Hello Brothers & Sisters -

I want to give you a heads up and let you know this Sunday might be a little different – because we’ll have another small church of 15 or so folks joining us for worship this week.   Sanctuary Church is a small congregation that has been located in the Capital Hill area for a number of years. For some time now their church leadership has been discerning a call to leave their present denominational affiliation and become a congregation in the Pressbyterian Church (USA).  As part of helping their congregation know what that means, they’d like to worship with a PC(USA) congregation on a Sunday morning, and well, we’re right here in the neighborhood J

I know, I know – the story we usually hear is about congregations leaving the PC(USA).  But, actually, at recent Presbytery meetings we’ve received pastors who have come into the PC(USA) from different denominational backgrounds, and new worshipping communities, too.  The Holy Spirit keeps doing a new thing.  Like our General Assembly Stated Clerk, Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, recently said, “We’re not dying! We’re reforming!” 

So, be ready to get your “hospitality” on, and warmly welcome a few more unfamiliar, but friendly faces to worship this Sunday!   The PC(USA) thanks you!

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Also, this Sunday is “Transfiguration Sunday” – our sermon text is Mark 9:2-10 – when Jesus is basically “metamorphosed” on the mountain before Peter, James and John, in a blaze of light and mysterious cloud.  It’s a spectacular manifestation of divine glory, or maybe that’s glow-ry.  I remember someone once saying this might be the original event that first produced the phrase, “I guess you had to be there!”, because no matter how hard we try, it seems we’re never quite able to explain it.  Of course, maybe trying to explain it isn’t the point.   Sometimes we just need to be willing to enter the mystery.

Notice Peter and company were terrified.  I wonder why?  What were they afraid of?   And, is there anything in the passage that helps to allay their fears…and ours?  Lots to ponder together this week…

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And finally, just a quick note to let you know that next Wednesday is not only Valentine’s Day, but Ash Wednesday – which marks the beginning of the season of Lent leading up to Easter.  We’ll be offering a VERY short and simple opportunity that evening at 5pm in the Chapel to have your forehead marked with ashes in the sign of the cross.  It’s not really even a “service” – though we’ll say a prayer, and read a Scripture, but it will take only 5-10 minutes.  More like “ashes to go.”  So take a few minutes to come by after work, and begin your Lenten journey of repentance by remembering “you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” It’s a meaningful way to begin our journey to Easter and the celebration of the resurrection…

In the meanwhile…

Be the church!

Pastor Heidi

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