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                                                  Alleluia Sunday

Transfiguration of our Lord — Alleluia Sunday

Transfiguration Sunday is culmination of a season of light that began with the Advent wreath, moved through the candles and lights of Christmas, to the Epiphany star, and finally to up close and personal mountain top encounters with God’s glory. 

God’s glory settling on Mt Sinai and covering with cloud that to the Israelites looked like a devouring fire. “And Moses entered the cloud” “and was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights” (Exodus 24:12-18). 

On a high mountain the disciples see Moses and Elijah with Jesus whose face is shining like the sun. They hear God proclaim, “This is my beloved Son … listen to him” (Matthew 17:1-9). We hear Peter reflect many years later on this event, urging his readers to hold this experience close in their hearts and minds like “a lamp shining in a dark place” (2 Peter 1:16-21). 

As we bury our “Alleluias” in preparation for Lent — a season focused on wilderness testing, suffering and death — let us find comfort in knowing that the light shines in the darkness and it not extinguished. 

Pastor Ritva


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Who is St Stephen's Lutheran Church

We are a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), located in  the Southeastern Iowa Synod

At St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, we recognize the need to proclaim openly that the gospel is God’s gift to all people to be shared unconditionally. 

As a community aspiring to a be a spiritual home for all God’s people, we welcome all persons, without exception, without regard for age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, financial or family status, physical or mental abilities, or any other human distinction used to discriminate and exclude. 

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church (ELCA) is a Reconciling in Christ congregation that welcomes diversity, which enriches, nurtures and challenges our life and ministry. Come and join us as we know, live, and share Christ together in love. 

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