The Response: Psalm 99 (verse 9) “Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God and worship him upon his holy hill; for the Lord our God is the Holy One.”
On the last Sunday after Epiphany Reverend Gary Gooch served as pastor. Neil Nichols served as the Lay Minister. The Readers were Jose Ramirez and David Maitland.
The First Reading was Exodus 34:29-35. This is an account of Moses as he came down from Mt. Sinai with the covenant which God had given him for the Israelites. His face was so shiny and bright that it frightened the Israelites, so he put on a veil when he spoke to them. Being in the presence of God would make it shine so he removed the veil when speaking with God.
The Second Reading was 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2. Paul tells the people that unlike the Israelites with Moses, we no longer have to see through a veil. Jesus has removed the veil, for where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom and we are allowed to see the glory of God. Therefore we may be transformed into the likeness of Christ that we may do his ministry and others may see him in us.
Reverend Gooch read the Gospel according to Luke 9:28-36. In this passage Peter, John and James go with Jesus up on the mountain to pray. While there Jesus is greeted by Moses and Elijah and his face and clothing become a dazzling white. They saw the glory and the transfiguration of Jesus while he spoke to them. Then a voice came from a cloud and said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” Then Moses and Elijah were gone.
Reverend Gooch stated that this was the transfiguration of Jesus. The disciples saw him in his glory as dazzling white. Jesus had been teaching the disciples the way of the cross and that it would involve sorrow, suffering, and death. Then the resurrection and ascension would come. Now they were able to see the glory of the Messiah.
Reverend Gooch reminded us of the passage we read last Sunday, 1 Corinthians 13. This was an explanation of the meaning of love and how love must be in our lives as it was in Jesus’ life. As our Lenten journey begins this Wednesday, we need to transfigure our images to portray love as Jesus does. Love is kind, patient, not arrogant or selfish, trustworthy, and endures all things. Christians should reflect God’s love in all that they do. God is love, and that is why he sent his only Son to come to us so we could see what love is truly like. Jesus is the ultimate example of pure love. We shoud strive to follow his example and live in his likeness. Let us love another.
On Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. we will have a pancake supper to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. we will have an Ash Wednesday service to begin our Lenten season. All are welcome to join us in these activities.
Next Sunday St. Matthew’s will have Reverend Gina Frnka as pastor at the 9 a.m. service. Scan and visit our PIM web site.