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October 7, 2021  Emmanuel's E-News

Christian Formation at Emmanuel

Formation continues Sunday in Beaudway Hall at 11am.

This Sunday's session of Formation will be a special related to last week's Blessing of the Pets:

  • We'll present a video from the Rev. Emily Mellott (an Episcopal priest formerly in our Diocese), entitled "How Pets Connect Us With God." This course is for pet lovers of all sorts.

The new series beginning October 17 will be based on the book Rules of Engagement: 8 Christian Habits for Being Good and Doing Good Online by Ann M. Garrido. We'll kick off with: Rules of Engagement: Determining Your Purpose.

These programs will be conducted in-person after the 10:00am service or over Zoom at approximately 11:00am. Click HERE to participate via Zoom.
Tuesday and Thursday mornings- Contemplative Prayer (a time of Scripture and quiet prayer)
  • Beginning at 7:30am. Please join us for a time of centering. Click HERE to join us on Zoom on your computer or tablet.
Thursday Evenings: Compline (night-time calming prayer)
  • Fellowship and check-in time begins at 7:30pm and prayer begins at 8:00pm. Click HERE to join us on Zoom on your computer or tablet.
Emmanuel COVID-19 Policy
On August 26, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced an indoor mask mandate for all Illinois residents, regardless of vaccination status. All congregations and diocesan organizations are expected to comply with this requirement.

  • Socially-distanced seating will still be maintained in the rear one-third of the church.
  • People may share the Peace in whatever way is comfortable for them.
  • The distribution of Communion will continue for now as it is currently being practiced: at stations with disposable cups.

Please click HERE for further information.

Wishing the following a 
very Happy Birthday 
for this week in October: 

Paul S, Sofia G, Will L, Grace D, Ever E, Bryan R, Christal B

And we wish Joan & Blair M with 57 years together, and Lisa & Jack E with 47 years together, a very Happy Wedding Anniversary!

Memorable Christians of the Past: 

William Tyndale, Priest, Scholar, Martyr

26 October 1536
William Tyndale was born about 1495 at Slymbridge near the Welsh border. He received his degrees from Magdalen College, Oxford, and also studied at Cambridge. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1521, and soon began to speak of his desire, which eventually became his life's obsession, to translate the Scriptures into English. It is reported that, in the course of a dispute with a prominent clergyman who disparaged this proposal, he said, "If God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy that driveth the plow to know more of the Scriptures than thou dost." The remainder of his life was devoted to keeping that vow, or boast. 

Finding that the King, Henry VIII, was firmly set against any English version of the Scriptures, he fled to Germany (visiting Martin Luther in 1525), and there travelled from city to city, in exile, poverty, persecution, and constant danger. Tyndale understood the commonly received doctrine -- the popular theology -- of his time to imply that men earn their salvation by good behavior and by penance. He wrote eloquently in favor of the view that salvation is a gift of God, freely bestowed, and not a response to any good act on the part of the receiver. He completed his translation of the New Testament in 1525, and it was printed at Worms and smuggled into England. Of 18,000 copies, only two survive. 

Tyndale's translation was the first English Bible to draw directly from Hebrew and Greek texts, the first English translation to take advantage of the printing press, the first of the new English Bibles of the Reformation, and the first English translation to use Jehovah as God's name as preferred by English Protestant Reformers.  It was taken to be a direct challenge to the hegemony of both the Catholic Church and the laws of England maintaining the church's position.

In 1534, he produced a revised version, and began work on the Old Testament. In the next two years he completed and published the Pentateuch and Jonah, and translated the books from Joshua through Second Chronicles, but then he was captured (betrayed by one he had befriended), tried for heresy, and put to death. He was burned at the stake, but, as was often done, the officer strangled him before lighting the fire. His last words were, "Lord, open the King of England's eyes."

Miles Coverdale continued Tyndale's work by translating those portions of the Bible (including the Apocrypha) which Tyndale had not lived to translate himself, and publishing the complete work. In 1537, the "Matthew Bible" (essentially the Tyndale-Coverdale Bible under another man's name to spare the government embarrassment) was published in England with the Royal Permission. Six copies were set up for public reading in Old St Paul's Church, and throughout the daylight hours the church was crowded with those who had come to hear it. One man would stand at the lectern and read until his voice gave out, and then he would stand down and another would take his place.

All English translations of the Bible from that time to the present century are essentially revisions of the Tyndale-Coverdale work. One estimate suggests that the New Testament in the King James Version is 83% Tyndale's words and the Old Testament 76%.  Hence, the work of Tyndale continued to play a key role in spreading Reformation ideas across the English-speaking world and eventually across the British Empire
In 2002, Tyndale was placed 26th in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons

Adapted from Justus.anglican.org and Wikipedia

Regular Vestry Meeting October 19th

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Compline takes place on Zoom at 8:00pm Thursday. Why not click on the candles and join us for this brief lovely service?

If you love Jazz, especially performed live – come out to a free jazz concert hosted by the Lyons Township High School Jazz Ensemble. 

Aging Care Connections is working with a new student-led club of LTHS – Older Adult Connections. This intergenerational project will help build bridges, close gaps and improve the social bonds and solidarity between young people and older adults. Please share this flyer with your friends, family and neighbors.
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