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Tower Weekly
February 11, 2024

Sunday, February 11, 2024

LOVELY LANE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY, YEAR B

FEBRUARY 11, 2024

11:00 A.M.

† Stand as you are able

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements      John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

 

Choral Introit     “Come and Let Us Sweetly Join”     Wesley/ Gibbons

Come, and let us sweetly join,

Christ to praise in hymns divine;

Give we all with one accord

Glory to our common Lord.

 

† Call to Worship

Holy, holy, holy is our God and Sovereign! Magnificent and mighty is the Creator of all!

In profound reverence, we assemble to honor our God.

Our God reigns as King and the Righteous Judge over all things, for all time, and in every place.

In profound reverence, we unite to exalt our God.

Our God reigns as King and the Merciful One! Justice and Mercy are the very essence of our God.

In profound reverence, we come together to worship God, within the radiance of God’s holiness, justice, compassion, and love.

 

† Opening Hymn     “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty” UMH 64

 

Prayer of Illumination

Almighty God, you communicated with your people within the pillar of cloud as they journeyed together in the wilderness. Speak to us through your Scriptures today, so that we may perceive your summons from the wildernesses within our lives and towards the new territories you have pledged to reveal to us. In the name of Christ, we pray. Amen.

 

Old Testament Lesson    2 Kings 2:1-12   NRSV

Now when the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the LORD will take your master away from you?” And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent.” Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here; for the LORD has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to Jericho. The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the LORD will take your master away from you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know; be silent.” Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground. When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.” He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.” As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.

The word of God, for the people of God. Thanks be to God!

 

Congregational Prayer

Holy One, we gather before you, each of us feeling as though we’ve only begun the ascent, with much more to climb before we even reach a point where we can dare to hope to be awed by your Divinity. Our burdens weigh heavily upon us, with worries, regrets, fatigue, illness, and despair for all the pain, danger, and bondage in the world. We press on, following your lead, stumbling, hoping, praying, breathing heavily, hearts pounding, and yes, some of us even skipping with nimbleness.

 

Guide us, Lord, to the summit of that mountain, where we may be illuminated by your Light, uplifted by your Glory, and filled with the pure joy of what is transcendent, beautiful, grounded, and real. We offer this prayer, for ourselves, for each other, and for the worlds we inhabit. Amen.

 

Passing of the Peace

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

 

 

Choral Response    “Cares Chorus”

I cast all my cares upon You

I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet

And anytime I don’t know what to do

I will cast all my cares upon You

 

† Gospel Lesson     Mark 9:2-9     NRSV

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.

The Gospel of our Lord.  Praise be to you, O Christ.

 

Sermon     Rev. Levon D. Sutton, Pastor

 

Invitation to Offering

 

Offertory     “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”     Gilbert

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation;

O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation.

Come, ye who hear,

Brothers and sisters, draw near;

Praise Him in glad admiration.

 

Praise to the Lord, Who over all things so wondrously reigneth,

Shelters thee under his winds, yea, so gently sustaineth;

Hast thou not seen?

All that is needful hath been

Granted in what he ordaineth.

 

Praise to the Lord!

Who doth prosper thy work and defend thee

Surely His goodness and mercy

Here daily attend thee

Ponder anew what the Almighty can do

He who with love He befriend thee.

 

Praise to the Lord!

O let all that is in me adore Him

All that hath life and breath

Come now with praises before Him

Let the amen

Sound from His people again,

Gladly for we adore Him.

 

Praise to the Lord! Amen.

 

Offering Prayer

O Gracious God, as we reflect on Christ’s transfiguration, we are humbled by the glimpse of your glory revealed on the mountaintop. Just as Peter, James, and John beheld the radiant presence of Christ, we too are changed by your boundless love and grace. As we present our tithes and offerings, may these gifts radiate the warmth of your love in our lives. Just as Jesus was transfigured before them, may our hearts be renewed, and may our deeds echo the love and truth embodied by Jesus. Bless our giving, using it to illuminate a world in need with your divine light. In the name of Jesus, our Savior, we pray. Amen.

 

† Closing Hymn     “He Is Lord, He Is Lord!” UMH 177

 

 

† Benediction

Beloved, may you journey forth emboldened by the strength and resilience you’ve witnessed in this place. Know that the same glory guiding us through transitions also brings comfort in all life’s challenges, sustaining us as we embrace new roles and cross into unknown territories. Amen.

 

† Choral Benediction

God be with you till we meet again;

By His counsels guide, uphold you,

With His sheep securely fold you;

God be with you till we meet again.

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

 

Organ Postlude

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