Transfiguration Sunday C
Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):
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Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal
The Oremus Hymnal offers many good choices for the lectionary (although this 2010 version will have incorrect calendar dates). Not all are available in Chalice Hymnal, but some may be helpful in congregations where there is not a Chalice Hymnal available. Visit the Oremus Hymnal.
90-Come, Christians, join to sing
95 Jesus Shall Reign
241 Holy Spirit, Truth Divine
182 Transform Us
390 Lord of Our Highest Love
416-Here, O my Lord, I see thee face to face
More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.
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). A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin. Where practical, these may be offered here as well. You may also want to visit http://lectionarypsalms.org/
This week: Psalm 99 is on p. 751
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Luke 9:28-36
Certainly there the Lord appears
upon the mountain’s height
to stun the eyes, arrest the breath,
transform for us our sight.
This dazzle-white strikes eyes with awe;
the vision fills delight.
Elijah, Moses, Jesus stand,
discuss new exodus.
In pause, too stirred to rise, we wait
as in the cloud we gape;
the One beloved, glory-wrapped,
is chosen of our God.
Astounded, far beyond our ken,
we follow Jesus down
and keep in silence all this awe
that elevates desire.
CM Suggested tune: Selby
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer
L: We who have come to follow Jesus hear his voice, calling us to be apart for a little while.
P: We will listen and follow, and open ourselves to new visions.
L: The one who leads us will reveal to us who he is.
P: May our hearts be open to God’s bright glory, shining in the face of Christ the Son!
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. God of light and truth, you are beyond our grasp or conceiving. Before the brightness of your presence, the angels veil their faces. With lowly reverence and adoring love, we acclaim your glory and sing your praise, for you have shown us your truth and love in Jesus Christ our Savior. Help us to see him more clearly as we gather in his name, and through him to find our way to living faithfully as your children. (for we pray as he taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
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.
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.
Prayers 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.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
O God, who before the passion of your only‑begotten Son
revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that
we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be
strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his
likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Imperative in your delight, O God,
we find of Jesus breaches in design,
the close design we undertake
and not your own for glory’s sake.
Become in our reluctance all
the majesty of unbounded joy,
the presence that transfigures us
because of your unrivaled love.
Service of Table
Preparation (Invitation to Stewardship)
The wonderful works of God surround us. How will we show our gratitude? The generosity of God exceeds all our limits. How will our manner of life reflect the abundance of God’s mercy? Surely our offerings are one measure of our response.
In these gifts, O God, we acclaim you as our Lord. May they be useful to you in bringing your kingdom into full flower through the ministries of your church, we pray in Christ’s name.
Invitation to Commune
Friends, God prepares a feast for you and for all people; a feast of good things, a feast of peace. By this sacred meal, all of life is transformed by the grace of God. Come and taste. Eat and be filled. Drink deep and never thirst again.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)
Blessed are you, O God enthroned upon the cherubim, exalted over all your creation: You are our light and our hope in all generations. We acclaim you, Holy God, for when your people’s minds and hearts were hardened, you never ceased to call to us. When fear and sorrow veiled your glory from our eyes, you continued to call in the voice of your faithful ones in every age, lifting the veil and making your presence known—even to us—in your spirit of freedom.
When the time was right, in mercy you spoke to us through your Son Jesus, whom you sent to be our Savior. He walked among us, struggled beside us, ate with us sinners, and called us to a life transformed by your power and grace. Upon the mountain as he prayed with his disciples nearby, he was transformed, and in dazzling light he spoke with your prophets of old concerning the death that he would die. From the cloud, again, you spoke to your people of faith, commending to us your Chosen One.
Send your Spirit upon us gathered here out of love for you and for each other, and upon these gifts of bread and wine. Make them to be for us the body of Christ, that we who are being fashioned into his body, cleansed by his blood, may with unveiled faces behold the image of your glory in all your children, be transformed into his likeness, and by your mercy follow in his ministry with our whole hearts and with your commending word.
Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. Amen.
[if not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’”]
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Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2015. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2015 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2015; 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. http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary
Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.
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