The Rev. Erick R. Olsen has served as Pastor of Church of Christ Congregational, Norfolk, CT, since 2003. In addition to being active in the Litchfield North Association and in the wider church, he enjoys running, coffee, bouldering, reading, and time with his wife Tina and their children, Elias, Ellie, and Olivia (and their dog Zoe).
Scripture: Matthew 17:1-9 (NRSV)
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. Then Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!" When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Get up and do not be afraid." And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.
As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, "Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead."
Reflection: Letting It Sink In
Bless me this Lent, Lord, with quiet time to listen for the truth that I am loved. Transfigure us with love enough to share in ways that heal and help. Amen.
New Prayer Requests:
We ask churches and church leaders to join us in the following prayers either by sharing them during worship, printing them in bulletins, or sharing them in some other way. To make a prayer request, please contact Marlene Gasdia-Cochrane at email@example.com.
Prayers of Intercession:
- For the people of Ukraine whose lives continue to be shattered by war.
- For those grieving or suffering due to the ~5,100 gun violence deaths that happened in the US since the start of the new year.
- For those suffering due to the Turkey–Syria earthquake, where at least 35,000 people are known to have lost their lives, with thousands more injured.
- For the friends and family of The Rev. Charles E. Ihloff who passed away on January 29, 2023. Chuck served the Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls, MA, for 20 years, as well as churches in Connecticut and Maine.
- For the friends and family of Susan Violet Furness who passed away on January 15, 2023. Susan worked for the CT Conference Office of the United Church of Christ, retiring after 29 years as Registrar.
- For the friends and family of The Rev. Dr. Richard Clinton Diehl who died on January 13, 2023. Richard was a United Church of Christ minister, serving churches in Connecticut for more than forty years.
- For the friends and family of The Rev. Thomas L. Stiers , who died on January 10, 2023. For almost 30 years, Tom served the First Congregational Church of Greenwich in Old Greenwich, CT.
Prayers of Joy and Thanksgiving:
- For the profound effect spirituality has on mental health.
- For the legacy of the Rev. Antoinette Brown, the first woman ordained in the United States.
This Week in History:
February 14, 270 AD (1,753 years ago): St. Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II – who against the emperor's decree performed marriages for young lovers in secret – is said to have been executed. [History]
“Study the past if you would define the future.”