Sunday, February 11, 2018

Transfiguration Sunday

11:00 a.m.

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

Prelude – Lux Regis (Sequence)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

Choral Introit – O Come, Let Us Worship (Anon, arr. Moore)                                         Choir

O come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker. Amen.

* Call to Celebration – Psalm 50 (without musical response) Hymnal 783-784

L: (1)     The Mighty One, God the Lord,

L:     Speaks and summons the earth

L:     From the rising of the sun to its setting.

ALL:     (2)     Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,

ALL:     God shines forth.

L: (3)     Our God comes, and does not keep silence,

L:     Before whom is a devouring fire,

L:     Round about whom is a mighty storm.

ALL:     (4)     God calls to the heavens above

ALL:     And to the earth, that the people may be judged:

L: (5)     ”Gather to me my faithful ones,

L:     Who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”

ALL:     (6)     The heavens declare God’s righteousness,

ALL:     For God alone is judge!

L: (7)     ”Hear, O my people, and I will speak,

L:     O Israel, I will testify against you.

L:     I am God, your God.

ALL:     (8)     I do not reprove you for your sacrifices;

ALL:     Your burnt offerings are continually before me.

L: (9)     But I will not accept a bull from your house,

L:     Nor a he-goat from your folds.

ALL:     (10)     For every beast of the forest is mine,

ALL:     The cattle on a thousand hills.

L: (11)     I know all the birds of the air,

L:     And all that moves in the field is mine.

ALL:     (12)     If I were hungry, I would not tell you;

ALL:     For the world and all that is in it is mine.

L: (13)     Do I eat the flesh of bulls,

L:     Or drink the blood of goats?

ALL:     (14)     Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,

ALL:     And pay your vows to the Most High;

ALL:     (15)     And call upon me in the day of trouble;

ALL:     I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”

L: (16)     But to the wicked God says:

L:     ”What right have you to recite my statutes,

L:     Or take my covenant on your lips?

ALL:     (17)     For you hate discipline,

ALL:     And you cast my words behind you.

L: (18)     If you see thieves, you are their friends;

L:     And you keep company with adulterers.

ALL:     (19)     You give your mouth free rein for evil,

ALL:     And your tongue frames deceit.

L: (20)     You sit and speak against your brother;

L:     You slander your mother’s son.

ALL:     (21)     These things you have done and I have been silent;

ALL:     You thought that I was one like yourself.

ALL:     But now I rebuke you, and lay the charge before you.

L: (22)     Mark this, then, you who forget God,

L:     Lest I rend, and there be none to deliver!

ALL:     (23)     Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me;

ALL:     To those who order their way aright

ALL:     I will show the salvation of God!”

* SongO Wondrous Sight! O Vision Fair Hymnal 258

1. O wondrous sight! O vision fair of glory that the church shall share, which Christ upon the mountain shows, where brighter than the sun he glows!

2. From age to age the tale declares how with the three disciples there where Moses and Elijah meet, the Lord holds converse high and sweet.

3. The law and prophets there have place, two chosen witnesses of grace; the Father’s voice from out the cloud proclaims his only Son aloud.

4. With shining face and bright array, Christ deigns to manifest that day what glory shall be theirs above who joy in God with perfect love.

5. And faithful hearts are raised on high by this great vision’s mystery; for which in joyful strains we raise the voice of prayer, the hymn of praise.

* Prayer for Transfiguration Hymnal 259

L: Holy God,

L: Upon the mountain you revealed our Messiah,

L:     Who by his death and resurrection

L:     Would fulfill both the law and the prophets.

L: By his transfiguration enlighten our path

L:     That we may dare to suffer with him in the service of humanity

L:     And so share in the everlasting glory of him

L:     Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

L:     One God, for ever.

ALL:     Amen.

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

Special MusicChrist, the Solid Rock (James Biery)                                                       Choir

My hope is built on nothing less 

Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;

All other ground is sinking sand.


When darkness veils His lovely face,

I rest on His unchanging grace;

In every high and stormy gale

My anchor holds within the veil.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;

All other ground is sinking sand.

His oath, His covenant, and blood 

Support me in the whelming flood;

When every earthly prop gives way,

He then is all my Hope and Stay.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;

All other ground is sinking sand.


When He shall come with trumpet sound,

Oh, may I then in Him be found,

Clothed in His righteousness alone,

Faultless to stand before the throne!

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;

All other ground is sinking sand.

Scripture Reading – Mark 9:2-9                                                                  Lee Enos, Liturgist

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

Sermon – “The Wow Factor”                                                          Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

* Song – Christ Upon the Mountain Peak Hymnal 260

1. Christ, upon the mountain peak, stands alone in glory blazing; let us, if we dare to speak, with the saints and angels praise him: Alleluia!

2. Trembling at his feet we saw Moses and Elijah speaking. All the prophets and the law shout thru them their joyful greeting: Alleluia!

3. Swift the cloud of glory came, God proclaiming in its thunder Jesus as the Son by name! Nations, cry aloud in wonder: Alleluia!

4. This is God’s beloved Son! Law and prophets fade before him; first and last and only one, let creation now adore him: Alleluia!

Time of Morning Prayer

Prayer Song – His Name is Wonderful Hymnal 174

His name is wonderful, his name is wonderful, his name is wonderful, Jesus, my Lord. He is the mighty King, Master of everything; his name is wonderful, Jesus, my Lord. He’s the great Shepherd, the Rock of all ages, almighty God is he; bow down before him, love and adore him, his name is wonderful, Jesus, my Lord.

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer: (You may pray either version printed below or another that you know.)

Methodist Version
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.

F
or thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.
Modern Ecumenical Version
Our God in heaven:
your holy name be honored,
your kin-dom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from the evil one.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory
are yours now and always.  Amen.

Prayer Song – Majesty Hymnal 176

Majesty, worship his majesty; unto Jesus be all glory, honor, and praise. Majesty, kingdom authority, flow from his throne unto his own; his anthem raise. So exalt, lift up on high the name of Jesus. Magnify, come glorify Christ Jesus, the King. Majesty, worship his majesty, Jesus who died, now glorified, King of all kings.

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory – My Life Flows On (Robert Lowry, arr. BSM)                                              Choir

My life flows on in endless song; 

Above earth’s lamentation,

I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn

That hails a new creation.


No storm can shake my inmost calm

while to that Rock I’m clinging.

Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,

how can I keep from singing?

Through all the tumult and the strife, 

I hear that music ringing.

It finds an echo in my soul.

How can I keep from singing?


What though my joys and comforts die?

I know my Savior liveth.

What though the darkness gather round?

Songs in the night he giveth.

Prayer of Dedication –

Exalted God,
we do not give our gifts so that you may be contained within the church,
but we give these gifts so that we may be a part
of sharing the light of your loving presence
with the most remote and darkest corners of the world!
Bless both gift and giver we pray. Amen.

* Song to Present the Offering – Battle Hymn of the Republic Hymnal 717

1. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; he is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; he hath loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword; his truth is marching on. Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

2. I have seen him in the watchfires of a hundred circling camps, they have builded him an altar in the evening dews and damps; I can read his righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps; his day is marching on. Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

3. He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat; he is sifting out the hearts of men before his judgment seat; O be swift, my soul, to answer him; be jubilant, my feet! Our God is marching on. Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

4. In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, with a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me; as he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free, while God is marching on. Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

5. He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave, he is wisdom to the mighty, he is honor to the brave; so the world shall be his footstool, and the soul of wrong his slave. Our God is marching on. Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

* Words for Sending Us Into the World

Leader: God of power and wonder we are awestruck by the glory of your presence.

People:We rejoice at what we can see;  we marvel at what we cannot see.
Leader:  You dazzle us with your brightness;  you overshadow us as with a great cloud.
People:   Loving, protecting, challenging, and nurturing, you strengthen and transform us

ALL: May we love and serve you in all that we are and do.
Glory be to you!  Amen.

* Choral Response – May God Grant You A Blessing (Trad. Swahili, arr. Moore) Choir

May God grant you a blessing evermore.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude – Whom Ye Adore (Jackson)

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