This Week – February 23, 2017

transfiguration

We open ourselves to God’s Spirit in worship, prayer and study, holding each other
in community and encouraging one another to grow in the Spirit.
We reach out in generosity and compassion to the people around us.

annualmeetingSunday, February 26, 2017
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
Adult Choir Rehearsal
10:15 a.m. Worship
11:15 a.m. Annual Meeting

Scripture: Psalm 99, Matthew 17: 1-9
Sermon: “From the Eye to the Ear to
the Mind and the Heart”

Serving Our Church This Sunday:
Liturgist: The Rev. Philip J. Ramstad
Greeters: The Board of Deacons

The Next Book Club is April 9th
We will not meet during March, choosing instead to take part in the Lenten Devotional conversation. The book we chose for April is Two Old Women, by Velma Wallis.

ashwednesdayDinner & Worship Service – March 1st
We’ll begin Lent with a meal and a time for reflection and conversation about the gifts of God for all God’s people.

  • Dinner at 6:30 p.m.  (food provided, please sign up so we have a count)
  • Worship at 7:00 p.m.

Message:  We will work with traditional Ash Wednesday themes of mortality and eternal life, forgiveness and renewal, shaping and reshaping ourselves, holding on and letting go.

Mission:  For this night, we are the recipients of the mission. God has reached out to us. You may wish to reach to others.

Music:  There will be songs to hear, songs to sing, and music to enjoy.

Meals:  If you arrive at 6:30 there is food for you. (Please sign up)

Hospitality:  We will provide that for each other.

House of Charity – Volunteers Needed – Saturday, March 18th
Our next volunteer opportunity at House of Charity is Saturday, March 18th from approximately 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

House of Charity is located at 510 South 8th Street in Minneapolis. Sign-up sheet is on the table by the mailboxes.

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“Dazzling Reign”
Transfiguration Sunday

Spoiler alert: The Son of Man may lose his life on the cross, but in the end he will return and shine as the sun.  In a sentence, that’s kind of what the Transfiguration is – a spoiler.  It lets the disciples know that even as Jesus has just predicted his death on a cross they needn’t fear, they needn’t worry, because he is unstoppable – he is, after all, the beloved Son of God.   And, because of this mountaintop vision they can hold that dazzling vision and it will give them hope in the frightening days ahead.

A Transfiguration is more than a makeover, more than a new, whiter robe and a spotlight.  It’s a change in form to something different, more essential and more spiritual.  But the Jesus that went up the mountain was the same one who came down.  He didn’t change, he just got unmasked. What the disciples saw on that mountaintop was not a different Jesus but the real Jesus. There with Moses and Elijah he was himself, revealed to them so they would know for sure who they were traveling with and who, when the day came, they would watch die.   This is no ordinary rabbi, no regular teacher, and, as good as he was to them, he was more than they understood.

Wouldn’t it be something remarkable to see the world that way, to see the glow of divine creation inside everything?  Poets do that, don’t they?  They look at the world and transfigure it with words, revealing the dazzle and light we missed.  Gerard Manley Hopkins, famed English poet, wrote of Jesus Christ in his poem “Pied Beauty,”

With swift, slow; sweet, sour; a dazzle, dim;
He fathers forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

Looking Ahead
February 26 Annual Meeting – Following Worship
February 28 Tai Chi – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Manor Homes of Edina – Annual Meeting
March 1 Tai Chi – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Ash Wednesday – 6:30 p.m. Dinner & 7:00 p.m. Worship
March 5 Communion & VEAP’s March Food and Fund Drive
March 6 Board of Deacon’s Meeting – 5:30 p.m.
March 7 Tai Chi – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
March 8 Tai Chi – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
March 12 Daylight Saving Time Begins
March 14 Tai Chi – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
March 15 Tai Chi – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
March 18 House of Charity – Volunteers Needed
March 21 Tai Chi – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
March 22 Tai Chi – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
March 28 Tai Chi – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
March 29 Tai Chi – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
March 30 Londonderry Townhomes – Annual Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Worship This Sunday
Scripture: Psalm 99, Matthew 17: 1-9
Sermon: “From the Eye to the Ear to the Mind and the Heart”

Read the Gospel Lesson and the Mission Moments. The “transfiguration” is a strikingly unusual and purposefully confusing story. What meaning or meanings do you find within the passage? (Scholars disagree, so your meanings may be as valuable as their explanations) What would your response have been if you had been the fourth person to make the climb with Jesus?

Have you had such a “peak” time in your life? An amazing encounter with something that felt holy and wonderful? Or have you had someone risk sharing such a time with you?

Prayer
May the light of God give us hope and the Power of God protect us.
May the light of God give us joy and the Peace of God calm us.
May the Light of God give us faith and the Grace of God fill us
this day and forevermore. Amen.