Sunday, February 26, 2017

Transfiguration Sunday
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock

God places us in the world as his fellow workers-agents of transfiguration. We work with God so that injustice is transfigured into justice, so there will be more compassion and caring, that there will be more laughter and joy, that there will be more togetherness in God’s world.

- Desmund Tutu

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude “ And All That Singe to Thee”    Sarum

Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)

†   Choral Introit “We Praise You, O God”    Joseph Barnby

We praise You, O God; we acknowledge You to be the Lord. All the earth doth worship You, the Father everlasting. Amen.

† Call to Worship

God, guard our unity in Christ.
Guide us and Connect us to your ministry in the world.
Keep us and your churches awake
Until Christ comes in final glory

† Hymn “Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies” No. 173

Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the true, the only light,
Sun of Righteousness, arise,
triumph o’er the shades of night;
Dayspring from on high, be near;
Daystar, in my heart appear.

Dark and cheerless is the morn
unaccompanied by thee;
joyless is the day’s return,
till thy mercy’s beams I see;
till they inward light impart,
cheer my eyes and warm my heart.

Visit then this soul of mine;
pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
fill me, Radiancy divine,
scatter all my unbelief;
more and more thyself display,
shining to the perfect day.

Morning Prayer (unison) “Transfiguration” No. 259

Holy God, upon the mountain you revealed our Messiah, who by his death and resurrection would fulfill both the law and the prophets.

By his transfiguration enlighten our path that we may dare to suffer with him in the service of humanity and so share in the everlasting glory of him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever.  Amen

To Hear the Word

Hebrew Scripture Exodus 24:12-18   TBD is the Liturgist.

The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.” So Moses set out with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. To the elders he had said, “Wait here for us, until we come to you again; for Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a dispute may go to them.” Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud. Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.

Anthem “Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies” Candlyn

Christ, whose glory fills the skies, Christ, the true and only Light,
Sun of Righteousness, arise, Triumph o’er the shade of night;
Day-spring from on high, be near; Day-star, in my heart appear.

Dark and cheerless is the morn Unaccompanied by thee;
Joyless is the day’s return Till thy mercy’s beams I see,
Till they inward light impart, Glad my eyes and warm my heart.

Visit, then, this soul of mine, Pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
Fill me, Radiancy divine, Scatter all my unbelief;
More and more thyself display, Shining to the perfect day!

From the Gospel 2 Peter 1:16-21

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.

So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

Sermon “What happened, and what does it mean?” Rev. Travis Knoll

Matthew 17:1-9: 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.”

To Respond in Faith

† Hymn “Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life” No. 427

Where cross the crowded ways of life,
where sound the cries of race and clan,
above the noise of selfish strife,
we hear your voice, O Son of Man.

In haunts of wretchedness and need,
on shadowed thresholds fraught with fears,
from paths where hide the lures of greed,
we catch the vision of your tears.

From tender childhood’s helplessness,
from human grief and burdened toil,
from famished souls, from sorrow’s stress,
your heart has never known recoil.

The cup of water given for you
still holds the freshness of your grace;
yet long these multitudes to view
the sweet compassion of your face.

O Master, from the mountainside,
make haste to heal these hearts of pain;
among these restless throngs abide;
O tread the city’s streets again;

Till all the world shall learn your love,
and follow where your feet have trod;
till glorious from your heaven above
shall come the city of our God.

† Affirmation of Faith A Modern Affirmation No. 885

Where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is the one true church, apostolic and universal,
whose holy faith let us now declare:

Pastor and People:
We believe in God the Father, infinite in wisdom, power, and love,
whose mercy is over all his works, and whose will is ever directed to his children’s good.
We believe in Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of man,
the gift of the Father’s unfailing grace, the ground of our hope,
and the promise of our deliverance from sin and death.
We believe in the Holy Spirit as the divine presence in our lives,
whereby we are kept in perpetual remembrance of the truth of Christ,
and find strength and help in time of need.
We believe that this faith should manifest itself in the service of love
as set forth in the example of our blessed Lord, to the end
that the kingdom of God may come upon the earth.  Amen.

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory “O Lord, From Whom All Good Things Do Come” Gerald Bales

O Lord, from whom all good things come: grant to us your humble servants,
that by your holy inspiration we may think those things that are good,
and by your merciful guiding may perform the same;through our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings (unison) No. 99

To God be the glory, to God be the glory, to God be the glory for the things he hath done.  With his blood he has saved me; with his power he has raised me; to God be the glory for the things he hath done.

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (unison)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

† Hymn “Come Holy Ghost, Our Hearts Inspire” No. 603

Come, Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire, let us thine influence prove;
source of the old prophetic fire, fountain of life and love.

Come, Holy Ghost (for moved by thee the prophets wrote and spoke),
unlock the truth, thyself the key, unseal the sacred book.

Expand thy wings, celestial Dove, brood o’er our nature’s night;
on our disordered spirits move, and let there now be light.

God, through the Spirit we shall know if thou within us shine,
and sound, with all thy saints below, the depths of love divine.

† Dismissal with Blessing

Prepare us, O God, for what lies ahead
We go now, to be God’s people.

† Choral Response “Lord, Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing” Rousseau

Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing; Fill our hearts with joy and peace.
Let us each, thy love possessing, Triumph in redeeming grace.
Oh, refresh us, oh, refresh us, Trav’ling thru this wilderness.
Oh, refresh us, oh, refresh us, Trav’ling thru this wilderness.

† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

† Organ Postlude “ Allegro vivace” Blake





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