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Next Sunday's worship services
and education hour

Transfiguration of Our Lord

February 26, 2017
Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11am


Prayer of the Day
O God, in the transfiguration of your Son you confirmed the mysteries of the faith by the witness of Moses and Elijah, and in the voice from the bright cloud declaring Jesus your beloved Son, you foreshadowed our adoption as your children. Make us heirs with Christ of your glory, and bring us to enjoy its fullness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Scripture readings
Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 2
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9

Sermon
The Transfiguration of Jesus is an odd story, but a welcome one. Who has not yearned to go up the mountain and bask in the presence of God’s Son? In moments of darkness and despair, we long for relief and escape — to see the dazzling light and breathe the fresh air. Peter, James, and John are gifted with just such a moment. God’s voice speaks, affirming Jesus’ identity as the Beloved Son. Not surprisingly, Peter wants to stay there. He even offers to set up camp so that they can remain forever above the dusty fray of daily life. This, however, is not why Jesus has brought them up the mountain. He has brought them up to send them down again. But he does not send them alone. He goes with them, banishing their fear, face set toward Jerusalem. We go up the mountain today and bask in the glory of Jesus, but we do not stay here. We are called to follow him into this world, bearing his gifts of life and light for a world in need.


Hymns

Entrance hymn LBW 526 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Hymn of the Day LBW 80 O Wondrous Type! O Vision Fair
Distribution hymns LBW 89 How Good, Lord, to Be Here
  LBW 653 Jesus on the Mountain Peak
Sending hymn LBW 654 Alleluia, Song of Gladness

LBW     Lutheran Book of Worship



In our prayers we remember Lutheran Child and Family Services' Uptown Ministry, which serves Chicago’s Uptown community with a food pantry, English classes, after-school programming, support groups, and housing and health care resources and advocacy.

 

Education hour at 9:45am

Sunday School and Pre-Confirmation students and their families gather in Fellowship Hall at 9:45 a.m. to create family devotional materials for Lent, as well as spring greeting cards for veterans in the inpatient psychiatric clinic and substance abuse clinic at Hines VA Hospital.

Confirmation students meet in their regular classrooms.

Adult Education
Jesus and the Renewal of Community Life,
with Ray Pickett, Professor, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. This two-part series focuses on Jesus’ Galilean ministry in its turbulent political context. The Gospels describe Jesus leading a prophetic renewal movement responding to adverse social and economic effects of Herod Antipas’ project of urbanization. In contrast to individualistic interpretations of Jesus’ ministry, we will explore how Jesus is restoring community life from the margins. (The second session on this topic meets on March 12.)

Adult Ed schedule Winter-Spring 2017

The Bible study group meets this Sunday in the conference room, led by Bob Jandeska.

The Grace Church Library is open and staffed on Sundays from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Look for books related to Adult Ed topics as well as many other subjects. The library is also open for self-service during the week.

 

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