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 Sunday February 23, 2020 - 10 AM

Transfiguration Sunday -

(Have you been visiting and thinking about joining? Today is a good day for that!)

Sermon  - “From the Mountaintop” - Rev. Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann

Special Music - "Be Thou My Vision" Kate Bolton, flute

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Focus Scripture:
Matthew 17:1-9

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!" When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Get up and do not be afraid." And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, "Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead."

All readings for this week:
Exodus 24:12-18 with Psalm 2 or Psalm 99
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9

Focus Questions:

1. What do you think most people "need" in order to believe?

2. Why do you think Jesus took only three of his disciples up on that mountain, and not all of them?

3. What is the connection between the bright light, and the coming suffering Jesus will experience?

4. Would you have wanted to be up on that mountain with Jesus, or would you have been too afraid?

5. What are we called to do, once we return from mountaintop experiences? Is the life of faith about the mountain, or the work "below"?

 

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The Reverend Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann is Bethel's Pastor and  Minister of Music. She serves on the Committee on Ministry for the Eastern Association of the Southern California-Nevada Conference of the UCC, provides coaching to clergy and laity, She is the Music Director & Conductor of the Southland Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, is a member of the music faculty of  Chaffey College, and serves on the faculty of St. Teresa's Open Catholic Seminary. In addition to her work as our Pastor, she is widely known as musician, artist and inspirational speaker. To learn more about Dr. Mann, visit her personal site, http://sylvialeemann.com

  

 

 

 

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Vital Info

Sunday Service 10am. Everyone is welcome.

 

Address: 536 N Euclid Ave. Ontario, CA 91762

Office Phone: (909) 984-9111

Pastor's message line: (909) 457-7893

Music line: (909) 283-0237

 

Pastor and Minister of Music:

Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann

        

Bible Study: Currently on a brief "break" Starting a new series soon! Check back for a start date in the "Parlor". (enter from rear ramp off of parking lot).

 

     

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Wednesdays 7:30 pm (at the parsonage)  & Sun at 9:15am in the Sanctuary

 

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