Feast of the Transfiguration – B
Last Sunday before Ash Wednesday
Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):
Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources:
Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal
Hymn of Praise: 22
Hymn of Invitation: 182
Communion Hymn: 416
Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:
Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent). Sorry; nothing easily dealt with today. See Call to Worship under Jubilee Fund, below.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2012, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Mark 9:2-9
Atop the mount Jesus led three,
stout Peter, James and John they are.
They climb together, gain the peak,
attend the mountain top desire.
Too suddenly, time sweeps them free.
They find their Jesus shining bright,
more white than Fuller’s earth might bleach –
and then they shook in quaking awe.
Elijah, Moses, Jesus stand
before these unconceiving eyes.
Peter speaks up, prepares to build
the booths for each as monuments.
Too much for us: we find the cloud,
so brilliant in this covering.
We hear the voice say listen well;
this is my son, beloved, true.
LM Suggested tune: Ivyhatch
Transforming God, you have given us a vision of your glory in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Hear us as we bring to you our own lives to be transformed by you through your redeeming presence in the midst of this community. In a world which can so easily become dull to the wonder of your glory, we pray that we would be made salt and light, awakening all of those who come near to us with your Spirit which dwells within us.
Open us to the needs of those who pass our way. Help us to serve you by serving them in the spirit of your Son, who showed us the way to life in its fullness. Give us grace to honor his name in the life which we build together here. To those who hunger, make of us bread; to those who lack shelter, make us to be a home; for those who are lost and lonely, make of us the peace and joy of Christ to them. May we bring hope and a future to those whose lives are growing dim. Hear our prayers for those whose lives are closely linked with our own, which we offer to you silence along with our own needs [a time of silence is kept].
Lead us, Lord, in your righteousness; make your way plain before our faces; for it is you, alone, O God, who make us to dwell in safety. As we hear your word, speak to us once again, and as we receive the gifts of your table, let us experience Christ anew in celebration and praise. Send us forth in your Spirit, we pray, to rejoice in every moment of our lives, for we offer these and all our prayers in Christ’s name.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2012, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
as you declared Jesus transfigured
your beloved son,
draw us afresh to listen unto him
who lives delighted in the gracious
and full desire of your promise
in the Spirit.
RESOURCES FROM THE JUBILEE FUND
Call to Worship (Responsive)
Adapted from Psalm 50
L: The Mighty one, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth;
P: Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.
L: God calls to the heavens above and to the earth;
P: “Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me.”
L: The heavens declare God’s righteousness,
P: for God alone is judge.
Invocation (from 2 Kings):
We Gather in your presence, O Mighty one, seeking to remain near to you. As you live, O God, and as each of us does also, we vow we shall not leave your side. You call us to land and water, make impossible crossings safe and dry, you nourish our souls. Touch us this day, O God, and let each of us receive, not just a portion of your spirit, but a double portion. Feed us with the presence we crave, and guide us in lives of righteous obedience. We come seeking your presence, so lay your mantle upon us, we pray, and grant us your peace.
Today marks the beginning of the “Week of Compassion”, in which we support and honor our ministry of response and care. In Paul’s second letter to the church at Corinth, he reminds us that “it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” Paul also reminds us that this extraordinary power to let the light of Christ shine through us comes from God. The theme for the Week of Compassion Special Offerings this year is “Giving brings Joy to others.” When we give in response to the reality that there are others who will need to see the light of Christ, for whatever reason of tragedy: flood, famine, war or strife, we “Let light shine out of darkness.” As we receive not only our tithes, but special offerings for the Week of Compassion, let us give knowing that these gifts will bring joy (and the light of Christ) to others.
O God of all people and places, who created all the earth and called it good. We come bringing our gifts with the earnest prayer that you will bless them. Take these gifts, we ask you, and multiply them, so that the world may know the light of Christ in the midst of darkness.
The last Sunday before Lent begins is traditionally “Transfiguration Sunday” when we remember Jesus on the mountain with Moses and Elijah. You recall in that story that Jesus, Peter, James, and John climbed that mountain and then Jesus’ clothes become “dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them.” I have no doubt that the four mountain climbers were filthy when they arrived on that peak. That’s one of the things which makes the story about Jesus’ clothes noteworthy.
We come to this table with filthy souls. But we come to meet Christ, who can wash them to dazzlingly clean. He does it with three things: This Bread, This Cup, and a willing spirit. Two of the three are definitely here, will you bring the third?
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RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP
whose Son was revealed in majesty
before he suffered death upon the cross:
give us grace to perceive his glory,
that we may be strengthened to suffer with him
and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ:
may we who are partakers at his table
reflect his life in word and deed,
that all the world may know his power to change and save.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.
you know the disorder of our sinful lives:
set straight our crooked hearts,
and bend our wills to love your goodness and your glory
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2011. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2011 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2011; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010. The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010. Version 2012-1.2 30 October 2011. http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary
We also urge you to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.