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Transfigured – Changed 

Mark 9: 2-9, Gen 17:1-7,15-16, Rom 4:13-25

TransfiguredWelcome to church today! We hope you discover the joys of being part of a family where Jesus’ love and power can transform lives. A key passage in this week’s gospel reads:

“Jesus…led them up a high mountain where they were alone.” [Mark 9:2]

We’ve all had special times in our lives -precious moments when we thought we’d burst with joy. Perhaps we recognised God in there somewhere amongst our emotions at the time. It may have been in the company of other believers, or it may have been a treasured private encounter where God’s Spirit washed over and through us in a way that left us in no doubt who is really in charge.

Perhaps it was a moment of profound insight, or a passionate response to an anointed praise song, or by the grandeur of God’s creation as you gazed out over a pristine wilderness landscape.

Such moments are so precious it seems natural to want to cling to them tightly in the vain hope they might last forever. So it was for Peter, James and John on that mountain top with Jesus.

But God never allows such indulgence; there’s always more to do in the kingdom. As wonderful as it is to be on that mount with God, the true test of our spiritual life is the ability to descend with Jesus amongst the ordinary daily things of life and there do all we can to lift others up into God’s presence.

To ‘freeze frame’ such moments we deny ourselves the endless possibilities presented in the moments that follow. By fearing that such treasured moments may never come again, we deny God’s limitless love and power. God chooses to offer us occasional moments on the mount to encourage and inspire us to trust, not fear. There’s no room for fear in the kingdom life. As we faithfully follow Christ we can be certain he will be with us, no matter what we face in life – such was his promise:

“I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.” [Matthew 28:20]

Lismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert

Sunday 4th March 2012  7.30am Lismore, 9.30am Dunoon

Transfigured – Changed  Mark 9: 2-9, Gen 17:1-7,15-16, Rom 4:13-25 

Mark 9: 2-9  The Transfiguration

2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain where they were alone. And he was transfigured before them, 3and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them.

4And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

5Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ 6He did not know what to say, for they were terrified.

7Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!’

8Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them anymore, but only Jesus.

9 As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

Genesis 17:1-7,15-16       The Sign of the Covenant

17When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. 2And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.’ 3Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, 4‘As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. 5No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. 6I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. 7I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.  15 God said to Abraham, ‘As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.’

  • Do I have the enthusiasm of Peter in serving our Lord?
  • How have I been changed through meeting Jesus?
  • How brightly do I reflect the light of Christ into the world?