Dunlap Prospect United Methodist Church
Monday, March 27, 2017
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Welcome to Dunlap Prospect United Methodist Church

  300 East Ash Street,  Dunlap, IL. 61525

                                                                                    309 243-7300

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          Sunday Worship Service 9:00 am

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Pastor Steve's Monthly Message         

The Season of Lent...our Season of Revelation:

Wednesday, March 1st marks the beginning of our 7-week journey towards Easter. We begin the season with our traditional Ash Wednesday service (at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall) before embarking on a journey that takes us through Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, “Good” Friday and Easter Sunday (April 16th). Throughout the 40 days (plus Sundays) of this journey, the Church has his- torically called upon Christians to use the season as one of intentional self- examination and reflection. Recalling the temptation-filled forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness before beginning his ministry, Lent is a season for repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. (In the early church, Lent was also a time to prepare new converts for baptism.)

History teaches us that, after the example of Christ, such practices: self- examination, reflection, repentance and fasting, prepare our hearts for new revelations of God’s presence with us and God’s will for us.  

Speaking of Revelation, the Apostle John wrote a whole book on “revelations.” In Greek, “revelation” is pronounced apocalypse (translation: disclosure). In exile on the Island of Patmos toward the end of the first century, Jesus’ beloved disciple received a series of visions from God – revelations of what was going on in the “real world,” the world bigger and more lasting than the Roman Empire. He was instructed to write down what he saw and to share it with his fellow Christians in Asia – what we would call western Turkey. God’s “Revelation” to John helped challenge and inspire the early church with incredible hope, courage, and commitment.

Much of this revelation captured an image of the “end times” when Jesus would return from heaven to triumph, once and for all, over evil and darkness. But the early visions contained in John’s revelations, spoke to the church of the day... churches John had helped found. These 7 churches (Ephesus, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea) were enduring the same struggles we face today, but God was determined to use these churches and the members within them as “Christ’s lamps to the world.” So God gave each church a vision to help them overcome the darkness pressing in upon them. John’s letters to these churches called them to a Lent-like journey of self-examination and reflection...all so that they could shine more brightly for Jesus!

Join us this Lent as we take a look “the 7 Churches of Revelation” in our hope to become a more faithful church today! I’m confident that God is going to speak through John once again in a way that will touch our hearts, transform our lives, put oil in our lamps, and move our church forward as it seeks to shine the light of Christ throughout Dunlap, the Peoria area and the world! 

<><, Pastor Steve