This Sunday we hear and ponder the story of Jesus’ transfiguration. Each year, it is the Gospel reading on the last Sunday after Epiphany, which means it’s the Sunday before Lent begins. So lots is going on here!

In a way, the transfiguration gives us a glimpse of Easter before we plunge into Lent. For the disciples, it was a high moment, a “mountaintop experience,” before the journey to Jerusalem resulting in Jesus’ horrific crucifixion.

This Sunday you will find Lenten booklets with articles on the meaning of the season and on certain days within it. We begin the season next week with Ash Wednesday. Becky Brown will preach, and those who choose will receive the imposition of ashes, a cross made on the forehead with ashes from last Palm’s Sunday’s palms, a reminder of our mortality and our need for Christ.

Think about “giving up” something for Lent, if what you “give up” will benefit you spiritually or will benefit someone else in some way. Or think about “taking on” something that will be beneficial. The “24 Hours That Changed the World” study on Tuesdays is a great Lenten study. On Wednesdays in March and on April 4, we will hear from 5 different speakers on the theme “Salvation is.....” with time for conversation and reflection. “Take on” a study, or extra reading or time for present each Sunday in worship.....deepen your faith and understanding this Lent.

But, before we begin Lent, let’s get back to transfiguration.....a “brilliant moment” to be sure. We all have dark times to face.....could it be that God gives us moments of light to help us find our way through the dark? Let’s share one of those moments Sunday.....and bring a friend to share in it, too.

Peace & Blessings,

Sandy Giles

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