THIS WEEKEND IN WORSHIP 

April 25 @ 5pm or

April 26 @ 9:30am

Links for Worship & Virtual Fellowship on website   www.normalfirst.org

  Saturday         5:00pm Worship followed by Virtual Fellowship

  Sunday           9:30am Worship followed by 2 Virtual Fellowship Group (*New fellowship group for Newcomers)

            I just finished reading Viktor Frankl’s book Man’s Search for Meaning. Written soon after his years in 4 concentration camps, Dr. Frankl offered some timely wisdom about finding strength during extraordinarily hard times. He noticed that those in the camps who fared the best were those who had something to look forward to, those who could imagine that life would be better at some point. 

        And now reading this book, around the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the camps, I was reminded of the power of stories from years back to give us strength and courage for the future. The odds they faced were incomprehensible. The courage they showed is inspiring. Their perseverance can fuel our determination in these days. 

        Biblical writers use this type of storytelling to inspire faith in their listeners. Remembering the ways that God was with their ancestors, the Biblical writers urged their listeners on to faith and courage when faced with adversity.

        This weekend in worship, I’ve chosen one of the communal Psalms of Lament (Psalm 74). The Psalm, written on behalf of an entire group of people, expresses the anguish of the people and names it before God. And then, remembering all that God had done for others in the past, the Psalmist declares, “But I will trust You, O God. I’m confident that You will lead us through this.” 

        I hope you are well and safe. Don’t hesitate to contact your staff. We’re here to support you.

        To send in a prayer request, send to prayers@normalfirst.org

        Look forward to worshipping with you,

        Pastor Kathy

Victor Frankl quotes, Man’s Search for Meaning

“Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.”

“A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the “why” for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any “how”.”

 Note:

Saturday service option is at 5pm 

Or, Sunday service option is at 9:30am 

There are a couple of ways to join in:

1.   www.normalfirst.org

2.   https://www.facebook.com/normalfirst/ (this is for Sunday morning service only)

You will be able to watch the service and join the Facebook watch party, if you like.   

Following the Sunday service, please join the virtual fellowship. This will begin at 10:15. Simply click the link below and follow the instructions for Zoom. 

Topic: Virtual Fellowship

Time: Apr 26, 2020 10:15 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 846 8323 6047

Password: 018239

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Meeting ID: 846 8323 6047

Password: 018239

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdf5GCI0e

During the fellowship time, you will have the option of “going to” a break-out room where there will be groups of 10 or so. This will make it easier to have conversations

First United Methodist Church

Virtual Worship Service

April 25, 5pm

April 26, 9:30am

Prelude             “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”       arr. Hayes

Welcome & Greeting                                        

Opening Hymn  “When We Are Called to Sing Your Praise” #2216

Prayer of Lament                          

Chorus                         “Where Children Belong”    #2233 

Children’s Moment         More Than This”   Luke 24:13-35

Word Through Music    “My Wordless Prayer”     Courtney

Scripture                                Psalm 74

Message                  

Pastoral Prayer & Lord’s Prayer

Invitation to Offering

Offertory                            “To a Wild Rose”       MacDowell

Hymn of Commitment   “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” #140

Blessing and Sending Forth

This Week in Worship – April 25 & 26, 2020