Rev. Dr. Diane M. Baldwin
Woodhaven Presbyterian Church
March 2, 2014 – Transfiguration of the Lord
This Sunday is the last week in the season of Epiphany. Next week we begin forty days of Lent with Ash Wednesday. The word “epiphany” means disclosure, manifestation, unveiling or appearance. So, how fitting that today’s gospel readings describes one of the greatest “epiphanies” ever — the Transfiguration of Jesus, complete with blinding light, a heavenly voice, and visions of Moses and Elijah. . . .
I struggled with this passage. Not because of the phantasmagorical nature of the events. Not by what was said. But by what was done. Not the bright cloud, the appearance of the law and prophets, or even the voice of God. It’s a significant nonverbal element in the passage. Did you notice THE significant difference in Matthew’s version of the Transfiguration from the other gospels? It comes in verse 7. Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” What do you make of the fact that unlike Mark or Luke, Matthew has Jesus touch the trio? What was Jesus trying to communicate to Peter, James, and John with that touch?
(…excerpt from podcast)
Just to keep our loyal subscribers up to date. The schedule of events and activities for Lent have been posted to the website. You may go to our home page and look under the SUNDAY SCHEDULE or just follow this link.
We have also added a Prayer Request page. Any time you or someone you know would appreciate some extra prayers go to the website and use the Prayer Request link at the top of the site. There is also an option to tell Pastor Diane to keep the prayer request in confidence.
There are two new opportunities for growth and support within our church community. First Alcoholics Anonymous is now meeting in our building. If you know someone who needs a safe place to find support direct them to our AA Meeting page. Also for those seeking a closer relationship with God we have a Spiritual Director, Regina Strader Hunt. She is here to work with members of our church looking for a closer walk with God. For more details visit our Spiritual Direction page.
And finally take time to welcome our new Office Assistant, Debbie Dickinson.