February 14, 2021 – Transfiguration
WORSHIP & Bible Study
Worship is at 10AM, Lord’s Supper for those present.
This week’s service Bulletin/Worship Link Here
Zoom Info: Meeting ID: 645 848 5288 Passcode: miracles
Bible Study after service or 11:15ish. I’ll keep the zoom line on.
Devotion & Prayer Thought
The lectionary is based around the gospel readings. The OT lessons are always chosen because of some connection to the gospel. That connection is usually typeological in that the gospel is the fulfillment of what the OT was about in type, but it can also be a character, a word or a theological theme. The Epistle readings are often chosen the same way, but the Epistles are occasionally read sequentially during “green” seasons and might have no connection. Today is Transfiguration, and both lessons are chosen simply because the characters with the OT being given pride of place to fill in the life of Elijah. The Epistle is a drive-by appearance of Moses combined with the theological concept of veiled sight.
Moses, when he received the law from God on Mt. Sinai, also was in the presence of God. And his skin is described as “shining” when he came down. He was reflecting the glory of God. This would happen anytime Moses would “speak with God.” The sight even of the reflected glory was enough to frighten the people, so Moses took a veil to cover his face while talking with them. Paul uses this veil to reflect on the difference of the covenant of Moses and the Gospel he is proclaiming. The covenant of Moses was one that was carved in stone. It pronounced “do this”, and while the law is good and wise and glorious, it is a ministry of death. The glory would fade. The stark letters would condemn. We could not gaze on the law without some type of veil by which those truths could be hidden. And this remains today. We are a euphemism factory. Death is passing away. We remove from our sight those hurting. We demand those who would read to us the stark words to soften them in some way or even to shut-up. We put a veil over our hearts. But we only do this if we fail to see Christ.
“The glory of the ministry of righteousness, far exceeds that of the one of death.” And it does so because it has come with a permanent glory. The incarnation is not a mere reflection of the glory of God that fades, but God became man. In Christ the fullness of the glory of God dwells. And we, turning to the Lord through the indwelling of the Spirit, are invited into that glory. Paul asserts that in this ministry of the mercy of God, unlike the Israelites seeing the reflection, we do not lose heart. Instead, we speak it with clear words, “the open statement of the truth”. You have become the glory of God. Your light shines in the midst of the darkness. And yes, there will be people who are afraid of the light. The gospel will remain veiled to them. But it is not our gospel, it is not even Paul’s gospel, it is Christ’s. And Christ has chosen to no longer veil his glory, but to hold it in flesh. For a while in these broken jars of clay, so that we know it is not ours, because this flesh could not naturally hold that glory. But eventually these bodies will be transfigured to be like his, a worthy container of the glory of God. So do not be afraid of the presence of God. Do not veil your hearts, but live in the truth of the Word. “Let the light shine out of the darkness.”
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: Feb 15th – Feb 21st
Mon. – Fri. ……….….… 9:00am NO Preschool
Monday: ………………. 6:30pm Women’s Group on Zoom
Tuesday: ……………….. 9:00am Pastor’s Circuit Mtg
Wednesday: …………… 9:00amConfirmation
7:00pm Ash Wednesday Service
Thursday: ……………… 10:00amBible Study
Sunday: …………………. 10:00am Worship
11:00am Bible Study
A couple of general thoughts. LAF is all online right now. For the Thursday or the Sunday morning studies it is possible to zoom in, but it does take some setup. Everyone is invited, but if you would like to join through zoom, please drop me a note prior. I’ve fallen into assuming we won’t have anyone that way, but I don’t want to exclude just because I’m making an assumption because the set up to allow true participation is not trivial. The second thought is in regard to this weekly missive and the Catechism moment. I do my best to keep everyone’s emails, but if you would like to receive these and aren’t, or if you have changed an email, please send it to me and I’ll make sure the system is updated. Thanks.
- Thurs 10am: Ezekiel Continues
- Confirmation: Begin Review & World Religions Comparison
- Life Application Fellowship (LAF): Feb 24th. See you on the Zoom line.
- Sunday Morning: Study will be at 11:15ish, after worship, in the sanctuary and on the zoom line.
- Catechism Moment: We cycled back to the 1st commandment. What I am hoping to demonstrate the second time through is how the small catechism is worthy of lifelong meditation.
SPRING DRIVE-THRU BEEF on WECK … save the date … Saturday, April 24th.
ASH WEDNESDAY: Service at 7pm on February 17th.
A LENTEN CHALLENGE: The season of Lent is almost upon us and is traditionally a penitential time of prayer, repentance of sins, and self-denial. It was also traditionally a period of alms-giving – an act of charity in sharing with those less fortunate. We have a special challenge of giving to our local food pantry, RHAFT, for the six weeks of Lent. For each Sunday of Lent we have chosen a particular category of items needed by RHAFT as the focus of our donations. We hope you will join us in this challenge to help RHAFT fill its pantry shelves