Pastor’s Message – February 18, 2020

Transformed: A Lenten Worship Series
Next week we will enter the Lenten season, a time we set apart as the Church (and a church) to seek how we need to change. Some of us will take up new habits, and others will fast from favorite indulgences. We’ll receive ashes on our foreheads to begin the season, and we’ll wave palm branches to exit. In between the dirt of Ash Wednesday and the “hosanna” of Palm/Passion Sunday is a great opportunity to be transformed with Jesus Christ as we follow him into the desert.
Some of our youngest church members have introduced me to their toys that are called “transformers.” They’ve even brought them to the children’s sermon—a good example for all off us to bring our friends to church! Of course I had heard of transformers, but truth be told I didn’t really know what they were. The young men explained how they work to me: a few flips and clicks and you have a whole new toy, different from what it had been.
My curiosity was high, so I searched for “transformers” on Wikipedia. Thousands of words and images overwhelmed my computer screen! There were so many explanations of transformers, and it sounded so complex. I realized my young friends’ explanations were the simplest and best: these were creatures that changed!
Such is the simple and powerful message of the Lenten season: God changes us if we will put ourselves in his hands. He gives us the power to change, but we have to be as pliable in his hands as those toys in our young men’s hands. This Sunday we will observe the Transfiguration of Jesus and walk into Lent with our annual Ash Wednesday service at 6PM on February 26. Come and be changed!
all good things to each of you,
Pastor (Dr.) Darian
Lectionary Texts for Transfiguration Sunday, February 23, 2020
Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 2
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9
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