COUNTENANCE…………..The word countenance is one of those old words that is rarely used. Countenance refers to a person’s face or facial expression. Do you believe a person’s countenance says much about them personally? I do.
This Sunday is Transfiguration Sunday. We will hear about how Jesus’ face changed on the mountaintop with James, John and Peter. This change in Jesus’ countenance does say quite a bit about him. Matthew 17:2 says, “And he (Jesus) was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun…….” The text goes on to say that Moses and Elijah were with Jesus, but nothing is reported about their faces. Jesus’ countenance beamed brighter than Moses and Elijah. As noteworthy as Moses and Elijah were, the countenance on Jesus’ face was the evidence for Peter, James and John that Jesus was set apart, holy. On the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus’ face alone communicated exactly what James, John and Peter needed to know about him.
Have you considered your countenance lately? The last entry in George Orwell’s notebooks reads, “At 50, everyone has the face he deserves.” What does your countenance communicate to others?
In our adult Bible Study class we will be unpacking chapter 22 in Believe. We wholeheartedly want to have faces that communicate joy. We will begin our time at 9:45 with a brief opening and then move quickly into discussion.
WELCOME OF NEW MEMBERS………..The Santora’s and the DeYoung’s will be officially welcomed into membership at Peace this Sunday. You are welcome to enjoy cake and refreshments in their honor after worship.
NORTHWEST DISTRICT VISIT………..Dust Kunkel, from the Northwest District, will be visiting Peace this Sunday during the adult Bible Study and then will share during worship. This would be a great time to ask questions about the District and how Peace could deepen this partnership. Dust will stick around for a short time after worship to engage with you.
MARCH NEWSLETTERS ARE READY…………Check your mailboxes. The March newsletters have been printed and placed into your mailbox. You will find important information about Lent and upcoming worship opportunities. Ash Wednesday is next week, Wednesday, March 1st.