Transfiguration of Our Lord

"Teacher, it is good for us to be here." - Luke 9:33a

On the first Sunday in February this year, we will celebrate the Transifguration of Our Lord, a church holiday when we remember a mountaintop encounter of the disciples Peter, John, and James in which Jesus' appearance became dazzling with light before them. Last month, I moved to Everett from a land without mountains. Now, I live in an apartment overlooking a trio of mountain peaks (though I don't yet know their names). I have not engaged in any mountain climbing yet, but my first two weeks of ministry among you certain feels like a mountaintop experience. I have been so warmly welcomed by you in worship. The love found at Trinity Lutheran Church has also been palpable during the communion visits I have made with some of our members in nursing homes and care facilities. This partnership in ministry seems to be off to a great start! It is truly great to be here.

"' Let's set up three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah!' Peter didn't really know what he was saying." - Luke 9:33b

It seems that Peter wants to capture and preserve the brilliance of the moment. Luke lets us know that this instinct is misguided. Jesus doesn't stay isolated and aloof. Ministry among the outcasts and the hurting awaits! And we who are called to follow Jesus know to expect the times when clouds overshadow us, when our desires to be like Jesus leave us feeling like a failure.

The Transfiguration of Our Lord helps us remember this both/and experience of our faith. Christ is truly present among us. The ministry that is done in this place AND in the daily walk of each one of us is miraculous. And that will not be enough to keep controversy, discord, and failure at bay. And so, we will return, again and again, to look to God to sustain us and guide us, to make us new each day. I can't wait to see each of your shining faces as God works through you within this community of grace.

Thanks be to God!

Pastor Tim Feiertag