Sunday, February 27, 2022

February 27, 2022

Transfiguration Sunday

10:15 A.M.

“As we gather for worship, inspire and guide us toward

the healing of the nations, and the making of peace.”

 

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements                                                            John Strawbridge

 

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.

 

Choral Introit   “Come, Let Us Gather” (Trad, arr. BSM)

Come, let us gather now to sing

Praises and thanks to God, our King.

God’s love surpasses everything.

 

Call to Worship

From a cloud, and in a crowd, God speaks to us.
Calling us to be lovers of justice, to share hope with the broken.
On mountaintops, and in neighborhoods, Christ calls to us.
With a word, and with wonder, molding us into who we are.
On the playground, and at the workstation,
the Spirit whispers in our hearts.
Gathering up our fears, as well as our dreams,
and offering them to God.

 

Opening Hymn   “How Great Thou Art”   UMH 77  Vs. 1, 2 & 4

1. Oh Lord, my God
When I, in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed

REFRAIN: Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art

2. When through the woods and forest glades I wander,

And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;

when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur and hear the brook,

and feel the gentle breeze; REFRAIN

4. When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart

Then I shall bow, in humble adoration
And then proclaim, my God, how great Thou art! REFRAIN

 

Old Testament Lesson   Exodus 34:29-35   NIV

29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. 30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them. 32 Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai. 33 When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. 34 But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35 they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord.

The Word of God….THANKS BE TO GOD

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

 

Choral Response   “Cares Chorus”    TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You

I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet

And any time I don’t know just what to do,

I will cast all my cares upon You.

 

Gospel Lesson    Luke 9:28-36 NIV

About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. 31 They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.) 34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” 36 When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.

The Word of God for the people of God….THANKS BE TO GOD

 

Sermon “Coming Down the Mountain: From Glory to Reality”    Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory “You Are The Christ” (Larson)

You said “Come, follow!” and I quickly came;

It seemed so compelling when you called my name.
Now I’ve seen wonders I don’t understand.
Teacher, I know you are more than a man.

Can it be true? Can it be real? I can’t explain, but before you I kneel:

You are the Christ. You are the One

Sent from heaven; you are God’s Son.

I’ve seen the lame walk, the blind gain their sight.
You speak with the power that pierces the night.
I walked on the water when you called to me:
Are you the One I believe you to be?

I know from the steps of faith together we have trod
That you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

We have stood on the high crests of hope, and wandered through the valleys of loneliness.  And so, we know what peace, hope, grace, and wonder can mean to others.  As we offer our tangible gifts to you, we would also share these blessings with those we will meet in the days to come.  We pray this in the name of Jesus, Amen.

 

Closing Hymn   “We Pray for Peace” (“This is My Song”) Words Carolyn Winfrey Gilette

1. We pray for peace, O God of love and justice,

as once again, we face a time of war.

The meek and humble try— amid the crisis—

to love and build, to nurture and restore.

May leaders hear the truth the prophets teach us—

that gifts of peace are well worth struggling for.

2. We pray for peace, O Christ who calmed the waters—

who stilled the storm, who stilled disciples’ fear.

You spoke with love and with amazing power;

be with us now when trouble is so near.

May leaders see the miracle you offer—

that words and deeds can calm the nations here.

3. We pray for peace, O Spirit here among us;

your love emboldens, judges and restrains.

Take any hate and acts of impulse from us;

make leaders wise, amid competing claims.

May we seek peace, O God of love and justice;

may love and mercy be our highest aims.

 

Benediction

Go forth now, as lovers of the justice of our God.
In cyber clouds, and in crowds of those searching for grace,
we will offer the hope of the One who cares for all.
Go now, as those who have been with Jesus on the mountaintop of wonder,
to serve others in the broken valleys of life.
With words of life on our lips, with the wonder of laughter in our hearts,
we will follow Jesus to all who seek healing and love.
Go now, as those who would offer the Spirit’s peace to those around us.
Teaching games of cooperation and not competition to kids,
listening to the lonely whispers of those with whom we work,
we will bring reconciliation to those who are strangers to hope.

 

Choral Benediction   “May the Grace of Christ, Our Savoir” (Stainer)

May the grace of Christ, our Savior

And the Father’s boundless love

With the Holy Spirit’s favor,

Rest upon us from above. Amen.

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

Organ Postlude

 

 

Announcements:

Lent Study Wednesday at 12:30 PM

 

Please join us March 2nd at 12:30PM for session one of Witness at the Cross with Amy-Jill Levine. The book can be found on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Witness-Cross-Beginners-Guide-Friday/dp/1791021123/ref=sr_1_3? crid=JZGI22GDFYHF&keywords=witness+at+the+cross+amy+jill+levine&qid=1644680119&sprefix=witness% 2Caps%2C76&sr=8-3

 

Ash Wednesday Service with the imposition of ashes at 7:00 PM in the Chapel

 

Please read this statement from The General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church:

https://www.umcjustice.org/articles/preview/2f08ac11-39d5-47e6-afed-0c1f6922e25d

 

 

We are grateful that you have come to be with us this morning.  It is our hope that you experience the love of Christ this morning and his presence during our worship. Please find our contact information below if you would like to reach out to us:

 

Church Office Number: 410-889-1512
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Saturday

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Email: Lovely.Lane.BCS@gmail.com

Pastor: Rev. Deb Scott

Phone Number: 301-641-4601

 

 

 

 

 

 

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