Showing Glory

Showing Glory

Second Sunday in Lent

Week of: March 12, 2017
Scripture: Matthew 17:1-9

And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.
(Matthew 17:2, NRSV)

Devotion

The intake person for the temp agency was visibly upset as she told me the news. After having passed all their required tests, the company I interviewed for had overestimated their need for more workers, so the offer of employment was withdrawn. She stared at me, then asked if I was OK. I said yes, wondering about her question.

What I couldn’t see was what she was seeing; there was light shining through my eyes. It was not what she expected to see. What she didn’t know was that I had been praying. Her news was all right with me because I was trusting God to provide.

When Jesus revealed his true nature, his disciples saw who he really was. As believers, we must let the glory of God shine through us for others to see. God daily transforms us by his glory. 

As those who follow Jesus we pray: “Oh, that You would show us your glory! Oh, that You would envelop us that we would see differently with our eyes, and know differently with our hearts!”

May we who lead worship, dance, and pray, and preach and sing: with swaying bodies in motion, with up lifted hands and uplifted voices resoundingly declare:

“I need your glory. I want your glory.
Less of me and more of you, it’s what I need.
I realize I need you more and more each day.” *

Prayerfully consider ...

Engaging your worship artists in experiencing worship through movement.

Consider adding hand movements to a refrain or prayer as a part of your rehearsals and worship. How can our bodies reflect the need for Christ?

Prayer

Oh, God of Heaven and Earth, may the touch of your Son on our lives transfigure us to be transformative agents of your love. Amen.

* "I Need Your Glory," Words and Music: James Fortune. © 2011 Black Smoke Publishing (BMI) and Pughspen Music Publishing. 

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