For the Week ending November 5, 2017

05 NOV Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost

Season of Saints: Clothing of the Saints

This service kicks off the series in conversation with the Epistle reading for All Saints and Charles Wesley’s paraphrase of that reading in his hymn “What Are These Arrayed in White?” What they are and what they wear are clues for what God longs for all of us to become: beloved saints– and what it takes for us to become them.

REFERENCES:

  • Joshua 3:7-17
  • Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37
  • 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
  • Matthew 23:1-12

Additional All Saints Day readings:

  • Revelation 7:9-17
  • Psalm 34:1-10, 22
  • 1 John 3:1-3
  • Matthew 5:1-12

 

For the Week ending October 1, 2017

01 OCT Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

World Communion Sunday

REFERENCES:

  • Exodus 17:1-7
  • Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
  • Philippians 2:1-13
  • Matthew 21:23-32

Prayer

Most Gracious God, you hold each person’s life as more precious than we can imagine. When we turn aside from following your way, you urgently call us back to your way. Send your Spirit to give us a new heart to live as faithful people who show forgiveness to others. We dedicate our lives and our money to help share your good news with our neighbors. We pray through Christ your Son, who gave his life for the sake of the world. Amen. (Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32)

 

For the week ending September 24, 2017

24 SEP Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Season of Creation: FOOD

We increase God’s praise when we address not just our own “hanger,” but the legitimate howls of hanger or hunger, “the cries of the needy,” as we pray in our confession of sin, cries we are called to hear as Christ’s body, are respond to with whatever means we have, just as God did, and longs to do through us — without hesitation.

REFERENCES:

  • Exodus 16:2-15
  • Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 or Psalm 78
  • Philippians 1:21-30
  • Matthew 20:1-16

Prayer

God, our Heavenly King, we rejoice that you invite everyone to a place of purpose in your kingdom. Through Christ, your Son, you give us a vision of the world as your vineyard, where each person can contribute the gifts you have given. Free us from envy and comparing our circumstances to others. Give us strength by your Spirit to live joyfully as generous servants of your realm. We present your tithes and our offerings with thanks and praise in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Matthew 20:1-16)

 

Weekly reading for the Week ending September 17th

17SEP Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Season of Creation: WIND, SKY, AND SEA

Fire fascinates us, draws us in, and then reduces us to trembling. Death is at once enemy, and sister. And today, we join the witness of scripture in joy and terror at the power of wind, and sky, and sea, and with Francis we confess that God is surely praised through them.

REFERENCES:

  • Exodus 14:19-31
  • Psalm 114
  • Exodus 15:1b-11
  • Romans 14:1-12
  • Matthew 18:21-35

Prayer

O Lord, our God, you graciously welcome all who seek you. We are grateful that you have taught us your commandments so that we may live as people who belong to you. Guide us by your Spirit so that our attitudes toward others and our daily actions will honor you. Let the ministries of our church reach out to show and tell our neighbors of your faithful love. Receive our gifts and offerings for the sake of Jesus, our Lord. (Romans 14:1-12)

Memorial Bricks

Orders for Memorial Bricks for the Memorial Garden are now being accepted. 

If you would like to order a Memorial Brick with your loved ones name on it, please contact Danielle in the church office.  The cost is $50 per brick.  We must have a minimum of 10 bricks to place the order, as we still need a few more.  Call the office at 815.625.0114 for more information.

For the Week Ending August 13th

13 AUG Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

#ThreeSteps In a Christian’s Walk: Step Out…Into Faith

Inigo Montoya’s most repeated and memed line from The Princess Bride is “”You keep using that word…. I don’t think it means what you think it means.” What did Paul mean by “faith?” And what does faith, as Paul meant it, both require of us and empower us to do?

REFERENCES:

  • Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
  • Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b
  • Romans 10:5-15
  • Matthew 14:22-33

Prayer

August 13, 2017 – Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

God of peace, you are kind and generous to all who seek you. You are the Good Shepherd of a vast flock. But we can be like stubborn sheep, showing favoritism like Jacob or struggling with jealousy like Joseph’s brothers. Help us to turn away from the competition for more. Incline our hearts to compassion for our neighbors so that we will give freely from what we have received. We pray this through Christ our Lord, who loves each sheep and seeks each one that is lost. Amen. (Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28)

 

Trivia Night

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Calling all Trivia Lovers! Rock Falls United Methodist Church is hosting a Trivia Night on Saturday, November 19, 2016. Doors open at 6:30 and trivia starts at 7:00 p.m.

You do not need to be a member of RFUMC to participate.  This is a fun event for all ages and a great way to spend the evening with friends and family.

The trivia categories will cover a wide range of topics so don’t be afraid to sign up.

Cost is $80 per team. Teams may not have more than 8 members.  Register by October 31st and receive a free answer!

Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Contact Danielle at (815)625-0114 or rockfallsumc@gmail.com to register your team or for additional information.

Fall Rummage Sale Announced!

Donations are now being accepted for the UMW’s annual Fall Rummage sale which is set for October 7th & 8th.

Donations may be brought in during regular office hours Monday through Friday.  Items should be in clean/saleable condition, and may be left in the Church office or the left stage storage room.

**NO ELECTRONICS**

**NO CLOTHING**
Only children’s clothing up to Size 6 will be accepted.

2016 Fall Rummage Sale

Please welcome RFUMC’s New Pastor…

Bishop Sally Dyck and the Northern Illinois Conference Cabinet have prayerfully discerned Rev. Solomon Sudhakar to serve as the pastor of Rock Falls UMC for the following missional reasons:

  • Passion for preaching and teaching
    Strengths in pastoral care with good listening skills
    Relational leadership with a focus on equipping members in shared ministry
    Heart for young people and community outreach

Rev. Solomon Sudhakar

Rev Solomon FamRev. Solomon Sudhakar brings some profound life experiences and understanding to his ministry. His ministerial experiences ranged from rural to urban congregations, both in India as well as in the United States. Solomon is a fourth generation Christian and third in accepting the call for the pastoral ministry. He had a sense of Call and interest for pastoral ministry since he was a young boy. His Call to ministry is driven by God’s mission and purpose in Christ toward service and solidarity with all people and rest of God’s creation.

For Solomon these interests and experiences underscore his ministry and preaching. He understands his ministry as an opportunity to initiate possibilities of interaction and faithful encounter with the scriptures and building up of community. He grew up in a farming community and treasures his experiences of spending time in rice fields and vegetable gardens. His first pastoral assignment was to eight small rural congregations, where most members were farmers and involved in agriculture. Many worship services were conducted in farms and fields.

Rev. Solomon is married to Rev. Satya, who is also an ordained Minister. They have two daughters Salomi Arunima who is aged 16, a high school student and a wonderful and lead pianist at church and a younger daughter Christine Ilia, aged 9 years. Along with studies at the seminary, they have been involved in parish ministry at the CSI Wesley church Chicago along with supplying and preaching at various local churches in and around Chicago. Solomon engaged in preaching, conducting weekly worship services, officiated at weddings, special occasions, pastoral visitations and funerals. In Chicago, Solomon was very successful in bringing several young people back to church by involving them in worship, particularly in managing technology, weekly praise and worship and other parts of the service. Also in one of the churches, he initiated Wellness Wednesday program by having a nurse and a yoga teacher to meet the needs of the local Hispanic community. Eventually several of them joined the church as members. He greatly believes and encourages in the Church making itself visible and effective in the community through its activities and ministry.

Solomon and Satya have a loving and supportive relationship. They love to watch their little girls grow and spend a lot of time with family. Solomon enjoys cooking, which for him is a great way of relaxing and to be creative. They like gardening and being outdoors.

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