TGUC Order Of Worship 21-02-14

TrinityGrace United Church

Transfiguration Sunday

February 14, 2021

Sermon – Seeing Clearly
Gospel of Mark, Chapter 9.2-9
Service: “Seeing Clearly” -Transfiguration

Land Acknowledgment
Preparing to Worship
Video Intro: Song of the Transfigurationby David Haas

Call to Worship (One/All)
One: God said, “Let light shine in the darkness!”
All: Christ, shine your light into our lives.
One: We see the glory of God in the face of Christ.
All: The light of Christ is with us day by day.

Opening Prayer (One/All)

God of grace and glory,
to this worried world, you reveal your presence
in radiant glory and in gentle whispers,
on mountain tops and in shadowed valleys,
in classrooms and hospital beds,
in homes and churches,
in the quiet of nature and on busy streets.

Yours is the presence that pushes past our fear to calm us;
yours is the love that transforms our doubt with reassurance.
We come to dwell in your goodness
and be sustained in your grace.

God of mercy and forgiveness,
we confess that many things keep us
from trusting fully in your love.

We are ofen distracted by
our own desires and disappointments.
We cling to anger and resentment.
We fear for the future rather than seek signs of hope.
Forgive us.

Shine your love upon us
so that your glory may be revealed to us,
and your glory may be seen in us.
Give us courage to follow Christ
wherever the path may lead.

Hymn: “GOD, WHOSE LOVE IS REIGNING O’ER US”    (Voices United 399)

God, whose love is reigning o’er us
Source of all, the ending true
Hear the universal chorus
Raised in joyful praise to you:
Hallelujah, hallelujah,
Worship ancient, worship new.

Word of God from nature bringing
Springtime green and autumn gold,
Mountain streams like children singing,
Ocean waves like thunder bold.
Hallelujah, hallelujah,
As creation’s tale is told.

Covenant, new again in Jesus,
Star-child born to set us free;
Sent to heal us, sent to teach us
How love’s children we might be.
Hallelujah, hallelujah,
Risen Christ, our Saviour, he!

Lift we then our human voices
In the songs that faith would bring;
Live we then in human choices
Lives that, like our music, sing:
Hallelujah, hallelujah,
Joined in love our praises ring!

Reading: Gospel of Mark (ch.9: 2-9)    Jesus is transfigured

2Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high
mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3and his clothes
became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. 4And there
appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

5Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three
dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6He did not know what to say,
for they were terrified.

7Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my
Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” 8Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one
with them any more, but only Jesus.

9As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what
they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10So they kept
the maler to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead could mean.

Reader: This is the witness of our ancestors in faith.
All: Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.


Affirmation of Faith (All)
We believe that the day is coming
when God’s grace will change the human heart,
and we will live as one with every living thing.

We believe that the day is coming
when Christ’s compassion will fill the earth,
and no one will do harm, be hurt, or feel alone.

We believe that the day is coming
when the Spirit’s freedom will unbind our souls,
and we will live generous lives for each other
with a joy no circumstance can alter.

We believe this day is coming,
and we wait for it with steadfast hope –
at work, at play, at rest;
on the mountaintop and in the valley,
and everywhere in between.

For God has promised it, and God is faithful.

Hymn: “O CHRIST THE WORD INCARNATE”    (Voices United 499)

O Christ the Word incarnate,
O wisdom from on high
O truth unchanged, unchanging,
O light of our dark sky.
We praise you for the radiance
that from the hallowed page,
A lantern to our footsteps,
shines on from age to age.

Your people hold this treasure
from you, its source divine,
A light that to all ages
throughout the earth will shine.
It is the chart and compass
that all life’s voyage through,
Mid mists and rocks and tempest,
still guides, O Christ, to you.

O make your church, dear Saviour,
a lamp of purest gold,
To bear before all people
your Christ-light as of old.
O teach your wandering pilgrims
by this their path to trace,
Till, cloud and darkness ended,
they see you face to face.

The Prayers of the People

The Prayer of the Disciples (The Lord’s Prayer)
Our loving God,
Creation is holy; life is mystery.
The kin-dom is the world we live,
The earth and the heavens.

May we this day have bread to eat.
May we plant seeds of grace.
May we forgive those who grieve us dearly.
May we be spared trials too great to bear.
May evil be vanquished.

With our lives,
may we strive to be love and light,
Now and forever.

Hymn: “WHEN LONG BEFORE TIME” (Voices United 248)

When long before =me and the worlds were begun,
When there was no earth and no sky and no sun,
And all was deep silence and night reigned supreme,
And even our Maker had only a dream…

The silence was broken when God sang the Song,
And light pierced the darkness and rhythm began;
And with its first birth-cries creation was born,
And creaturely voices sang praise to the morn.

The sounds of the creatures were one with their Lord’s,
Their harmonies sweet and befinng the Word;
The Singer was pleased as the earth sang the Song,
The choir of the creatures re-echoed it long.

Though, down through the ages, the Song disappeared,
Its harmonies broken and almost unheard;
The Singer comes to us to sing it again,
Our God is with us in the world, now as then.

The Light has returned as it came once before,
The Song of our God is our own song once more;
So let us all sing with one heart and one voice
The Song of the Singer in whom we rejoice.

To you, God the Singer, our voices we raise,
To you, Song Incarnate, we give all our praise;
To you, Holy Spirt, our life and our breath,
Be glory forever, through life and through death.

Sending & Blessing
Sung Response
Amen, Amen, Alleluia, Amen
Amen, Amen, Alleluia, Amen!

Sharing Peace You are invited to take a moment to share a sign or word of peace with others.