Pastor Randal Bruno, minister of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge, used the gospel lesson from Matthew 17:1-9 for his Sunday morning message. Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain by themselves and "he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light" (Verse 2). "Behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, 'This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” (Verse 5). “The three witnesses to the transfiguration fell to their faces and were terrified. "But Jesus came and touched them, saying, 'Rise, and have no fear.'" (Verse 7).
To the three disciples, this was truly a mountaintop experience that would be life changing and they did not want it to end. Although one also would want to remain on the mountaintop as Peter wanted to do, it was temporary and God wants everyone to know that they are to know that "Jesus is my beloved Son" and "Listen to him". Jesus is the true Messiah. Listen to him. Discipleship is bringing God's glory to others and in order to do that one must leave the mountain top and return to the valley. One must go back down to the valley to witness to the unbelievers. Disciples of Jesus make the decision to follow Jesus and tell others the good news.
In the sermon Pastor Bruno used the example of the life cycle or metamorphosis of a butterfly from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis, to beautiful butterfly to stress the point of his sermon. Humans also have life cycles - it is not how long one lives, but how well one listens along the way. All one has to do is believe in the one whose face and clothes are able to shine like light itself. Then "Listen to him" and then pray that God will change them into the beauty that the world gets to see in his disciples. “Dear God, Open my eyes, heart, and mind to truly understand that Jesus is Lord and then confess that Jesus is the Lord and Savior with my lips and my life. Amen.”
Sunday morning worship services at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by fellowship, Sunday School, and Adult Bible study. The adult class is beginning a new series "The Mighty Acts of God" and if you are interested in studying the Bible in depth, please come and join the group at 9:45 a.m. Women's Wednesday Bible Study begins at 9 a.m. at the Monecke's home. Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. is Ash Wednesday Service. During Lent, there will not be any Wednesday evening Bible Study. This Friday, March 7 at 4 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge will host World Day of Prayer services. The services which were prepared by the Egyptian World Day of Prayer committee is "Streams in the Desert". Anyone and everyone is invited to come and see.
“The Lord Bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. Amen.”