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The Veil Removed

On August 6th we celebrate the Transfiguration of Christ. The Gospel
for the day, St. Luke 9:28-36, tells us that Jesus "took Peter and John
and James and went up into a mountain to pray. And as he prayed, the
fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became white and
glistening. And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were
Moses and Elias...."

There on the mount Jesus was transfigured. The Greek word that is
translated transfigure is metamorphoo. You may recall from a biology class
that a caterpillar undergoes a metamorphosis and emerges from its
cocoon as a beautiful butterfly. There on the mountain, before the awe
struck eyes of the disciples, Jesus underwent a metamorphosis.

What is in some ways even more amazing is the fact that St. Paul used
the word metamorphoo twice in reference to Christians. In his second
letter to the Corinthians the apostle wrote, "Since we have such a hope
we are very bold, not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so that
the Israelites might not see the end of the fading splendor. But their
minds were hardened; for to this day, when they read the old covenant,
that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it
taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their
minds; but when a man turns to the Lord the veil is removed. Now the
Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is
freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord,
are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another;
for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit." (II Cor. 3:12-18)

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai his face was radiant and glowing,
reflecting the glory of God. Moses would place a veil over his face.
St. Paul contends that it was actually the Jews who were wearing a veil
over their hearts and minds because of sin. It is that same veil that
prevents us from seeing God, ourselves, and the truth of Jesus Christ.
The veil is removed from our eyes as we turn to Christ in true
repentance and faith.

When the veil is removed we see Christ as the fulfillment of the Law
and the Prophets as represented by Moses and Elijah on the mountain. We
see Him as the Son of God and our Savior. We see that salvation comes
only through His sacrifice on the cross.

Here is where the word metamorphoo is applied to us. "And we all, with
unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed
(metamorphoo) into his likeness from one degree of glory to another...."
The caterpillar in the cocoon is being gradually changed into the
beautiful butterfly. One day the long process will be complete and we shall
emerge with the image of God restored.

In writing to the Romans St. Paul again used the word metamorphoo. "Do
not be conformed to this world but be transformed (metamorphoo) by the
renewal of your mind...." (Rom.12:2) Our personal transfiguration
happens as our minds are made new. For this to happen we need to think
like Jesus; to view life as He viewed it. We must love people and order
our priorities as Christ did. This is possible by the power of the
Holy Spirit giving us the desire and the strength we need.

On the holy mount our Savior drew back the veil giving us a glimpse of
His Divine Majesty. In so doing, Christ also inspired His followers to
continue to be transformed by His grace that we might be more and more
like Him.

By Rev. F.M. Levi

Mr. Glenn Ramshaw, age 87, passed away July 9, 2003. Mr. Ramshaw had
been a vestryman and served as the treasurer of the Chicago Synod for a
number of years. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth and son Greg.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

Missionary of The Month
Rev. & Mrs. Gerhard Meyer (Grace) Esther, Melody, Jessica, Joy.
Youth/Camp/Pastoral Ministries. Schwarzenborn, Germany.

Domestic Missions
Pray for Rev. and Mrs. Paul Howden (Beth) and their children, Malachai,
Mark, Timothy, and Charissa. St. Luke's Reformed Episcopal Church,
Santa Anna, CA.

Happy Birthday!
Aug. 1 - Anne Robertson
Aug. 7 - Rev. Frank Levi
Aug. 7 - Florence Auman
Aug. 18 - Adam Sellers
Aug. 22 - John Robertson
Aug. 24 - Joan Reagan
Aug. 29 - Bob Fulk

Church Family Picnic
Place: Church or Garrison's 3406 Norwood Ct., New Lenox, IL.
Date: Sunday, August 10, 2003, after morning worship.
Hamburgers, hot dogs, buns,and pop provided. Bring a dish to share. All
are encouraged to come.
Raindate: Aug. 24th at the church.

St. Andrew's Preschool Open House
Sunday, August 17th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Refreshments served
All are welcome.
Anyone interested in signing their child up for our September 2003
through May 2004 school year for ages three to five, please contact us at
614-7006. Parents who have already registered their child are asked to
bring their child's completed papers to the Open House.

Very "Exciting" Bible School
The Jesus Expedition: Discovering the Miracles of Jesus.
Our third Vacation Bible School was very "exciting" and a blessing. We
had 60 children in attendance this year. The explorers and parents
raised $535.48 for
Joseph and Bobbie Palangattil, missionaries to people from India living
in the Chicago area. The families also brought in food donations for
the missionaries. God be praised!

Special thanks to our teachers:

At Anarctica: Nancy Toomey
At Egyptian Desert: Patty Levi, VBS Director
At Brazilian Jungle: Anita Rago
At Mount Everest: Jennifer Van Schouwen
At the Pacific Ocean: Melissa Drobnak
Music Teacher for all sites: Shirley Drobnak
Expedition Guides:
Jennifer Domato, Preschool 1
Krystine Tempinski, Preschool 2
Janet Novak, MWF Kindergarten
Parham Horn, TR Kindergarten and Music
Annamarie Sellers, 1st & 2nd Grades
Carolyn Toomey, 3rd through 6th Grades
Anne Horn, Offering and Music Guide
Snack Coordinator: Edwina Greco
VBS Helpers: Elizabeth Horn, John Horn, Frank Levi, Adam Sellers, Alex
Rago, Lisa Hoppenrath.
Behind the scenes Helpers: Connie Gerske and Loretta Sellers.

The Devil's Beatitudes
If the devil were to write his beatitudes, they would probably go
something like this:

1. Blessed are those who are too tired, too busy, too distracted to
spend an hour once a week with their fellow Christians in church - they
are my best workers.
2. Blessed are those Christians who wait to be asked and expect to be
thanked - I can use them.
3. Blessed are the touchy who stop going to church - they are my
4. Blessed are the trouble makers - they shall be called my children.
5. Blessed are the complainers - I'm all ears to them.
6. Blessed are those who are bored with the minister's mannerisms and
mistakes - for they get nothing out of his sermons.
7. Blessed is the church member who expects to be invited to his own
church - for he is a part of the problem instead of the solution.
8. Blessed are those who gossip - for they shall cause strife and
divisions that please me.
9. Blessed are those who are easily offended - for they will soon get
angry and quit.
10. Blessed are those who do not give their offering to carry on God's
work - for they are my helpers.
11. Blessed is he who professes to love God but hates his brother and
sister - for he shall be with me forever.
12. Blessed are you who, when you read this think it is about other
people and not yourself - I've got you too!

[From Virtuosity Digest - 31 May 2003 to 2 June 2003 (#2003-39)]

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