18 February 2020

Welcome and Centering Words

Rev. Taylor Bean

Call to Worship

One: O God of the Covenant,
The cloud of your splendor and the fire of your love
Revealed Jesus Christ on the mountain heights.
Many: Transform our lives in Christ’s image,
Write your law of love upon our hearts,
And make us prophets of your glory,
That we may lead others into your presence. Amen.

Opening Hymn

Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord
Thou my Creator, and I Thy true child
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one

Riches I heed not, nor vain empty praise
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart
Great God of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art

Great God of Heaven, my victory won
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heav’n’s Sun
Heart of my own heart, whate’er befall
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all

Invitation to Ritual

Sung Response

Open the Eyes of My Heart

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see you
I want to see you

Scripture Reading

Brandon Koloway

Matthew 17:1-9

17:1 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves.
17:2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.
17:3 Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.
17:4 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
17:5 While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!”
17:6 When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear.
17:7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.”
17:8 And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.
17:9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

Sung Response

Open the Eyes of My Heart

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see you
I want to see you

Visio Divina

Sung Response

Open the Eyes of My Heart

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see you
I want to see you

Table Liturgy

Rev. Taylor Bean

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.

… And so, as we imagine these manifestations of God’s glory, we praise God’s name and join the company of heaven in their unending hymn, as we say together:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

And so, as we remember these mighty acts… these manifestations of God’s glory… we offer ourselves as a holy and living sacrifice, as we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again!

Hymn of Sending

This Little Light of Mine (Lyrics Adapted by Brendan James Fox)

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

Jesus on the mountainside shining like the sun
Jesus on the mountainside shining like the sun
Jesus on the mountainside shining like the sun
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

This little light of mine….

Moses and Elijah, standing by his side
Moses and Elijah, standing by his side
Moses and Elijah, standing by his side
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

This little light of mine….

Get up, don’t be scared now, go and let it shine
Get up, don’t be scared now, go and let it shine
Get up, don’t be scared now, go and let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

This little light of mine….

Benediction

Rev. Taylor Bean

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