United Church of 
Rogers Park
United Church of Rogers Park
1545 West Morse Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60626

Sunday Worship 10 AM

All Are Welcome!

A church for all of God's people in the heart of the neighborhood- for over 100 years!

Our Mission Statement:

United Church of Rogers Park United Methodist Church seeks, by thinking globally and acting locally, to make known God's love for persons of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, physical and mental abilities and economic classes.

Sunday Worship, Focus, and Scriptures

All are welcome to our:

♦  9 a.m. Adult Sunday School [Children Sunday School during 10 a.m. worship]

♦ 10 a.m. Sunday Services

      [Communion served 1st and 3rd Sunday]

♦ Parking is available free on Sundays at Byline Bank, two blocks west of the church at the
     northwest corner of Clark Street and Morse Avenue.

Thanksgiving with a meal in a Circle

While most countries celebrate their Thanksgiving at the beginning of the harvest season, in the United States it is celebrated at the end of harvest. November is associated with giving thanks.  Most people think of Thanksgiving is being thankful for the harvest of foods, but we must also be thankful for God’s love that overflows onto all of us. Christ’s message is clear as we demonstrate and advise one another with wisdom through psalms, hymns, songs, words, or deeds with gratitude in our hearts to God the Giver.

The past few weeks there were small potluck dinners as a meet-and-greet of our new pastors. Except for “when two or more are gathered in my name,” the bible says little or nothing about small groups.  John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, was a big patron for small groups, or as he called them - Circles.  Wesley knew the key for change was through small groups.

Crowding around the dinner table is more than sharing a meal with friend and family.  It is also sharing ideas, hopes and dreams, relate with one another and be thankful for the food you are about to eat.  There is something by sitting at the same common table sharing and getting to understand one another so we can, in fact, learn to love each other.  Doesn’t it always start around a table? Isn’t a dinner date always the prelude to a kiss?

One of the greatest gifts from God is Holy Communion.  And this Holy Communion is not always with a pastor during worship. Many view the Communion Meals at the holy altar of their church. But one needs to also look at their common dinner table in their home as another worship place for God’s family and friends.

Maybe God’s gift is lost because of our busy schedules of ordering food through a clown’s mouth and eating our meal in our car, or the child sitting alone eating the meal while watching TV or playing on their cell phone.  

Maybe God’s gift is lost because many churches present their communion elements as chewing gum size pellets of bread or dry paper-tasting wafers along with thimble-sized shot glasses of grape juice.

Where is the common table for all to gather?  Where is the passing of the platter or the tearing apart a common loaf of bread? Where are the chairs for the guests to sit at the table?  Where are the guests?  Where is it in our daily lives?  For Communion is the greatest gift to us from God.  

The basic communion message or command, as it were, from Jesus:

“Do this, break bread, have a meal, in remembrance of me. This is my body and this is my blood. This is my life force. My teachings. The reason I’m here on earth is to help you guys understand and learn to love. It isn’t easy to share and love while sitting alone in front of the TV forking down the pasta.”

So not only this Thanksgiving, but at every meal, set a table with your Circle.  Make your own Communion Table and remember Christ and give thanks with a Circle of friends and family.  Allow it to be widened at UCRP.  For the greatest gift from God is sharing a meal with a circle of friends and family by remembering Christ and giving thanks.

May you have many Thanksgivings meals throughout 2018.

Native American Heritage Month

November 20 Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 23 Thanksgiving
Luke 17:11-19 Deuteronomy 8:7-18 Psalm 65 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Jesus Heals Ten Lepers

November 26 Last Sunday After Pentecost Christ the Lord Sunday
Matthew 25:31-46 Ezekiel 34:11-16  Psalm 100  Ephesian 1:15-23
The Sheep and the Goats
The Final Judgment
Deacon Wes preaching

November 29  International Day of Solidarity With The Palestinian People

December 9 Church Conference at 9:30 am
Advent:  Keep Awake!
Advent:  Keep Awake!
Advent is about the breathless expectation of light in a world of darkness. Jesus is born into a world of turmoil: the immigrant is rejected; homelessness is rampant; cruelty and bureaucracy reign in the halls of power as the people are sent back to their hometowns for a census. And yet, in that darkness, a light is promised. The light that will set us free from the narrative of death and finally bring all humanity into the promise of life. Join us this Advent as we look at our Scripture stories; asking where do we find hope, peace, joy, and love in the Scriptures; where do we see it today and how do we continue to live for it in a world that so often feels like it has given itself over to despair. Christ is coming. We are living for hope in a world of despair.
December 1 World AIDS Day A Day Without Art

December 3 First Sunday of Advent 
Mark 13:24-37 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19  Isaiah 64:1-9
The Coming
The Lesson of the Fig Tree
The Necessity for Watchfulness
Pastor Lindsey preaching

December 7 Soup and Conversation Advent Gathering at 6 pm
[see Upcoming Events for more information]

December 9 Church Conference at 9:30 am

December 10 Second Sunday of Advent
Mark 1:1-8 2 Peter 3:8-15 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 Isaiah 40:1-11
The Promise of the Lord's Coming
Final Exhortation and Doxology

December 14 Soup and Conversation Advent Gathering at 6 pm
[see Upcoming Events for more information]

December 17 Third Sunday of Advent
John 1:6-8, 19-28 I Thessalonians 5:16-24 Psalm 126 Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 The Testimory of John the Baptist

December 17 UCRP Christmas Concert at 3 pm 

December 21 Holiday Cheer Party at 6 pm [see Upcoming Events for more information]
Soup and Conversation Advent Gathering at 6 pm
December 24  Fourth Sunday of Advent
Luke 1:26-38 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 Psalm 96 Isaiah 9:2-7
Luke 1:47-55 Roman 16:25-27
Luke 2:1-20 Titus 2:11-14
The Birth of Jesus

December 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6:30 pm

December 25 Christmas
John 1:1-14 Hebrews 1:1-12 Psalm 98 Isaiah 52:7-10
The Word Became Flesh

December 31 First Sunday After Christmas
Luke 2:22-40 Galatians 4:4-7 Psalm 8 Isaiah 61:10-62
Matthew 25:31-46 Revelation 21:1-6 Psalm 148 Ecclesiastes 3:1-13
Jesus is Presented in the Temple
The Judgement of Nations

December 31 New Years Eve

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