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Holy Week

Holy Week

As we near the end of the season of Lent, Holy Week is upon us! Trinity UMC will host services on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday and are encourage to participate in worship with the larger multisite community on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

Dr. Marcia McFee, a well-known worship consultant will be guiding us in a worship experience at Barrington UMC on Maundy Thursday at 7:30 pm. Join us for an intimate, powerful service.

On Good Friday, you are invited to attend worship at 7:30 pm at either Barrington UMC or First UMC of West Dundee.

Broken and Blessed: Our Lenten Journey

Broken and Blessed: Our Lenten Journey

Through the ages faithful people have desired to experience a Holy Lent and thus have engaged in practices of contemplation and repentance. The biblical image is of a journey through the wilderness that leads us toward discovering who we are and who we are not. In this place where we are only allowed to catch glimpses of sunlight we recognize that life is sometimes messy and the path we are on can be confusing and indefinite. Rather than a problem to be solved, what if we came to see uncertainty and emptiness and even failure as gifts? What if we came to understand the wilderness as a place of both brokenness and blessing, that place where the Holy Spirit can nudge us and awaken us to a fuller life? As we make our way to the Light that dawns on Easter morning, let us make our way through a place where we let go of those practices and behaviors that keep us from trusting God and embracing the journey that leads to a more vibrant and vital faith.

 

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Souper Bowl Sunday 2017

Souper Bowl Sunday 2017

Regardless of who you were rooting for in the big game, we can all celebrate these donations to the FISH Food Pantry! Let us keep the pantry and those who will receive these donations in our thoughts and prayers throughout this month.

Regardless of what team you were rooting for in the big game, we can all celebrate the food items donated to the FISH Food Pantry and the impact they'll make. Thank you for your generosity!

Women in the Bible

Women in the Bible

This past Sunday, we started a new sermon series at Trinity. In which we explore Women in the New Testament. Have you ever wondered what role women played in the early church? Do you ever get confused by some texts that seem to challenge each other about women in the church? Join us as we explore these texts together!

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Journey Home

Journey Home

UnknownThis week’s Scripture comes from Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16. Abraham and Sarah along with many more of our ancestors have walked by faith, trusting in God to provide the path. Where does our faith journey take us? Maybe, just maybe, it takes us home.

What is Your Place at the Table?

What is Your Place at the Table?

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A table may seem like it is only a piece of furniture with a very basic function, but this item has more meaning and substance than just what it was made to do. The most important parts of the table are not the structural pieces, but the people that are sitting around it. The new series which begins on Sunday the 17th helps us identify the Lord’s table in different aspects of people’s lives. In this way, we seek to learn about the people who make up these tables, whether they are different from us, spiritually or mentally broken, in the midst of chaos, or just simply sharing an important meal. We do this by also remembering that just like a table, God is the one who holds us together.

The Prayer of Jesus

The Prayer of Jesus

“Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven , hallowed be your name….” Matthew 6:9

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This Sunday we will begin a new series focusing on the power of the prayer that the Lord taught us. The Lord’s prayer holds a significant truth in our lives, though it is often overlooked. This series lets us deeply ponder and examine the underlying message of this common yet influential prayer! For the next five Sundays at 10:00 am,

unplug yourself from the distractions of the world and “plug in” to the word of God!

Just As He Told You

Just As He Told You

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“Don’t be alarmed! You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised…Go, tell his disciples, especially Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.” ~Mark 16: 1-8~

The subtitle of this series could be “When in Doubt, Read the Instructions!” Jesus’ time with his disciples was short. But from the beginning he began to prepare them to continue his ministry once he was no longer with them. This Easter season we will encounter teachings of Jesus that end up coming in handy as the early church struggles and thrives…ultimately handling on the instructions to us. What will we do with them?

All Together

All Together

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“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day….So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” ~2 Corinthians 4:16,18~

We are in the season of Lent– a time to reflect on our journey and to be assured and reassured that God is holding our lives. He has not abandoned us, but is walking with us step by step.

Images of Lent often include a desert wilderness–not a comfortable or even a peaceful place. The desert is a place of challenges. It can seem lifeless and hopeless. Nonetheless, it is a place where we can learn to appreciate God in our lives through our discomfort. It is a place where we can be transformed in thought and spirit, where we can learn to see God acting in every moment of our lives.

Our congregations today are experiencing desert-like moments. We should see this as an opportunity. We need to be here to being reimagining how to bring the Kingdom of God to our community in transformation ways. We need to be here in order to affirm God’s love, grace and hope for us.

The Evangelist in Luke tells us that: “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit int he desert…” Luke 4:1. Before Jesus began his ministry he was led by the Spirit to be in full connection with God in the desert, a place that requires sacrifice and surrender to God’s will. This was vital preparation for Christ’s ministry.

We also need to be with and in God as we shape and mold the life and future of our church. The spirit of God is leading us through a desert-like place in order to nourish us and care for us so that we will be equipped to be in full commitment with God and what God is inspiring in each of us.

Therefore, we do not lose faith or hope. God will walk before us, will guide us and care for us as we approach the day, when in full flower, we have overcome our challenges.

“…anyone who has faith in me….will do greater things that these, because I am going to the Father…” With those words our Lord Jesus Christ gives us all the assurance we need. Let us be in a state of openness to receive from the Lord! We are on a journey but on this journey God is holding our lives!

Shalom,

-Pastor Uziel Hernandez