3/3/19 Transfiguration of Our Lord and Holy Communion

CELEBRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION

Transfiguration of Our Lord

 

INTRODUCTION

Witnesses to the glory of God in the face of Jesus will be unable to avoid reflecting that glory in the world. It was true for Moses. It was doubtless true for Peter, James, and John. We pray that it will be true of all of us who see the glory of the Lord in the word and in the supper and who are being “transformed into the same image” by the Spirit of God.

Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday”) is a festival that marks the end of the time prior to Lenten fasting. In many locations around the world, notably New Orleans in the US, there are several days of parties, parades, food, and jazz music. We are happy to welcome Fessor Hurst And His Windy Hill Wizzards Ragtime and Jazz Orchestra, who will provide New Orleans style jazz for today’s celebration.

 

PRELUDE: Shall We Gather at the River- Robert Lowry, arr. Joel Matthys

 

GREETING AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

*CALL TO WORSHIP & PRAYER OF THE DAY (Luke 9:35)

Alleluia. This is my Son, my Chosen,

listen to him! Alleluia.

Holy God, mighty and immortal, you are beyond our knowing, yet we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ. Transform us into the likeness of your Son, who renewed our humanity so that we may share in his divinity, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

*GATHERING HYMN Peace Like a River- American traditional song

 

PRAYER OF RECONCILIATION                                          

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

 

Blessed be the Holy Trinity, + one God,

who creates us and forms us,

who redeems us and calls us,

who unites us and sends us.

 

Gathered in God’s presence, let us confess our sin.

 

Silence is kept for reflection.

 

Mighty and loving God,

we confess that we are captive to sin

and cannot free ourselves.

We seek our own way.

We divide the body of Christ.

In your mercy, cleanse us and heal us.

Let the words of our mouths,

the thoughts of our hearts,

and everything that we do

be filled with faith, hope, and love.

 

Hear the voice of Jesus:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me

to proclaim release to the captives.”

In the name of + Jesus Christ,

I proclaim to you

that your sins are forgiven and you are released.

The joy of the Lord is your strength,

and the gifts of the Holy Spirit are yours forever.

 

*THE PEACE

Since God has embraced us in, with and through Jesus the Christ, let us then strive to be reconciled with one another and seek just reconciliation in the world. The Peace of Christ be with you all. And also with you.

 

CHILDREN’S TIME

ALL SING # 487 These Treasured Children (verse 1 & 4)

 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

God of shining splendor, your voice makes the earth tremble in wonder. Overshadow us with your Spirit so that we may hear your Word and live as faithful disciples and covenant people; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

FIRST READING: Exodus 34:29-35           KEN

Moses’ face shone with the reflected glory of God after he received the ten commandments on Mount Sinai. The sight caused the Israelites to be afraid, so Moses wore a veil to mask the radiance of God’s glory, taking it off when he spoke directly with God.

 

29Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. 30When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him. 31But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them. 32Afterward all the Israelites came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. 33When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face; 34but whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin of his face was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

 

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

GOSPEL: Luke 9:28-43a                                      CHRISTIAN

The conversation about Jesus’ suffering and death is enclosed in a dazzling foreshadowing of the resurrection. God affirms Jesus’ identity, the disciples are stunned speechless, and Jesus resumes his mission with a demonstration of his power over evil.

 

28Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. 31They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. 34While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 35Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen listen to him!” 36When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

[37On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. 38Just then a man from the crowd shouted, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son; he is my only child. 39Suddenly a spirit seizes him, and all at once he shrieks. It convulses him until he foams at the mouth; it mauls him and will scarcely leave him. 40I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” 41Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” 42While he was coming, the demon dashed him to the ground in convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 43And all were astounded at the greatness of God.]

 

The Gospel of Our Lord.

Praise to you Lord Christ.

 

A BRIEF TEACHING

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

United as one body in Christ, let us pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.

 

A brief silence.

 

We pray for the church. Open us to listen to your word and to do your will. Direct us in paths of faithful service that reflect your love. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

 

For the earth, your beloved creation and our fragile home; for mountains and prairies; for cities and wilderness areas. Renew places we have neglected or misused. Where natural disasters have altered the land, help us to honor nature’s healing. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

 

For the nations. Shine the light of truth into world relationships hindered by mistrust or misunderstanding. Bring freedom and stability to all nations. Shelter those who have been displaced by war, famine, or natural disaster. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

 

For those in need. Free those who struggle with shame or guilt. Bring clarity to those whose judgment is clouded by fear. Comfort those who grieve, and heal the sick (especially). Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

 

For this assembly. Deepen our faith and understanding. Guide our ministries of hospitality and outreach. Renew us in the baptismal promise to care for others and the world you have made. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

 

Here other intercessions may be offered.

 

With thanksgiving, we remember those who have died. This week we commemorate: Ansgar; Katharine Drexel; Cornelius the Centurion; The Martyrs of Japan; Alfonso Maria Fusco; Colette; Martyrs of Nicomedia;

Jerome Emiliani; Marianus Scotus; and Catherine of Bologna. Inspire us by their example and bring us with them into the eternal light of your presence. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

 

Receive our prayers and fill us with the radiance of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

INVITATION TO DISCIPLESHIP & STEWARDSHIP                                            

God of majesty and light, you hold the world in your hand.  We praise you that in Jesus Christ all people may see your glory. We thank you for revealing Jesus to be your Son, and for claiming our lives in baptism
to be his glad disciples. By your Spirit, may peace descend upon us that we may follow him with grateful hearts. Take us and all we have to be useful in your service, God of all nations, in the gracious name of Jesus Christ, your Son, by the power of your Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

 

During this time of offering, you are encouraged to take a moment to be in prayer with God and reflect on what it means to be a student or disciple of Jesus Christ. The Gospel understanding of discipleship is a way of being in the world that affects every relationship. Disciples shape one another according to the action of the Spirit in their lives. The energy of the disciples flows from faith in what is unseen yet believed. At its very core, discipleship is a call to love so radical that it never gives up on God, one’s neighbor, or one’s self. How is God calling you to use your gifts, talents, time and resources to love radically, especially as a part of this worshipping community?

 

Offerings and tithes will be collected by the ushers in the Narthex (the great entrance hall) following worship. If you would like to make an offering using your smartphone or tablet, go to www.SouthminsterChurch.org and click on the Donate link.

 

OFFERTORY: Just a Closer Walk with Thee- American traditional song

 

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION

God of all creation, all you have made is good, and your love endures forever. You bring forth bread from the earth and fruit from the vine.

Nourish us with these gifts, that we might be for the world signs of your gracious presence in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE           

Come to the table.

Feast on God’s abundant life for you.

Great God of dazzling beauty and overshadowing majesty, in Jesus Christ, your beloved, we glimpse the image of your glory. As all are welcomed and gather at your Table, teach us to listen to your voice and follow your holy way;  through Jesus Christ our Lord,  who lives and reigns with you  in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING (EUCHARIST)

The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

God of Moses and Elijah,

you come to us in a whirlwind of mystery,
a swirling tempest, a devouring fire.

Yet you come to us—

speaking faithfulness and mercy,
shining light in our darkness,
offering forgiveness for our sin.

 

We give you thanks for Jesus Christ,
the light of the world—

shining at the dawn of creation,
shining in our hearts this day
with a splendor that overshadows

all the beauty of heaven and earth.
In his face we have seen your glory;

through his words we have heard your truth;
by his living and dying and rising

we have come to know

the height and breadth and depth
of your great love.

With thanksgiving, we remember
the bread of life—

taken, blessed, broken, and given
that we might be holy and whole.

With thanksgiving we remember
the cup of salvation—

your new covenant of grace,
poured out in love for the world.

Remembering your faithfulness and mercy
as we share this bread and cup,

we offer ourselves in your service
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Now let us share in your Holy Spirit—
poured out in this place, for these people,
upon this bread and cup.

In your Spirit make us one people—
one in the promise of Moses,

one in the prophecy of Elijah,
one in the body of Christ

as we seek to proclaim the good news.
Let our lives shine with Christ’s light—
a blessing of joy to the living,

a beacon of hope to the dying,
a sign of your new creation.

 

All this we pray to you, O God,
through the gift of your Spirit
and in the grace of your Word,

to the glory of your holy name,

as we join our voices with all the saints

transformed in your glory:

Our Father

who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our debts,

as we forgive our debtors;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom

and the power

and the glory, forever.

 

BREAKING OF BREAD

Come to the table.

Feast on God’s abundant life for you.

 

We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.

 

In the same way Jesus took the cup, saying:

This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.

 

Come to the table.

Feast on God’s abundant life for you.

 

HOLY COMMUNION

All are welcome to the Lord’s Table. As a matter of hospitality, all communion bread is gluten-free and the wine is non-alcoholic. Please come to the Table by the center aisle, receive a piece of bread, dip it into the cup, commune, and then return to your pew by the outer aisles. If you are not able to comfortably come forward for communion, a server will come to you.

 

DURING COMMUNION: When We All Get to Heaven- American traditional song

 

PRAYERS AFTER COMMUNION & BLESSING

We thank you, O God, that you have fed us at your banqueting table with bread and wine beyond compare, the very life of Christ for us. Send your Spirit with us now, that we may set the captive free, use your gifts to build one another up, and in everything reflect your glory revealed in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

Compassionate God, as Jesus called disciples to follow him, bless those who go forth to share your word and sacrament with those who are sick, homebound, or imprisoned. May these gifts be signs of our love and prayers, that through the sharing of the body and blood of Christ, all may know your grace and healing revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The God of glory dwell in you richly, name you beloved, and shine brightly on your path; and the blessing of almighty God, the Father, the + Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you always. Amen.

 

*HYMN Down by the Riverside- American spiritual, arr. Kit Johnson

 

BENEDICTION

 

POSTLUDE: When the Saints Go Marching In- American spiritual, arr. Kit Johnson

 

NOTES: Order of service and content is in accord with the Presbyterian Church’s Directory for Worship. Prayers are from the Sundays and Seasons (Year C), Glory to God Hymnal on-line, and the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship (2018).

 

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, wherever the “+” appears within the liturgy. The sign of the cross, as explained and demonstrated in the 2018 edition of the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship, is an ancient silent form of prayer which dates to the early 1st-century church. A typical pattern for making the sign of the cross involves holding your thumb and first two fingers together (as a sign of the Trinity) and touching your forehead, lower chest, and both shoulders.

 

MUSIC CONTRIBUTORS:

‘Fessor Hurst And His Windy Hill Wizzards Ragtime and Jazz Orchestra:

Chuck Borth, clarinet

J. Michael Hillmer, tuba

Gary Huber, drums

Craig Hurst, trumpet

Darren Krzycki, guitar

Mark Wampfler, piano

Dave Smith, trombone

 

 

COMMEMORATIONS THIS WEEK:

MARCH

3        Ansgar [Anskar] (c. 801– 865)

Katharine Drexel (1858-1955)

4        Cornelius the Centurion (Acts 10: 1– 48)

5        The Martyrs of Japan (1597)

6        Alfonso Maria Fusco (1839– 1910)

Colette (1380-1447)

7        Martyrs of Nicomedia (303)

8        Jerome Emiliani (1481– 1537)

9        Marianus Scotus [Muirdach MacRobartaigh] (d. 1088)

Catherine of Bologna (1413-1463)

 

Presbyterian Church. Book of Common Worship. Presbyterian Publishing. Kindle Edition.

 

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