Feb 19, 2023 - 6th Sunday after the Epiphany
Welcome in the name of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ. If you are visiting, we are glad that you are here and kindly ask that you sign our guest book at the sanctuary doors. If you would like to become a member, please speak to the Pastor. In case of illness, the Pastor should be informed. He will always be glad to speak with those who are confronted with problems of a spiritual nature. The time before worship is a quiet time for prayer and meditation to prepare for worship. Please see the inside cover of the hymnal for prayers and page 329f to prepare for Holy Communion. Communicant members are asked to fill out a communion card found in the pew racks and place it in the offering plates.
God Manifests His Glory in the Body of Christ Jesus, Transfigured for Us by His Cross
The Transfiguration confirms “the prophetic word … to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place” (2 Peter 1:19). The divine glory of Jesus is manifested in the word of His apostles, who were “eyewitnesses of his majesty” (2 Peter 1:16). “He was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun” (Matt. 17:2). Moses and Elijah witnessed the fulfillment of the Old Testament in this Lord Jesus, and the Father testified concerning Him: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 17:5). By His own blood, shed on the cross, Jesus makes and seals the new covenant with us. Hence, “the appearance of the glory of the LORD” is no longer “like a devouring fire” (Ex. 24:17), but it is graciously revealed in His own body. As “Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel” went up the mountain with Moses and “beheld God, and ate and drank” (Ex. 24:9, 11), we also behold the Lord our God in Christ Jesus, and we abide with Him as we eat and drink His body and blood at the altar.
Collect of the day:
O God, in the glorious transfiguration of Your beloved Son You confirmed the mysteries of the faith by the testimony of Moses and Elijah. In the voice that came from the bright cloud You wonderfully foreshowed our adoption by grace. Mercifully make us co-heirs with the King in His glory and bring us to the fullness of our inheritance in heaven; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
ORDER OF SERVICE: Setting Three on page 184
Introit is found on the insert and is sung responsively by half-verse.
READINGS: Exodus 24: 8-18 2 Peter 1: 16-21 Matthew 17: 1-9
HYMNS: 523, 413, 537
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel
Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Sound System: Philip
Webmaster: Michael Haeussler
Office Secretary: Debby and Leslie
Altar Guild: Irene
PRAYER INTERCESSION: Anne & Bill; Fran; Sherran; Herta; Lucy; Noah; Reg
Friends and Fellow Christians: Lutheran Church in Ukraine; Alice; Terry & Brenda; Norma; Allison; Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Kathy; Kylene (friend of Gina’s); Rev. Ron Mohr
Mission Prayers for February: Reverend Anastacio - Nicaragua, Reverend Angel Antonio Salazar Macías - Nicaragua, Rev. Deaconess Carmen Matinez - Nicaragua, Deaconess Fatima Lopez Zepeda - Nicaragua
LENT: begins on Ash Wednesday, February 22. March Calendar is now available on table at back of church. Check out the daily devotional Bible verses for you
DURHAM REGION PLANNING MEETING: regarding severance of land for property was held last Monday and the vote passed unanimously.
LADIES SEMINAR: LWMLC will be hosting the Oaks of Righteousness seminar at Peace Lutheran Church in Tillsonburg on Saturday May 6. Come and learn of God’s wonderful exchange, how creation depicts the glory of God, and how women of the Bible exemplify the strength of an oak. All ladies welcome! The cost is $40 which includes registration, seminar booklet, snacks, and lunch. Registration form and cheque are due by April 15. Please see Diana for further information or assistance with registration.
This Week under Grace
Today (g) 9:30am Sunday School and Bible study
10:30am Divine Service
Wednesday (bk) 7:00pm ASH WEDNESDAY service with Holy Communion
Sunday (w) 9:30am Bible study and Sunday school
10:30am Divine Service followed by Voters’ meeting
Next Sunday’s Readings: Genesis 3: 1-21 Romans 5: 12-19 Matthew 4: 1-11