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CENTRAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
512 S. Bernard St Spokane WA
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Worship at 10:30am
with Children's Church
Fellowship at 11:45am
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Sunday, February 26
Transfiguration of Our Lord
Today’s festival is a bridge between the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany cycle that comes to a close today and the Lent-Easter cycle that begins in several days. On the mount of transfiguration Jesus is revealed as God’s beloved Son, echoing the words at his baptism. This vision of glory sustains us as Jesus faces his impending death in Jerusalem.
We turn this week to Ash Wednesday and our yearly baptismal journey from Lent to Easter. Some churches put aside the alleluia at the conclusion of today's liturgy. This word of joy will be omitted during the penitential season of Lent and will be sung again at Easter.
Readings and Psalms
- Exodus 24:12-18
Moses enters the cloud of God’s glory on Mount Sinai
- Psalm 2
You are my son; this day have I begotten you. (Ps. 2:7)
- 2 Peter 1:16-21
The apostle’s message confirmed on the mount of transfiguration
- Matthew 17:1-9
Revelation of Christ as God’s beloved Son
Finding God in the Clouds
We often speak of mountaintop experiences as those joyous times we look forward to with excitement and look back upon fondly, such as summer camp or an annual hiking trip. The mountaintop moments in today’s readings were different: awe-inspiring, yes, but also full of devouring fires, clouds, and fear. Vision is obscured, the familiar becomes unknown, and nothing is the same. People get lost in fires, clouds, and fear, unable to find their way, but God’s presence is where we get both lost and found. Many biblical encounters with God involved fear, pointing to the awesome reality of God that is much more than the gentle shepherd we often imagine (though God is that, too). God is, as C. S. Lewis famously said, “not a tame lion” (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, London: HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2001, p. 197). The truth is, we can no more plan our mountaintop times with God than we can stay there forever, as much as we think we would like to. God’s place is to invite, ours to respond, faces bowed to the ground.
Eventually, of course, the time comes to leave that mountain, walking with Jesus down to the valley and getting dusty with the ashes of daily life. Many churches symbolically “roll up the Alleluias” today, recognizing that this is the end of a glorious season celebrating Christ’s light and the entrance to a no-less-real season of Jesus’ and our own lives, the “valley” season of Lent. But that doesn’t mean there is nothing to do down in the valley. On the contrary, the traditional disciplines of Lent—fasting, prayer, and gifts to the poor—all help us maintain the eyes, ears, and heart to see and hear God whenever and however God appears.
Childrens’ Church (Sundays during worship as schedules) CC is for kids up to 5th grade and is held in the Sunday School room upstairs. Lessons are based on the lectionary so families can talk about what they learned together each Sunday.Adult Forum (Sundays at 9:15am) As part of our Stewardship Team's emphasis of "Know how much God loves you," we will be starting a study on one of the great parables of Jesus from Luke 15:11-32. Come find out how much God loves YOU! (Study begins Jan. 8th.)
Exploring Faith (Tuesdays at Noon) This study will resume on January 10th will a conversation about what we'd like to tackle next. Give it some thought and come join us!
Men's Group (Second Saturday of the month) Men's Group meets on Saturday, February 11th with breakfast at Frankie Doodles at 8am.
Opportunities at Central -- To view the pamphlet click here Opportunities at Central - January 2017.pdf
Music -- Click on Music Presentations to hear the latest of musical presentations by our music staff. Just scroll down the podcasts to hear the latest musical presentations. Enjoy!!!
In February/March we hope to have some congregational events to raise money for the Journey through Lent with ELCA’s World Hunger’s 40 days of Giving 2017 campaign.. We would hope that many members would participate either by working or pledging support for the work of other members.
We do things locally to support hunger such as supporting the food bank; offering our own food bank; and Meals on Wheels participation.
However, this is a unique opportunity to be supportive of alleviating World Hunger on a worldwide scale with the greater church in ways that would not be possible as individuals or members of a single congregation.
SO. . .what might YOU be willing to do: WORK, SUPPORT?
Here are two ways you might be involved:
- Could your cleaning skills be put to work in some area of the church and you seek sponsors to support you with a pledge OR could you put out a challenge for someone to clean a specific church area and then pledge a certain amount to the World Hunger initiative?
- Could we give even more generously to the freewill offerings collected at our Ash Wednesday service, Thursday evening Lenten Soup Suppers, Maundy Thursday Service, and Good Friday service and add these offerings to the World Hunger initiative?
The goal is for us to work TOGETHER to support this cause. We could have lots of fun and fellowship and feel the sense of accomplishment together as we support the Journey through Lent with ELCA’s World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving 2017 campaign (PLUS the church will be clean for EasterJ).
- Nearly 800 million peop0le – that’s 1 in9 people in the world – are hungry.
- Gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible to respond to community needs: health clinics, water wells, microloans, community meals.
- 795 million people around the world – that’s 1 in 10 – can’t access the food they need to live active, healthy lives.
- 46.7 million Americans were living in poverty in 2014. For a family of four, this means their annual household income was below $23, 850.
The goal of the Journey through Lent with ELCA’s World Hunger’s 40 days of Giving 2017 campaign is to have congregations raise $1 million.
YOUR Stewardship Team – Paul Brueggemeier, Gary Dahlke, Elvira Henderson (Council Liason), Kathy Phillips, Sandy Fink, and Pastor Kappus
Lenten Mid-Week Worship Service
New Emphasis for this year: Share a ride!
This year your Worship and Music Team wants to encourage all of our members to attend our midweek Lenten Services that will be held on Thursdays Mar 9, 2017 through April 6, 2017. The soup supper is served at 5:45 pm, with the Lenten Worship Service at 7:00 pm. We are hoping that if you want to attend but need a ride, you will contact the church office: 624-9233 or ask another member for a ride. Also, if you are driving to the event, maybe you could call someone who would be convenient to pick up and invite them to come with you. These Thursday night events will give you a chance to get to know your fellow worshippers better, give you an opportunity to eat without having to fix it yourself and provide a chance to worship and reflect on the God who gave his only Son to save us.
There will also be Maundy Thursday Service April 13th at 7:00 pm, Good Friday Service April 14th at 7:00 pm and Easter Vigil on Saturday April 15th for which we will need to provide rides too. Handbell Choir and Chancel Choir rehearse Thursdays as well. Maybe this would be the opportunity to join one of our choirs.
LENTEN MID-WEEK SERVICE SCHEDULE
Worship Service: 7:00 PM Soup Supper: 5:45– 6:45 PM
Bell Choir: 6:15– 7:00 PM Chancel Choir: 7:35 PM
Please see the sign-up sheet in the Fireside room to pick an evening to provide soup/bread.