Transfiguration Fra Angelico, Florence 1450
And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. Mark 9: 3
Sunday we turn out of the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany side of the year, into the Lent/Easter/Pentecost side. Transfiguration is the turn from Epiphany to Lent (Christ the King Sunday is the turn from Pentecost to Advent).Transfiguration, like Christ the King, gathers in members of the team. Mark says that as Peter James and John were bedazzled, Moses and Elijah chatted with Jesus. We’ll talk about this scene on Sunday and try to expand the meaning of it so that we might feel some of the transfiguring power. It’s going to be another snowy Sunday. That means a good day to talk about fishing. Right? We’ll talk about those fishermen shown off-balance above who were a little out of their depth on the mountain of transfiguration. Also, I have a poem to read to you.Ash Wednesday services at 9 am and 7:30 pm. You will hear the “charge” of Lent and receive ashes on your forehead.
Remember to plan your Lenten discipline. Milly Engberg asked me to order some Lenten devotionals. They are on the table in the narthex.
+A daily devotion might be your Lenten discipline.
+Maybe you will start an exercise routine or go on a diet.
+You might give up something–activity, habit, routine–that does not bring you closer to God or closer to other people.
+At Peace we will continue planning for our garden. This will be one of our congregation’s Lenten projects
+You might make a special offering to Peace during the season of Lent.
+You could bring in one nonperishable food item for the Wayland Food Pantry for every week of Lent.
+Family Promise begins in two weeks. Supporting this core program of our church might be one of your Lenten projects. Certainly Family Promise brings us closer to other people and serves Christ.
+During Lent some members of our congregation will look at renewing their prayer lives.
+Confirmation students will meet Wednesday evenings, beginning Ash Wednesday.
+Wayland interfaith intern Melissa Rudd will lead Sunday afternoon discussions on empathy. Those of you who took part in the discussion with Melissa two weeks ago got a preview of the discussion material.
+Think of something else. If you tell me what you plan to do or not do, I’ll cheer you on, pray for you, and check in with you from time to time to see how your discipline is going.