Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Transfiguration of Our Lord
The Rhythm of the Christian Life
Why do you come to worship on a Sunday morning? Maybe you come to find a bit of peace; to get away from your problems for an hour. Or maybe you come to get motivated and empowered to face your problems in the world. Do you come with pains you want to forget? Or do you come to be prepared to face your pains? So, why are we in worship on a Sunday morning?
I think for most of us, it’s a little bit of each. This morning we ponder this dynamic of worship in a wonderful Bible story that is about worship: the story of the transfiguration. For there we see escape from problems as three disciples bask in the glory of the Lord on the mountaintop. And there we see that as they go back down the mountain, they have problems to face. They want to enjoy the mountaintop of awe and wonder in the Lord’s glorious presence. But they have to leave and face problems down in the valley.
The transfiguration. The story speaks of withdrawal from the world’s problems, and a returning to those problems. Withdrawal to take time to bask in the glory of the Lord, and returning to the real world in the power of God. Isn’t this the rhythm of the Christian life, like breathing in and breathing out?
mountaintops . . . and valleys
worship . . . and witness
loving God . . . and loving others
being blessed . . . to be a blessing
glimpsing a bit of heaven . . . to be empowered
to reach the world
joy and glory on the mountain . . . before hiking down to
journey to Jerusalem and its awaiting cross
Dean Jurgen, pastor, Lititz Moravian Church,