This week

Sunday, February 26, 2017

          Worship Time: 8:30 & 10:45 am
          Christian Education: 9:30 am for children, youth & adults

Rev. Erin WathenScripture: Luke 9:28-45

The transfiguration of Jesus is really kind of a bizarre story. Not that half the Bible isn't bizarre...but still. This one is way out there. Jesus climbs a mountain with Peter, James and John. Suddenly, while he is praying, he literally lights up. Face glowing, clothes shining, the shimmery ghosts of Moses and Elijah flashing up next to him... The gospel special effects team had a field day with this one.

It's no wonder his companions "woke up" from their drowsy state, with all this going on. And it's no wonder that Peter, in the wake of all this wonder, asks if they can pitch a tent up there and set up camp on the mountain. "Let's just stay up here, guys! I really don't want to go back to work."

It's hard to come down from the mountain.

We'll talk about that on Sunday--difficult transitions, or coming back to reality after something extraordinary has touched our lives. But there's another part of this story, too. After they come down the mountain (which everyone must, eventually) some other amazing things happen. The disciples don't entirely understand it (per usual), but what's striking to me is that they don't even ask Jesus to explain it. Luke says "They did not understand what this meant...they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it." And that's the end of the passage.

Makes me wonder how many things we'll never know, simply because we're afraid to ask. That's what I'm thinking about for Sunday.

Meanwhile, this is the last week before we begin the season of Lent. (What? It was just Christmas!) Stay tuned for more info on our Lent series, Everyday Marvels, which begins next Sunday. I also hope you will join us for our Wednesday evening Lent study, which is an intergenerational program this year. We know that it is so important for children and youth to have relationships with people of all ages in their church family, so we're creating this great opportunity for all of us to worship, learn, and serve together. Go HERE for more information, and to sign up!

See you Sunday,
Rev. Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor

Also this Sunday:
• Adult Education:
9:30 am in Friends Hall
. More information on the Adult Education page.
• Journey: A new weekly study group at Saint Andrew. Sunday nights from 4-6pm in Room 202/203. RSVP.
• Week of Compassion- February 19-26: More information HERE.
Potato Bar Lunch - Men & Women Welcome: More information on the Women's Page.

Upcoming Events:
• Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner- February 28: 5-7pm in Friends Hall; sign up in the Hearth Room or RSVP.
• Ash Wednesday Service - March 1: Join us in the Sanctuary @ 7pm for a family friendly service.
• SAGE Wine & Cheese Party and Meeting - March 3:
More information on the SAGE Page.

• Fort Scott Adventure - Saturday, March 4: Information HERE, RSVP by March 1!

• Wednesday Evenings in Lent-activity/dinner/study/worship - March 8-April 5: All are invited to this inter-generational journey through Lent, 6-7:30pm in Friends Hall, sign up in the Hearth Room on Sunday.

Taking Action and Speaking Up:
Information on how to contact your government officials on the mission page under Hand of Welcome.

On-Going Events:
• Grief Group - meets the first Sunday of the month, led by Jody Gyulay, 11:45am, Room 102
• Mission & Outreach Opportunities:
check the Mission & Outreach page for more information.
• Transforming Families: meets Sundays @ 4pm, in the Pastor's office. Our next meeting is March 26
• SAGE (Saint Andrew Group for Ecology) Street Clean-Up: April 16, read more on the SAGE Page.

Previous Sermons:
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