Prepare: Bring some kind of party decoration, preferably something that marks a change in your life, like a graduation, marriage, retirement, etc. Note that you will need to modify parts of this children’s sermon to fit your party and your experience.
Faith+Open: Have your party item out and easy to see as you gather the children together. Ask the children if they have ever been to a party, be ready to hear a few stories and move on.
Faith+Share: Wow, those sound like some great parties! I wanted to tell you a little about a party that I was at once. (Here is where you will need to think about your own situation. I will write what I would say.) This says ”Congrats Grad!” What do you think it’s from? Right, a graduation! I was thinking about my college graduation and all the fun I had celebrating that day. That party was celebrating more than a single event, the graduation itself, but also all that had come before and all that lay ahead. See, you can only get to a college graduation by staying in school and working really hard, so it’s fun to celebrate all that work that was put in. Even more, though, a college graduation celebrates all the possibilities that are to come! Graduating from college was great fun, too. We had parties, and I got to spend time with my family and some good friends, I even got some gifts, and everybody likes gifts! I didn’t want all that fun to end.
In our Gospel story today Jesus takes Peter, John and James to an amazing event. We call the Transfiguration. Peter, John and James see Jesus talking with Moses and Elijah. They see their friend and teaching in a dazzling new way, and they don’t want to leave that place or that moment. They want to stay right there, they even offer to build houses to live so they never have to leave. They even hear the voice of God claim Jesus as God’s Son! But they can’t stay there. Just like I had to move on from the fun of graduation, they have to go back to their lives, back to the ministry that they are part of with Jesus.
So, kind of like a graduation, Jesus transfiguration marks a moment of change. Jesus is claimed by God and is ready to start the next part of his life. Peter, John and James see Jesus in a new way, and as much as they want to stay in that moment they have to move on, but they move on with a new way of understanding Jesus, and a new excitement about the things to come. This Sunday, for us, marks the beginning of the journey toward Easter, and we, too, should move forward with excitement!
Faith+Prayer: Ever changing and amazing God, we thank you for the transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain, and for the turning points in our own lives. Help us to celebrate these turning points and to move forward with our lives with excitement and joy. Amen.
Faith+Blessing: Shine with God’s light so that all may see God’s Glory.
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