at www.worshipdesignstudio.com. Music reproduced by permission: OneLicense.net #A7029009 Streaming Bundle; CCLI streaming License.

 

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Wednesday, February 17

This Ash Wednesday is part of a worship series in which the main metaphor is shards of broken beach glass. In preparation for this service, please gather a candle, a bowl with some sand or dirt in it, and a bit of water. "Ash Wednesday is a time of naming brokenness. As we enter the season of Lent, we commit to enter also into a season of healing and recovery that requires the naming of what has been shattered as a first step. We take “the yoke” of responsibility as disciples of Jesus to be the Body of Christ–a body of those who need healing and offer healing in the world. The promise of Jesus is that he is with us in our weariness and burdens." Scripture: Matthew 11:28-30: "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."

 

Music reproduced by permission: OneLicense.net #A7029009 Streaming Bundle; CCLI streaming License A #11409969; United Methodist Hymnal Copyright: © 1989 The United  Methodist Publishing House; The Faith We Sing © 2000 by Abingdon Press; Worship & Song © 2011 by Abingdon Press; and Common English Bible (CEB); : “Liturgy and video compilations used by permission www.worshipdesignstudio.com/vessels, Dr. Marcia McFee in collaboration with composer Chuck Bell, www.chuckbellmusic.com; used by permission www.worldmaking.net."  Photos from Unsplash.com and Compilation@www.worshipdesignstudio.com

Sunday, February 14

Transfiguration Sunday ends our Epiphany Worship Series, "God is Holding Your Life." Psalm 50 comes at the end of our series, speaking of an active God whose light shines for all time and in all places. God is not silent but calls for all to remember that they can act on God's behalf, holding all suffering peoples in the hands of prayer and care and transforming the world. (Liturgy and video compilations used by permission www.worshipdesignstudio.com)

 

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Lenten Worship Series Trailer

Join us on Ash Wednesday as we begin our Lenten series, "A Lenten Season of Recovery," created by Dr. Marcia McFee, visionary and creator of Worship Design Studio. Liturgy and video compilations used by permission from www.worshipdesignstudio.com.

Sunday, February 7

Psalm 147: "God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."Beautiful scriptures of healing and God's love. We wait, we hope, we stay firm in our faith, knowing as our ancient ancestors did, that God is indeed holding our lives.

 

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Sunday, January 31

This week is our 5th Sunday Worship Service we share with three other Galena churches: First Presbyterian Church, Lord of Love Lutheran Church, and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

 

The message is focused on the following words by Moira B. Laidlaw: “The word of the Lord came to Jonah saying, ‘Go. Now. At once.’ Jonah fled in the opposite direction. The word of the Lord came to Simon and Andrew, James and John and immediately they responded by following Jesus. Who are we? Reluctant Jonahs or eager disciples?"

Sunday, January 24

"Turn now your gaze upon the earth. Where is the One who never sleeps? We call the One who guards you now, your spirit safe in holy keep. God is holding your life we believe." This week, we focus on wonderful scriptures of God's call from Psalm 62: "In God alone, my soul finds rest." This continues our worship series adapted from Dr. Marcia McFee and series guest composer, Richard Bruxvoort Colligan.

 

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Sunday, January 17

Psalm 139 brings home this message: we are in an intimate relationship with God. There is nowhere we go that God is not present–no state of our being that results in our being abandoned. God has knit us together, has woven us, knowing us from before our beginning. God, indeed, is holding our lives. Another focus in the first service is remembering The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr and our commitment to Human Relations Day."

 

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Sunday, January 10

Strength and peace is the prayer of the Psalm this week. The Psalmist says "let me count the ways" that we can know the strength of the Holy One. With awe and wonder we behold the presence of God in all elements of creation-water, fire, air, earth. And it is this glory that assures us that God, indeed is holding our lives.

 

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Sunday, January 3

"God Is Holding Your Life" is a journey of assurance for the new year. We don't live in a land ruled by Kings, as the hearers of the first Psalm of this series, Psalm 72, did. Nevertheless, the petitions of the psalmist for justice, deliverance, defense of the poor and oppressed, and peace for all peoples is an undergirding theme of our faith. We are reminded that a just society is one that proclaims “these lives are precious” and worthy of protection.

 

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Sunday, December 27

The Good News that we have proclaimed for this Advent season ends with the second chapter of Luke that starts, “When the time came…” Indeed, the time has come for us to move from the narrative of birthing to the narrative of redemption. The story of Jesus’ ritual cleansing as a child contains stories of people who had been waiting for this moment. But the time of waiting is over–for us too. Like Isaiah who says, “for Zion’s sake I won’t stay silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I won’t sit still,” we will not stop our songs of resistance until justice shines out like a light for all.

Christmas Eve!

We return to the story of Jesus' birth as it was told in the Gospel of Luke. This is the account we read again and again on this holy night, for the author gives us the most beloved detail. We so desire to believe the Good News of the messengers that is the cumulative of humanity's pain of birth: "don't be afraid" for unto us a sign has come that will be to all people...on earth, come that there will be to all people..."on earth, peace." Have a candle handy and lift it high as you sing "Silent Night" with our UM brothers & sisters around the world.

Sunday, December 13

Today's message, "I Believe in God: Ode to Joy", turns to the message in both Luke and Isaiah. We long to hear the promise that a reason for joyful praise is the good news on the way! "He managed to create an anthem of joy that embraces the transcendence of beauty over suffering. Isaiah 57:14-19 "For those who mourn, I will creat reasons for praise." and Luke 1:1-4; 26-56 "Nothing is impossible with God."

 

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Sunday, December 20

The "great light" prophesied by Isaiah in today's text is echoed in the first strains of John's Gospel good news: the light that brings peace, that saves the people from all that would extinguish it, has been there from the beginning. The Word is made flesh and dwells among us. Will we believe it? Will we embody the peace meant for all humanity? Service inspired by Worship Design Studio.

 

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Sunday, December 6

Even in the midst of fear, of challenge, of struggle, God can ignite the flame of love within us helping us face the fear of difference and opening our hearts to see what love can do.

 

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Sunday, November 22

Thanksgiving memories and stories shaped from the Good News that God is with us not only in times of abundance but also in times of adversity. We are to reflect the generosity of God in such a way that God's realm of peace and justice is continually established and future blessings are thus ensured.

 

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Sunday, November 15

This week’s readings encourage us to live into the opportunities of love and service as they come our way. We are called to take the risk that love requires, embracing the joy found in trusting the one to whom “we Lift our eyes." The risk that love requires, embracing the joy found in trusting the one to whom “we Lift our eyes”.

 

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Sunday, November 8

Today is UMW Ministry sharing Sunday. “I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. As it is written, “The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little.” 2 Corinthians 8:13-15.

 

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Sunday, November 1

All Saint's Day is a time to remember Christians of every time and place, honoring those who lived faithfully and shared their faith with us. Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." Service includes Remembering our Church Family and Dr. Marcia McFee's "Today we fall back..." and her Litany for Losses. Think about those Saints in your life. Rejoice and be glad! Blessed are you. Holy are you!

 

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Sunday, October 25

October 31st marks the 503rd anniversary of Martin Luther's nailing of his 95 theses to the Wittenberg door to "spark" the Reformation. The United Methodist Church roots are deep in the Anglican Tradition however the themes of the Reformation remain the great themes and principles of our own faith today. Today, we fix our attention on that love - Jesus' greatest commandment, loving God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength; and, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.

 

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Sunday, October 18

Join us for tour third quarterly worship service offered by the Northern Illinois Conference of the UMC Cabinet as a gift to NIC Congregations in these demanding times. This Fall Service focuses on the theme of Stewardship and Thanksgiving. Music, prayers, testimonies, and a sermon by Bishop Sally Dyck based on Ephesians 3: 14-21, titled “Far More than We Can Imagine,” is all part of this offering. 

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Sunday, October 11

In Genesis 1:24-31, God saw everything that God had made and IT WAS GOOD! God birthed unique relationships between God and creation; heavenly beings and human beings; and humanity and nature. Today we thank God for the gifts of relationship extended to us and pray for the strength and grace to respond with love to all God's creation.

 

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Sunday, October 4

"...the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey...". This week's service is all about loving God with your whole heart, mind, strength, and soul, and loving one another as we love ourselves. Please light a candle for your worship service and prepare for communion. Whatever you choose for your "bread & cup" will be blessed by God.

 

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Sunday, September 27

Season of Creation - The universal nature of God's covenant with Noah reveals God's intent to include all creation. We do a lot of damage when we compete with nature for control of our shared earth rather than to love and work with our partners in creation.

 

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Sunday, September 13

During the last six weeks, our focus has been on celebrating God’s creation, the beauty of the earth, and the beauty of all God has created allowing ourselves to be beguiled, enticed, wooed, captivated, and changed by the magnificence of God. We continue to fan the love for the Creator as we share the Bishop’s end of summer message.

 

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Sunday, September 6

This week, we complete our six-week Worship Design Studio Series by Dr. Marcia McFee with "Beguiled by Beauty: From Beauty to Compassion and Justice." Dr. McFee highlights "the awareness of another's beauty

in its purposeless joy is the seedling for the

birth of compassion and justice."

 

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Sunday, August 30

This week, we continue our Worship Design Studio Series by Dr. Marcia McFee with week 5 entitled, "Beguiled by Beauty: The Beauty of a World without a 'Why?'."

 

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Sunday, August 23

This week, we continue our 6-week Worship Design Studio Series by Dr. Marcia McFee with week 4 entitiled,"Beguild by Beauty: Cultivating a life of Contemplation & Compassion." Dr. McFee highlights "the beauty of creation is set

in motion by the Holy Spirit that moves and breathes today as in all times."

 

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Sunday, August 16

This week, we continue our 6-week Worship Design Studio Series by Dr. Marcia McFee with week 3 entitled, "Beguiled by Beauty: Awakening to Beauty, Falling in Love with the World." Dr. McFee illustrates the contemplation of resilient beauty that draws us back to our own vitality and the promise that we too are capable of new life."

 

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Native American Ministry Sunday Witness Special

Here's a look back on HOPE Youth Group's 2019 mission trip to Blackfeet Nation, Montana.

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