Category Archives: Transfiguration of the Lord

Bright, Shiny Faces

smilefor Sunday, February 10, 2013
Transfiguration of the Lord Sunday
Year C
lectionary focus: Exodus 34:29-35; Luke 9:28-36
(see also Retreat and Go Forth / Transfiguration Sunday Year B)

Good Morning!

When I was a kid, we had a little chant we would say in school:

We are all in our places
With bright shiny faces.

We are all in our places meant that we were each doing our part in the classroom. With bright shiny faces meant that we were each smiling and our minds and eyes were open and we were ready and excited learn.

In our Bible story today, we hear about shiny faces. In the Old Testament story, Moses goes to the top of the mountain to talk with God and comes back with a shiny face; the Israelites were amazed. In the New Testament story, Jesus and His friends go to the top of the mountain and Jesus shines with the Glory of God; Jesus’s friend Peter thinks this shiny excitement is so great that he suggests they stay on top of the mountain forever!

When we come to church, we too are all in our places. And our faces are bright and shiny as we are excited to learn about God and as we rejoice that God is with us. And yes, it would be great to stay in church forever. But God fills us with His love in order that we might go into the world and share His love. We are called to be in our places in the world shining with God’s bright love.

So as we go forth this week, share God’s love with a bright shiny face…smiling with bright, excited eyes that others might also be excited and filled with the Glory of the Lord.

Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)

Dear Lord,
We are all in our places
with bright shiny faces.
Help us
to share Your Glory
with big smiles
and excited eyes
in all our places
in the world.
Amen

We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.

Retreat And Go Forth

February 19, 2012
Transfiguration of the Lord Sunday
Last Sunday after Epiphany
lectionary focus: Mark 9: 2-9
props: the Youth Group teenagers

Good Morning!

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.)

Dear Lord,
Thank You
for vacations.
Help me
to retreat in Your love
and then move forward
to share Your love
with the world.
Amen

We are not Christians alone. My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.