February 19, 2012
Transfiguration of the Lord Sunday
Last Sunday after Epiphany
lectionary focus: Mark 9: 2-9
props: the Youth Group teenagers
Today I brought some friends to join us on the chancel steps. These guys are part of our Youth Group here at church. Soon you will be old enough to join them in their Sunday School classes, and evening activities, and retreats. Retreats are spend-the-night trips we take together to study about God’s love. Each summer we go on one of these retreats to the Montreat Youth Conference in the mountains of North Carolina. Here we join a thousand other teenagers and spend a week in this beautiful place going to church. We praise God and sing songs and hear Bible stories and talk about how we can live the life God wants us to live. Our group also stays in a little house. We play games on the porch and go hiking and play rock hopping in the creek and cook dinner together. At the end of the week, we’ve had so much fun, it’s been so perfect, that we really don’t want to come back home. We’d love to stay in that beautiful, safe, fun place forever.
It’s a lot like our Bible story today. Jesus and his friends Peter and James and John go on a camping trip to the top of this high mountain. It is beautiful and they have a lot of fun. They have such a good time there and everything seems so perfect, Peter suggests that they just stay there forever.
Vacations are great. It’s good to take a break and relax in a beautiful, exciting place, and listen to God. But we cannot hide away. God has much work for us to do. We must take what we learn on retreats and then go forward into the world in peace to share God’s love and progress His kingdom. Listen to God. And let His light shine.
Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it back.)
to retreat in Your love
and then move forward
to share Your love
with the world.
We are not Christians alone. My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.