Of all the high holy days on the calendar of faith, Easter is by far the highest and the holiest. There is no exuberance that is too loud, no expression of joy that is over the top, no exercise of new life that can be shut down. Easter calls for excess. Don’t let it slip in silently; it needs brass accompaniment. And not just on one day. Easter is not a day; it is a season. That is why our worship series grabs hold of Easter and runs all the way to Pentecost, breathless and panting for the Spirit to come and breathe new life into our lungs so that we can endure the journey through the long season after Pentecost. The joy of Easter needs to sustain us until the Spirit can launch us into the next phase of experiencing the kin-dom of God.
Join us Sundays at 11am for our in-person service(following all Covid-19 safety precautions including masks and social distancing or watch us on Facebook Live
Pastor Juan Pablo
My daughter Gabriela and my son-in-law Anthony are visiting me for Christmas. I was excited to have the chance to spend Christmas Day with them and perhaps to revive some of the traditions we had when she was a little girl. Then it hit me; I have to get ready! I didn’t really decorate this year, so I started getting to work on making my home ready for her visit, including planning our meal. All the things have been done and now all I have to do is wait for her to come.
This Advent we are talking about the getting ready for company. We took a look at the mess we have around us and then gathered a cleaning crew to get to work. Then we decorated just like I did in anticipation for company. Now that tree has been decorated and the lights hung, we are ready for company.
Join me this Sunday at 11am as I continue our “Company’s Coming” worship series with “Waiting on the Threshold”. What is our response when God says “I am coming home?”
|Do you decorate before Thanksgiving, or do you wait until the day after? This year we saw Christmas lights go up earlier than usual even though we perhaps may still be celebrating the holiday sheltering in place. There is something about putting up an Evergreen tree, bright lights, and decorating that gives us joy and builds anticipation of Christmas.|
This Advent we are talking about the getting ready for company. We took a look at the mess we have around us and then gathered a cleaning crew to get to work. Now we can decorate! So let our inner experience of joy, love for our neighbor, and love of the one who called us be reflected on the outside. Let the lights shine bright!
Join me this Sunday at 11am as I continue our “Company’s Coming” worship series with “Deck the Halls”. How can we the best versions of ourselves as we prepare the way of the Lord this Advent season?
Join us for a virtual FACEBOOK or YOUTUBE live service this Sunday at 11am.
Pastor Juan Pablo
Beginning on Sunday, November 22nd at 11am, Cosmopolitan will be moving ONLINE with a Facebook Live service. The service will be under 40 minutes long with the liturgy and sermons we are used to, but in a new format. You will be able to comment and great each other as we watch the pre-recorded service together.
Governor J.B. Pritzker has announced new Tier 3 mitigation guidelines that are to go into effect on Friday, November 20, 2020. The State of Illinois, like most other states, is experiencing an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases, and in order to prevent further infection and death as well as to avoid overwhelming hospitals, we must all do our part.
Cosmopolitan United Church will join other United Methodist Churches in the state in suspending in-person services for at least the next 4 weeks as a show of solidarity with our neighbors and to be part of the solution to this Covid Spike. What I have learned in my first 5 months as your pastor is that you are a community of faith that recognizes that a building is not what defines “church”. We will get through this together.