Once again Epiphany closes with the Transfiguration of Jesus – the turning point, the final affirmation, before Jesus set his sights on Jerusalem and the coming confrontation and sacrifice. The challenge off course is for us to learn to recognize God’s glory – in Christ, but also in all people and all things.
It is this capacity for glory that can make a massive change to how we live in the world, and then through us, make a change to the world itself.
May God’s glory fill our eyes, our hearts and our lives as we will gather for worship this week.
Elisha prepares for his time to leave the earth (since he never dies in the Scriptural account) and Elisha refuses to be separated from him. Then, when Elijah asks Elisha what he wants before he leaves, Elisha asks for twice Elijah’s spirit. Elijah tells him that he will receive it if he sees Elijah being taken away. Then, Elijah is caught up in a wind and carried away, but Elisha sees and grieves the departure of his master.
Jesus takes Peter, James and John up a mountain where his face is transfigured, his clothes shine white, and the disciples, who had fallen asleep, wake up to find Jesus speaking with Moses and Elijah.
Light of the World, continue to shine around us. Show us the way. Show us how to live. Show us how to love. Light of the World, shine through us. Help us to do our part to share Your light with others. Light of the World, burn bright in us when we are faint. Burn bright in us when we are weary. Burn bright in us when we feel we have no more to give, for Your light is everlasting. Amen.
In our Prayers Today:
All of our members, especially: Bunny Corrough, Mary Schwartz, Louise Anderson, Pat Matzek, Loretta Tanis, Gene Manley, Rich Rardin,
Amy Castleberry, Jan Elsner
Those with health and family issues: Kayson Schumacher; Barb McLeod, Denise Karhoff King’s sister; Virginia Thomasma, Pat Shaver’s mother; Jim Halligan, brother of Kathy Brenniman; Tony, brother in law of Christine Marousek; Linda Shaver-Gleason; Chris Gleason; Linus Gleason; Ann Efflandt, niece of Jack and Denise Karhoff King; Marilyn Blake, sister of Carol Wixson, Darrell Singelaub, brother of Jean Bubert; Kate Benner, friend of the Landerholms; John Tomlin, brother of Pat Baker; Brenda Caudill, niece of Rich and Shirley Rardin; Jerry Buffenmeyer, Susan Friend’s Father; Sarah Wilkin, niece of Carol Wixson; Janet, extended family of Dennis Subach
8:00 Worship in the Chapel
No Conversation with Pastor Sunday
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary:
This Sunday, Scott Hotaling, M.Div. will be connecting the story of the Transfiguration – where the disciples fall asleep – with his emerging vision of church as ‘home’. You can find some background on his thoughts in the most recent Messenger or here.Click!
Music by: Chancel Choir
Ushers: Gerry Chvatal, LouAnn Chvatal, Jack King, Ron Lohman, Jeff Kaiser
Liturgist: L.G. Bryant
Coffee And…: In celebration of Shirley Rardin’s 90th Birthday!
Join us for:
Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday, February 14
7:00pm in our Sanctuary
with our friends from
United Methodist Church
Ashes to Go!
Lombard Metra Station during the morning commuting
February 17, 2018 Laity Convocation: From Why to How: Executing your Plan for Ministry
Meet Me At the Fair, the 28th Annual Auction and Dinner is on Sunday, February 18. The Silent Auction, set up on the Midway, begins at 4:00 p.m.; Dinner is at 5:00 p.m.; and the Live Auction begins 6:00 p.m.
Still want to contribute??
Sign up for events – they are a fun way to get better
acquainted with people and food is
usually involved, if not the main feature, so events are winners!
Buy items at the auction
Simply write a check marked “auction sponsor” and turn it in to Susan Friend or place it in the offering plate.
Come to the dinner, bid on items and have fun cheering on the other bidders!
Dinner Tickets are still discounted at $15 through Sunday, after that they will go up to $20! Need Vegetarian Dinner, let them know when you purchase tickets!
As we go forward into 2018, we at Congregation Etz Chaim know that interfaith work is a priority. Passover offers a unique opportunity to learn about Judaism and create relationships which we can use to better our communities.
This year, congregation Etz Chaim wanted to offer a learning Seder. This is so all who are unfamiliar with the service can have time to learn about the process and ask as many questions as wanted. In this Seder, we will learn all about the process, history, and reasons for the holiday. Our learning Seder will be on Thursday, March 8th at 6pm in the synagogue. The cost to register is $25 for adults and $18 for children, and please come hungry. Cash or check will be accepted
Please let Pastor Luis no later than Sunday, February 25th to make the reservations.
One of the big values Passover teaches us is to be welcoming and to transmit knowledge, we are so excited to be able to hold both of those values with this Seder.
Congregation Etz Chaim
1710 S Highland Ave, Lombard, IL
Lenten Bible Study
Sunday Mornings beginning
February 18 @ 8:45am $11.00
In life and in death, Jesus’ words were powerful and meaningful.
Despite the serious effort and increased pain required for Jesus to speak as he hung on the cross, Jesus spoke seven “final words”-statements that have much to teach us about Jesus, his Father, and ourselves:
Father Forgive Them/Today You Will Be with Me in Paradise
Behold Your Son…Behold Your Mother/My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?/I Thirst/It Is Finished . . . Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit/Postscript: The Words After That
In 24 Hours That Changed the World, Adam Hamilton took us on a Lenten journey through the last day of Jesus’ life. Now in this inspiring follow-up book, Hamilton explores these final words as seen and heard through the eyes and ears of those who stood near the cross.
Each chapter begins with the biblical account followed by a first-person story as might have been told from the viewpoint of one of the characters at the cross. Then the chapter explores the meaning of Jesus’ dying words for our lives today. Following the last statement, a postscript recounts the words Jesus spoke following his resurrection, including what truly were the final words Jesus spoke while walking this earth.
Join the crowd now and experience the final words from the cross.
Final Words from the Cross offers six chapters/sessions plus a postscript chapter/session, so that classes have the option of a seventh session on Easter Sunday or the
Sunday after Easter.
Ecumenical Lenten Bible Study 5 Weeks
Wednesday Mornings 10:30am beginning February 21-March 21
Meeting here in our Chapel
Cost of the Book: $12
About the Book:
Top Jesus scholars Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan join together to reveal a radical and little-known Jesus. As both authors reacted to and responded to
questions about Mel Gibson’s blockbuster The Passion of the Christ, they discovered that many Christians are unclear on the details of events during the week leading up to Jesus’s crucifixion.
Using the gospel of Mark as their guide, Borg and Crossan present a day-by-day account of Jesus’s final week of life. They begin their story on Palm Sunday with two triumphal entries into Jerusalem. The first entry, that of Roman governor Pontius Pilate leading Roman soldiers into the city, symbolized military strength. The second heralded a new kind of moral hero who was praised by the people as he rode in on a humble donkey. The Jesus introduced by Borg and Crossan is this new moral hero, a more dangerous Jesus than the one enshrined in the church’s traditional teachings.
The Last Week depicts Jesus giving up his life to protest power without justice and to condemn the rich who lack concern for the poor. In this vein, at the end of the week Jesus marches up Calvary, offering himself as a model for others to do the same when they are confronted by similar issues.
Informed, challenged, and inspired, we not only meet the historical Jesus, but meet a new Jesus who engages us and invites us to follow him.
About the Authors:
Marcus J. Borg (1942-2015) was a pioneering author and teacher whom the New York Timesdescribed as “a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars.” He was the Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University and canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, and he appeared on NBC’s The Today Show and Dateline, ABC’s World News, and NPR’s Fresh Air. His books have sold over a million copies, including the bestselling Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, Jesus, The Heart of Christianity, Evolution of the Word, Speaking Christian, and Convictions.
John Dominic Crossan, professor emeritus at DePaul University, is widely regarded as the foremost historical Jesus scholar of our time. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Historical Jesus, How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian, God and Empire, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, The Greatest Prayer, The Last Week, and The Power of Parable. He lives in Minneola, Florida.