February 10, 2013
Welcome one and all to Claude Church
We welcome everyone here today. We hope that you feel comforted in our fellowship and inspired by our worship, and that you will leave here refreshed and inspired in your personal life. Our Interim Moderator, Rev. Harvey Self is leading us in worship this morning. Welcome back, Harvey. We will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion during our worship service this morning. If this is your first time here at Claude, be aware that our table is open to all, including children. We invite you to celebrate this sacrament with us. For those who may have problems with some of the ingredients of bread, the bread we use for Communion is always Gluten-free. Immediately following this morning’s worship service we will assemble in the Sunday School room for our Annual Meeting. This is an important meeting and we hope everyone will be able to stay and participate in it. If you are visiting us for the first time today, please sign our guest book in the front entrance vestibule. If you are looking for a church home, we invite you to return and consider worshipping with us on a regular basis.
What kind of future for Israel and Palestine?
Rev. Dr. Rick Horst (Moderator of the 137th General Assembly) led a group of seven colleagues on an exposure tour through Lebanon, Israel and Palestine. Seeking to discover the real conditions on the ground for Palestinians in the West Bank and in refugee camps in Lebanon was the main purpose of this trip. Rick’s photos and narrative commentary will help us to explore the questions and issues which challenge the hope for a real and lasting peace in … the land we call holy. Join us … Crieff Hills … Manna Day … Thursday February 28th 2013 … cost - $20.00 (includes lunch). Please call to register 800.884.1525. (see enclosed brochure). NOTE – Doug Lackie is already registered to attend and if anyone else is interested going he invites you to ride along with him.
Please remember to include the following in your daily prayers throughout the coming week.
Sunday, February 10 - Transfiguration Sunday
Pray for young men and women in rural and slum communities in India as they strive to build brighter futures through programs supported by Presbyterian World Service & Development that are providing business training skills and access to small bank loans.
Monday, February 11
Pray for Presbyterian mission staff in Canada and internationally who dedicate their lives to making a difference in the lives of others.
Tuesday, February 12
Pray for presbyteries who are considering new church development and other ministry initiatives in their region. May they be blessed with wisdom and creativity.
Wednesday, February 13 - Ash Wednesday
Pray for a spirit of humility and courage to walk the Lenten journey.
Thursday, February 14
Pray for the work of Todd Statham & Annika Voeltz in Malawi and for blessings on their children, especially their newly adopted daughter Aliko.
Friday, February 15
Pray for all Health Care Chaplains serving across Canada in hospitals, retirement homes and other health care facilities.
Saturday, February 16
Pray for congregations as they make preparations to attend the Stewards by Design conference in May.
Examples are few of men ruined by giving. Christian Bovée, (1820-1904), author
Next meeting will be held on Wednesday, Apr 24 2013, 7 pm at the Harstone’s. The next book we will discuss is Any Known Blood by Lawrence Hill. Pick up a copy and come enjoy a lively discussion.
Creative youth ministry
Presbyterians Sharing supports Almanarah Church in London, Ontario. This Arabic Christian ministry draws together people from many Arabic-speaking countries. The congregation recently moved into its own building and people are excited about the opportunities this creates. At their Vacation Bible School, participants learned about gratitude, compassion, forgiveness, grace and faithfulness in an interactive teaching style. In their puppet ministry, team members write and perform plays and skits which are shared with children and youth. They are hoping soon to create DVDs and put them on the web. There is much excitement at Almanarah about their different ministries that are sharing stories about the gospel with people in London and around the world!
- Claude Annual Meeting - This afternoon immediately following this morning’s worship service. Copies of the printed Annual Report are available
- Genticorum Music Workshop – 2:30 pm - Tickets $25 at the door
- Genticorum Concert – 7:30 pm - Tickets $20 online at www.ticketscene.ca or $25 at the door (doors open at 6:30 pm)
A Time Called … TRANSFIGURATION
Words occupy the mind, but images haunt the soul. Scripture records that, after a ministry of sermons, stories, and conversations, Jesus was transfigured on a mountain before his disciples. He appeared in dazzling whiteness with two heavenly figures – Moses and Elijah.
Historical Roots of the Transfiguration
Widely adopted in the Eastern Church before 1,000 A.D., the Western Church added this special day to the church year in 1457. Its date coincided with the celebration of a great military victory over the Turks by Callistus III. In recent history, it appears as the last Sunday after Epiphany – the Sunday before Lent begins, where it powerfully presents the message that God is revealed in Jesus Christ.
Finding Meaning in the Tradition
The story of Jesus’ transfiguration need not be reasoned through. It is a mystery to be contemplated, an image to keep with us as a continuing epiphany. The miracle is not that Jesus changed, but that the three disciples saw clearly who Jesus was. Glory, splendour, transcendence – such words are rarely used today, yet they truly belong to this event. As we turn towards Lent and the solemn events of Holy Week, we carry with us this image of our Lord, in glory and in mystery.
Questions for Personal Meditation
Read this story in Mark 9: 2-8.
How would I describe the Transfiguration?
What would I have done, had I been on the mountain?
Jesus said to Simon: “Do not be afraid. From now on you will be catching people.” Hearing this, the first disciples left everything and followed him. That is a high and challenging call. Yet, by the power of the Holy Spirit, it is a call to us as well. May we embrace it wherever we are, whatever we do and whomever we meet in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Based on Luke 5:1-11)