Have you ever been to the mountains? They can be tough to climb, but the view from the top is amazing. Whenever a Bible story happens on a mountaintop, you know that something important is going to happen.
For example, when Moses received the Ten Commandments from God, it was atop Mount Sinai. When Elijah heard the voice of God, he was hiding in a mountain cave. Today we will read a story about Jesus and the disciples hearing from God on top of a mountain!
Talk about these questions:
- I wonder what it would be like to see God. How do you think the disciples felt in this story?
- I wonder what it was like to return to normal life after what happened on the mountain
- Look at the image above depicting the Transfiguration and/or the illustration in the SPARK Bible. Compare and contrast them with how you pictured the story in your head! What is the same? What is different or surprising?
- What does God say in the story? I wonder what God is saying to us today.
Let's pray together.
Dear God, thank you for showing us who you are by showing us Jesus. Help us to hear your voice this week in every time and place. We also pray for... (add people and your needs here!). In Jesus' name, Amen.
When we consider who God is and what God has done for us, we can't help but worship. How do you worship? Is it with singing, instruments, prayer, or movement? Do you worship by reading, drawing, writing, or serving others? Coming to worship or participating in worship videos? Or, all of the above?! Take some time to worship today. Here are some worship songs your family can sing and dance to!
Jesus Journal (Older Kids and Adults)
The Transfiguration story is half-way through the Gospel of Luke. We've heard so many stories about Jesus, and now we are transitioning to hear about the events of the end of his life. Think about all of the stories you know about Jesus: his birth, healings, miracles, his death, and resurrection-- any stories that come to mind. Maybe flip through your Bible to find your favorite story of Jesus. Pick one you want to focus on.
We know from today's story that Jesus shows us who God is. Re-read the story you chose and journal about it. What does this story about Jesus tell you about who God is? What does this story mean to you?
(Example: Jesus heals the centurion-- last week's story. Jesus heals a man who his culture tells him not to like. It shows that God loves all people, not just people we love. This story reminds me to include other people and makes me think about a classmate that I don't get alone with. Etc.)
Valentine's Day Crafts
On Valentine's Day our culture celebrates love. We get to remember that God first loved us so we can love others. All love comes from God! God is love (1 John 4). Click here to download some Valentine's coloring sheets, activities, and crafts. These can make great gifts for grandparents, friends, etc. to remind them that God loves them!
- Sunday School will be in-person beginning Sunday, February 21st (next week!) after worship. Worship is at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday School is 10:30-11:00 a.m. at Glen Cary. Lessons will continue to be posted online for those who prefer not to attend.
- Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (February 17th). Lent resources-- including coloring calendars and the Family Lent Devotional-- are available here. Let me know if you don't have a printer and I can print them for you at church. Wednesday night worship during Lent is at 7:00 p.m. or will be posted online.