Transfiguration Sunday Worship Preview

“Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw [Jesus’] glory and the two men who stood with him.”

Luke 9:32

Witnesses to the glory of God in the face of Jesus will be unable to avoid reflecting that glory in the world. It was true for Moses. It was doubtless true for Peter, James, and John. We pray that it will be true of all of us who see the glory of the Lord in the word and in the supper and who are being “transformed into the same image” by the Spirit of God.

Sunday Worship Music

The Hymn of the Day at the Traditional services will be How Good, Lord, to Be Here!

Although mountaintop experiences are important, the final stanza of this hymn spurs us to look at what comes next. God, hoped for in Advent, revealed in Christ Jesus at Christmas, and shown forth to the nations throughout Epiphany, promises to go with us to the plain, the uncharted territory of Lent.

The Worship Song at the New Day Praise service will be Grace Like Rain.

As this is the last Sunday before the season of Lent, it is a great time to give praise to God. One of our words that has transcended from the Old Testament Hebrew to the New Testament Greek to our English translations this day, is the word “Hallelujah!” It means praise the Lord! During the worship song we take time to praise the Lord as we sing the refrain, “Hallelujah grace like rain falls down on me Hallelujah all my stains are washed away!”

For Your Reflection

Our Gospel reading for Transfiguration Sunday is Luke 9:28-36 [37-43a]. During the course of the narrative Jesus’ trusted disciples go with him and experience a mountain top moment. Clarity comes with of Jesus’ identity, ‘all stars’ of the faith make an appearance, and God’s command is clearly heard.

Have you ever experienced a “mountain top moment” where you felt a certainty, a revelation, or something very joyful?

What was this moment like?

Were you able to take the moment’s revelation with you?

Thinking back to that moment, how was God present with you?

Does this moment inform who you are today? How so?

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Rev. Sarah Teichmann

Pastor of Christian Formation

Pastor Sarah served as Pastor of Christian Formation at St. Peter’s from 2014 – 2021. She now serves the wider church as a partner at Kirby-Smith Associates.

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