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
Lent is a time of preparation leading up to Easter. It is a chance to focus on the life, ministry, and sacrifice of Jesus. Tradition has churches wait until the last week before Easter to examine the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. Often, this means that congregations rush through some of the most important stories about Jesus. This year, Two Rivers will use this seven-week period of Lent to take a closer look at the last days of Jesus. This series, entitled “Forsaken,” will walk through the last few chapters of the Gospel of Matthew. Starting with the Last Supper on March 5, we will examine who Jesus was betrayed, denied, disappointed, abandoned, sentenced, and finally executed.