Matthew 17:1 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. 4 Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters - one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." 5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!" 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground, terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them. "Get up," he said. "Don't be afraid." 8 When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus. 9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, "Don't tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead."

"All Age"/Introductory Talk

Get children out front. Put on hats etc to do with jobs.

Think of what people put on to do with their jobs. e.g. Policeman, Fireman, Judge, Builder, Cook, School crossing lady, Vicar

What they put on makes them different. It is linked to what they do as a job. But it does not tell you a lot about them, though. What they are really like. They could be a good Policeman or a bad one. A good cook or a bad cook...

Underneath it all, most of them are probably normal people.

On the Mount of Transfiguration Jesus changed. Although Jesus was very special in his teaching and his actions on the outside he seemed to be a normal person. Yet, suddenly, Peter, James and John saw him as He really is. God and man. His face shone like the sun and his clothes as white as light. It was as if God was shining out of Jesus! Not only that, but God confirmed who Jesus is by saying "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!"

How can we listen to Jesus? By reading about Him in the Bible. By listening to people talking about Him, and reading books about Him and what it means to know and follow Him. By praying to Him. By worshipping Him, including the Songs of Praise that we are singing today.

God came down to earth as a man, so that we can go up to heaven to be with Him.

Let us recognise who Jesus really is, and give Him the glory, honour, praise and devotion that He deserves.

Let us also shine for him in a dark world.