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February 7, 2016
Transfiguration of Our Lord

Scriptures:
Exodus 34:29-35
Psalm 99
2 Corinthians 3:12–4:2
Luke 9:28-43a

Lifting the Veil
The transfiguration is frustrating for disciples—past and present—who long for an unmediated experience of God. Jesus’ glory is revealed, and then, just as suddenly, a cloud descends and the vision fades. And even though Paul contrasts the Christian’s experience of God with Moses’s veiled experience of God, he notes that we see the glory of the Lord “as though reflected in a mirror” (2 Cor. 3:18). Even with unveiled faces, we don’t see directly, or even clearly. Even when God is revealed in shining glory, much remains veiled and hidden.

As he witnesses Jesus’ transfiguration, Peter’s understanding remains veiled; ours does too. The glimpses we get of God’s glory—through the veil or reflected in the mirror—are expectation-shattering, alarming, overwhelming, and awesome. The love of God shines too brightly to view directly, and yet we do have the privilege of directly experiencing that love in baptism, in communion, in service to God, and in relationship with God’s creation and our neighbors in need. The veils we contend with daily are the barriers that prevent us from truly loving those neighbors, caring for creation, and seeing the shining face of Jesus in the faces of people who are different, hungry, difficult, enemy, invisible, or poor. God is always revealed in ways that surprise and confuse us, whether shining on the mountaintop or dying on the cross.


 

 

 

Sunday Worship Schedule

8:30a.m.
Service of Holy Communion

9:30a.m.
 Sunday School

10:30a.m.
Service of Holy Communion

 

Wednesday Worship Schedule

7:00a.m.
Morning Prayer

12:15p.m.
Service of Holy Communion


5:30p.m.
Vespers (Evening Prayer)



1201 Cherokee Road
Florence, SC 29501

 

Lent at
Saint Luke Lutheran Church

Lent is a 40 day season of the church year, running prior to the great celebration of Easter. Lent means literally “spring”, and while Lent is a definitely a season of penitence and contrition, like the springtime season, Lent is also a time of great spiritual growth. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Holy Saturday with the Great Vigil of Easter.

The season of Lent is an annual journey into discovering anew the riches of God’s abundant mercy. Drawn into a powerful and profound time of examining the power of sin and temptation, and for our need for God, Lent invites us to discipline our lives according the life our Lord Christ commands. Join together with the people of God at St. Luke for a season of renewal, and may the Holy Spirit bless our journey into this Lenten season, that we may arrive at the Easter Vigil giving praise and honor to the One who is risen from the dead, and in whom we have obtained our salvation – Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Click here for worship Lenten worship schedule.

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