*Those that are able are invited to stand
- Gathering into worship -
Welcome and Announcements
Introit “When Morning Gilds the Skies” Choir
*Call to Worship
As we gather this day, each of us brings something to worship –
We bring the burdens of the week.
We bring prayers of hope, and prayers of anguish.
We bring our voices, and our offerings, and our questions.
We bring our faith, tattered or whole as it may be.
We bring all this to each other and to God, whom we worship today.
*Hymn “Christ upon the Mountain Peak” UMH #260
- Meditation on God’s word -
Special Music Jason Born
Scripture Luke 9:28-36 (37-43)
Message Transfiguration Rev. Sandra Marsh-McClain
Hymn “Take Time to Be Holy” UMH #395
Silent Prayer/Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer
- Celebrating the Sacrament -
The Great Thanksgiving
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
God of all times and all places, God
of the infinite and infinitesimal, in the blazing splendor of your glory you
called forth light from darkness, day from night, land from oceans, and life in
all its dazzling array from lifeless matter.
Among the living you made and called humankind imprinting upon us your image, to be bearers of your glory in the world.
Though we failed to shine, and hid your image within us, you continued to call us into fellowship with you and to fulfill your mission for us through prophets, scriptures, priests,
and a people you redeemed for yourself.
And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
Holy are you, and blessed is your
Son Jesus Christ.
In him we see the fullness of your glory revealed in human form.
Born into poverty, he fulfilled his mother's song, that you would fill the hungry with good things, and send the rich empty away.
Declaring the nearness of your kingdom, he forgave sinners, cast out demons, raised the dead, restored the blind and lame, visited the sick, the prisoners and the needy, and gathered disciples to continue to declare the good news in word and deed, transfiguring the world in the power of your Holy Spirit.
By the baptism of his suffering, death and resurrection you gave birth to your church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.
On the night in which he gave
himself up for us he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it
to his disciples, and said:
"Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
When he supper was over, he took the
cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:
"Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
And so, in remembrance of these your
mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ's offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us
gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them to be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.
By your Spirit, make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet.
Through your Son Jesus Christ,
With the Holy Spirit in your holy church,
All honor and glory is yours, almighty Father,
Now and forever.
Hymn “I Come With Joy” UMH #617
Sharing the Lord’s Supper
- Sharing our blessings –
Offering Jason Born
*Doxology “Glory Be to the Father” UMH #70
*Prayer of Thanksgiving
Transforming God, we come to your altar this morning, knowing that in our giving and in our living, we have often put “just enough” into living our faith so as not to impact our lifestyle or cause too much discomfort. We have been reluctant to let go of our affinity for the things of this world; and in our attachments, we have often missed the opportunity for the transformed lives you desire for us. May our offering this morning be an invitation to living a life radically transformed by your power, love, and grace. We pray this in the mighty love of Jesus. Amen.
- Taking the Word to the World -
*Hymn “Christ Is the World’s Light” UMH #188
905 Mifflin Ave
Pastor: Rev. Kelly Smith
March 3, 2019