Bulletin for February 26

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

GREETING & PRELUDE  in silence, please prepare your heart for worship

Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier BWV 730/731 – J S Bach

CHORAL INTROIT                              Let Us Rejoice! – John Yarrington

GATHERING WORDS                        Matthew 17. 1-5

*HYMN                                          Open The Eyes of My Heart

Open the eyes of my heart Lord, Open the eyes of my heart, 

I want to see You, I want to see You! 

Open the eyes of my heart Lord, Open the eyes of my heart, 

I want to see You, I want to see You!

To see You high and lifted up, shining in the light of Your glory

Pour out Your power and love as we sing holy, holy, holy

Holy, holy, holy; Holy, holy, holy; Holy, holy, holy, I want to see You.

Holy, holy, holy; Holy, holy, holy; Holy, holy, holy, I want to see You.

To see You high and lifted up, shining in the light of Your glory

Pour out Your power and love as we sing holy, holy, holy

Holy, holy, holy; Holy, holy, holy; Holy, holy, holy,

I want to see You, I want to see you.

OPENING PRAYER

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. Light our way; direct our course; and energize us, for we have more mountains to climb. Amen. 

GIFT OF MUSIC On Faith Alone (Sola Fide)               Alleluia Choir

Robert White Johnson, Al Denson, Karla and Scott Pierre, Arr. by Tom Fettke

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER     Hear Our Prayer – John Yarrington

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

CHORAL ANTHEM                   Christ Is the World’s Light                                Chancel Choir

Fred Pratt Green & K. Lee Scott

OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD

Bourées I & II (III Cello-Suite BWV 1009) – J S Bach

*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS      We Give Thee But Thine Own

*PASSING OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST

*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS No. 2224 (FWS)  Make Us One Lord

THE WRITTEN WORD 2 Peter 1. 16-21

QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

On what basis does Peter claim his spiritual authority?

How would you answer someone who asked you why they should believe the Scriptures are God’s Word?

What does it really mean for us to follow Jesus?

HYMN No. 596       Blessed Jesus, at Thy Word

MEDITATION                   The Basis of Our Certainty                          Dr. Brian Homan                           

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Light of light, True God of true God – as you spoke from the pillar of cloud to Moses and the people so you spoke from the bright cloud to Jesus and his disciples.  May your word live through us today, that our world of sorrow may be transfigured into joy.  Amen.

*CLOSING HYMN No. 529          How Firm a Foundation

  

THE SENDING TO SERVE                               

*BENEDICTION                                 Go Now In Peace

POSTLUDE                     Finale Allegro (Concerto Op 4 No 4) – G F Handel

Please join us for continued fellowship over refreshments in Fellowship Hall.

Those desiring to receive Christ or to pray with the pastor are invited

to meet with him in the Prayer Room off of the Fellowship Hall.