A Glimpse of who Jesus is — This week at ELC

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The transfiguration story is filled with mystery. We can only imagine what the sight might have been like. Those present (Peter, James, and John) were clearly
terrified by the event. Often transformational events in our lives are also mysterious and terrifying, like a new career move or a major illness. Yet we are encouraged, not to run from our fears, but to embrace them. “This is my Son… listen to him!” 
invites us to move toward Jesus, even when we are afraid.

Worship this week with Holy Communion:

Saturday at 5:00 p.m. in the chapel

Sunday — 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

9:30 a.m.  — Sunday School and New Member Orientation

10:30 a.m. — Contemporary Worship

Devotions for this week: The Transfiguration                                                 February 6-7, 2016

SHARE: What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?

READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding

Sunday, Mark 8:27–9:8, Transfiguration

Monday, Psalm 27:1-4

Tuesday, Mark 9:38-41, Another Exorcist

Wednesday, Mark 9:30-37, Passion Prediction (Ash Wednesday)

Thursday, Mark 9:42-50, Temptations to Sin

Friday, Mark 10:1-12, Teaching about Divorce

Saturday, Mark 10:13-16, Jesus Blesses Little Children

TALK: Consider some of these ideas:

Who do you say that Jesus is? On this question hangs today’s scripture reading. Do we seek the way of glory, the way of the cross, or understand the journey with Christ as somehow at the intersection of the two? Given a glimpse of glory, Peter, James and John show an interest in staying at the top of the mountain.

  • Why do you think that, immediately following Jesus’ transfiguration of blinding white, Jesus’ words become so relatively dark?
  • Why do you think Jesus’ transfiguration was a turning point in his ministry? How did the revelation affect his disciples?
  • What do you think Jesus meant when he rebuked Peter for speaking about his identity? Consider how the public glorification of Jesus’ mission might detract or distract from his journey toward the cross.

PRAY: Light of the world, transform our understanding. Show us the truth we grasp only dimly. Amen.

BLESS: May God reveal God’s self to you every day. Amen.

 

Come share the story — this week at ELC

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We welcome Pastor Emily Tveite of Lutheran Campus Ministries of Madison as our guest preacher this week for worship.  Pastor Emily Tveite began her work at Lutheran Campus Ministries of Madison in August 2015. She was born and raised in Austin, Texas and earned her undergraduate degree in Religion from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. She completed her seminary studies at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.  During that time, she served as Intern at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Vancouver, WA. The experience of working in the Pacific Northwest equipped her for working in a climate of declining religiosity and inspired her passion for journeying with those new to the Christian faith.

Worship this weekend:  5:00 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel

Sunday — 8:30 a.m. Traditional worship

9:30 a.m. –Sunday School

10:30 a.m. — Traditional Worship

We are delighted to be a supporting partner of Lutheran Campus ministry, and we invite you to meet Pastor Emily this weekend.

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Lutheran Campus Ministry is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and our ministry is made possible by the South Central Synod of Wisconsin, Luther Memorial, Bethel Lutheran, and over 30 other partner congregations.

Lutheran Campus Ministry in Madison unites college and university students in God’s grace, engaging the world in Christ’s love.

Lutheran Campus Ministry is centered in Jesus Christ’s embodiment of the love and grace of God. In that spirit, we welcome all UW-Madison, MATC, and Edgewood students, faculty, and staff to be a part of this community of faith, worship, service, and fellowship.

Time to think about Summer Bible Camp — This week at ELC!

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We are delighted to welcome Don Shunkwiler, executive director of Sugar Creek Bible Camp to all our worship services this weekend.  In the midst of January’s cold, it’s a good time to think about summer, and about opportunities to experience faith in a new and special way at Bible Camp!  Don will bring a message at worship, and be available during the  Sunday School hour to meet with those wanting to hear more about camp!

Worship this weekend:

Saturday — 5:00 p.m. in the chapel

Sunday —   8:30 a.m. — Traditional Worship

9:30 a.m. — Sunday School

10:30 a.m. — Contemporary worship

Devotions for this week:

Jesus heals Jairus’ daughter                                        January 23-24, 2016

He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement.                                                  Mark 5:41-42

Jesus was always being interrupted. No sooner had he returned from the far side of the sea, he encountered a leader of the synagogue asking for help for his gravely ill daughter. Midway on the journey to her bedside, as the crowd pressed in on him, a woman touched his clothes, and he paused to address her also-deep need. Continuing on his way, he came to the girl’s bedside and performed yet another miracle. But he did not yet want it revealed to the world.

Read: Sunday, Mark 5:21-43, Jairus’ Daughter Healed

Monday, Psalm 131

Tuesday, Mark 6:53-56, Healing the Sick in Gennesaret

Wednesday, Mark 7:1-23, The Tradition of the Elders

Thursday, Mark 7:24-30, The Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith

Friday, Mark 7:31-37, Jesus Cures a Deaf Man

Saturday, Mark 8:1-10, Feeding the Four Thousand

 How do the people healed in these stories respond to Jesus’ healing?

  • What differences and similarities do you notice between the healing of the woman and the healing of the little girl? What do these difference sand similarities mean to you?
  • The woman was considered unclean because of her hemorrhaging. Who is considered unclean in your community? How do people become acceptable? Or how do you change your idea of what is acceptable?

Do: Consider what ails you in body, mind, or spirit. Ask Jesus for healing. Ask again. And again.

Bless: May God heal you in body, mind, and spirit. Amen.

 

The Kingdom of God is like — This Week at ELC

Parable+of+the+Sower +Kingdom+of+GodWhat a difference a small seed can make when it grows and produces.  Jesus teaches in parables, or comparisons, and says that the kingdom takes root by God’s providing and by God’s strength, but wherever it takes hold, it makes a huge difference.

Worship this week with Holy Communion;

Saturday  — 5:00 p.m. in the chapel

Sunday — 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

9:30 a.m. Sunday School and adult class

10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship

Devotions for this week:

Jesus teaches in parables                                             January 16-17, 2016

 He began to teach them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! A sower went out to sow.” Mark 4:2-3

 How can we say what God’s kingdom is like? Even Jesus used metaphor to talk about it, and around it. To crowds hungry for hope, he talked of scattered seed and dramatic crop yields, of the revealing of truth, of a tiny promise that grew into shelter for many. He gave them as much as they were able to hear.

 Read: Sunday, Mark 4:1-34, Parables in Mark

Monday, Psalm 126

Tuesday, Mark 3:31-35, The True Kindred of Jesus

Wednesday, Mark 4:35-41, Jesus Stills a Storm

Thursday, Mark 5:1-20, Jesus Heals the Gerasene Demoniac

Friday, Mark 6:30-44, Feeding the Five Thousand

Saturday, Mark 6:45-52, Jesus Walks on Water

 How do Jesus’ healings and miracles support his teachings?

  • Which of Jesus’ parables are the most difficult for you to understand? Why? What modern parables tell the stories of people today?
  • What does the parable of the sower tell you about God’s word? How might you be a sower of the word? How might you be good soil to receive God’s word? How might you be the seed that spreads God’s word to the world?

 Do: Plant herb seeds in a pot. Take good care of your plant so you can use the herbs in your cooking this summer.

Bless: May God plant God’s word in you. Amen.