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THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD (FEBRUARY 19, 2012)

posted Feb 21, 2012, 8:13 AM by Jonathan Watt
2 Kings 2:1–12; 2 Corinthians 3:12–13; 4:1–6; Mark 9:2–9; The Face of Jesus Christ Manifests the Light of the Knowledge of the Glory of God: It was “a hard thing” that Elisha asked, but by his persistence he was able to see the Prophet Elijah being taken “by a whirlwind into heaven.” Although “chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them,” Elisha received Elijah’s cloak and a “double portion” of his spirit for preaching the Lord’s Word (2 Kings 2:9–11). It was a hard thing, too, for Israel to see Moses and come near to him, when “the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God” (Ex. 34:29–30). Therefore, after “he commanded them all that the Lord had spoken with him in Mount Sinai,” Moses “put a veil over his face” (Ex. 34:32–33). Only the Word of the Gospel lifts the veil, and “only through Christ is it taken away” (2 Cor. 3:14). Thus are we able to behold “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ,” who is “the image of God” (2 Cor. 4:4–6). For the Law and the Prophets are all fulfilled in Him. Therefore, “listen to Him,” and fix your sights on “Jesus only” (Mark 9:7–8).

Witness

Lent begins a week from Wednesday with Ash Wednesday. Service begin at 7pm. Meals are being provided for Confirmation Students prior to confirmation. If you would like to help provide meals please see a member of the Board of Education. 

LifeLight begins Monday, Feb 20 and Tuesday, Feb 21. We will study Matthew, part one. For information and lesson material, see Janette or Mike Lang. Please join us for this study of the Gospel according to St. Matthew. 

REAL REFORMATION RADIO...Do any of these topics interest you?: The Temptation of Jesus, Jesus Calms a Storm, The Season of Lent, First Century Martyr Polycarp, the Apostle Matthias and more. Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio. You can listen at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org. 

The LCMS reacts to contraceptive mandate 'accommodation'.  Synod President Matthew Harrison testifies before Committee on Oversight and Govt. Reform:  We will watch two videos today during Adult Bible class.  The first is presents Pastor Harrison's comments on the birth control mandate.  The second is the video of his testimony before the Committee on Oversight and Govt. Reform.  I encourage you to view these videos on your own if you are unable to stay following worship today.  You may see them on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5au8yj2msQ  and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=527spTZiwBU

Mercy

Building Healthy Families: Did you know that as many as 1 in 3 Americans admit to frequent periods of loneliness? Who do you know who might be feeling this way this week? Jesus promises, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Find time this week to share both these words of encouragement and your company with someone who is lonely. “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal 6:2) Lutheran Family Service of Iowa (515-251-4900) 

Daffodil Days: Help fight cancer! Order your daffodils now through Feburary 22. Call Betty Wallace (641) 782-2677 or Pat Butcher (641)782-5776. Flowers will be delivered for Daffodil Days March 12-16. You can also find an order form in the signup book on the narthex table. 

HUSH deer distribution has started up again. Please spread the word to stop by the First Presbyterian Church Thursday’s from 4-6pm. No eligibility requirements, just sign your name & give the number of people in your household. Last year more than 16 thousand pounds were given out to the needy of SW Iowa. So far in the past seven weeks more than six thousand pounds has been distributed. 

Life Quote: “Every child is a wanted child, so no mother needs to feel like abortion is her only option. You might think that’s an obvious truth. It’s not. Less than two percent of single women facing unplanned pregnancies chose adoption. Far too many chose abortion … adoption is always a better choice than abortion. Please … share this important message, so more babies … can grow up knowing they, too, are wanted.” Bradley Mattes, executive director, Life Issues Institute – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org 

Report from The Christian Care Committee: The Christian Care Fund receives donations from the congregation at any time. There are envelopes on the narthex table. Use either the "Thanksgiving" envelopes or the "Designated Offering" (write "Christian Care Fund" ) Don't forget to write your envelope number on them. 

Life Together

Attendance Report : February 12 - Worship: 94 / Holy Communion: 85

There Will Be A Special Voters Meeting Today in the fellowship hall, following Sunday School / Bible Class.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and approve a necessary project to alleviate the water problem in the church basement.

The Boy Scout Soup Supper is at 5:30pm Monday, February 20.

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In Your Prayers

Christian Care: Jane, George, Jabes, Jefery our sponsored orphans in Africa;

Thanksgiving: Madison Peterson unharmed in car accident. 

Cancer: Dana Austin; (Mother of Dane Wardenburg's Girlfriend); Francis Bird; Jaque Claubaugh (niece of Paula Bowman); Jeanne Herzberg; Jennifer Winners; Jerry Monday (coworker of Bryon Bilderback); Jolene King (Daughter in Law of Velma Lorenz); Kara (classmate of Hannah Watt); Melinda Skellenger; Sheryl Peterson (Mother of Troy);

Illness, Injury, Surgery or Recovering: Brea Adams; Chuck Lang; Loretta Ferguson (Mother of Waunita Watt); Olivia Hoopland; Ken Lett (Father of Julie Lang);

 Military: Carl Green (Grand Nephew of Gene Cook), returning to Afghanistan;  Michael Kaufman;

Missions: Concordia Mission Society; Dr Oliver (Seminary in Taiwan); Ivan and Jennifer Rasch, Africa; Pastor Daniel Vogel, Hispanic Missions in Iowa; Pastor Dennis Konkel, Deaf Missions in Iowa;

Shutins: Frieda Porter, Al Schroeder; Lonny Riley; Ruth Chase; Wilma Cottrell, Pauline Young

This Week at Trinity

Sun Feb 19              The Transfiguration of Our Lord

                              8:00am           Divine Service (First Lutheran)

                              9:30am           Divine Service

                              11:00am         Sunday School Adult Bible Class 

                              4:00pm          Preschool Board

                              5:00pm          Preschool - Father's Night (FH)

Mon Feb 20             Pastor's Day Off

                              5:30pm          Boy Scout Troop 129 - Soup & Pie Supper

                              7:00pm          LifeLight Bible Study

Tue Feb 21              6:30am           Early Risers (McDonalds) 

                              9:00am           Handy Helpers (FH) 

                              1:30pm          Streams of Living Water, Sermon Broadcast

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                              1:30pm          LifeLight Bible Study 

Wed Feb 22             Ash Wednesday

                              6:00pm          Jr. Confirmation

                              7:00pm          Ash Wednesday Divine Service (HC)

Sun Feb 26              First Sunday in Lent - Lent

                              8:00am           Divine Service (First Lutheran)

                              9:30am           Divine Service (HC)

                              11:00am         Sunday School Adult Bible Class

Serving This Week

Sun Feb 19

            Acolytes: Ashley Bargstadt, Devon Peterson

            Altar: Phil and Anita Wardenburg

            Ushers: John Wolfe, Eddie Tomas, Eric EkLund, Jim Nelson

            Elder: Phil Wardenburg

            Organist: Sharon Eklund

Wed Feb 22 - Ash Wednesday

            Ushers: John Wolfe, Eddie Tomas, Eric EkLund, Jim Nelson

            Organist: Sharon Eklund

            Elder: Phil Wardenburg

            Acolyte: Kesser Tomas, Reagan Brown

            Altar: Phil and Anita Wardenburg

Sun Feb 26

            Altar: Phil and Anita Wardenburg

            Ushers: John Wolfe, Eddie Tomas, Eric EkLund, Jim Nelson

            Elder: Phil Wardenburg

            Acolytes: Hannah Watt, Reagan Brown

            Pianist: Julie Lang

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