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Mountains and Valleys

"This is my Son, Listen to Him"

Latimore, Kelly. Transfiguration, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.  http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=57114 [retrieved February 24, 2020]. Original source: https://kellylatimoreicons.com/contact/.

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. (Mt. 17:1–3)

In the church calendar, we have reached the highest point we will be at in worship until Easter Sunday–the transfiguration of our Lord Jesus. We see clearly on that mountaintop, before we descend into the valley of Lent, that Jesus is who he says that he is.

This time of seasonal transition is a good time to take inventory of our lives and pinpoint exactly where we are on our spiritual map.

Are we with Jesus on the mount of transfiguration, seeing him clearly for who he is? Do we feel as close to Jesus as Peter, James, and John were? Are we able to hear God's voice and direction for us clearly?

Or are we in the valley, the lowlands, struggling to stay on course? Is the way through the muck and mire uncertain? Are we finding ourselves surrounded by evil and struggling to fend it off?

When were we last on the mountaintop? When were we last in the valley? Maybe we are traveling now from one point to another: from the mountain into the valley or from the lowest point in our lives back up to a higher, safer, and more transcendent place?

In her sermon this week, Rev. Dr. Tina Hosler challenges us to place ourselves on this map so that we can see how Jesus is working in our present situation, whether glorious or challenging.

We may not be able to see the glorious transfigured Jesus in our situation right now, we may be walking in the valley. But no matter where we are, Jesus is right there with us.

Listen to this week's sermon below or forward this email to share it with a friend! You can also view the archived live worship stream on our Facebook Page.

This week, assess your faith. If you're on the mountaintop, create patterns of discipleship now that will help you endure the valley. Build your support system, deepen your faith, walk as closely with Jesus as you can. If you're in the valley, keep going! Remember that Jesus is right there with you, lifting you up from below, encouraging you from behind, comforting you by your side, and leading the way in front of you.

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Wherever we are on our spiritual journey right now, we can find encouragement and guidance in the pages of Scripture!

Mountaintops

Genesis 15 (Covenant with Abraham)
Exodus 3 (Moses at the Burning Bush)
Exodus 24:9–18 (Moses with God)
Psalm 23 (God our Shepherd)
Matthew 28 (The Resurrection)
Revelation 21 (New Creation)

Valleys
Genesis 4 (Cain's Sin and Punishment)
Numbers 21:1–9 (Trouble in the Wilderness)
Psalm 40 (Stuck in a Pit)
Mark 5 (A Struggle with Evil)
Luke 23:26–43 (The Crucifixion)
2 Corinthians 12:7–9 (Paul's Thorn in the Flesh)
Revelation 12 (The Great Dragon)
Join us for the first Community Lenten Service this Wednesday at 7pm here at Paris Presbyterian Church.

Ash Wednesday, hosting Rev. Cinda Isler from Burgettstown Presbyterian

Mark 8:34-38

Jesus Fortells His Death and Resurrection

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?
Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.” 

12 single adults from our church enjoyed an afternoon of bowling and food at Holiday Lanes and Crazy Mexican in Weirton on Sunday afternoon. This is just the first of hopefully many events for single adults in our church!
In the next few months, you'll be receiving an invitation to Brunch with the Pastor on a Saturday morning. This will be an opportunity to meet some other members of the church and spend some time with Rev. Tina and our leaders. We will be doing this in small groups to allow more intimate conversations.
We have a limited number of tickets for a showing of "Jesus" at the Cinemark in Robinson Township on April 11th. Contact Judy or Joel at the office to secure your spot.
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