THIS WEEKEND IN WORSHIP July 25 @ 5pm or July 26 @ 9:30am

Parents are trying to study the options and make the best decisions for their families. Students are wondering which friends would be in school the same days they would.

I have been praying for all of these students, parents, teachers and administrators who are making decisions about school this Fall. This feels like just one of the many difficult challenges of this pandemic we are living through.  

I have heard from many people that they are feeling an underlying anxiety. Others who were already living with depression or anxiety report that it has gotten worse. Part of the uneasiness is just so much uncertainty constantly swirling around.

How are we to think about all this? What does it mean?

This week in the sermon, I want to talk about “The Meaning & the Mystery of this Pandemic.”

We will look at Job. To prepare for worship, please reflect on Job 38-42.

What is God trying to convey to Job? What does Job learn by boldly engaging in conversation with God?

The Children’s Moment this weekend is titled, “I Can Only Imagine” and will come from the Book of Revelation.

Music in the service includes:

·        Canticle of the Creator – Courtney

·        O Love – Hagenberg

·        God of Wonders

·        God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens; and

·        A Postlude played by Dr. Gotkowski that has a long German title and is by Buxtehude.

Next Wednesday we will be back out at the Chapel in the Trees at Funk’s Grove for worship. Bring a chair or sit on one of the log pews. Bring a mask. It is a beautiful setting. Pastor Kim will be leading worship that evening. We will start at 6:30 p.m.

Hope you have a good week.

Stay well. Stay connected.

Pastor Kent

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tomorrow we will be having our Noisy Offering from 10-11am in our church parking lot. Please consider stopping by with your coins and loose bills to help support MERGE/ISU Wesley Foundation. Our donations will help this campus ministry.

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And, you can bring your new school supplies being donated to Fairview Elementary and the Boys & Girls Club at the same time as the Noisy Offering. Here is a list of supplies that are needed:

Wide ruled spiral notebooks

3 hole punched Lined notebook paper

Crayola crayons

Washable glue

Washable markers

Pencils

Pencil erasers

Scissors-Fiskars round or sharp tipped

Pocket folder

Kleenex/tissue

Disinfectant wipes

Plastic Ziploc bags

All items must be new

Monetary gifts may also be given. Label your check for Fairview Elementary and/or Boys & Girls Club

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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.   

5:00 Service (Saturday) Virtual Fellowship – following the Service https://bit.ly/2Wg2bEc

9:30 Service (Sunday) Virtual Fellowship – following the service https://bit.ly/3cseKC1

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First United Methodist Church

Virtual Worship Service

August 1, 5pm

August 2, 9:30am

Welcome & Greeting                 

Prelude                                “Canticle of the Creator”                                 Courtney

Hymn                                       “God of Wonders”                                           #3034

Chorus                                 “Where Children Belong”                                     #2233 

Children’s Moment                  I Can Only Imagine                         Revelation 21:3-5

The Word Through Music                “O Love”                                          Hagenberg

Scripture                                  Job 38:1, 16-19  (Message)

Message                     “The Meaning and Mystery of the Pandemic”

Pastoral Prayer & Lord’s Prayer

Offertory     

Hymn of Commitment “God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens” (vs, 1, 3, 4) #150

Blessing and Sending Forth

Postlude                       “Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist”                     Buxehude

This Weekend in Worship – July 25 & 26, 2020