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Blinded by the Light...

This Sunday we come together as a worshipping community again. This is a time where we come gathered in the name of Jesus and proclaim that with all that is going on in our lives and the world that we trust God. We come before God and pray and intercede for one another, our communities, our nation, and the world. We come with our struggles and burdens and remind ourselves that we are not alone on this journey. This Sunday is what is called "Transfiguration" Sunday in the church calendar. It was a palpable sign to those that witnessed it that Jesus was the One, the Messiah, the Coming Redeemer, the Light of the World. It was another sign to the world that Jesus came to break through the darkness of the sin and brokenness of the world. Yet, just this week we were reminded of the brokenness that is still in the world and the destructive force of sin when people and leaders give into it. Jesus gave us a commission to be light bearers for God, for us to leave our time gathered together and go into the world proclaiming what is good, and true, and for us to shine the light of the Gospel beyond the church walls. Yet, often we only get as far as the church door or the end of the livestream and we go back into our settled lives where we rarely reach people with the Light of the Gospel. This Sunday we are going to explore the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain and what it means for us who claim to be followers of the Way of Salvation, the Way of Light, the Way of Peace, the Way of Grace.

The bulletin for this Sunday is attached for you to look at. Remember that in the bulletin we have announcements, a prayer list, church attendance, the amount of offering that has come in that support our ministries, along with the outline of the service. We attach it weekly so that those of who can't be with us can keep up with the church and more fully join in worship online. We appreciate everyone who continues to worship and be a part of our community even if they can not come to the church building. While we always prefer to see people in person, we also love those who join us from afar and we are blessed to have you as part of our worshipping community!!

We are live-streaming on our Facebook page or our YouTube channel. For those that are watching when we live-stream we do have a person that can see the comments posted if there are sound or visual issues. While we don't want to fixate on every little issue we do want to know when something is way off and affects your ability to be able to enter into worship. Unless you are watching worship when it is live I would recommend watching on the YouTube channel because the quality is MUCH better.

We are not passing offering plates so the wooden boxes are available to put your offering in. The 2022 offering envelopes are in church mailboxes for those that continue to use them for their offering. Of course you can also give online, use text to give (844-406-0358), or mail the offering to church.

We will be collecting prayers in the prayer box on the table in the parlor. Also, if you have announcement that you need to be shared please write them down and give them to me before the service. This will be an ongoing practice for prayers and announcements to help ensure that they are heard and understood by all (especially those worshipping with us virtually).

Come, and let the light of Christ shine upon you. Come, and let the light of Christ permeate your soul so that you are reminded that there is still love and grace in this world. Come, and let the light of Christ remind you that the darkness and evil of this world will ultimately be vanquished and conquered. Come, and prepare yourself to reflect God's grace and love into the world.



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