Sunday, February 18, 2007

Adult Forum 9:30 a.m.
God’s Glory: The Story of the Transfiguration
Scriptures: Exodus 34: 29-35; Psalm 99; Luke 9:28-36
As we turn toward the Season of Lent, Jesus is turning from the moment of transfiguration glory toward the time when God’s power and presence will be revealed in a new and surprising way. What does it mean in our lives to be open to the depths of God’s presence and the many mysterious ways that presence is revealed?
Discussion Leader: Jennifer Davidson

Worship 10:30 a.m.
Mardi Gras & Transfiguration Sunday
The Serious Work of Sacred Silliness & Holy Hilarity
Scriptures: Exodus 34: 29-35; Psalm 99; Luke 9:28-36
Prayer for the Weekend as You Prepare for Worship: Holy God, your glory and power energize our lives. Bathe us in the warm glow of your love and faithfulness. Transform us each day to live as part of your story. Amen.
Preaching: Greg Ledbetter; Worship Leader: Angela Yarber; Opening Processional: Logos Children; Choir: Let the People Praise; The Ramblers: Allelujah, Baby

Are you starting to consider baptism?
In the ancient churches, Lent was a time set aside for preparation for baptism. If you and/or your child are beginning to explore this possibility as a step of faith, please talk with Greg, Angela, or Jennifer. We’ll be offering some special classes on baptism during the Sunday school hour for three Sundays in Lent. You don’t have to have you mind made up! Just let us know if you’re interested in knowing more.

Words for Meditation

The Privileges of the Child
1. To be in the midst of the congregation, not on the sidelines.
2. To wander among us during worship, being the responsibility of each of us.
3. To give answers during children's time without being laughed at.
4. To be called by name by each adult.
5. To be a valued person in the congregation.
6. To be led to faith by the Christlike love, care, and model of each adult.
7. To be an active participant in worship.
from Assembly Mennonite Church
Goshen, Indiana

“I learned the value of humor during the time of Stalinist terror. I was twenty then. I could always recognize a person who was not a Stalinist, a person whom I needn’t fear, by the way he smiled. A sense of humor was a trustworthy sign of recognition. Ever since, I have been terrified by a world that is losing its sense of humor.”
--Czechoslovakian novelist Milan Kundera
in an interview with Philip Roth

“My goal is to say or do at least one
outrageous thing per week.”
–Maggie Kuhn

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
…I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.
…But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
--excerpt from “Warning” by Jenny Joseph