We talk about having them, but what are they, really? What do they look like? Have you experienced them?
This Sunday, we celebrate Transfiguration Sunday in worship. Traditionally the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, this is the Sunday where we can truly understand the tension between Jesus being fully human and fully divine. This event, marked in the gospels, is one that occurs - where? - on a mountain. Jesus's transfiguration is a pivotal moment, and the setting on the mountain is presented as the point where human nature meets God. The meeting place for the temporal and the eternal, with Jesus himself as the connecting point, acting as the bridge between heaven and earth. And now you know where the term comes from! Many times, mountaintop experiences are ones that we need to come down from; ones we could savor for a lifetime (and should). But what do we learn from them? How can we be changed by them?
This Sunday, we will hear from Rev. Grier Booker Richards, Executive Director of UKirk Greensboro and friend of Starmount, who will help us put in perspective these mountaintop experiences in our everyday lives. We will share in a meal around the table during worship through the Sacrament of communion. I hope you plan to stay to share a meal around the table after worship so we can celebrate the mountaintop experiences Starmount shared during 2015 as we have our Annual Meeting. God is, indeed, working in this congregation, and I look forward to us reminding each other of how we were involved in God's work over the past 12 months! (And yes, everyone will be home in plenty of time for the pregame festivities!)