Worship on St. Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2021; The Transfiguration of the Lord, Year B

May be artTHE GATHERING         

Gathering Music “Blessed Be the Lord” Campfire Songbook p. 15

Welcome and Announcements    

  • Zoom Bible Study for Presbyterian Women – through Corvallis FPC Sarah Circle

Prelude: “I Hear Thy Welcome Voice” by John Purifoy

Call to Worship

The glory of God shines                           Ps. 50:1, 3; 2 Cor. 4:6;

like a consuming fire.                                                   Mark 9:7

We have seen the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

The voice of God thunders like a mighty storm.

Out of the cloud, God speaks: This is my beloved Son; listen to him!

Let us pray:

Prayer of the Day    

Holy and mighty God,                                Ps. 50:1, 5; Mark 9:7

gather us among your faithful ones,

the people of your covenant,

to stand in the light of your glory

and listen for the word of the Lord,

Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Hymn #191 “We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding”

Invitation to Healing

God alone is righteous;                                              Ps. 50:2, 6

God alone is perfect; God alone is judge. Yet this holy, righteous God comes to us in love, to save us. Rejoicing in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.

Prayer of Wholeness

God of all glory, beauty, and grace, we have tried to hide from you—to hide our faces, to hide our sin—yet you have never hidden your love for us. We have tried to search for you—in temples, in clouds, on mountaintops—yet you have already revealed yourself to us in the face of Jesus Christ. Forgive us, and transform us so that our lives may shine with your glory, beauty, and grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  Please continue in silent prayer 

Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy

Assurance of Pardon and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Sung Response #591 “Halle, Halle, …(chorus twice)

Celebrating Joys and where we have seen God at work

Hymn #628: “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord” 

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Speak to us, O Lord our God, and let the fire of your Spirit burn brightly in our hearts. Open our minds to receive the wisdom of the law, the hope of the prophets, and the life of the gospel: Jesus Christ, your living Word. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: 2 Kings 2:1-12

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Second Gospel Reading: Mark 9:2-9

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Interactive Exploration: The Transfiguration~ Pastor Scott

Please spend several moments in silent reflection 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn: #104 “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ Adapted from James 3:13 & 17

“Live well, live wisely, live humbly.  It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings….”  ~ The Message

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

The Lord’s Prayer “…debts…debtors…”

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry: “Ash Wednesday” ~ Malcolm Guite

Receive this cross of ash upon your brow

Brought from the burning of Palm Sunday’s cross;

The forests of the world are burning now

And you make late repentance for the loss.

But all the trees of God would clap their hands,

The very stones themselves would shout and sing,

If you could covenant to love these lands

And recognize in Christ their lord and king.

He sees the slow destruction of those trees,

He weeps to see the ancient places burn,

And still you make what purchases you please

And still to dust and ashes you return.

But Hope could rise from ashes even now

Beginning with this sign upon your brow.[1] 

Doxology:

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Christ all creatures here below!

Praise Holy Spirit evermore!

Praise Triune God whom we adore!  Amen!

Prayer of Dedication:

For your gifts that live all around us in creation, O God, we give you thanks.  For your gifts that come from the servanthood of your Son, O God, we give you praise. For the gifts that arise in our daily lives through the work of your Holy Spirit, O God, we give you thanks.  Make these gifts flourish on earth to your glory, Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn #744 “Arise, Your Light Is Come”

Charge:

Go as the young servant of Naaman this day, filled with the truth of the prophet’s word that there is a healing for the least and the greatest among us. Speak peace, teach kindness, and be ye glad.

Blessing:

May God’s blessings attend you this and every day. You are not alone.  Go in peace.

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Questions for Reflection

The Old Testament reading for today presents Elijah as a “new Moses”—striking the Jordan with his mantle and causing its waters to part so that he and Elisha could pass through on dry ground (2 Kgs. 2:8). The Gospel reading builds on this comparison by placing Moses and Elijah together at Jesus’ transfiguration (Mark 9:4). There is also a parent-child dynamic in each of these passages. Elisha asks to receive a “double share” of Elijah’s spirit (2 Kgs. 2:9)—the appointed inheritance of a firstborn son (see Deut. 21:17). At the transfiguration, God’s voice from the cloud bestows on Jesus the mantle of divine authority: “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” What do these constellations of relationships suggest to you? How do they help you to understand the transfiguration of Jesus? How is Jesus a fulfillment of the law (Moses) and the prophets (Elijah)? (See also Luke 24:44.) How is Jesus revealed to be God’s Son, and what does that mean for us? (See also Luke 3:22, 38.)

Household Prayer: Morning

God of glory, I greet you at the dawning of this day. Let my life proclaim Christ Jesus and the good news of the gospel from the rising of the sun to its setting; to the glory of your name. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

God of glory, I greet you at the ending of this day.  Overshadow me with your peace so that I may rest in your presence from the setting of the sun to its rising; to the glory of your name. Amen.

[1] Malcolm Guite, The Word in the Wilderness: A Poem a Day for Lent and Easter (London: Canterbury Press Norwhich, 2014).

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