Sermon: Sunday February 26, 2017

Gospel Reading Matthew 17: 1-9
And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.”

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Vicar's Message from the Sunday Bulletin

Today we celebrate the transfiguration of our Lord, one of the high feast days of the church year. Jesus takes his disciples up the mountain and gives them a glimpse of his divinity, confirmed with the words of the Father from heaven, ““This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” 

The Scriptures are an inexhaustible treasure. St. Gregory said “Scripture is like a river . . . broad and deep, shallow enough here for the lamb to go wading, but deep enough there for the elephant to swim.” This passage is one of those passages that could easily produce thousands of sermons, hundreds of Bible studies, millions of devotional reflections. One of the reasons for this is the mirac-ulous show of divinity from the Godman, Jesus. This text has added depth due to the multiple Old Testament allusions and even figures who show up in Matthew 17. 

Because of the depth of this passage, and its importance as it points us to Christ, we are going to cover the text in several ways. Our hymns today, especially our sermon hymn, speak of the wondrous occasion on the mountain, and the praise we give our Lord because of who He is and what he has done. In our sermon we will focus on the Words of the Father to Peter “listen to him” and the Words of Jesus ““Tell no one the vision, until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.” . Lastly, the ushers have given you a Bible study to help you explore the larger context of this passage, stretching from Genesis to John’s Revelation. 

May God bless your worship and point you to Jesus, His Beloved Son. 
Vicar Joshua

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Ash Wednesday Service: March 1st at 7:00 p.m.

Please consider joining us on March 1, 2017 for our Ash Wednesday service at 7:00 p.m.

Other Lenten Services include our Midweek Service
March 8, 15, 22, 29 as well as April 5 & 12
7:00 p.m. Service

April 13: Maundy Thursday
7:00 p.m. Service

April 14: Good Friday
7:00 p.m. Service

April 16: Easter Sunday
8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.Services
Free Easter Breakfast between services at 9:15 a.m.

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