Worship Feb 14, 2021 - The Transfiguration
Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! Happy Valentine's Day to all on this cold January weekend! Today we recognize the Transfiguration of our Lord. You are also invited to get out your wine or juice and bread for the sacrament of Holy Communion.
The Sundays after Epiphany began with Jesus’ baptism and end with three disciples’ vision of his transfiguration. In Mark’s story of Jesus’ baptism, apparently only Jesus sees the Spirit descending and hears the words from heaven. But now Jesus’ three closest friends hear the same words naming him God’s Beloved. As believers, Paul writes, we are enabled to see the God-light in Jesus’ face, because the same God who created light in the first place has shone in our hearts to give us that vision. The light of God’s glory in Jesus has enlightened us through baptism and shines in us also for others to see.
I Will Run To You
Your eye is on the sparrow, And Your hand it comforts me
From the ends of the earth, To the depths of my heart
Let Your mercy and strength be seen
You call me to Your purpose, As angels understand
For Your glory may You draw all men, As Your love and grace demands
And I will run to You, To Your words of truth
Not by might not by power, But by the Spirit of God
Yes I will run the race, 'Til I see Your face
Oh let me live in the glory (of Your grace)
Oh let me live in the glory, Oh let me live in the glory of Your grace
Prayer of the Day
O God, at the glorious transfiguration of your only Son, you confirmed the mystery of our faith by the witness of the disciples and by your own voice from the cloud. Mercifully complete our adoption as your children, and give us, with our King, an inheritance of his glory. Grant this, we pray, through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
First Reading: Exodus 34:29-35 The Glory of the Lord
As Moses descended Mount Sinai with the second set of stone tablets, his face was shining like the sun so that all were afraid to approach him. As Moses instructed the leaders of Israel to follow the Lord’s commands that were given on top of the mountain, he covered his face with a veil so they wouldn’t be blinded.
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses talked with them. Afterward all the people of Israel came near, and he commanded them all that the Lord had spoken with him in Mount Sinai. And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face. Whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would remove the veil, until he came out. And when he came out and told the people of Israel what he was commanded, the people of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face was shining. And Moses would put the veil over his face again, until he went in to speak with him.
Psalm 50:1-6 God Shines Forth
God shines forth over the whole creation, said the psalmist. It is he alone who judges the people because he is the one who put the sun in the sky and the heavens above the earth. He calls to the faithful to gather before him.
The Lord, the God of gods, has spoken; he has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty, God reveals himself in glory.
Our God will come and will not keep silence; before him there is a consuming flame, and round about him a raging storm.
He calls the heavens and the earth from above to witness the judgment of his people.
“Gather before me my loyal followers, those who have made a covenant with me and sealed it with sacrifice.”
Let the heavens declare the rightness of his cause; for God himself is judge.
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 3:12-13, 4:1-6
Hope in Christ Makes Us Bold
Paul told the church in Corinth that in the days of Christ, the veil has been lifted for those who are ministers of the new covenant. The Israelites, he proclaimed, were looking at that which faded away rather than that which in Christ is now permanent. The Gospel is only veiled to those who are perishing.
Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end.
Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Gospel Reading: Mark 9:2-9 Jesus’ Unveiled Divinity
Jesus took John, James, and Peter to a high mountain where his face changed to a bright, shining visage. His clothing also changed in appearance, becoming brighter white than any bleach can manage. Elijah and Moses appeared to the four men, which spurred Peter to suggest the idea of building tents on the mountaintop. At that moment, a voice from the heavens reiterated the words from Jesus’ baptism.
After six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only. And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
The Sermon - Pastor Jill - Listen to Him
Shine Jesus Shine
Lord the light of Your love is shining, In the midst of the darkness shining Jesus Light of the world shine upon us, Set us free by the truth You now bring us Shine on me shine on me
Shine Jesus shine Fill this land With the Father's glory Blaze Spirit blaze Set our hearts on fire Flow river flow Flood the nations With grace and mercy Send forth Your word Lord, And let there be light
Lord I come to Your awesome presence, From the shadows into Your radiance By the blood I may enter Your brightness, Search me try me consume all my darkness Shine on me shine on me
As we gaze on Your kingly brightness, So our faces display Your likeness Ever changing from glory to glory, Mirrored here may our lives tell Your story Shine on me shine on me.
Prayers of the Church
For the Transfiguration of Our Savior, Jesus Christ
Almighty God and Heavenly Father, you have revealed the divine purity and nature of Jesus’ death and resurrection for your people. We pray that through your Holy Word, we may fully come to understand the breadth of your gift to us through Jesus’ transfiguration. We pray that we are a church that is faithful in seeking God’s truth, so we may lead others to you. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
For Marriage and Families
Gracious God, we thank you for instituting the covenant of marriage and the blessing of families. We pray that these gifts would be cherished within our households and honored in our society. May we, as Christians, bear witness to your love that sustains us through Jesus Christ. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
For Authority and Power
Merciful Lord, we pray for those who have authority over us at the local, state, and federal level. Pour out your blessings upon them as they administer laws for the betterment of our communities and our country; may they be people who seek wise and Godly counsel. Bless our armed forces, that they would also serve with honor and integrity. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
For Your Blessing in Sickness and in Health
Heavenly Father, we praise your Holy name and thank you for providing all we need in sickness and in health. We pray for those who are in the healing process and for those just beginning their journey to wellness, [especially …] May your Holy Spirit guide them and sustain them both now and forever. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
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.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.
Confession & Forgiveness
Let us now confess our sins & receive forgiveness.
Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, & deed—by what we have done & by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart, mind & strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. In your mercy, forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, & direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will & walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy Name. Amen.
Pastor: In the mercy of Almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for you, & for His sake God forgives you all your sins. To those who believe in Jesus Christ He gives the power to become the children of God & bestows on them the Holy Spirit.
The Apostles Creed:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit & born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into hell.
On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, The holy Christian church, The communion of saints, The forgiveness of sins, The resurrection of the body, And the life everlasting.
Words of Institution
P: In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, & gave thanks; broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.
All: Do this in remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.
All: Do this in remembrance of me.
Invitation to Communion
Come to the banquet. Behold the risen Christ.
Receive the elements.
partake of wine or juice and also the bread at this time.
After all have communed, say:
The body and blood of our Lord Jesus strengthen you and keep you in His grace. Amen.
Post-Communion Prayer (LBW p. 94)
Let us pray.
We give you thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us through the healing power of this gift of life; and we pray that in your mercy you would strengthen us, through this gift, in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
I Saw The Light
I wandered so aimless life filled with sin I wouldn't let my dear Savior in Then Jesus came like a stranger in the night Praise the Lord I saw the light
I saw the light I saw the light No more in darkness no more in night (And) now I'm so happy no sorrow in sight Praise the Lord I saw the light
Just like a blind man I wandered along Worries and fears I claimed for my own Then like the blind man that God gave back his sight Praise the Lord I saw the light
I was a fool to wander and stray Straight is the gate and narrow the way Now I have traded the wrong for the right Praise the Lord I saw the light