The Transfiguration is a strange story we read each year the Sunday before Lent begins. It marks the end of the season after the Epiphany, the season of revealing Christ to the world. Jesus is revealed in full glory to his disciples on the mountain, but what exactly does that mean?
Peter seems to still think of Jesus in worldly terms, as a divine king now establishing his eternal throne on earth, but this isn’t what Jesus set out to do. Instead, Jesus came to heal those who were sick, to restore those who’d been left out. The kingdom is not of this world in the way that earthly kingdoms are, but to be part of the kingdom of God means to become last of all and servant of all. To serve those in need.
After bringing the tablets of the law down the mountain, Moses’ face shines. And every time after speaking with God in the Tent of Meeting, he addresses the people with a shining face, after which he covers his face with a veil.
Jesus takes Peter, James and John up a mountain where his face is transfigured, his clothes shine white, and the disciples, who had fallen asleep, wake up to find Jesus speaking with Moses and Elijah.
Holy Healer, we call upon You in our brokenness, in our distress. We call upon You in our times of simply feeling run down and tired. We call upon You to restore us. Help us to say no when needed. Help us to set boundaries that are healthy for ourselves as well as for others. Help us to seek You, and in our well-being, may we do the work You have called us to do, to bring healing to the world. Amen.
8:00am Worship in the Chapel
8:45am Christian Formation
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary
Music: Chancel Choir & Fusion
Ushers: Jody Baldyga, Robert Friend, Tom Hayes,
Liz Reyes Rodriguez, Gustavo Rodriguez, Jeff Kaiser