Transfiguration Sunday

Transfiguration Sunday

Transfiguration by Raphael

To allow Pastor Jenson time for bereavement, Deacon Poe delivers today’s sermon.

The Transfiguration of Jesus was an incredible event. It’s not as celebrated as his birth or resurrection, but it still holds great significance.

Some of the disciples saw Jesus in all His glory, accompanied by Moses and Elijah. When we think of Moses and Elijah, we think of Law and the Prophets — they are the representative authors of them, respectively — and these point directly to Jesus! And here they are, all three together. What an event for Peter, James, and John to witness.

And we can’t forget the voice of God instructing the witnesses to “listen to Him”.

The timing of this event is no coincidence. It happens shortly before Christ gives up his life to redeem us. He knows of the difficult times ahead, the suffering and death that he will endure for us. But first, he is seen in all His glory as a true man and true God.

Thanks be to God for his glory, his love and his grace bestowed upon us.

Today’s sermon is based on Luke 9:

28 Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. 30 And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33 And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. 34 As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” 36 And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.

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Announcements

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Lee Jenson, wife of Pastor Jenson. Her funeral was held on Wednesday, February 16th. While we know Lee is at peace in her Savior’s arms, the earthly pain still exists. Please keep Pastor Jenson and his family in your prayers.

Bible Study: Our midweek Bible study will resume on Tuesday, March 1st. Please note it will continue on Tuesday nights due to Lenten services on Wednesdays.

Lent: Ash Wednesday is this week! Please join us at 6 pm for the worship service. Please note there is no soup dinner and worship starts at a new time (6 pm).

Donations: Even during the pandemic and with a decline in attendance, the expenses still go on. If you wish to make a donation please mail them to the St. James post office box as that is a secure location. You may also donate online.

Prayer requests. Bring your prayer requests to Pastor Jenson, Deacon Poe, or Loyd Harris (bulletin typist). They will be printed in the bulletin and prayed in the Sunday service. The deadline is Tuesday. Remember to obtain permission if you are bringing a prayer request on behalf of another person.

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