Have you ever had a “mountain-top” experience? A life event that was so amazing that it changed your perspective and challenged your understandings? Maybe it was an experience that left you speechless? Or flooded with emotion? Or so overwhelmed you didn’t know what to say or do?

Our gospel lesson today tells the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus, a literal mountain top experience that certainly amazed and changed the three disciples that were present.

“And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.” (Mark 9:2-4)

How wonderful it would have been to stay in that place and time, as Peter would suggest. But much like our own experiences, their mountain top experience would come to an end and they would make their descent from that place. As we are gathered in worship today, we are reminded that we are blessed to experience God’s presence, led through every high and low, and always pointed to God’s greatest work of His Son and the hope that stands before us in the resurrection.

It is good to be together in the Lord! We rise for our opening song.