This Week's Message and Gospel
In this week’s Gospel, Christ is transfigured or changed in front of three of his disciples. Hopefully, all of us have experienced a transfiguration as well - not from walking to the top of a mountain but because of our relationship with Christ. If we are true believers, true disciples of Christ, our lives our transfigured by Christ, through Christ, because of Christ.
Once we experience this transfiguration, we no longer live our lives just for ourselves but rather we live them for God. We live them for Christ. We live them for our neighbors. Our old selfish ways exist no more and we have become a new creation - one centered on Christ and serving Christ and our neighbor.
What is awesome about this transfiguration that we experience is that we don’t have to tell anyone about it because they see it through the way we live our lives. They see Christ glowing in our words and our deeds. Come up the hill and be transformed by Christ.
The Gospel for Sunday: Matthew 17:1-9
Shortly before he enters Jerusalem, where he will be crucified, Jesus is revealed to Peter, James, and John in a mountaintop experience of divine glory called the transfiguration.
1Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. 2And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. 3Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” 6When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. 7But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” 8And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.
9As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
This Week at St. Mark's
Saturday, Feb 22
BB&B serving Breakfast for VETS 8:30 AM, Soup Group 10 AM, Recovery Dharma 7 PM
Sunday, Feb 23
Transfiguration Sunday, Choir Practice 8 AM, Word & Sacrament 9 AM, Strings of Praise, Sunday School 10:20 AM, Ukulele Practice 11:30 AM, CPR training 1 PM, Narcotics Anonymous 7 PM
Tuesday, Feb 25
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner 5:30 PM, Food Pantry 6 PM
Wednesday, Feb 26 - Ash Wednesday
Bible Study 11 AM, Service 12 PM, Ashes to Go 3:30-5:30 PM, Service 6:30 PM, Fabric Ministry 7 PM, AA & Al-Anon 7:30 PM
Thursday, Feb 27
Cluster Meeting 12 PM
Saturday, Feb 29
WBMD Youth Event 9AM, Katie’s Ladies 10 AM, Recovery Dharma 7 PM
Sunday, March 1 - 1st Sunday in Lent
Choir Practice 8 AM, Word & Sacrament 9 AM, New Member Welcome, Sunday School 10:20 AM, Strings of Praise 11:30 AM, CPR training 1 PM, Den Meeting 5:45 PM, Narcotics Anonymous 7 PM
OFFICE IS CLOSED ON FRIDAY’S