This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!
The transfiguration story is filled with mystery. We can only imagine what the sight might have been like. Those present (Peter, James, and John) were clearly terrified by the event. Often transformational events in our lives are also mysterious and terrifying, like a new career move or a major illness. Yet we are encouraged, not to run from our fears, but to embrace them. “This is my Son… listen to him!” invites us to move toward Jesus, even when we are afraid.
Sermon Theme: Shine Jesus Shine!
Traditional Hymn of the Day: How Good, Lord, to Be Here
Although mountaintop experiences are important, we begin to look forward to what comes next with the final stanza of this hymn. God, hoped for in Advent, revealed in Christ Jesus at Christmas, and shown forth to the nations throughout Epiphany, promises to go with us to the plain, the uncharted territory of Lent.
New Day Worship Song: Beautiful One
The song that follows the sermon at New Day is a song of adoration and love to the risen Christ. With lyrics which speak to how Jesus’ work in our lives fill us with beauty, the song is a great companion to the themes of Transfiguration Sunday.
Have you ever had a “mountain-top” experience?
Was it hard to leave the wonderful experience and go back to your regular life?
How do you see Jesus in your life?
How does Jesus walk with you as a shining light of the world?
How does Jesus walk with you as a bearer of your burdens?