February 23rd, 2020

February 23rd, 2020
Liturgical SeasonTransfiguration Sunday
Liturgical Week
Scripture TextMatthew 17:1-9
Gist of ScriptureSpoiler Alert: Christ will rise from the dead. Christ’s Death and Resurrection are not a surprise! But he blesses his disciples with peace and comfort; touches them and reassures them before the journey toward his death and resurrection. Refreshes them and offers them a shared vision.
Special Sunday?
Call to Worship:Call to Worship
L: The light of this new day fills this sacred space;
P: as the light of Christ fills us anew with loving kindness.
L: The breeze of this new moment surrounds our frames;
P: as the breeze of the Holy Spirit sustains our songs
L: a shared vision this hour will envelop us all;
All: May we behold the living Christ as he offers us peace for our journey. Amen.
Processional:98 To God Be the Glory
Invocation:Invocation (Rev. Phil):
Announcements:Welcome to worship and invitations to discipleship (announcements) (invitation to fill out ritual of friendship tablets in the pews and invitation to stay for fellowship following the service)
Hymn2103 We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding
Prayer for UnderstandingEternal Cloud of Presence, it often takes a great deal of time and effort for us as humans to simply achieve a state of awareness and not be distracted. We operate busy lives and many thoughts and cares fill our minds. Help us, now, O God, to listen with loving kindness. To breathe deeply and let go of our preoccupations as we try to understand you more. When we become distracted in this time, remind us to be kind to ourselves, not judge ourselves too harshly for our wandering minds, but shepherd them back gently to focusing on your loving words this morning. Amen.
Scripture Reading:Matthew 17:1-9
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.
As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
Children’s Message
Choral Anthem:
Meditation:The Easter Blessing Before the Lenten Journey
Hymn:2114 At the Font We Start Our Journey
Prayers of the People
Blessing of GiftsMay these gifts we bring give voice to the song we sing–
the melody of Love and Light, the tune of seeing you aright. Amen.
Recessional Hymn:310 He Lives