Sunday Worship Guide - Transfiguration Sunday

Worship Guide

February 27, 2022

Transfiguration Sunday

Creating Disciples of Jesus who Transform the World

 

ENTRANCE WITH PRAISE

 

Greetings:

 

Minister: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

People: And also with you!

 

Special Music: “Redeemed”  Stefanie

 

Centering Words:

 

See the glory of the Lord. Shine with the glory of God.

 

*Call to Worship:

 

Leader:   Mighty Ruler,

People:  Most High,

Leader:   Lover of Justice,

People:  Mystery Hidden in Cloud,

Leader:   Great King,

People:  Forgiving God,

Leader:   Enthroned One,

People:  Mountain Dweller;

Leader:   You are exalted over all people.

People:  We praise your great and awesome name.

Leader:   We worship at your holy mountain.

People:  For you, O God, are holy!

Leader:   Let us pray.

 

ALL: Holy God, bring us to your mountaintop. We come to talk with you today. We come to listen to what you have to say. We come to sense your glory— a glory that can transform our lives. May Jesus, your Son and your chosen one, and may the Spirit of freedom and glory, shine upon us and cause us to shine like the sun. Amen.

 

Hymn: How Great Thou Art”

 

O Lord my God! when I in awesome wonder

consider all the worlds they hands have made,

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,

thy power through-out the universe displayed.

 

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!

 

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;

 

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!

 

And when I think that God, his Son not sparing,

sent him to die, I scarce can take it in;

that on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,

he bled and died to take away my sin;

 

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!

 

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 there proclaim, my God, how great thou art!

 

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!

 

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

 

Words of Assurance

 

Our sovereign God answers our failings with forgiveness and renewal.

We are all being transformed, day by day, from one degree of glory to another.

Let us praise God’s great and awesome name!

Praises be to our God. Amen

 

*Gospel Reading: Luke 9:28-36

 

28 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30 Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. 31 They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 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. 33 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. 34 While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 35 Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” 36 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.

 

Leader:   This is the Word of God, for the People of God

People:  Thanks be to God!

 

 

WORD AND RESPONSE

 

Time with Young Friends: “Jesus Loves Me”

 

Children’s Message: “Jesus’ Appearance Is Changed”

 

Hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”

 

Love divine, all loves excelling,

joy of heaven to earth come down;

fix in us thy humble dwelling; all thy faithful mercies crown!

Jesus, thou art all compassion, pure unbounded love Thou art;

visit us with thy salvation; enter every trembling heart.

 

Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit,

into every troubled breast!

let us all in thee inherit; let us find that second rest.

Take away our bent to sinning; Alpha and Omega be;

end of faith, as its beginning, set our hearts at liberty.

 

Come, Almighty to deliver, let us all thy life receive;

suddenly return and never, never more thy temples leave.

Thee we would be always blessing,

serve thee as thy hosts above,

pray and praise thee without ceasing, glory in thy perfect love.

 

Finish, then, thy new creation; pure and spotless let us be.

Let us see thy great salvation perfectly restored in thee;

changed from glory into glory, till in heaven we take our place,

till we cast our crowns before thee,

lost in wonder, love, and praise.

 

Sermon: “Seeing the Glory” 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2

 

12 Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness, 13 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. 14 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. 15 Indeed, to this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds; 16 but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 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.

 

4:1Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 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.

 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

 

Hymn: “He Is Exalted”

 

He is exalted, the King is exalted on high;

I will praise him.

He is exalted, forever exalted

and I will praise his name!

He is the Lord, forever his truth shall reign;

heaven and earth rejoice in his holy name.

He is exalted, the King is exalted on high.

 

He is exalted, the King is exalted on high;

I will praise him.

He is exalted, forever exalted

and I will praise his name!

He is the Lord, forever his truth shall reign;

heaven and earth rejoice in his holy name.

He is exalted, the King is exalted on high.

 

Psalter: Psalm 99

 

1   The Lord reigns; let the people tremble!

The Lord sits enthroned upon the cherubim;

let the earth quake!

2   The Lord is great in Zion,

and is exalted over all the peoples.

3   Let them praise your great and wondrous

          name!

Holy is the Lord!

4   Mighty Ruler, lover of justice,

you have established equity;

you have executed justice

and righteousness in Jacob.

5   Extol the Lord our God.

Worship at the Lord's footstool!

Holy is the Lord!

6   Moses and Aaron were among God's priests,

Samuel also was among those who called on God's name.

They cried to the Lord, who answered them,

7         who spoke to them in the pillar of cloud.

They kept God's testimonies,

and the statutes God gave them.

8   O Lord, our God, you answered them;

you were a forgiving God to them,

but an avenger of their wrongdoings.

9   Extol the Lord our God,

and worship at his holy mountain.

Surely the Lord our God is holy!

 

“Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”

 

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

praise him, all creatures here below;

praise him above, ye heavenly host;

praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Amen

 

Prayers of the People: Joys and concerns

Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer     

 

SENDING FORTH

 

Hymn: “I Love to Tell the Story”  

 

I love to tell the story of unseen things above,

of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love.

I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true;

it satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.

 

I love to tell the story, ’twill be my theme in glory,

to tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love.

 

I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems

than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams.

I love to tell the story, It did so much for me;

and that is just the reason I tell it now to thee.

 

I love to tell the story, ’twill be my theme in glory,

to tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love.

 

I love to tell the story; tis pleasant to repeat

what seems, each time I tell it, more wonderfully sweet.

I love to tell the story, for some have never heard

The message of salvation from God’s own holy Word.

 

I love to tell the story, ’twill be my theme in glory,

to tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love.

 

I love to tell the story, for those who know it best

seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.

And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,

’twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.

 

I love to tell the story, ’twill be my theme in glory,

to tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love.

 

Benediction

 

 

 
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