SUNDAY MARCH 3, 2019
Last Sunday of Epiphany
Transfiguration of the Lord Sunday
PASTORAL GREETING Luke 9. 28–36
About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters — one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.) While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves, and told no one at that time what they had seen.
PRELUDE II. Ruhig bewegt (Sonate II) by Paul Hindemith
A time to reflect and prepare to hear God as altar candles are lit
CHORAL INTROIT Let Us Rejoice by John Yarrington
CALL TO WORSHIP
One: It is easy to stand here in the valley of our comfort.
All: We know what to expect and what is expected of us.
One: But Christ calls us to the mountain top to receive a new vision.
All: We are not sure we are ready for that.
One: Place your hope and trust in Christ, for He is your guide.
All: Let us open our hearts to Christ, ready for the vision He places before us. Amen.
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE (9:30 am)
HYMN OF PRAISE #185 When Morning Gilds the Skies
Lord, it seems so long ago that we heard your words at Jesus’ baptism. You reminded us that he is your beloved Son with whom you are well pleased. Again today we hear your words that we are to listen to him, to pay attention. Open our hearts this day, Lord, to hear the words of Jesus, to follow in his footsteps, and to serve You. For we ask this in Christ’s Name. Amen.
CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER Hear Our Prayer by John Yarrington
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
SILENT PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER
CHORAL ANTHEM Be Thou My Vision arr. by Bob Kauflin
OFFERTORY Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn BuxWV 192
by Dietrich Buxtehude
PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS
We give thee but thine own what e’er The gift may be; all that we have is thine alone a trust, O Lord, from thee. May we thy bounties thus as stewards true receive, and gladly as thou blessest us, to thee our first-fruits give.
PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #2226 Bind Us Together
Bind us together, Lord, Bind us together with cords that cannot be broken; Bind us together, Lord, bind us together, bind us together in love. There is only One God! There is only One King! There is only One Body! That is why we sing! Bind us together, Lord, Bind us together with cords that cannot be broken; Bind us together, Lord, bind us together, bind us together in love.
WRITTEN WORD Luke 9. 37–43
The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. A man in the crowd called out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him. I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.” “O unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.” Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the evil spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father. And they were all amazed at the greatness of God. — NIV
QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH
• To whom or to what do you listen to form your opinions?
• What makes it difficult to understand the Old Testament?
• How does the teaching of Jesus unlock for you the truth as revealed in the Old Testament?
• How can you be sure you are following Jesus?
TEACHING Removing the Veil
OUR COMMON CONFESSION
We want to celebrate. We don’t want to listen. We want to stay on the mountaintop with Jesus and set up a festival where everyone can come and play and have a good time. We want our faith to be one of entertainment. But you have called us to “Listen to Him!” You have asked us to be ready for the journey. We cannot stay where we are, comfortable and snuggled down in the familiar. There is much to be done. Forgive us, Lord, when we are stubborn and willful. Remind us that you are with us, wherever we are. You call us from the mountaintop to go to the valley where there is struggle and strife; where healing is needed. Prepare us, Lord, for the journey. Help us to listen to you. Heal us, Lord. For we ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
CONSECRATION & SHARING OF THE LORDS SUPPER
Ushers will come forward to serve the congregation in the pews. All are welcome to partake in Holy Communion
CLOSING HYMN #2167 More Like You
BLESSING Go Now in Peace
Go now in peace. Never be afraid. God will go with you each hour of every day. Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true. Know He will guide you in all you do. Go now in love, and show you believe. Reach out to others so all the world can see. God will be there watching from above. Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.
POSTLUDE Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort attributed to D Buxtehude (J Pachelbel?)