GREETINGAND ANNOUNCEMENTS: Transfiguration Sunday
For it is God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
PRELUDE Patty Bell
Eternal Light, shine into our hearts.
Eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil.
Eternal Power, be our support.
Eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance.
Eternal Pity, have mercy on us.
That with all our heart and mind and soul and strength we may seek your face and be brought by your infinite mercy to your holy presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRAISE HYMN: “Seek Ye First” UMH 405
PRAYER OF TRANSFIGURATION UMH 259
PSALM 51:1-17 Preparing for Ash Wednesday UMH 785
TIME WITH THE YOUTH
HYMN: “Open My Eyes, That I May See” UMH 454
PRAYERS AND OFFERING
CALL TO CONFESSION
Every glimpse of Christ’s glory reminds us of the hope we have in him both now and for the future. It also reminds us of our own inadequacy and insufficiency. Let us go to God in prayer to confess our sin.
Merciful and forgiving Savior, like Elijah, a review of our lives reveals a mixed bag. At times we’ve displayed courage, at other times fear. Faith is co-mingled with doubt. We are compassionate one minute and holding a grudge the next. Humility is nudged aside by pride. Contentment loses ground to envy. We rely on you in obedient submission only to turn around and discover that we’ve seized the reins of control to our lives. Worry steals the peace that passes all understanding. Hopefulness dissolves into self-pity. We confess that we are broken and are powerless to change it. We need your mercy. We want to be made whole and new. We ask for your forgiveness and for you to do in us and for us what we cannot. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
All things are possible with Christ. The old self dies with Christ and the same
Spirit that renewed His life renews ours.
Friends, hear the Good News andBelieve; In Jesus Christ you are forgiven. Amen.
* PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING
Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Lord of our lives, we know you are always present to us. Help us be present to you as we prepare to hear your word as revealed in the Scriptures. Keep us alert that we might hear, and hearing, respond. Amen.
GOSPEL LESSON: Mark 9:2-9 Transfiguration PB, pg. 42
OLD TESTAMENT LESSON: 2 Kings: 2:1-12 PB, pg. 325
MESSAGE: Pastor Vicki Lerdahl
RESPONSE PRAYER UMH 353
CLOSING HYMN: “Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory” UMH 717
CIRCLE SONG: “Blest Be The Tie That Binds” UMH 557
Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love; the fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.
*Stand as you are able. The quiet room is available in the back of the sanctuary.
Bulletin/ sermon used by permission from Homiletics.