Burr Ridge United Church of Christ



Burr Ridge United Church of Christ
Fosters the Spirit of Christ
Teaches the word of God
Serves the whole individual - body, mind & spirit.
As a community in Christ, we strive to:
Respond to the Gospel in word and deed.
Balance freedom of conscience with
accountability to faith.
Uphold Christian, ethical and intellectual growth

Service Time
Sunday mornings 10:00 a.m.


Verse of the Week
Prayer of the Week

  Congregational Life

Upcoming Meetings

April 6 * Spring Fair

April 13 * Christian Education

April 27 * Spring Fair

April 28 * Church Council

April 27 * Elders.

Growing Our Faith 

We gather for the worship of our God every Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.
Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of every month. We offer open communion. Therefore, anyone wishing to receive the bread and wine may do so.

Please come and join us as we enrich ourselves and strengthen our faith by sharing in the Word of God.  All are welcome


   This Month at BRUCC

17 Apr 2014 7:30 PM • Lyonsville Congregational Church, 6871 Joliet Rd., Indian Head Park, Il
18 Apr 2014 7:30 PM • 15 W 100 Plainfield Rd, Burr Ridge, Il
20 Apr 2014 9:00 AM • 15 W 100 Plainfield Rd, Burr Ridge, Il 630-654-4544
20 Apr 2014 10:00 AM • 15 W 100 Plainfield Rd, Burr Ridge, Il 630-654-4544
27 Apr 2014 10:00 AM • 15 W 100 Plainfield Rd, Burr Ridge, Il 630-654-4544

Pastor's Message

Ethical Foundations

In his video “Rationalizations,” Michael Josephson (2010) distinguishes between rational decisions and rationalizations in the ethical decision-making process. Rational decisions precede a course of action, and rationalizations follow. In rational decisions, the individual decides ahead of time the strategy to follow in making ethical decisions. With rationalizations, one offers an after-the-fact justification for what has been done. Josephson argues for rational decisions.

If I agree (and I do) with Josephson and decide to engage in rational decisions, what would that strategy be? In his PowerPoint “Basic Moral Orientations Overview,” Lawrence Hinman (2002) presents nine different moral orientations which guide moral decisions. The one orientation which is closest to mine is “Divine Command Theories.” In this orientation “being good is equivalent to doing what the Bible…tells you what to do” (Hinman, 2002). I say closest because I substitute Christ for the Bible. In other words, Christ is the one who ultimately tells one what he or she is to do in whatever situation one finds oneself to be. The Christian does not necessarily know ahead of that situation what the right thing to do is, but brings into each and every situation the confidence that Christ is there to inform, empower, judge, and forgive

Bonhoeffer says that the Christian has the “form of Christ” (Bonhoeffer, 1995, p. 81). By virtue of baptism the Christian is “transformed in His image” (Bonhoeffer, 1995, p.82). This formation is a conformation. In Christ, God out of his love for humanity has reconciled the world unto himself. In Christ, God has removed all barriers to himself, forgiven all sin, and put us on a firm foundation before God. The Christian is to be conformed to Christ. The Christian, too, is to engage in the work of reconciliation. The question to be asked is “whether my action is at this moment helping my neighbor to become a man before God” (Bonhoeffer, 1995, p. 86).

How does the Christian operationalize this foundation in Christ? It is easy enough to say that the Christian is to be a Christ to the neighbor. But how does this take shape? In Matthew 25, Jesus recounts the so-called Parable of the Goats and the Sheep (Holy Bible, 1973, pp.1545-1546). On Judgment Day, the shepherd will separate the sheep from the goats. To the sheep, he will say that they fed him when he was hungry, gave him water when he was thirsty, visited him when he was sick, and so on. But the sheep are amazed. When did we give you food when you were hungry and give you water when you were thirsty and visit you when you were sick, and so on? The shepherd will say that when you did it to the least of my brethren you did it unto me. When you did it to the lowest of the low you were really doing it to me.

The Christian is to have the form of Christ. He or she is to be conformed to Christ. She or he is to be engaged in the work of reconciliation. The Christian is to be a Christ to his or her neighbor. How does that happen? It happens when the Christian sees Christ in his or her neighbor. He or she is to be Christ to his or her neighbor, but the neighbor is also Christ to the Christian. And how shall the Christian treat Christ? This is the strategy by which I make my ethical decisions.

Yet, I am haunted by the words of Josephson concerning rationalization. I do not know ahead of time what I will do in any given situation. I only know that I am not to mistreat Christ. But how do I know I did the right thing? This is difficult. Remember the sheep. They did not know. I do not know. Until the kingdom of God, I can only trust that I’ve done the right thing. If not, I can only plead for forgiveness.

Youth & Families

Sunday School
. Bring your children to church.
Sunday School is held during worship services. Bring your children to the worship service.
After the children's sermon they are invited to go to their age appropriate Sunday School class.

If you wish to have your child attend Sunday School please contact the Board of Christian
Education through the church office to register your child.

The Nursery is available during worship service for younger children.
President's Corner
Attention Singers
Anyone interested in being part of the choir is invited
to join us each Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m. And Wednesday evenings 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm.  Selection
will depend upon how many voices are available,
but it will always be something simple.  Please come
and sing with us!

Bell Choir
Bell Choir ringing with joyful noise... Weekly
bell choir practice is on Wednesday
evenings, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm. in the

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Burr Ridge United Church of Christ  
15 w 100 Plainfield Rd, Burr Ridge, Il 60527 

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