Transfiguration Sunday Preview

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Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.

Matthew 17:1-2

Why do “bury” the Alleluias on Transfiguration Sunday?

Based on the Hebrew word, hallelu yah, meaning “Praise the Lord,” alleluia has been a word of great praise to God in the life of the church and was prominent in early Christian liturgies.

Because of the penitential character of the season of Lent in the Western church, singing or saying the word “alleluia” has historically been suspended during Lent’s forty days. This period of individual and congregational reflection on the quality of our baptismal faith and life suggests that the joyful nature of alleluia is more appropriately reserved for our Easter celebrations when it is given full and jubilant voice.

Alleluia is appropriately bid farewell on the Sunday preceding Ash Wednesday. Want to find out more? Check out the ELCA resource from which this information is cited.

Sunday’s Worship Music

Sunday’s Traditional Hymn of the Day is 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.

Sunday’s New Day Praise Worship Song is Lead Me To The Cross
Transfiguration Sunday is a day we recall how Jesus was transformed before his disciples, it is a preview of our Lord’s resurrection. As we gather for worship and song we will sing the words “lead me to the cross where Your love poured out.” It is a sung plea that our hearts and lives may be transformed this day by the unconditional love of God.

For further reflection

The absence of the alleluias give us the necessary time to analyze what is missing with our relationship with God and our neighbors. We have over 40 days (not including Sundays) to reflect on what it means to be a disciple of Christ.

Where will you put your focus this Lenten Season?

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Sister Dottie Almoney

Director of Education & Outreach

Our youth grow into faithful disciples through education, fellowship and service. I am also excited about the new social ministries in which we are partnering with other Manheim Township churches, such as Lydia’s Closet and Homes for Hope.

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