the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Responding to God’s Word OFFERTORY Revelation 19 Jeffrey La Valley
Please place pink prayer cards in the offering plates.
Our Fourth Sunday Offering today will support the summer tutoring program
at Iglesia Unida de Cristo in Berwyn. All cash and non-pledge donations will provide assistance to children from immigrant families.
*DOXOLOGY LASST UNS ERFREUEN
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Christ all people here below; Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise Holy Spirit evermore;
Praise Triune God, whom we adore.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! The Sacrament of Communion INVITATION THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise. SANCTUS
Sing each line responsively after the leader:
Holy, holy, holy, God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.The pastor will pray, concluding with “Great is the mystery of our faith.”
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH:
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION SERVING THE BREAD AND CUP
Communion will be served by intinction. Beginning from the middle pews, we invite everyone to come to the front or back to share in the joyful feast. As you reach the servers, take a piece of bread and then dip it in the cup. We serve grape juice, not wine. Gluten-free bread is available in the glass bowls inside each bread basket. Return to your place by the outside rows. HYMN 293 Sweet, Sweet Spirit SWEET, SWEET SPIRIT
HYMN 282 Every Time I Feel the Spirit AFRICAN-AMERICAN SPIRITUAL
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever,
Going Forth in Dedication and Service
*CHARGE and BENEDICTION SENDING MUSIC Come Holy Spirit, Lord GodJ. S. Bach
NEXT SUNDAY, June 3, 2012 - LAST 11:00 am Worship until fall
Youth Sunday and Church Picnic SERMON: “The Power to Speak” - SCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 6:1-8 and John 3:1-10
TODAY: Our liturgy comes from the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship. Our grateful thanks to the Sanctuary Choir for their singing today and every Sunday that they participate in worship. The Choir provides important leadership in our congregational singing and also illuminates our worship themes through the pieces they sing. The Choir begins its summer break after today’s service. Please join us on Open Choir Sundays throughout the year, and consider joining us in the fall when we resume.
Our Fourth Sunday Offering supports Summer Tutoring at Iglesia Unida de Cristo in Berwyn. This is a new UCC church led by Pastor Luis Alvarenga. From June 5 to July 26, First United will sponsor a tutoring program with 12 kindergarten-8th grade students from Iglesia Unida. Six students from Elmhurst College will provide tutoring, with support from our church members and leadership by a reading specialist named Amanda Gerald. Students and families will share a meal at 6 pm every Tuesday and Thursday, followed by tutoring until 8 pm. This program is made possible by your gifts and by Faith in Action funds, organized by our Education and Mentoring Action Team.
Congratulations to our members Ben Romanos and Cheryll David who were married here May 25th!
UPCOMING EVENTS Next Sunday, June 3, is:
The Church Picnic (on the lawn after worship: more info below...)
Last day of 11:00 am Worship (Worship begins at 10:00 am June 10 – Sept. 2)
The last day of church school until Sept. 9
Church Picnic, June 3 after Worship!
Plan to stay after worship for fellowship, food, music, and games on the church lawn. This church tradition is a great time to have fun with old friends as well as make new ones, and we have specially reserved sunshine and mild temperatures just for the occasion. Sandwiches, chips and drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish that is ready to be served. Sides can be refrigerated before the picnic. See you there!
Hug a leader
Next Sunday is the last day of church school. Since September, 36 adults and senior highs have led our ten classes. We are grateful for their time, love and commitment. If you see one of them, give a hug of thanks!
Camping Anyone? Save the Date!
First United Family Camp will take place August 9-13, 2012 at Tower Hill Camp, Sawyer, Michigan. Come for the weekend or plan to stay from Thursday through Monday. Bring your tent, camper, or RV. You can enjoy the beach, ride your bike, make new friends, go antiquing, chill out… The possibilities are endless! Summer will be here before we know it, so mark your calendar. Questions? Call Don & Priscilla Sibley (708) 848-2840
ADULT EDUCATION SUN., JUN. 3 (9:30 AM)
Preparing to Launch — What can families do to help their teens get ready for life after high school? Come hear perspectives from current college students, as well as young adults who have not had great transitions into college.
Adult Education Wrap-Up and Looking Ahead — What did you really like during the just-completed September through May Adult Education program year? What did you not care for so much? Looking ahead, we’ll discuss what you’d like to see for Adult Ed offerings in 2012-2013. Chris Damon, Adult Education Committee Chair.
Sermon/Worship Talk-Backs will begin June 10
They will run from 11:15 am to noon in the chapel. Each Sunday from June 10 through July 1 you are invited to join us in the chapel after worship to respond to the sermon and offer your perspectives about the whole service with the preacher of the day. Julie will be the preacher and leader on June 10.
Our Whole Lives Youth Sexuality Curriculum training
is July 20-22 for those interested in educating youth on sexual health, wholeness and faith. This is the curriculum of the UCC and Unitarian Universalists. Several churches will be participating. If you feel called to participate in this ministry, contact Leah Fowler at email@example.com.
We will list the names of high school and college graduates in the 6/3 bulletin. Please email your graduate’s information to Pastor Leah Fowler at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 31.
The Memorial Service for Ralph Balgemann
will be held at 1:00pm on Sat., June 9, in the sanctuary.
We’d like to give you a gift – no strings attached. A greeter or a pastor can give you a copy of the book Take This Bread, which is a story of someone who came to Christian faith as she engaged in service with poor and vulnerable members of her community. We hope this story will be a blessing to you as you grow in your own relationship with God, and we’re very glad you have joined us for worship today!
COFFEE HOUR: All are invited, immediately after worship in the lounge.
TO REDUCE DISTRACTIONS DURING WORSHIP, please use the exits and restrooms at rear (Lake St. side). Rear restrooms are at basement level. Please wait until first hymn to enter the sanctuary if you arrive a bit late.
GREEN GIVING CARDS IN THE PEW RACKS Offerings are a sacred act of worship. Use the Cards to celebrate what you’ve already given or to make a credit card donation.
Age-appropriate worship activities are available as you enter the Sanctuary. Children 5 and under may leave after Time for Sharing and go to Rooms 14 and 15.
A Jesus doll is on the front pew, available for a child who may want to sit with him during worship. Jesus is there for your child, just as Jesus is present for us.
OUR COUNCIL PRIORITY is to build relationships that Bless, Challenge and Transform… with God, with each other and with the world.
OUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE HAS THREE CORE THEMES: 1) Moving from words to God-pleasing actions in our relationship with God. 2) Moving from individualism to intimacy in our relationship with others. 3) Moving from providing charity to changing structures of injustice in our relationship to the world.
WE ARE A UNION CHURCH of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Church of Christ. We seek to be an inclusive expression of Christ’s body celebrating our diversity while finding our unity in Christ. We are a More Light/Open and Affirming congregation, committed to full inclusion of GLBT people in membership & ministry.