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Dear friends,

This week we will be talking about the Transfiguration.  This word is not one that is used often in today’s lexicon. Some people may not have even heard it before. I remember being in my High School choir and singing the word when we sang The Battle Hymn of the Republic. In this one verse the music took on a different dynamic, but then resolved into its original cadence, that of a march.  Mr. Sloan, the choir director was adamant that we follow his lead as we transitioned during this verse. All eyes were on him.

The English word transfiguration comes from the Greek word metamorphoo.  Meta – “change after being with” and Morphoo “changing form in keeping with inner reality”. We get also get the English word metamorphosis, which can be described as the stage between a caterpillar becoming a butterfly.

This week I will be reading and reflecting on Jesus’s transfiguration from Matthew 17:1-9.  Whereas some preachers will be focusing about how Jesus became dazzling, that Moses and Elijah arrived on the scene, and God spoke though yet another cloud, I will not.  Instead I will be reflecting on what happened after the transfiguration.  Stay tuned for the reflection on Sunday.

This will also be the last Sunday before we transition into a new season, the Season of Lent.  Ash Wednesday service is Feb. 26 at 6PM.  I encourage you to join us as we change into this season of self-inventory within the teachings of Jesus.  I also hope that you’ll take the opportunity to enter into one of the Lenten disciplines from St. Mark’s. Bruised Reeds and Smoldering Wicks is a six-week study beginning March 1 at 11AM which focuses on childhood trauma and its lingering effects in our world.  Nutrition coach, Cheney Daughtry, will lead and support those of us who want to give up sugar during Lent as a sacrificial discipline for a healthier life. And there is the Adult Sunday School each Sunday morning at 8:30 where we read and discuss the weekly bible readings from the Lectionary.

Whatever you decide to do during Lent, I pray that you find Jesus in a new way, one that transforms you and your faith into a deeper and fuller expression of Christ.

May it be so. Amen.