Thursday's Thought for Sunday's Service 

February 8, 2018

Dear Friends,

This week’s Thursday’s Thought for Sunday’s Service is based upon Mark 9:2-9:

“After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.) Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.” (Mark 9:2–9, NIV)

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty   #139 United Methodist Hymnal

“Praise to the Lord,
the Almighty, the King of creation.
O my soul, praise him,
for he is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear,
now to his temple draw near;
join me in glad adoration!”

Singing hymns in church is often a way we use to describe what otherwise might have trouble being expressed. But even when a lyrical melody is well sung and supported by many voices from the pews of a grand cathedral, we remain, never-the-less, in the shadow of the disciples as they also tried to describe what they saw and experienced following the transformation of Jesus, centuries before.

Must we be left with music and lyrics that uplift, melodies with liveliness that undergird – only to finalize, wanting to fix our seat in a majestic facility or maintaining a mountaintop foothold like Peter? This passage exemplifies discipleship as straining to encapsulate, express, encounter all that can fill one’s heart. But we also come to understand that the calling is more than memorializing a moment.

A voice from a cloud tells us all to listen to what Jesus has said.

While treasuring God’s guidance as faith and belief in one’s heart and head,

Discipleship does not settle, but moves on to something else instead.

What way do we go? What additional to do? Where shall we be led?

When coming down the mountain, “Jesus gave them orders

not to tell anyone what they had seen

until the Son of Man

had risen from the dead.”


Faithful followers sewn, stitched together by a spiritual thread.

“Put on your coat and hat, we’re moving forward, there’s more good news to spread.”

Rev. Richard Wagner