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                         Week of August 27, 2006

   “O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know
   when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my
   thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my
   lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Even
   before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it com-
   pletely. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your
   hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it
   is so high that I cannot attain it. Where can I go from your
   spirit?”                          Psalm 118: 1-7

                                          place” to let off steam, ask questions,
                                          air anxieties and celebrate victories.
        Altar Flowers                     The group is led by Ginger Stambaugh
                                          and Jane Lionberger. If you have any
   The flowers on the altar today are questions, please call Ginger (847) 256-
given in celebration of the life of David 5726 or Jane (847) 853-2009.
Bellamy by his family.

                                                   Stephen Ministers
                                               Stephen Ministers are available to
                                            help and support any members of our
    There will be a memorial service for    church community who are dealing
Edward Windsor Hobler at KUC on             with a life crisis, an illness, a loss, or a
Saturday, August 26 at 10:30 am. A re-      difficult part of life’s journey. A Stephen
ception will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm      Minister has been trained to listen and
at the Glenview Club. All are welcome.      to empathize, and to maintain confi-
                                            dentiality. For more information, please
                                            call Rev. Jane Lionberger at 853-2009.
  Children’s Ministries
   Please note that crib and toddler care
will be offered at the 10:00 am service
                                                       Prayer Chain
throughout the summer.                         The KUC Prayer Chain is composed
                                            of twelve members who meet on the
                                            third Saturday of each month at 10:00
  Congregational Care                       am to share, confidentially, the names
                                            of church members and their friends
  Cancer Support Group
                                            and family who need prayer and to pray
   A Cancer Support Group has               for them. If you are interested in becom-
started at KUC. We will meet on Tues-       ing a part of the Prayer Chain please
days at 6:30 pm in the library. The         call Rev. Jane Lionberger at (847) 853-
group is open to anyone touched by          2009.
cancer—patients, family members,
friends, and colleagues and is a “safe
           Music News
                                                   The following meditation is from
         Organ Recitals                         Forward Day by Day May/June/July 2006,
    Please save the dates of Sunday, A Manual of Daily Bible Readings and
October 22 and Sunday, February 25 Devotions, Cincinnati, OH, p. 7.
for organ recitals. On Sunday, October
22, Istvan Ruppert, professor of organ
will perform at 5:00 pm. On Sunday,                Colossians 3: 1-17. Above all, clothe
February 25 Emanuel Schmelzer- yourselves with love.
Ziringer, organist, will give a recital at
KUC at 5:00 pm. Istvan Ruppert teaches             Paul does not say, “Have love in
at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in your heart,” or “Think loving
Budapest, Hungary and Emanuel thoughts.” He says, “Clothe yourselves
Schmelzer-Ziringer is organist at An- in love.” In other words, make it show,
glican Church of Vienna in Vienna, be obvious, don’t hold back.
Austria.                                           To clothe oneself in love is to dress
                                                luxuriously as if wearing a floaty silk
                                                or a snuggly fur. It displays for the
            Meditations                         world to see what others can expect
    The following excerpt is from For- from its wearer—a soft place to fall, a
                                                warm welcome.
ward Day by Day May/June/July 2006, A
                                                   To clothe oneself in love is to wear
Manual of Daily Bible Readings and De- armor that deflects hatred and misfor-
votions, Cincinnati, OH., p. 5                  tune. Love possesses tensile strength
                                                that won’t break when life’s weights
    Psalm 37: 19-42. I have been young, try to crush it.
and now am old.                                    To clothe oneself in love means to
                                                cover the nakedness of one’s private
    I like being older, and I surprise fears and angers by choosing to dress
myself by saying it. One is supposed to for the day in the sturdy cloth of cour-
shove aging into the closet and lock the age and forgiveness. It is as practical
door. I surprise myself, also, by realiz- as a tee shirt and jeans; it has work to
ing why I like this stage of my life: not do.
so much because I can sleep late if I              Paul knows that love hiding inside
wish or because I can play with my us serves neither the world nor our-
grandchildren and then send them selves. It must be the first thing people
home to their parents. It’s because of notice about us, displayed for all to see
what my friends and I talk about. and respond to.
Twenty years ago we would have dis-                It is not a matter of thinking a great
cussed the fate of the university foot-         deal but of loving a great deal, so do
ball team and whose child got into what whatever arouses you most to love. —
college. Today, as likely as not, we will Teresa of Avila
talk about death, prayer, the mystery of
God. Such subjects would have seemed Church Communications
morbid or to personal then. Now they
seem immediate and inviting and wor-                     E-mail addresses
thy of sharing. In the sharing we honor
one another’s humanity and cherish                 If your son or daughter will be go-
the time we have together. And, in the ing off to college or another adventure
process, God’s precious gift of friend- this fall, please be sure that the church
ship assumes a sweet intensity we has their e-mail address so that we can
might not otherwise have known.                 stay in touch with them.
    Perhaps it is detachment, a gentle “let-
ting go,” that allows the elderly to break
through the illusions of immortality and
smile at all the urgencies and emergencies
of their past life. When everything is put
in its proper place, there is time to greet the
true reasons for living. - Henri Nouwen.

The Care Guild Coordinators for August are Karen Rogers and Barb
Gooden. To volunteer or to let us know where help is needed, please
          call the Care Guild number at (847) 853-3534.
                              Service of Worship
                              SUNDAY, August 27, 2006

                               8:00 AM      Communion-Schmidt Chapel
                              10:00 AM      Summer Worship

                       Scripture Readings
            First Lesson                       Exodus 16: 1-15
            Second Lesson                      John 6: 56-69
                   Prayer of Affirmation
 Everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have
   our being: You have made us for yourself, so that our
  hearts are restless until they rest in you.
 Give us purity of heart and strength of purpose, that
  in your light we may see the light of truth clearly,
  in our commitment to that truth, find your presence
  in unlikely places. This is our prayer through Jesus Christ
   our Lord.

            Turning Away from Jesus                  Jane B. Lionberger


Prelude Prelude in C Major, BWV 547 ............................... J. S. Bach
Hymns “When Morning Gilds the Skies” ....................... No. 487
      “O Jesus, I Have Promised” .................................. No. 388
      “Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples” ...... No. 434

Solo          Twenty Third Psalm ......................................... A. Dvorak
                       Jamie Dahman, Soloist

Postlude Fugue in C Major, BWV 547 ............................... J. S. Bach

                         GREETERS                 USHERS               ALTAR GUILD
     USHERS                                       10:00 am             Bobbie McKay
     8:00 am              Ginny nnd            Todd Stephens             Lew Musil
  Phyllis Dunbar          Al Menke             Dirk Degenaars
                                                Doug Hanslip
                                               Wally Hayward
                                                David Kasey           BUS ATTENDANT
                                                 Rob Mathias            Jane Mueller
                                                Bob Stephens
                                              Richard Patterson
                                               Scott Patterson

Gilbert W. Bowen, D. Min.                                  Benjamin R. Bishop, M. Div.
Senior Minister                                                    Executive Minister

Jane B. Lionberger, M. Div.                                   Susan R. Bottum, M. A.
Associate Minister                                        Director, Children’s Ministries
        From the Pulpit: August 13, 2006
Benjamin R. Bishop              “Glorifying God”          Isaiah 6: 1-8

    Let me start with a couple of ques-    them to do what you and I might do in
tions. Why did you come to worship         facing the blinding light of glory of the
this morning? Why did you make the         Lord of Hosts. With one pair of wings
choice to set aside this hour or so and    you cover your eyes from the radiant
sit here in a pew on such a beautiful      light. With another pair you cover your-
Sunday morning? Are you here for your      self in humility. And with the last two,
health? You may be surprised, but there    you fly off to do what you are told.
is research that shows coming to wor-
ship does a body good. I’m not kidding.        The seraphim cry out, “Holy, Holy,
                                           Holy is the Lord of Hosts!” And as the
    The study was recently published       seraphim sing, the foundations of
in the journal of Health Psychology. Su-   heaven tremble at the sound of their
san Lutgendorf, professor of psychol-      praise. Smoke like a cloud of mystery
ogy at the University of Iowa, directed    fills the room. Poor Isaiah says, “Woe
the research that showed people who        is me…” He confesses that he is lost
go to worship regularly are not only       and a man of unclean lips. One of the
healthier in general, but live longer.     seraphim flies over with a hot coal and
Professor Lutgendorf is quoted as say-     touches it to Isaiah’s lips. You might
ing, “I didn’t expect to find this. There’sexpect this to be painful, but it is a sign
something involved in the act of reli-     of forgiveness and Isaiah receives
gious attendance, whether it’s the         grace. Finally at the end of the vision,
group interaction, the worldview, or       God speaks. “Whom shall I send?”
just the exercise of getting out of the    And Isaiah answers, “Here I am, send
house, there’s something that is ben-      me.”
eficial.” So there you have it. Reason
enough for coming to worship regularly         Isaiah’s dream is nothing more or
– though I wouldn’t suggest you give less than a vision of a heavenly wor-
up taking walks or going to the gym.        ship service in progress. Isaiah and the
                                            seraphim are the congregation. God is
    As important as health is, I believe God. There is praise – praise is always
Professor Lutgendorf’s study actually where worship begins. Then Isaiah
underplays the beneficial value of wor- humbly acknowledges who he is be-
ship. Because worship is about more fore God and forgiveness follows. God
than health. It is about wholeness. It is speaks and Isaiah the worshipper is
about the harmony of body, mind and sent out into the world with a job to do.
spirit. Even more, worship is about Minus the Sermonette for Youth, that’s
something deeper – the search of the pretty much the outline we usually fol-
soul to come into God’s presence and low in our worship. We sing the doxol-
draw closer to the source of our ogy at the opening or our service
life…though probably not nearly as (doxology means praise); we acknowl-
dramatically as Isaiah, but soul-touch- edge our dependence and hope in God
ing nevertheless.                           in prayer and say the Lord’s Prayer that
                                            affirms God’s grace in our lives; we lis-
    Isaiah was a Hebrew prophet whose ten for God in scripture and in the ser-
ministry lasted from 742 BC to maybe mon; and then we are sent out with a
701 BC. Four kings of Israel came and blessing with a job to do – namely to
went in those years. The first of them love well, live generously, and to work
was Uzziah. Uzziah was immensely for good.
popular, but he died of leprosy and the
whole country panicked. Nobody knew            Worship offers us sustenance for the
what was coming next. So Isaiah started living of our days. On the TV show,
his work in the middle of a national Everybody Loves Raymond, there is an
crisis. His message was elegantly episode in which Raymond’s wife is
simple: trust in God and don’t put your explaining to him why she goes to
ultimate trust in anything else.            church every Sunday. Raymond is quiz-
                                            zical about her commitment and she
    As we heard earlier, in the year that tells him, “Raymond, I go to church to
King Uzziah died, Isaiah had a vision. thank God for you and the children.”
Maybe it was a dream. Isaiah envisions Then she pauses and adds, “I also go
himself in the sanctuary of the temple, to church to pray for the strength to get
in the very presence of almighty God through the next week with you and
who is seated upon a high throne. The the children.”
seraphim are also present in his dream
- fearsome mythical creatures, lions           You may have seen that for the last
with human heads and multiple wings. two Sundays, the Chicago Tribune had
Their three pairs of wings allowed
a feature article about Willow Creek        like what the Celtic Christians call thin
church on its front page (which is a tes-   places, which Marcus Borg describes
tament to the church’s public relations     like this. “A thin place is anywhere our
acumen). The first was about the            hearts are opened to the sacred. They
church’s plan to create a new city          are places where the boundary between
church satellite in downtown Chicago        heaven and earth become very soft, po-
using the Auditorium Theater just off       rous, permeable. Thin places are places
of Michigan Avenue. The article noted,      where the veil momentarily lifts and we
“This unconventional location is not        behold [the awe, wonder, and deep
unusual for an evangelical church –         appreciation]            of        God’s
especially one that hosts services that     presence…Worship can become a thin
resemble Broadway productions.” And         place. Indeed, this is one of its primary
the minister is quoted saying, “The per-    purposes. True worship is directed to
forming arts, including live music,         God, but is in an important sense for
dance, and drama have always been a         us.” (The Heart of Christianity, pp. 155-
hallmark of Willow Creek’s worship,         7) Let me repeat that. “True worship is
and services at the acoustically perfect    directed to God, but is in an important
Auditorium Theater will be no differ-       sense for us.”
ent. Worshippers will hear show tunes,
jazz numbers, blues and gospel.” (Chi-          A hundred and fifty years ago, the
cago Tribune, August 1, 2006, pp.1, 12)     Danish theologian, Soren Kirkegaard,
                                            observed that we have a tendency for
   From that description, there is little   role confusion in worship. We come
doubt that worship at the Auditorium        into church like we would to see a play
Theater will look, and feel, and be, dif-   in a theater and so think of ourselves
ferent than our more traditional wor-       as an audience. We settle into our pew
ship here at Kenilworth Union. Now it       to watch and listen, and occasionally
is not my intention to set up a critical    participate as directed. The ministers
contrast between the two different          have the leading roles and they are as-
styles of worship. Just the opposite,       sisted by the supporting actors, which
because I believe both worship services     include the organist and the choir and
share a common purpose: to glorify          the ushers. God is present off in the
God. And for that reason, I have come       wings somewhere, providing a little
to appreciate the fact that there are       inspiration and prompting the actors.
many diverse – and authentic - ways to      The congregation assesses the worship
worship God.                                as if it were a performance. Did I laugh?
                                            Did I cry? Did I respond emotionally?
   During my final year of seminary, I      There is nothing wrong with this, but
decided it would be interesting to ex-      it is the wrong set of questions because
perience worship in different settings      it implies that worship is directed to us,
and communities. So Sue and I went to       rather than being for us. Sticking with
a different kind of church practically      the theater metaphor, Kirkegaard said
every Sunday. We went to inner city         we need to shift the way we think about
churches, suburban churches, and one        the roles and look at this way: it is the
rural church. Over the year, we at-         congregation who are the actors, the
tended services at a Methodist Church,      ministers, organist and choir are the
UCC, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Pente-        prompters…and God is the audience.
costal, Mennonite, Baptist and
Lutheran churches. One week we might            In other words, worship is not fun-
be in an impressive cathedral down-         damentally about you or me. Rather,
town, and the next in a modest sanctu-      it’s about you and me turning toward
ary on the city’s edge. We experienced      the One who is the author of our lives.
very formal worship at a large Episco-
pal church and an informal seeker’s          My daughter has a subscription to
worship at Willow Creek in South          the New Yorker magazine, and each time
Barrington. It was a fascinating and      she visits she passes along her copies
instructive experience. At many of the    for me to read. I like the fiction short
churches, I could feel God’s presence     stories but my favorite part of the maga-
during the service – it could have been   zine are the cartoons. One depicted two
in a children’s sermon, or in a solo or   wealthy tycoon types. They were in
an anthem, or even in a sermon. And       double-breasted blazers, cocktails in
then in a few other churches, I would     hand, standing on the lawn of a mag-
find myself glancing at my watch to see   nificent estate overlooking the sea,
how much more time we would be sit-       doubtless somewhere in the
ting there.                               Hamptons. One of them, gazing out
                                          over the water, says to the other, “Some-
   How to explain the difference? It is times I wish someone else were Cap-
difficult to put into words. I believe it tain of my Fate and Master of my soul.”
had to do with the sense of reverence There is someone else of course.
for the divine that was somehow
present in the flow of the service. The      If this world of ours has one main
best way I can explain it is that it was problem, it is the tendency of every last
one of us to see him or herself as the         this world…One of the basic teachings
center of the universe, the one around         that I learned from Sartre is that man is
which everything revolves like the plan-       alone. That we are solitary centers of
ets around the sun. There is cold com-         the universe. But since Nazism, we are
fort in trying to pretend we are a lone        also the ones who have loved and lost
mariner on the sea of life. I believe most     and who are, therefore, fearful of life.
of us really do want, and need, to be in       That is what led us to sense that there
relationship with our God, to hear             is something — I don’t know if it is per-
God’s voice in times of confusion, and         sonal or if it is a great idea or powerful
to feel God’s presence in times of un-         influence — but there is something that
certainty. We long to believe that what        can bring meaning to my life. I certainly
is good in our lives counts for some-          don’t have it, but it is there. On Sunday
thing. We ache to believe that we are          mornings, I hear that the answer is
known, fully known, and loved.                 God.” (Conversation with Camus, The
                                               Christian Century, June 7, 2000, 644-45)
   Given his writings, few readers
would ever suspect that before his early          On Sunday mornings here at
death, the French existentialist, Albert       Kenilworth Union Church, when we
Camus, frequently attended the Ameri-          come together to worship, we also are
can Church in Paris. After a time he           looking for something to believe in and
asked to meet with Howard Mumma,               hold on to. Something important
the pastor of the church, to discuss the       enough to live for, big enough to de-
possibility of being baptized. In his          serve our praise and claim the devo-
book, Mumma recounts Camus telling             tion of our hearts…a purpose and a
him, “The reason I have been coming            meaning, a promise of love forever, and
to church is because I am seeking. I’m         a hope. And coming into this beautiful
almost on a pilgrimage – seeking some-         old sanctuary to worship, we catch a
thing to fill the void that I am experi-       glimpse of the living God.
encing — no one else knows. Certainly
the public and the readers of my nov-             Here in this sacred space, we are
els, while they see that void, are not find-   nurtured in body, soul and mind
ing the answers in what they are               through our worship. Here in our wor-
reading. But deep down you are right,”         ship we draw upon the goodness of God
Camus told Mumma, “I am searching              and the strength we need for our daily
for something that the world is not giv-       lives. Here we are blessed by God’s
ing me.                                        grace and peace. And that’s all for the
                                               better. But above all, here we turn our-
   He continued, “Since I have been            selves toward God and our relation-
coming to church, I have been thinking         ship is deepened. A relationship can
a great deal about the idea of a tran-         only grow to the extent we pay atten-
scendent, something that is other than         tion to it. And so in our worship we
                                                attend to God, spend time with God,
                                                lean on God, and enjoy God. And of
                                                course, we give praise to God, joyfully

                                                  Take my life and let it be, Conse-
                                               crated Lord to thee.
                                                  Take my moments and my days; let
                                               them flow in ceaseless praise.

                                                 In the name of the Father, and the
                                               Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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