February 27, 2022

Organ Prelude:  Beautiful Savior, adapted from F. Christiansen – James Shaw on Organ

Call to Worship                    BOW 318
L: The Lord is Sovereign; let the people tremble in awe.
P: God is enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth shake.
L: The Lord is great in Zion and is high above all peoples.
P: Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God, and worship Yahweh upon the holy mountain.

Opening Prayer         UMH 259   Terry Guers (R)
Holy God, upon the mountain you revealed our Messiah, who by his death and resurrection would fulfill both the law and the prophets. By his transfiguration enlighten our path that we may dare to suffer with him in the service of humanity and so share in the everlasting glory of him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever. Amen.

Favorite Hymn                      Shine Jesus Shine                    FWS 2173
1. Shine, Jesus, shine
Fill this land with the Father’s glory
Blaze, Spirit, blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river, flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth your word
Lord, and let there be light
Lord, the light of your love is shining
In the midst of the darkness, shining
Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us
Set us free by the truth you now bring us
Shine on me, shine on me

2. Shine, Jesus, shine
Fill this land with the Father’s glory
Blaze, Spirit, blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river, flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth your word
Lord, and let there be light
Lord, I come to your awesome presence
From the shadows into your radiance
By the blood I may enter your brightness
Search me, try me, consume all my darkness
Shine on me, shine on me

3. Shine, Jesus, shine
Fill this land with the Father’s glory
Blaze, Spirit, blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river, flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth your word
Lord, and let there be light
As we gaze on your kingly brightness
So our faces display your likeness
Ever changing from glory to glory
Mirrored here may our lives tell your story
Shine on me, shine on me

First Reading – Exodus 34:29-35                     Terry Guers (R)
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.

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Chancel Choir Offertory:  Beautiful Savior, Silesian Folk Tune
              Beautiful Savior, King of Creation, Son of God and Son of Man!
              Truly I’d love thee, Truly I’d serve thee, Light of my soul, my joy, my crown.  
              Fair are the meadows, Fair are the woodlands, Robed in flow’rs of blooming spring;
              Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer, He makes our sorrowing spirit sing.
              Fair is the sunshine, fair is the moonlight, Bright the sparkling stars on high;
              Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer Than all the angels in the sky.
              Beautiful Savior, Lord of the nations, Son of God and Son of Man!
              Glory and honor, Praise, adoration, Now and forevermore be thine!

Offertory Prayer                   WSL 111
Holy God, we give you ourselves, captive and free, shaped by forces beyond our control, yet open to the power of your Spirit. Through us, and our gifts, may others know that when anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation, and that the old ways ends, and new life begins for everyone. Amen

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The Lord’s Prayer
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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Hymn             When Morning Gilds the Sky                          UMH 185
1. When morning gilds the skies my heart awaking cries: May Jesus Christ be praised! Alike at work and prayer, to Jesus I repair: May Jesus Christ be praised!

2. The night becomes as day when from the heart we say: May Jesus Christ be praised! The powers of darkness fear when this sweet chant they hear: May Jesus Christ be praised!

3. Let all the earth around ring joyous with the sound: May Jesus Christ be praised! In heaven’s eternal bliss the loveliest strain is this: May Jesus Christ be praised!

4. Be this, while life is mine, my canticle divine: May Jesus Christ be praised! Be this th’eternal song through all the ages long: May Jesus Christ be praised!

Second Reading – Luke 9:28-36
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.

Message          Rev. Mandy Miller

Hymn             Christ, Upon the Mountain Peaks                  UMH 260
1. Christ, upon the mountain peak, stands alone in glory blazing; let us, if we dare to speak, with the saints and angels praise him: Alleluia!

2. Trembling at his feet we saw Moses and Elijah speaking. All the prophets and the law shout thru them their joyful greeting: Alleluia!

3. Swift the cloud of glory came, God proclaiming in its thunder Jesus as the Son by name! Nations, cry aloud in wonder: Alleluia!

4. This is God’s beloved Son! Law and prophets fade before him; first and last and only one, let creation now adore him: Alleluia!


Organ Postlude:  Postlude on “Azmon”, Don Phillips. Based on the tune “Azmon” (UMH 57)

Hymns and Prayers used under CCLS# 2049575 / Hymns and Prayers for Streaming CCSL #20468685/ Bible readings from New Revised Standard Version.