Feb. 19

Additional resources for Disciples Congregations observing Week of Compassion may be found at Epiphany +6A, 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time and at https://www.weekofcompassion.org/uploads/1/2/4/7/124757032/woc2023_worship_resources.pdf

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:

For Transfiguration Sunday A:

Exodus 24:12-18Psalm 2 or Psalm 99
2 Peter 1:16-21

Matthew 17:1-9

OPTIONAL, if Transfiguration Sunday is to be observed during Lent:

For Epiphany +7A:

Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18

Psalm 119:33-40

1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23

Matthew 5:38-48

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

95 Jesus Shall Reign

22-All creatures of our God and King

90-Come, Christians, join to sing

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

Hymn of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2023, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18

               “You shall be holy as am I’

               thus says our God to all who stand.

               Let us praise God!

               Let us praise God!

               Provide the bounty for the poor.

               Let there be welcome at the gate.

               God is holy.  Alleluia.

               Let us be so at God’s bidding.

               Thou shalt bring honor to our God,

               fulfilling gratitude and grace.

               Let life be pure

               to serve our God!

               Truth, honor, faithfulness, and love:

               let these be welcome at the gate.

               God is holy.  Alleluia.

               Let us be so at God’s bidding.

               Love neighbor as yourself says God.

               For, yes, God is the holy One.

               Live the truth here.

               God is The Lord.

               Grudges and vengeance we forget;

               forgiving ever is our call.

               God is holy.  Alleluia.

               Let us be so at God’s bidding.

8.8.4.4.8.8.      Suggested tune: Lasst Uns Erfreuen

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

Concerning the Following Items: Except where otherwise noted, items are created or adapted by the editor.  If you are aware of source notations which are missing, please bring them to his attention.  No copyright infringement is intended, but is sure to happen.

Call to Worship   

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!

OR from ministrymatters.com

L: Lord, you have called us to the mountaintop.
P: Help us to look forward to where you would have us go.
L: Help us to listen carefully to the words of your healing love.
P: Open our hearts and spirits to receive your glorious directions.
L: Place your trust in the Lord in all your ways.
P: Lord, we have come here to give our lives to you. AMEN.

OR from ministrymatters.com

L: It is easy to stand here in the valley of our comfort.
P: We know what to expect and what is expected of us.
L: But Christ calls us to the mountain top to receive a new vision.
P: We are not sure we are ready for that.
L: Place your hope and trust in Christ, for He is your guide.
P: Let us open our hearts to Christ, ready for the vision he places before us.

OR from ministrymatters.com

L: Will you come to the highest mountain?
P: We come to worship the Lord.
L: Jesus is waiting, waiting to greet you.
P: Jesus, we come. Jesus, we’re here.

L: Come!
P: We come to worship the Lord.

OR from ministrymatters.com

L: Let the radiance of Christ be evident among us:
P: in our songs and our words;
L: in our deepest thoughts and desires;
P: in the youthful and the experienced, the exhausted and the energetic;
L: in the hungry and the scared.
P: We are here together. We join our voices and our hearts in praise.

OR from ministrymatters.com

L: As God called to Moses from the mountain,
P: we are called to be God’s people.
L: As Jesus called the disciples to climb with him to the peak of another mountain,
P: we are called to follow wherever he leads.
L: As the disciples stood in awe at the sound of God’s voice,
P: we are called to worship in wonder and praise.

OR adapted from ministrymatters.com

L: On mountaintops and in deep valleys,
P: Jesus is the light of the world.
L: On busy city streets and on quiet country lanes,
P: Jesus is the light of the world.
L: At home, at work, at play, and at rest,
P: Jesus is the light of the world. May we see one another in the light of Jesus.

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

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…”)

OR adapted from ministrymatters.com

At his baptism, O God, you reminded us that Jesus is your beloved Son with whom you are well pleased. Today we hear your words again, that we are to listen to him, to pay attention. Open our hearts, Lord, to hear his words, to follow in his footsteps, and to serve you in his spirit (for we pray as he taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

OR from ministrymatters.com

Radiant Lord, you shine with purity, power, and truth. Your mercy reflects your compassion, your care, and your love.  Transform us into your image as we seek to follow you. Use us to make your presence known throughout the world (for we pray as Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

OR from ministrymatters.com

Lord, it is good to be here—to hear your word, to share your story. Help us see your Son for who he really is. Help us listen to him, receive his forgiveness, and walk in his light (for we pray as he taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

OR from ministrymatters.com

Holy God, who revealed the Messiah on the mountain, fill us with praise, overflowing with cheers and mysterious visions. Light our way; direct our course; and energize us, for we have one more mountain to climb, through Jesus Christ, who is the light (and who taught us to pray, saying, “Our Father…”)

OR from ministrymatters.com

God of the mountaintop and of the plain, we remember today the Transfiguration of Jesus. Glorious, mysterious, and shimmering with light, you know our hearts, our triumphs, and our disasters. Take us as we are; love us as we are; join with us and transform us into your holy ones. (This we pray through Christ our Lord, who taught us to pray, saying “Our Father…”)

OR adapted from ministrymatters.com

Holy One, Light of light, God of all creation, long ago you showed yourself to the disciples in Jesus’ transfiguration—his face glowing like a bright, spring morning. Shine in us, around us, and through us, that the world may see your glory in the faces of your people—faces transfigured in the light of your love (for we pray as he taught us to pray, saying, “Our Father…”)

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

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.

OR from ministrymatters.com

We picture the mountain top experience of the disciples, Peter, James and John, chosen to go up to the mountain top with Jesus, to receive a new vision. But it wasn’t what was expected. They were awed and frightened. They didn’t know what to do. One wanted to build special festival booths for Moses, Elijah and Jesus, where people could come to receive healing and blessing. It would have been so easy to stay up on the mountain and never again to descend to the hungering valley below. But Jesus has work for us to do. We are called to receive the blessing, not for ourselves alone, but to give it to others; to offer healing, mercy, forgiveness, compassion, hope and peace. These are difficult things to do in the face of the anger and hostilities that seem to abound in the world. We are not alone. God is with us. Just as we have asked for God’s healing mercies in the prayers we have offered for others, so we are recipients of God’s love and strength. Feel the power of God’s love flooding over you, coursing through your veins, encompassing your spirit! Let God’s strength and hope abide in you. Then be prepared to go and bring that blessing to others, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

Almighty Father,

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.

Post Communion

Holy God,

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.

Additional Collect

Holy God,

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 (© 2023, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Matthew 17:1-9

            As Jesus stood transfigured on the Mount,

                        in the presence of his own

                        and the appearing of Moses and Elijah,

                                    brighten us this day, O God.

                        In our dumbfounded awe,

                                    surprise us with your light,

                                                the hint of glorious delight.

Service of Table  

While all of our congregations navigate the Sacred Board in a different way, it seems, there are common elements in most, which are provided here.  We would love to hear if your congregation has variations to these elements which we might address in the future. 

Offertory / Invitation to Give

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. Let us prepare the Table of the Lord with the fruits of our lives and our labors.

OR from ministrymatters.com

In days of old, God was seen as far from the people. But we know Christ, and in him we know God. When we share what we have out of love, our hearts grow closer to God, and we shine with Christ’s glory. Let us offer our gifts to God today.

OR adapted from ministrymatters.com

We picture the mountain top experience of the disciples chosen to go up to the mountain top with Jesus, to receive a new vision. But it wasn’t what was expected. They didn’t know what to do. It would have been so easy to stay up on the mountain and never again to descend to the hungering valley below. But Jesus has work for us to do. We are called to receive the blessing, not for ourselves alone, but to give it to others; to offer healing, mercy, forgiveness, and compassion.

Just as we have asked for God’s healing mercies in the prayers we have offered for others, so we are recipients of God’s love and strength. God’s love is coursing through your veins. Let us respond to God’s strength and hope within us by bringing forth our tithes and offerings and gifts of compassion. Then be prepared to go and take Christ’s ministry of grace to others.

Offertory Prayer

Almighty God, giver of every good and perfect gift, teach us to give to you all that we have and all that we are, that we may praise you not with our words only, but with our whole lives, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

OR from ministrymatters.com

Generous God, it is through your mercy that we have this ministry—the ministry of our talents and treasure, the ministry of our passion and purpose. Strengthen our hearts for your service, and accept the grateful offerings we lay before you. Amen.

Invitation to the Table

In revealing a glimpse of God’s glory upon the mountain, Christ prepared his people to bear the challenge and chaos of the days of his passion which was to come. Today, he prepares in us a place of refuge and rest, of glory and wonder, of peace and encouragement in the gifts of this Table. The gift of God for our salvation is Christ himself. The gift of this Table to which he calls us is Christ himself. Let us enter with joy into the mystery of our faith.

Prayer of Thanksgiving (Prayers for Bread and Cup)

(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)

O God of life and glory, upon the Mountain of Transfiguration you revealed your light within your Son Jesus Christ. As he was drawn into the brilliance of your presence, so draw us now into the wonder of your presence here among us as we receive the bread which he offers, the wine which he pours. Nourish us and send us forth in the power of your Spirit to live faithfully as your beloved children, we pray in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord.

OR
from weekofcompassion.org

Gracious God of every time and place, every people and nation, every race and clime, we come to this Table to receive these symbols of your grace, your hope, your sustenance. We come, grateful that you feed us and call on us to help you feed the whole world–body, mind, and soul–with good works of justice and healing. Thank you for that opportunity. We pray, then, that you would bless indeed these elements to our good that we might join you in doing good for this world that you love, this world that yet knows too much pain and hunger and violence. May we go from this Table refreshed and renewed, having drunk deeply from the cup of courage that we might confront all those things that hurt and maim those whom you love. In the holy name of Christ we pray.

OR (Great Thanksgiving)

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.

Great Thanksgiving from ministrymatters.com

Christ be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give our thanks to the Holy One.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
It is a right, good, and a joyful thing
always and everywhere to give you our thanks,
you who created all that is
and all that ever shall be.
On the first day of creation, you said,
“Let there be light,” and there was light;
and you called the light good.
From mountaintops to the deepest valleys,
in daylight and in the darkest shadows,
you call us to be your people.
And so, with your people on earth
and all the great cloud of witnesses in heaven,
we praise your name
and join their unending hymn:
Holy, holy, holy One, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one
who comes in your holy name.
Hosanna in the highest.
Holy are you, and holy is your child, Jesus Christ.
When he went up the mountain with his disciples,
he stood in the company of Moses and Elijah,
enveloped in the bright cloud of your presence.
When he saw that his friends were afraid,
he touched them with compassion,
freeing them from fear.
On the night in which he gave himself up
(continue Words of Institution)
do this in remembrance of me.
And so, in remembrance of your mighty acts
in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves
in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice
as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,
that we may become one with Christ,
who lived and died and rose to eternal life,
an eternal blessing for the world.
By your Spirit make us one with Christ,
one with each other, and one in ministry
to all the world, until we feast together
at the heavenly banquet in your eternal realm.
Light of light, True God of true God,
Spirit of holiness, we praise you now,
tomorrow, and forevermore.

Conclusion:  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…’

MORE…

Rev. Tim Graves offers Liturgy Bits with valuable, culturally sensitive and creatively contemplative works, well worth your time.

You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.

Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University. 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2022:  

Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2022 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker;

compilation (c) Simon Kershaw 2022; Almanac Maker (c) Simon Kershaw 2010-2022

The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright (c) the Consultation on Common Texts 1992.

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

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