Sunday, March 3, 2019

Transfiguration Sunday

Every one of us are different. Some of us are short, tall, overweight, underweight, gay, straight, transgender, have special needs … we’re all various races, we dress and look differently. We all dance to a different drummer – but the reality is we are all the same because we are God’s children made in God’s image.
No one deserves to feel excluded from God’s love!

Organ Prelude Ricercar (Tawney)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral Introit Holy Ground TFWS 2272

* Call to Worship

L: Welcome to this place:
P: where children and seasoned citizens sit side by side, where heaven and earth embrace in peace, where God has been, is, and always will be.
L: Welcome to this place, as we gather with all of God’s children:
P: where we find God’s love, where we hear the tender voice of Jesus,
where the Spirit teaches us new songs.
L: Welcome to this place, where all is made ready by our God:
P: where we bring our hunger, and find food; where we bring our brokenness, and find healing; where we bring our very selves, and find acceptance.

* Opening Hymn We Are Called TFWS 2172

Prayer of Invocation (All)

We can each climb the mountain, alone or with friends. The change of view will do us good, we could use a new perspective, but when we go up we may be changed. The mountaintop is a place of power. Like Jesus, we could be filled with light, our lives could
be transformed. Let us climb the mountain together and be ready for the light. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Choral Invitation to Prayer Cares Chorus TFWS 2215

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

Anthem Sing Praise To The Lord (Parry)

Reading from the Gospel – Luke 9:28-36   Lee Enos, Liturgist
Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

* Hymn You Are Mine (See Insert) TFWS 2218

A Reading from the Epistle – 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2  Rev. Debbie Scott

Sermon – “We Have This Ministry, We Do Not Lose Heart”   Rev. Debbie Scott

Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness, not like Moses, who put a veil over his face to keep the people of Israel from gazing at the end of the glory that was being set aside. But their minds were hardened. Indeed, to this very day, when they hear the reading of the old covenant, that same veil is still there, since only in Christ is it set aside. Indeed, to this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds; but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.

Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God.

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory You Are a Child of God (Mark Miller)

No matter what people say, say or think about me, I am a child, I am a child of God.
No matter what people say, say or think about you, you are a child, You are a child of God.
No matter what the world say, says or thinks about me, I am a child, I am a child of God.
No matter what the church says, decisions, pronouncements on you, you are a child, you are a child of God.

* Presentation of Offering Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, yet heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*Offering Prayer (All)

Gracious and loving God, receive our gifts of self and substance. They have belonged to you since our very beginning. We give them freely, joyfully, prayerfully. With them we praise you. With them we celebrate the great power that is love —
a love that abides always, a love that radically transforms, a love that makes us whole. Amen.

Sacrament of The Last Supper

Call to Reconciliation

We marginalize peace, yet it is the horizon towards which we journey. We are divided from others, not so much by belief, but by fear. On this day of unity around God’s Table with our sisters and brothers, let us confess how we have not lived as God’s beloved children. Please join me as we pray, saying,

Unison Prayer of Confession (ALL)

We have not been your people, Preparer of Peace. When we could see our brother Jesus in others, we turn away from those who are unlike us, who scare us. When we could offer peace to those around us, we break our promises, we hoard grudges in our hearts, we pander to prejudice. When we could speak of hope, we fling words that shatter another’s heart. When we could live as one with all people, we try to push them as far away from us as possible.

Redeem us, Lover of Peace, and pour out your grace upon us. May the warmth of your tenderness melt our frozen souls, may the balm of your words mend any broken hearts we have damaged, may we be as trusting and vulnerable as a little child, as we follow Jesus Christ, our Lord, our Brother, into your kingdom of joy.

Silence Prayer

Assurance of Pardon

L: The forgiveness of God be upon you; the peace of Christ rest upon you; the grace of the Holy Spirit be the gift which is placed in your life, this day and forever.
P: From this day to the end of eternity, we are God’s children: citizens of God’s kingdom, brothers and sisters of the Prince of Peace. Thanks be to God. Amen.

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

L: May the Lord be with you, children of the kingdom.
P: And also with you.
L: Sisters and brothers in Christ, open your hearts to God.
P: As we seek to walk in integrity in the kingdom, we offer our hearts to God for wisdom and peace.
L: Come to the Table which has been prepared for you, with songs of thanksgiving in your hearts.
P: With these friends, gathered in this place, we give thanks to God for all the blessings which are ours.
L: Long ago, so long ago only you can remember, Imaginative God, you brought creation into being, subjecting chaos to your will. It was fitting for you to do this, for your Word shaped glory into mountains, fields and streams; your Spirit breathed hope into all that has life in you. You spoke to our ancestors, inviting them to walk in your integrity, but their hearts became hardened by the sweet words of seduction, their hands were full of sin’s bribes. Prophets were sent by you, pleading, cajoling, calling all your children back to your side, but we continued to consort with hypocrites. So in your steadfast love, you sent Jesus to us, that we might receive your kingdom of peace and redemption as your children. So, with those who gather around tables of peace and hope in every corner of our world, and with those who are with you in glory, we offer our praises to you with glad songs:
P: Holy, holy, holy, God of glory and goodness! All creation joins in one voice in glorifying you. Hosanna in the highest!
L: Blessed is the Pioneer of our redemption. Hosanna in the highest!
There is no one like your Servant, Jesus our Brother, God of holiness and grace. Walking in your integrity, he wandered the world’s ways, calling us to follow him into the kingdom.
Walking in peace with you, he invites us to set aside all differences and divisions, so we might live as one in you. Walking in trust towards you, he tasted death for every one, that we might feast at your Table of forgiveness through all eternity. As we remember his gentle words and tender heart, as we celebrate the gift of his resurrection, we speak of that mystery we call faith:
P: Christ has died, destroying death; Christ is risen, bringing peace to all; Christ will come again, proclaiming God’s name to his sisters and brothers.
L: Pour out the Spirit of the Prince of Peace, upon the gifts of the bread and the cup, not only on those gathered in this place, but on all your children throughout the world: on those who gather around war-scarred tables and at the tailgates of military vehicles, longing to pass the Bread of life from hand to hand, mouth to mouth, until all have been fed; and on those who stand on both sides of walls built by hatred and fear, daring to share the Cup of salvation with those labeled as the ‘enemy’ until all are graced. And when the eons of our fighting and destruction are done, when all of your children are gathered in peace around your Table of glory and grace in heaven, we will bless you in that great congregation, singing our love, our hope, our joy to you, God in Community, Holy in One. Amen.

Invitation

Sharing the Bread and Cup

Song for Communion as We Receive A Place at the Table W&S 3149

For everyone born, a place at the table. For everyone born, clean water and bread, a shelter, a space,
a safe place for growing. For everyone born, a star overhead.

Chorus: And God will delight when we are creators of justice and joy, compassion and peace.
Yes, God will delight when we are creators of justice. Justice and joy.

For woman and man, a place at the table. Revising the roles, deciding the share.
With wisdom and grace, dividing the power. For woman and man, a system that’s fair.

Chorus: For young and for old, a place at the table. A voice to be heard, a part in the song.
The hands of a child in hands that are wrinkled. For young and for old, the right to belong.

Chorus: For just and unjust, a place at the table. Abuser, abused, with need to forgive.
In anger, in hurt, a mindset of mercy. For just and unjust, a new way to live.

Chorus: For gay and for straight, a place at the table. To live without fear, and simply to be.
To work, to speak out, to witness and worship. For gay and for straight, the right to be free.

Chorus: ***May our thoughts and hearts be changed, may our table always have a place for all,
and may God delight in our unconditional love, acceptance and affirmation for each other.

Prayer after Receiving (All)

God of Steadfast Love, call us into living fully into Your commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves. Call us into living fully into Your way of life by seeking out in care and compassion those who are hurting, those who are struggling, and those who are suffering.. For You so loved the world that You sent us Your Son, Jesus the Christ, so that we might have life in him. Amen.

* Closing Hymn It Is Well With My Soul UMH 377

1. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it well with my soul. It is well (It is well) with my soul, (with my soul,) it is well, it is well with my soul.

2. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, let this blest assurance control, that Christ has regarded my helpless estate, and hath shed his own blood for my soul. It is well (It is well) with my soul, (with my soul,) it is well, it is well with my soul.

3. My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part but the whole, is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! It is well (It is well) with my soul, (with my soul,) it is well, it is well with my soul.

4. And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight, the clouds be rolled back as a scroll; the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend, even so, it is well with my soul. It is well (It is well) with my soul, (with my soul,) it is well, it is well with my soul.

* Benediction

Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally.
The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is yours.

* Choral Response (ALL) Let There Be Peace on Earth UMH 431

Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me; let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be. [With God our creator, children all are we. Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony. Let peace begin with me; let this be the moment now].

With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow: to take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally. Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ Postlude Allegro in D (Thomson)

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