20 February 2020

Gathering Music

“Hakuna Wakaita Sa Jesu”

Call to Worship

One: Come with your questions, come with your awe!
Many: For the God who broods over the chaos meets us in this place.

One: Come with your energy, come with your weariness!
Many: For the God who breathes new life into the dust meets us in this place.

One: Come with your sadness, come with your joy!
Many: For the God who dared to become human meets us in this place.

Hymn of Welcome



Exodus 24:12-18 (NRSV)

12 The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.” 13 So Moses set out with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. 14 To the elders he had said, “Wait here for us, until we come to you again; for Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a dispute may go to them.”

15 Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. 16 The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud.

17 Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. 18 Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.

Matthew 17:1-9 (NRSV)

1 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. 2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. 3 Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 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.” 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!” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. 7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” 8 And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.

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.”

One: Hear what the spirit is saying
Many: We are listening


“The Lure of Self Sufficiency”

Bishop Bickerton


“Santo Santo Santo” by Mark Burrows

Seminary Choir

Table Liturgy


Confession and Pardon

Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience through Jesus the Christ. Amen.

Silent prayer

Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we weer yet sinners; that proves God’s love toward us. In the name of Jesus Christ you are forgiven!

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven! Glory to God. Amen.

The Peace

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


“Memorial Acclamation”

“Lord’s Prayer”

Breaking the Bread

Giving the Bread and Cup

Music During Communion

“Child of God”


Bishop Bickerton


Worship Notes:

Call to Worship:

Table Liturgy: UMC Word & Table II

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