This Children’s Sermon was given virtually on Transfiguration Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021.

Good morning, girls and boys. I’m so glad you’re with us today.   I’ve been thinking about an old movie recently and I wonder if you can guess which one. It’s the one with this character in it. It’s Shrek and who is this? Princess Fiona! Do you remember what happens to her at the end?

When she finds true love in the ogre Shrek, they tell each other they love each other and they kiss, and then Fiona rises up in the air, glowing, with light streaming out from her, and love transforms her into her truest form, the true way she is inside: a loving green ogre.

I was thinking about this story – about how LOVE can change us and transfigure us into our truest selves—the you and me who God really made us to be, because this is what day? Transfiguration Sunday!

Did you listen to the Bible story read earlier? Jesus took Peter, James, and John up to a high mountain, and something remarkable happened. God’s love transfigured him. His clothes became dazzling white and shining! And all of a sudden, there were Elijah and Moses with him, talking to him, and those two men of God had died a long time before that! And a cloud appeared and covered them and there was a voice that said, “This is my Son, whom I love! Listen to him!”

This is how one artist thought that might have looked.

God’s love transformed Jesus into who He really was inside, shining, bright, full of love and holiness.

On this Valentine’s Day, it’s good to think of how God’s love changes us, transfigures us, into who we really are inside- the best, most loving version of ourselves!

Of course for Love to do this, we have to open ourselves completely to LOVE and share that love with others.

I wonder how you’re going to show God’s love to your family today. I know it will be beautiful thing to see.

Let’s pray: Dear God, thank you for the power of love to change us. Help us be so full of your love that it changes us into who you made us to be. We love you, God. Amen.