“Share the Light” – February 27, 2022

Rev. John Shaver

Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 9:30am
Livestream Worship

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Dear SDUMC Family,

I pray this finds you well on this Saturday morning. As I take some time this morning to pray for the world, I am also reminded that we will enter the season of Lent in just a few days. However, before we move to Ash Wednesday in the coming week, we'll take a moment to journey through the mountains for Transfiguration Sunday.

I hope you will join us on this special day in the church's life. Once again, when the world seems chaotic to our human eyes, God gives us yet one more vision of hope. In Jesus' transfiguration, we are assured that Jesus is the hope of the ages. Jesus is the One who fulfilled the Law given through Moses and the One dreamed of by the prophets. In celebrating this event, we rejoice in the hope-filled power of Christ, whose glory shone even when confronted with the cross. We celebrate this mystery so that our faith may be renewed. If we come with open hearts, we are again transformed into the new being in Christ as we join Christ in his death and resurrection.

Sunday will also be a special day as we celebrate a baptism and scouting ministries at the 9:30 worship hour. I hope you'll make it a priority to join us at 8:00 a.m. (in the Chapel for a shortened Communion Service), 9:30 a.m. (in the Sanctuary with the Choir, Baptism, Scouts, and some memorable moments of Worship), or on Livestream at 9:30 a.m. (and throughout the day and week on our YouTube Channel). We will also continue our Coffee and Donut time following Worship this week.

Grace, Peace, and Prayers,
John

P.S. From the Bishop of Russia and Ukraine, Bishop Eduard Khegay, "…pray for the people and churches of our area…We pray for peace, O God of love and justice, as we face a time of war once again. The meek and humble try — amid the crisis — to love and build, to nurture and restore. May leaders hear the truth the prophets teach us — that gifts of peace are well worth struggling for. We pray for peace, O Christ who calmed the waters — who stilled the storm, who stilled disciples' fear. You spoke with love and with amazing power; be with us now when trouble is so near. May leaders see the miracle you offer — that words and deeds can calm the nations here. We pray for peace, O Spirit here among us; your love emboldens, judges, and restrains. Take any hate and acts of impulse from us; make leaders wise amid competing claims. May we seek peace, O God of love and justice; may love and mercy be our highest aims. Amen."

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