February 14, 2021
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Bulletin and Hymns:
The last Sunday of the Epiphany season, we celebrate the Transfiguration of the Lord. As we encounter this familiar story, we pray the Spirit blesses our reading of the Word:
- How is Mark’s telling of the Transfiguration different from what we find in the other gospels (Matthew 17:1-9 & Luke 9:28-36)? What details does usually reticent Mark offer in this narrative? Why do you think they are significant? How vividly could you imagine or draw this scene?
- “And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became a dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them” (verses 2-3). Peter, James, and John see Jesus as he truly is – shining as the Son of God; their friend the carpenter changes in front of their eyes, and it leaves them “terrified” (verse 6). What does the Bible say about those who would look upon God’s face (Exodus 33 & Isaiah 6)? How do you think you would have felt to see someone you thought you knew transform in front of you; would you be scared? Why do you think Jesus allows his disciples to see this monumental moment, but then tells them to keep it a secret (verse 9)?
- Jesus meets with Moses and Elijah on the mountain; these men were prophets and people of immense importance in the Jewish faith. What do you imagine they talked about? If you could meet with any two people from history, who would you want to speak to? What questions would you ask them?
- Peter wants to build dwellings on the mountain, but we understand that this isn’t Jesus’ plan. He isn’t going to stay on the mountain, but return to the people below and continue his ministry until it leads him to the cross. Are there times when you are tempted to hold on or stay in special moments, even after they are over? How do we learn to appreciate the memory of something while still moving forward and not living in the past? What do you do when God’s plan conflicts with your idea of what should happen?
As we enter Lent together, we carry this image of Jesus already glorified. I wonder if it gave Peter, James, and John hope as they faced the dark days that led to the cross.
May the Light of Christ shine in your heart and guide you through the coming days!
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Maggie Rust