Eckhardt Mission Series

Feb. 2-3, 2019 with the Rev. Dr. Laura Winner

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, 4-8 p.m.

Rev. Dr. Lauren Winner
Cardigan Sweaters, Magnolia Trees, and Brioche: Overlooked Biblical Metaphors for God

Shepherd. Father. Judge. Friend. Light of the world. Alpha and Omega. King. Mother hen tending her brood.

Those are some of the ways in which we in the church often image God. But the Bible offers countless other images as well, images the church has largely overlooked for at least a century. Vine. Clothing. Cheesemaker. Bee-keeper. Housekeeper. Gravedigger.

We will explore a handful (or so) often-overlooked biblical images for God. Drawing on contemporary movies, anthropologists’ musings, and the writings of medieval mystics, we will ask what it might mean to take seriously the idea that God is, say, clothing. How might we preach a sermon about one of the many biblical passages that invites us to think of God as clothing? What kinds of prayer possibilities open up when we think of God as clothing-as a cardigan sweater, a bespoke suit?

4 p.m. – First Lecture

6 p.m. – Dinner*

7 p.m. – Second Lecture

*$10 donation requested for those who are able

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Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019

9 and 11:15 a.m.: Rev. Dr. Winner will preach in the Historic Church
10:15 a.m.: Rev. Dr. Winner will lecture

Scriptural phrases lurk in virtually every sentence of our Sunday liturgy. In this forum, we’ll walk through some of the Sunday morning prayers, exploring the original context for the biblical language we pray, and we’ll ask what it means for our prayer life that so much of our “common prayer” consists of returning to God the words God gave us in Scripture.

About the Eckhardt Mission Series

“Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” John 12-21

Louise Eckhardt pictured with the Rev. Jim Bethell

Louise Eckhardt pictured with the Rev. Jim Bethell

Louise Adams Eckhardt brought joy and prayer to the St. David’s parish. Her presence among us was a gift that we treasured while she was with us. In 1987, she gave an endowed gift to St. David’s to remain with us through time by establishing the James Eckhardt Mission Series. This series, a preaching / teaching event featuring a Biblical presentation of the Scriptures according the Gospel of Jesus Christ, is for the Parish family of St. David’s and other peoples of the greater Austin community.

In making this gift, she cited John 12:21, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” A secondary objective in establishing the series was “to provide a more personal teaching and sharing experience for various groups within St. David’s Parish and to bring people into a closer personal relationship with Jesus Christ.”

The series name honors the memory of Dr. James W. Eckhardt for his dedicated Christian ministry to the medical profession.

Not only did she provide for this series in her lifetime, she left a bequest equal to her original gift for the series in her Will. Additionally, she left gifts to St. David’s for food, healing youth, altar guild, mission and evangelism, and prayer ministries. Her generous offerings of abundance to our parish began with sharing her smile and her prayers and her belief in Jesus Christ.

With her Will, she told the parish how much ministry, prayer, and teaching about Jesus Christ meant to [her] in her life. She has left a legacy for those of us who knew her and for those who did not. Those touched by her generosity today and in the future will know the value of her lifework and her love for St. David’s through the teaching series that she has left for generations of people to experience. Louise’s gift blesses us all with God’s love.