This upcoming Sunday, churches throughout the world who follow the assigned readings and festivals of the Church Year will be celebrating Transfiguration Sunday, the final Sunday before the Lenten season begins. On this day, Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up to a mountaintop to pray. There they will experience an awesome vision they will never forget. We need mountaintop experiences of our own, places to pray, and sources of strength for the valleys ahead. We will also be following Jesus through the valleys during the season of Lent. Our daily journey with Jesus will take us to:
- quiet places of prayer
- opportunities to feed the hungry
- nights in lonely gardens and angry storms
- the joy and peace of more mountaintop moments
- instructions to care for ourselves and those around us
- reminders that we are never alone but always in the power of the Spirit
- assurance that Jesus meets us exactly where we are but never leaves us that way.
This weekend in worship, we celebrate with Christ and his followers on the mountaintop as we gather around Word and Sacrament as well as special music from our brass and several choirs. Join us in praise and prayer and be astounded at the ways that Jesus transfigures and transforms lives. See you in church!