Transfiguration Sunday is 14 February 2021.
The Transfiguration of Jesus is a story told in the New Testament. There are obvious versions in Matthew, Mark and Luke’s Gospels.
During the Transfiguration, Jesus radiantly shines in glory upon a mountain. He has gone there with 3 of his disciples – James, John and Peter – to pray. The disciples see Jesus begin to shine with bright rays of light. Jesus is then joined by the Old Testament prophets, Moses and Elijah, and he speaks with them.
The version of this story which forms the basis of Rev. Geoff McKee’s sermon here is from Mark. The Transfiguration – viewed in the light of Jesus’ resurrection – provides a glimpse of the glory that exists beyond the strife and the struggle.
Below, you will find the video service with the 4 scripture readings from the Lectionary for this Sunday, prayers and the sermon. At the end, you will find Katherine Robertson’s musical selection for this week. The text from Mark 9:2-9 precedes the video below.
The main reading for this week
Mark 9:2-9 (New International Version)
2 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. 3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
5 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.” 6 (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)
7 Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”
8 Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.
9 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.
Video service of readings, prayers and a sermon
Shine Jesus Shine was written by Graham Kendrick in 1987 and is one of the top ten most loved hymns.
Graham Kendrick writes – “This song is a prayer for revival. A songwriter can give people words to voice something which is already in their hearts but which they don’t have the words or the tune to express, and I think ‘Shine Jesus Shine’ caught a moment when people were beginning to believe once again that an impact could be made on a whole nation.”
The light of Jesus’ love is always shining, even in the darkest of days.