The Edgar Crockett Trio will lead our music in worship on Sunday, September 5. Edgar is one of the premier jazz performers in the Quad Cities. The trumpet, piano, bass trio will share classic hymns with a jazz style. They will be sure to get your toes tapping and lead a lively, joyful celebration of God’s love. Pastor Robb will finish his two-part series called “Kindness Matters” and examine the second half of the Book of Ruth.
Freeing Jesus from our preconceived notions of who he is. Many cling to a particular image of Christ, this series is pushing us to see more facets of who he is. Each week we will look at Jesus as friend, teacher, savior, Lord, way, and presence.
Some people are uncomfortable calling Jesus “teacher.” It feels to colloquial, too informal, and not reverent enough. Some cling to Jesus as friend without allowing the friend to push us out of their comfort zone. Some bristle at calling Jesus “Lord,” because that term is cloaked in hierarchy and colonialism. Some say that they follow Jesus as the “Way,” but others feel that referring to Jesus as “presence,” is too mystical to be helpful.
Whatever term you cling to, Pastor Robb may challenge you to open up your understanding of what that means. Whatever term makes you uncomfortable, he may help you unpack and see in a new light. Guided by the great work by Diana Butler Bass and her book “Freeing Jesus,” this series will take six weeks to take a closer look at Jesus and see the brilliance and beauty of holding all six facets (and many more we won’t mention) together.
This series will last from July 18 through August 22.
On July 23, Two Rivers United Methodist Church will present a special day of worship featuring music from The Beatles. Members of the Quad Cities’ own “Generations Band” will help lead the church in worship with classic Beatles songs such as “Help,” and “All You Need is Love.” The service will be built much like a regular worship service, but all the music will be provided by the band in an acoustic style. Pastor Robb McCoy, a long time Beatles fan, will share a message of love, hope, and peace.
The day will be a fun time of worship, and is a great chance to invite people to experience a new kind of worship service. According to Pastor Robb, “This is further evidence that we are willing to have a little fun, and try something new in worship.” The service will begin at 9:30 as usual, and people are encouraged to invite others to this special experience.
The next sermon series will examine different stories in the Bible about transformation. The very first story of the Bible is one of God transforming chaos into order. The rest of the Bible is full of stories of God doing work in people, transforming them for God’s purposes. All are called to be transformed by the Spirit of love and grace.
June 18 – From Isolation to Community — Romans 12:1-18
June 25 – From Separation to Reconciliation—2 Corinthians 5:13-20
July 2 – From Hidden to Leader – Esther 4
July 9 – From Persecutor to Champion—Acts 9:1-19
The Easter season is a seven-week celebration of the Risen Christ. For this season, Two Rivers UMC will celebrate a new series called, “Risen.” Providing a strike contrast from the seven weeks of Lent called “Forsaken,” this new series will take a closer look at the stories of Jesus after the Resurrection.
April 23 – Sending – Matthew 28:16-20
April 30 – Empowering – John 20:19-31
May 7 – Fishing – John 21:1-14
May 14 – Forgiving (and Restoring) – John 21:15-19
May 21 – Teaching (and Revealing) – Luke 24:13-35
May 28 – Promising – Luke 24:44-53