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The Transfiguration

August 6th is the annual celebration of The Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The biblical accounts are found in St. Matthew 17:1-8, St. Mark 9:2-8, and St. Luke 9:28-36. The following are a few of the thoughts of the great reformer John Calvin
on Christ’s Transfiguration.

We must first inquire for what purpose Christ clothed himself with heavenly glory for a short time, and why he did not admit more than three of his disciples to be spectators. Some think that he did so, in order to fortify them against the trial which they were soon to meet with, arising from his death. That does not appear to me to be a probable reason; for why should he have deprived the rest of the same remedy, or rather, why does he expressly forbid them to make known what they had seen till after his resurrection, but because the result of the vision would be later than his death? I have no doubt whatever that Christ intended to show that he was not dragged unwillingly to death, but that he came forward of his own accord, to offer to the Father the sacrifice of obedience. The disciples were not made aware of this till Christ rose; nor was it even necessary that, at the very moment of his death, they should perceive the divine power of Christ, so as to acknowledge it to be victorious on the cross; but the instruction which they now received was intended to be useful at a future period both to themselves and to us, that no man might take offence at the weakness of Christ, as if it were by force and necessity that he had suffered. It would manifestly have been quite as easy for Christ to protect his body from death as to clothe it with heavenly glory.

We are thus taught that he was subjected to death, because he wished it to be so; that he was crucified, because he offered himself. That same flesh, which was sacrificed on the cross and lay in the grave, might have been exempted from death and the grave; for it had already partaken of the heavenly glory. We are also taught that, so long as Christ remained in the world, bearing the form of a servant, and so long as his majesty was concealed under the weakness of the flesh, nothing had been taken from him, for it was of his own accord that he emptied himself , (Philip. 2:7;) but now his resurrection has drawn aside that veil by which his power had been concealed for a time.

Our Lord reckoned it enough to select three witnesses , because that is the number which the Law has laid down for proving any thing; at the mouth of two witnesses or three witnesses, (Deut. 17:6.)

And, lo, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah. But why did these two appear rather than others who equally belonged to the company of the holy fathers? It was intended to demonstrate that Christ alone is the end of the Law and of the Prophets.

When it is said that in the end they saw Christ alone, this means that the Law and the Prophets had a temporary glory, that Christ alone might remain fully in view. If we would properly avail ourselves of the aid of Moses, we must not stop with him, but must endeavour to be conducted by his hand to Christ, of whom both he and all the rest are ministers.

 


RALLY DAY & CHURCH PICNIC

Sunday, September 11

 

EPISCOPAL VISIT

The Most Rev. Royal U. Grote will be with us on Sunday, September 11, 2016 for his annual episcopal visit.

 

YOUTH MEETINGS

This month, Sunday, August 14,
then, rest of year, Sundays, October 23 and December 4
Refreshments provided.

 

CHOIR PRACTICES

Sunday, August 7 (bass and altos)
Sunday, August 17 (sopranos)
Friday, August 19 (full rehearsal 9:00 a.m.)
Friday, August 26 (full rehearsal 9:00 a.m.)
Friday, September 9 (regular rehearsal 9:00 a.m.)

 

St. Andrew's Anglican Church
GAP Ministry for LOVE INC:

In conjunction with Love INC we are collecting school supplies for needy children. The items needed are:

-Spiral theme books, wide rule
-Notebook paper, wide rule
-Folders, 2 pocket type
-Index cards
-Glue sticks
-Markers, washable and regular
-Crayons, 24 count
-Pencil sharpeners
-Rulers
-Colored pencils
-Scissors, pointed and blunt tip
-Scribble pads
-Flash cards, math and reading
-Pocket tissues
-Dictionaries (upper grades)

We are also accepting money in lieu of supplies. Make checks out to St. Andrew's Church and write in the memo “Love INC.” (Other churches are helping us, too, with money and supplies.)

NOTICE: The collection date will be SOON,
next Sunday, July 31, 2016. See Tutu.

NEEDED: Volunteers to remain after church on Aug. 7, 2016 to fill the backpacks with school supplies. See Tutu.

 

LOVE INC of Tinley Park

2016 Pie Auction Fundraiser
Sat., Sept. 24, 2016
2-4:30 p.m.

Make 4 identical pies to enter pie contest or Bake pies for auction.

 

MISSIONS OF THE MONTH

Please pray for Bishop Jasmin Milic and the RE parishes in Croatia and Serbia . Thank you!

 

Enjoy the rest of the summer for Boys and Girls, Teens and College Students:
School starts back up soon!

 

 

 


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AUGUST BIRTHDAYS

Rev. Frank Levi
Florence Auman
Rev. Phil Tjoelker
Adam Sellers
Celeste Mirkovic
Robby Robertson
Joan Reagan
Dr. Leke Adeofe

 

 

 


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