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Transfiguration Sunday

"While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!"   Matthew 17:5

 (image art by Alfredo da Silva)

Texts & Discussion:
 

Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 2 or
Psalm 99
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9

 

This Week's Themes:

God's Holy Presence
Transfiguration Experiences
Christ the Revelation of God


 

 

Children's Messages:

Excerpt:

Smiley Faces
mainly based on Exodus 34:29-35
by Rev. Frank Schaefer

Props:  piece of paper on a sturdy piece of cardboard or a clipboard and a marker

    Good morning my dear little friends.  Today, I want to share my great artistic gift with you.  I'm going to draw something on this canvas (piece of paper) and then we'll see if you can tell me what it is.  (Draw a simple smiley face).

    Well, what is it?  That's right, it's a smiley face.   What does it make you feel when you look at it?  (happy? giddy? smile right back?...)  That's good, isn't it?  It doesn't seem to take much to make you guys happy.  When you see someone smiling at you in real life, like in Sunday School or on the play ground, how does that make you feel? (demonstrate by smiling at them).

     Why do we smile?  (if they don't answer ask: when we win in a softball/soccer game?  How about when someone gives us a present?...)

     Did you ever go to school with that big smile on your face after something nice happened to you and people asked you: "what are you smiling about?"

     Well that happened to Moses, too.  Moses came down from the mountain and he was all smiles--his face looked just like this smiley face I think.  And you know why?  Because he had a meeting with God on the mountain. 

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Sermon Excerpt

Touching the King
Isaiah 58:1-12
Nail-Bender in NC

When I was a young boy I had a great aspiration --

More than anything I wanted to grow up and be a fireman I think this desire started while I was on a field trip with Ms. Delecroy's kindergarten class We went down to the oldest firehouse in Macon, Ga., which is also one of the oldest in the nation It contained just about everything there was to engage a young boy's imagination There were the bright red gleaming fire engines into which we were able to climb The large hook and ladder truck with axes and polished equipment attached to its sides There were the lockers with all the fire-fighter's coats and helmets There was all sorts of other equipment, each item having some fascinating use for a small and wonder filled boy

But most of all, there were just the grandest things Two gleaming fire poles which disappeared through the second floor and extended all the way to the third floor sleeping quarters And I was certainly just going to bust with joy and excitement when we were allowed to slide down them, through the floor, into the engine room And I could just imagine the ringing of the bells, jumping into my big coat and shiny red helmet, and flying down those poles -- Certainly life could be no better than that ... certainly, to be a fireman would have just about been the best thing ever

Well, the years go by and life seems to sometimes unfold in ways which we could never imagine as young children

Yet today, if I am honest, there are times when I sometimes wished I had pursued that childhood dream I still think it would be an exciting occupation and one to which I might have been fairly adept

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