Worship Bulletin for March 3, 2019

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

COMMON PRAYER

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

SENDING 

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?)