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Pastr Ralph's
Weekly Update
March 8, 2018


Greetings, CHLC family and friends!

This coming Sunday, March 18, is the 5th Sunday of Lent. It is the final Lenten Sunday before we enter Holy Week on Palm/Passion Sunday March 25.

Plans are being made for meaningful Holy Week this year - our Palm/Passion Sunday will feature "The Cry of the Whole Congregation" - a dramatic reading of Jesus' suffering and death put together by Walt Wangerin. Maundy Thursday will feature an Agape meal (like last year) at 7:00 p.m. in the education wing, followed by stripping the altar in the sanctuary. Good Friday service will be at 7:30 p.m. and will feature the "Service of Darkness" cantata sung by the combined choirs of Clinton Heights and North Community. This service will take place here in our sanctuary. And on Easter we will celebrate with breakfast beginning at 8:30, children's activities and egg hunt beginning at 9:15, and worship at 10:00. We can use help with all aspects of the breakfast so please sign up on the bulletin board or let Nancy Labuhn know if you can pitch in.

This Sunday after worship our youth will be handing out gifts - a small tube of
M & M minis. We have done this before - please enjoy the candy as a "welcome to spring" gift, and return the tube with a donation - it just so happens that a roll of $10 in quarters fits perfectly in the tubes. But all donations of change, bills or checks are accepted.
There will be more opportunities to support our youth and their trip to Houston for the Youth Gathering this summer in the coming months with a bake sale in April, a rummage sale in May, and an on-going "take stock in our youth" drive, which will come later in the spring.

I will see you in worship!


Every Lent when I ask the congregation to join me in using the words to the newer translation of the Lord’s Prayer in worship, I get questions which range from simple wondering to angered protest. I just want to share a few reasons why I ask you to engage in this Lenten activity with me.

1. We are not changing the words of Jesus. First of all, Jesus spoke Aramaic, and secondly, the New Testament was written in Greek, so everything that we have from Jesus’ mouth is a translation. Secondly, if you look up Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4 (where the Lord’s Prayer is located in the Bible) you will find that neither reports that Jesus taught this prayer exact as you have been saying it most of your life! The direct translation of the Greek text in each Gospel is as follows:

Matthew 6:9-13 Luke 11:2-4

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done, Your kingdom come. on earth as it is in heaven. Give us each day our dailybread.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, And forgive us our debts, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to
as we also have forgiven our debtors. us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.
And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one.

2. The traditional translation of the prayer comes from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer in 1928, which based its translation in the 1662 Anglican Book of Common Prayer. The contemporary (or ecumenical) translation was completed in 1975 by the English Language Liturgical Consultation, a multi-denominational worship task force which put liturgical texts in language that is more our English vernacular.

3. Finally, I still contend (and hear from others) that changing translations for a few weeks out of the year makes us look at and think about the words so that they do not lose the rich meaning that we have appreciated for so long. We will return to the traditional translation after Lent is over, hopefully with new appreciation for this gift that Jesus gave to us.

May your Lenten worship encourage a deeper relationship with our good and gracious God.