Category: Transfiguration

Is It Good for Us to Be Here?

Pastor Eric Schroeder - Transfiguration - Sunday, February 14, 2021

Text: Mark 9:2-9

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At some point, I’d guess that all of us have imagined what it would be like to live the life of a celebrity. We picture the adoring fans…and we can’t help but start thinking about the lifestyle, how we’d spend all that money: luxurious homes, fancy cars, maybe even a private jet that could take us wherever we wanted to go—like somewhere warm. You could have a personal chef, and a personal trainer, and a personal assistant. You’d hang out with other celebrities and eat at the finest restaurants and you’d never have trouble getting tickets to the biggest events around. 

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A Mountain Top Experience

Pastor Kyle Bitter - Transfiguration - Sunday, February 23, 2020

Text: 2 Peter 1:16-21

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This past week, residents of Wauwatosa had the chance to vote in a primary election for a new mayor for our city. Since local elections like this one are supposed to be non-partisan, candidates don’t run attached to broader platform of a specific political party like we see in state and national elections. They usually run on more specific local issues. It makes sense, but it also means that it can take a little more work to figure out just what a candidate stands for and whether they’d pursue the kinds of policies you prefer or not. In the days leading up to the election, I saw an online thread in one of the neighborhood forums where people were talking about the candidates and trying to determine where they fit on the spectrum of political ideology. It was interesting to see how the conversation unfolded. People shared information from various media sources, and then the accusations started flying. That information comes from Breitbart! It’s biased! The response? Well, you need to watch something besides CNN. It went downhill from there. Probably the only useful information shared was the stands candidates had taken on various policies when they had served in previous positions – information that could easily be verified online. Discussions like this aren’t unique to politics, but politics does seem to illustrate the point clearly: people are skeptical of information they receive second hand and can’t verify for themselves. With all the agendas and biases that exist in our world, that’s not necessarily a bad thing even, but it does cause doubt and skepticism to occur in a lot of places in life.

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Jesus Is Changed - And So Are Those Who Know Him

Pastor Joel Leyrer

Text: 2 Corinthians 3:12 - 4:2

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Dear Friends in Christ, If we’re looking for a single thought to describe the emphasis of this Sunday, a reasonable choice would be the word “change.” This theme is reflected in all our Scripture lessons. In our Old Testament reading we see a change that came over Moses when he had been in the presence of God on Mount Sinai. We’ll talk more about that in just a bit. In our Gospel lesson, we see Jesus momentarily changed or “transfigured” from the normal state his disciples were accustomed to seeing him to the glorious state that was and is his as the divine Son of God. Through this event the disciples were given a glimpse of the glory that awaits all who embrace Jesus in faith – including modern day disciples like us.

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A Glorious Exit - February 11, 2018

Pastor Eric Schroeder

Text: 2 Kings 2:1-12a

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If we were paying attention to all of our Scripture readings today, I would imagine that we all had moments that grabbed our attention. It’s not just the Scripture readings though. It’s also in the hymns, and the order of service, and the prayers, so naturally it works its way into the sermon, too. One idea in particular…one concept permeates our gathering on Transfiguration weekend, from beginning to end, and it is entirely by design. We can sum it all up in one word: glory.

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In the Presence of God - February 26, 2017

Pastor Leyrer

Sermon text: Matthew 17:1-9

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Dear Friends in Christ, Moses did it on one mountain.  Peter, James and John did it on another.  But they all did it.  In a glorious and unmistakable way, they all stood in the very presence of God.  It must have been remarkable for them. Equally remarkable for us is this:  We will one day do the same.  We will one day stand in the very presence of God as did Moses and the disciples. And possibly even more remarkable is the fact that in a very real sense this is already happening right now. 

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