Word for the Week

Sunday, February 26, 2017 Transfiguration of Our Lord / Last Sunday after Epiphany Introduction

Today’s festival is a bridge between the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany cycle that comes to a close today and the Lent-Easter cycle that begins in several days. On the mount of transfiguration Jesus is revealed as God’s beloved Son, echoing the words at his baptism. This vision of glory sustains us as Jesus faces his impending death in Jerusalem.

We turn this week to Ash Wednesday and our yearly baptismal journey from Lent to Easter. Some churches put aside the alleluia at the conclusion of today’s liturgy. This word of joy will be omitted during the penitential season of Lent and will be sung again at Easter.

First Reading: Exodus 24:12-18

At Mount Sinai, Moses experienced the presence of God for forty days and forty nights. The “glory of the Lord” settled on the mountain, and on the seventh day God called out to Moses. On the mountain God gave Moses the stone tablets inscribed with the ten commandments.

Psalm: Psalm 2

You are my son; this day have I begotten you. (Ps. 2:7)

Second Reading: 2 Peter 1:16-21

At the transfiguration, God’s voice was heard, declaring Jesus to be the beloved Son. By the activity of the Holy Spirit, God’s voice continues to be heard through the word of scripture.

Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9

Shortly before he enters Jerusalem, where he will be crucified, Jesus is revealed to his disciples in a mountaintop experience of divine glory called the transfiguration.

Epiphany Theme

The promise: The Light of Jesus is Near!
The fulfillment: The Light of Jesus is Here!
The calling: Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.

Throughout this season of Epiphany we hear scripture witnessing to the light and life of Jesus, sharing the story of people hearing and answering God’s call, and encouraging us all to share our own unique light with the world.

In Baptism we are marked with the cross of Christ forever, claimed as God’s children and made members of the body of Christ. We are presented with a lit candle and commissioned: “Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.”

You are the Light of the World – and this world desperately needs you! Yes – YOU! Do not hide your light…let it shine!  Share your story, reach out, pray without ceasing, and share the gifts freely given to you. Be the light for others, and encourage them to do the same. Together, our collective light will spread and illuminate the world, giving glory to our Father in Heaven.

Holy God, hear our prayer: We are called to be Your light. Let us shine!

Mid-week worship during Lent

Ash Wednesday worship will be on March 1st at 7:00pm. There will not be a soup supper before Ash Wednesday’s worship.

We will have a soup supper on Wednesdays during the season of Lent (March 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, and April 5th) at 6:00pm in the gathering space followed by the mid-week Lenten worship service at 7:00pm in the sanctuary. The proclamation team is looking for volunteers to make soup each week. Please sign up on the clipboard on the “Many Hands Make Light Work!” wall in the gathering space. This is a wonderful opportunity to take a break during our busy week to fellowship over food and worship together. We hope you will join us!

There will be worship on Maundy Thursday, April 13th at 7:00pm as well as worship on Good Friday, April 14th at 7:00pm.