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Pam Smith
Pam Smith
Sunday, February 14, 2021

Order of Worship
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Transfiguration of Our Lord 


Introduction to the day
The Sundays after Epiphany began with Jesus’ baptism and end with three disciples’ vision of his transfiguration. In Mark’s story of Jesus’ baptism, apparently only Jesus sees the Spirit descending and hears the words from heaven. But now Jesus’ three closest friends hear the same words naming him God’s Beloved. As believers, Paul writes, we are enabled to see the God-light in Jesus’ face, because the same God who created light in the first place has shone in our hearts to give us that vision. The light of God’s glory in Jesus has enlightened us through baptism and shines in us also for others to see.

In the Name of the Father and + of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Hymn       How Good, Lord, to Be Here!    ELW 315

How good, Lord, to be here!
Your glory fills the night;
your face and garments, like the sun,
shine with unborrowed light.

How good, Lord, to be here!
your beauty to behold
where Moses and Elijah stand,
your messengers of old.

Fulfiller of the past
and hope of things to be,
we hail your body glorified
and our redemption see.

Before we taste of death,
we see your kingdom come;
we long to hold the vision bright
and make this hill our home.

How good, Lord, to be here!
Yet we may not remain;
but since you bid us leave the mount,
come with us to the plain.

Confession and Forgiveness

God alone is righteous; 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.

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.

Our God comes and does not keep silence; God speaks to us with grace and love,
saying: You are my beloved child.

This is the good news of the gospel: In +Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, the resplendent light of your truth shines from the mountaintop into our hearts. Transfigure us by your beloved Son, and illumine the world with your image, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

First Reading      2 Kings 2:1-12
Today’s reading centers on the transfer of power and authority from the prophet Elijah to Elisha. Their travels, which retrace the path of Joshua back to Moab (the place where Moses died) and the parting of the waters, demonstrate that Elisha and Elijah are legitimate successors of the great prophet Moses.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God. 

Psalm 50:1-6
Out of Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth in glory. (Ps. 50:2)

1The mighty one, God the Lord, has spoken;
calling the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
2Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty,
God shines forth in glory.
3Our God will come and will not keep silence;
with a consuming flame before, and round about a raging storm.
4God calls the heavens and the earth from above
to witness the judgment of the people.
5“Gather before me my loyal followers,
those who have made a covenant with me and sealed it with sacrifice.”
6The heavens declare the rightness of God’s cause,
for it is God who is judge.

Second Reading      2 Corinthians 4:3-6
The spotlight of Christian ministry is not on the people who carry out ministry but on the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as God made light shine at creation, God makes the light of Jesus Christ shine in our lives through Christian ministry.

The word of the Lord.    
Thanks be to God. 

Gospel        Mark 9:2-9
Mark’s gospel presents the transfiguration as a preview of what would become apparent to Jesus’ followers after he rose from the dead. Confused disciples are given a vision of God’s glory manifest in the beloved Son.

The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.


Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
   creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
   who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
   born of the virgin Mary,
   suffered under Pontius Pilate,
   was crucified, died, and was buried;
   he descended to the dead.
   On the third day he rose again;
   he ascended into heaven,
   he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
   and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
   the holy catholic church,
   the communion of saints,
   the forgiveness of sins,
   the resurrection of the body,   
   and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the People
Guided by Christ made known to the nations, let us offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all people in need.

A brief silence. 

For the gospel proclaimed in word and deed, for communities of faith far and near, and for all who show the face of Christ throughout the world, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

For creation: sun, moon and stars; life forming in the dark earth and ocean deep; mountains, clouds and storms, and creatures seen and unseen, and for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in our stewardship of God’s creation, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

For those responsible for safety and protection: for emergency responders and security guards, attorneys and advocates, civil servants and leaders of governments, that they witness to mercy and justice throughout the world, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

For all who suffer this day, particularly Alena, Jenna, Marilyn, Jerod & Julia, Nick, Julie, Jean, Marcella, Michael, Anne, JoAnn, Sandy, Beth, Johnny, Lorry & Allen, Betty, Dione, Theresa, Dottie, Tim, Henry, Mary, Greg, Ann Joyce, Barbara, & Shelby, that Christ our healer transform sickness into health, loneliness into companionship, bereavement into consolation, and suffering into peace, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

For companions on life’s journey in this worshiping community, for loved ones who cannot be with us this day, and for guidance during struggles we face, that God’s glory is revealed around and among us, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

In thanksgiving for the faithful departed who now rest from their earthly pilgrimage, that their lives of service and prayer inspire us in our living, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.

Merciful God, hear the prayers of your people, spoken or silent, for the sake of the one who dwells among us, your Son, Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.

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 and ever. Amen.

Offering Prayer
Good and loving God, we rejoice in the birth of Jesus, who came among the poor to bring the riches of your grace. As you have blessed us with your gifts, let them be blessing for others. With the trees of the field, with all earth and heaven, we shout for joy at the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Closing Hymn     Arise Your Light Has Come!    ELW  314

Arise, your light has come!
The Spirit's call obey;
show forth the glory of your God
which shines on you today.

Arise, your light has come!
Fling wide the prison door;
proclaim the captive's liberty,
good tidings to the poor.

Arise, your light has come!
All you in sorrow born,
bind up the brokenhearted ones
and comfort those who mourn.

Arise, your light has come!
The mountains burst in song!
Rise up like eagles on the wing,
God's pow'r will make us strong.



How Good, Lord, to Be Here!   Text: Joseph A. Robinson, (1858-1933), alt.   Music: W. Mercer, The Church Psalter and Hymn  Book (1854). Public domain.

Arise Your Light Has Come!   Text: Ruth Duck, (b. 1947), Music: William H. Walter (1825-1893), Text © 1992 GIA Publications, Inc., Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274.  All rights reserved.  Music: Public domain.