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Coming Home

Click here to play COMING HOME - A short video recorded of Moira telling her story of faith and her journey through a divine encounter into full-time ministry.

 

Liturgies Online Now Available As Digital Download - YEAR A Liturgies, YEAR B Liturgies, YEAR C Liturgies, or all 3 Years in one complete digital download. These all include complete Orders of Service based on the Common Lectionary for The Liturgical Years in one download.

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Prayer of Approach - Hymns - Prayer of Adoration and Praise - Readings from Old Testament - Epistle - Gospel - A Word with the Young - Prayer of Confession - Sermon - Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession - Offertory Prayer - Benediction

 
 

TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY - YEAR B

2 Kings 2: 1-12; Psalm 50:1-6;  2 Corinthians: 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9.

Additional resources for Transfiguration Year B: Scripture in Song, CMC Australasia, Grovedale, Victoria 3216; As One Voice, Vol.2, Willow Connection Pty Ltd, Manly Vale, NSW, 1997; Jesus our Future , Bruce D Prewer, Openbook Publishers Adelaide, 1998. Be our Freedom, Lord , Terry C Falla, Openbook Publishers Adelaide, 1994. Australian Prayers, Bruce D Prewer, Lutheran Publishing House, Adelaide, 1983; ALL TOGETHER OK, Openbook Publishers, Adelaide, 1996; LET US PRAY, Janet Nelson, HarperCollins Religious, Pymble, 2002.

CALL TO WORSHIP: Based on verses Psalm 30: 1-6, 23

God speaks and the whole earth is summoned to listen.

        From the rising of the sun to its setting,     

God’s splendour shines forth.

        Fire and wind - signs of God’s presence,
 All heaven and earth wait for God’s word of judgment.
        God’s faithful people gather in anticipation,

even the heavens declare God’s righteousness.

        We honour and glorify God

and worship God with praise and thanksgiving in our hearts.

AHB 37/ TIS 117: “The Lord Jehovah reigns”

AHB 47/ TIS 121: “God himself is present...”

PRAYER OF PRAISE AND ADORATION

We come before you, O God, in awe of your power and might. Heaven and earth are surely full of your glory. We come celebrating our belief that you - God of the whole universe - chose to reveal yourself to us in Jesus Christ.  In him your abundant love for all people is made visible.  We adore you, O God, and we praise your holy name, and we pray that this time of worship will bring honour and glory to you. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

A WORD WITH THE CHILDREN/YOUNG PEOPLE

Theme: thinking about the transfiguration of Jesus as a preview of Jesus’ heavenly appearance...

TIS 675: “ Lord, the light of your love is shining...” (Shine, Jesus, shine)

TIS 229/AHB 166: “ Jesus loves me”

TIS 662: “I know someone who watches over me...”

EPISTLE: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Lord Jesus Christ, God’s glory and love shone through you that day on the mountain and you persisted in revealing that glory and love through your words and deeds; through your life of humble service. We hear again these wonderful words of God “You are my Son, the Beloved, listen to him!”. We confess our failure to listen to you because of the influence on our lives of the gods of this world. When this happens our attitudes conceal rather than reveal your glory and your love.

If we conceal your love because our pursuit of other priorities prevents us from seeing and serving people in need :

      forgive us, Lord.

If we conceal your glory because all we reflect is our own self-centredness:

      forgive us, Lord

If we conceal your truth through our lack of credible witness:

      forgive us, Lord.

If we conceal your justice through our failure to empower those who are powerless:

      forgive us, Lord.

If we conceal your mercy because of our hard and unforgiving attitudes:

      forgive us, Lord.

If we conceal your compassion because of our prejudice and intolerance:

      forgive us, Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ, cleanse our lives of all shameful attitudes of mind and heart so that we reveal your glory in and through all we do and say and are. This we pray in your name and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS 

It is the God who said, “ Let light shine out of darkness” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. ( 2 Corinthians 4:6 ) The good news is that we are not only enlightened by our belief in Christ, we are cleansed and we are forgiven!

Thanks be to God!

OLD TESTAMENT: 2 Kings 2: 1-12 GOSPEL: Mark 9: 2-9

SERMON - TRANSFIGURED

I believe that it is crucial that we have the event of the Transfiguration before us as we stand on the edge of our Lenten journey. Following Jesus involves much giving out and sometimes there are not a lot of opportunities to take-in. There are times when we all need that extra assurance and reassurance of God’s presence and power - perhaps especially in these coming weeks so that we can participate as fully as possible in a journey that invites us all to self-examination and repentance- that challenges us to walk the way of the

cross. And that assurance is present for us in our gospel lesson for today - as it was for Jesus.

Back towards the beginning of our Epiphany journey, we encountered Jesus being baptised in the Jordan with the unique event that accompanied it, the descent of the Spirit from heaven and the voice declaring Jesus to be the Son of God. At his baptism, in an atmosphere of prayer, Jesus’ ministry and mission is initiated….

Jesus shared our humanity, therefore he must have shared our human fears and our human doubts. Wouldn’t he need to be assured and reassured - especially reassured that God’s power and presence were still an essential part of his being.

 

So - he went up the mountain to pray.

 

I remember a time when I certainly needed the assurance of God’s presence….

A story to conclude, which I call the transfiguration of Martin...

In the words of the next hymn -“God, your glory we have seen in your Son, full of truth, full of heavenly grace; in Christ make us live, his love shine on our face, and the nations shall see in us the triumph you have won."

TIS 461/ AHB 395: “God your glory we have seen in your Son”

TIS 234/AHB 390: “ How good, Lord, to be here...”

TIS 193/AHB 423: “ God you are clothed with light...”

TIS 212/AHB 140: “ Christ, whose glory fills the skies...”

TIS 143/AHB 80: “ Immortal, invisible, God only wise”

PRAYERS FOR OTHERS: “ You are God” p.76 in Jesus our Future; “ Like a jewel in the heavens” p.106 in Be our Freedom, Lord; “On Transfiguration Day” p.44 in Australian Prayers;  pages 102,103 in LET US PRAY.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

OFFERING 

OFFERTORY PRAYER

We glorify you, O God, through these gifts and our lives. May they be used to reveal your glory in ways which proclaim Jesus as your beloved Son, and in ways which show that we have indeed listened to him. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen

AS ONE VOICE vol.2, #3/ALL TOGETHER OK 313: “Longing for light...”
                               (Christ, be our light)

TIS 447/AHB 61: “ Lord your almighty word”

BENEDICTION:

Go into this week radiant with the holiness of God

transfigured by the glory of Jesus Christ

glowing with the exuberance of the Holy Spirit…

THREEFOLD AMEN.

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