Sunday, February 23, 2020

Transfiguration Sunday

Organ PreludeLux coelestis (Sequence)

Welcome and Announcements

Choral IntroitO Come, Let Us Sing Unto The Lord (Moore)

O come, let us sing unto the Lord, To Him our voices raise. O come, with joyful voices praise. Amen.

* Call to Worship

L: We gather as the faithful of God,
we come to listen to what God has to say to us.
P: God has invited us to this place;
may our faces reflect our hopes and our hearts.
L: We gather as the faithful of God,
people of the new covenant of hope and promise.
P: We boldly enter into the presence of God,
hoping to be transformed into new people.
L: We gather as the faithful of God,
our fears melting away in the heart of God.
P: We come to share in the freedom of the Spirit,
we come to praise God’s holy name.

* Opening HymnShine, Jesus Shine TFWS  2173

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Let’s go up the mountain. Let’s go up to the place where the land meets the sky where the earth touches the heavens, to the place of meeting, to the place of mists, to the place of voices and conversations, to the place of listening. Let this time of worship bring honor and glory to you, holy and merciful God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moments

AnthemSing Alleluia Forth (Eric Thiman)

Sing Alleluia forth in duteous praise,
O citizens of heaven, and sweetly raise
An endless Alleluia.

The Holy City shall take up your strain,
And with glad songs resounding wake again
An endless Alleluia.

Ye who have gained at length your palms in bliss,
Victorious ones, your chant shall still be this,
An endless Alleluia.

While Thee, by whom were all things made, we praise
For ever, and tell out in sweetest lays
An endless Alleluia. Amen.

Old Testament Lesson – Exodus 24:12-18                                                                         Carol Curtis, Liturgist

Call to Confession

God calls us into the presence of glory in these moments, not to judge and condemn us, but to forgive us and set us free. Let us pray. . .

Prayer of Confession (Unison)

We may not actively conspire against you, Glory and Grace, but we do make those conscious choices which draw us away from you. We fear ridicule from neighbors and co-workers, & so do not mention who you are in our lives. We want to walk your path, but find ourselves going down rabbit trails which lead to trouble. We find it so easy to listen to the seductive words of our culture, but have trouble hearing your whispers of hope & healing.

Forgive us, Revealer of mystery and wonder. Call us to that discipleship that is found on mountaintops in your presence, and in the valleys where we serve others in your name. As people of faith, we would not stay here, but follow our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, into every place which longs for your glory and your grace, your strength as well as your gentleness. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

L: Listen! You are God’s children, the beloved of God’s heart. God speaks words of healing and hope to you in these moments. Listen!

P: It is good to be here -in the presence of the One who forgives us. Thanks be to God. Amen.

* Hymn of PreparationChrist, Whose Glory Fills the Skies UMH 173

Gospel Lesson – Matthew 17:1-9

Sermon – “Mountaintop Experiences”                                                                                Rev. Debbie Scott

Invitation to Offering

OffertoryA Musician’s Prayer (Charles Callahan)

Unto Thy word so tuned let me be,
That in each part I may thereto agree.
He sings and plays the songs which best Thou lovest,
Who does and says the things which Thou approvest.

Teach me the strain that calmeth minds enraged
And which from vain affections doth recall.
So to the choir where angels music make
I may aspire when I this life forsake.

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings

* Presentation of OfferingPraise 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)

Majestic Lord, transfigure our simple gifts in a way that will inspire all people to proclaim your everlasting message of love. Strip away our biased convictions so that through our selfless giving we can gaze clearly on your vision for our lives. In the name of your Son, the Beloved One, we pray. Amen. (Matthew 17:1-9)

* Closing HymnBe Thou My Vision UMH 451

* Benediction – Eyes to see blessing (Roddy Hamilton)

Not all is as it seems: there is a glory hidden in everything
waiting to be revealed to the eyes of those who believe
beyond what seems inevitable who do not want to live in the status quo
but in the promises of God.
Hold onto the vision as we turn towards lent
and walk the more difficult path; there is yet a greater glory
still to be revealed.
Go in peace,
Go in hope,
Go in love.

* Choral ResponseMay the Grace Of Christ Our Savior (Stainer)

May the grace of Christ our Savior
And the Father’s endless love
With the holy Spirit’s favor

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

Organ PostludeGloria Tibi (Bentham)

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