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Weekly Moravian Message: February 26, 2017

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,

Lititz, Pennsylvania

Moravian Daily Texts

11/19/2017

Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Watchword for the Week — So teach us, O God, to count our days that we may gain a wise heart. Psalm 90:12

Sunday, November 19 — Zephaniah 1:7,12–18; Psalm 90:1–8,(9–11),12
1 Thessalonians 5:1–11; Matthew 25:14–30

The Lord your God has blessed you in all your undertakings. Deuteronomy 2:7

Paul wrote: So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 1 Corinthians 3:7

God of the harvest, you make things grow. As gardeners in this world let your spirit work through us as we tend to the growth of others so that they will become what you meant for them to be. Amen.

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