February 11, 2024

“And Jesus was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling bright, such as no one on earth could brighten them. ” (Mark 9:2-3)

Dearly beloved,

On April 8th, there will be a solar eclipse. I’m not sure how much of it we will see here, but parts of the northeast will get the full effect. The consistent warning is about not looking directly into it (they make special glasses for that) – that it could damage our eyesight.

This Sunday is Transfiguration and I often contemplate the level of brightness that shone forth from Jesus. I would imagine that it is brighter than sunlight off of snow or a solar eclipse. The disciples may not have had special glasses but Jesus was showing them the fullness of who he was. Yes, this revealed his Messiahship but it wasn’t until the cross that they saw Jesus’ greater glory of God’s love for us.

In worship this week, we celebrate this glory with a bit of Mardi Gras music, beads and masks. We receive a glitter cross on our foreheads. You are invited to wear bright and/or glittery clothes as a part of this celebration.

Come together as we sing of God’s glory – from the mountain top to the cross!

peace in Christ,
Pastor Jen