Sunday 2 March, 2014 – Transfiguration of our Lord, Year A

Here are the resources you need for this Sunday. Please feel free to choose what is suitable for your congregation’s needs. You will notice that the orders of service are available in different formats: choose the “pdf” format if you want something that is ready to print and photocopy, the “doc” or “rtf” format if you wish to change the formatting yourself or the “ppt” format if you use PowerPoint.

  • Altar colour: White
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING Exodus 24:12-18 Moses on the mountain with God
    PSALM Psalm 2 or Psalm 99
    SECOND READING 2 Peter 1:16-21 Listen to us- we saw Christ’s glory
    GOSPEL Matthew 17:1-9 The transfiguration of Jesus
  • Sermons:
    Lay-readers please note: the linked sermons have not been edited for general use. As part of your preparations, keep in mind that they have been written for specific people in a specific context, and for this reason the issues they address or the examples they use may not be entirely suitable for people in your congregation. If you feel this is the case, you may need to make minor adjustments or find another sermon.

    Based on the gospel reading: Pr Stephen Pietsch ; Pr Vince Gerhardy ; Pr Roger Atze
  • Orders of service:
    Transfiguration  Sunday Word and Prayer ( pdf / doc / ppt )
    Service of the Word (pdf / rtf/ ppt)
    Morning Praise (pdf/ rtf/ ppt)
    Service without communion (pdf / doc /ppt )
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
    Lord God, heavenly Father,
    as you glorified your Son from the heavens:
    Give us grace to receive in faith
    this revelation of his glory
    and willingly to follow him,
    that through his suffering and death
    we may come to the glory of the resurrection;
    through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, modernised traditional
    Lord God, heavenly Father,
    you glorified your Son from the heavens.
    Give us faith to perceive his glory
    and willingly follow him.
    Bring us, through his suffering and death,
    to the glory of the resurrection.
    We ask this through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, new (revised alternative)
    (Let us pray that we become like Christ. [silence])
    Almighty and loving God,
    we thank you for revealing your Son Jesus in glory
    before he suffered and died.
    Give us faith to recognise him
    as your dear Son,
    and strengthen us to suffer with him,
    until we come to share his glory.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

  • Prayer after the gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ (, Light of the world).
    Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ,
    for revealing your glory as God’s Son.
    Lead us to follow you in faith.
  • Offering prayer:
    Our great and glorious God,
    we thank you for sending your dear Son Jesus.
    Teach us to follow his example
    of self-giving service,
    and to offer ourselves and all we have
    in love to you and to others.

  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here to go to the Modernised hymns page) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    First reading: Exodus 24:12-18
    268    Lamp of our feet

    117    The Lord Jehovah reigns

    Second reading: 2 Peter 1:16-21
    39    O Christ, Thou Lord eternal* G7
    43    Gentiles, rise to greet the morning G7
    147    O Morning Star, so bright and fair* G3
    273    We have a sure prophetic word G7
    527    Dayspring of eternity
    528    Christ, whose glory fills the skies G5
    822    God has spoken by his prophets
    889    Each morning with its newborn light
    161    Majesty
    244    We have seen the Word of life
    313    Christ be our light
    158    God has spoken by his prophets
    199    Lord Jesus, our bright morning star
    212    Christ, whose glory fills the skies
    415    Praise the Spirit in creation (v 3)
    425    Come, Spirit blest, our hearts inspire
    426    Spirit of truth, essential God
    643    I want to walk as a child of the light

    Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9
    37    O wondrous type, O vision fair* G7
    41    O Jesus, King of glory* G4
    152    Fairest Lord Jesus G7
    185    Sun of righteousness divine* G3
    217    O Christ, our true and only light* G5
    747    How good, Lord, to be here G7
    55    His name is wonderful
    126    The light of Christ
    217    Shine, Jesus, shine
    239    Listen to him
    252    He is exalted
    262    Shine on me, Lord
    315    Drawn to the light
    541   What is this scene
    555   See yourself
    203    Fairest Lord Jesus
    234    How good, Lord, to be here!
    243    Christ upon the mountain peak
    255    O Laughing Light, O first-born of creation
    675    Lord, the light of your love is shining

    Psalm 2

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 2 p5

    Psalm 99
    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 99 by David Schütz could be used on this day. It is sung to the tune of the song ‘God is so good’, ATN 54. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    The Lord is King! Fear and tremble!
    He is enthroned in his temple!
    Let the earth shake in the fear of God.

    The Lord is great in his city!
    He is above all the nations!
    Let them all praise his great awesome name.

    Holy is he – loving justice!
    Our mighty King – giving fairness!
    He acts with justice and righteousness.

    All praise the Lord! Alleluia!
    Worship his name! He is holy!
    Come, bow before the Lord God, our King!

    His priests are Aaron and Moses,
    Samuel himself called on his name.
    They cried to God, and he answered them.

    They heard his voice speaking to them;
    they kept the laws that he gave them;
    he spoke to them from the fire and cloud.

    O Lord our God, when you answered
    you were forgiving toward them,
    but you avenged all the wrong they did.

    Extol the Lord – he is our God;
    bow down on his holy mountain;
    for the Lord God is the Holy One.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 99 p166

    While the LCA does not necessarily endorse the content of these websites, you may find them helpful in your worship planning.
    Small Church Music: You can download mp3 and midi files of popular hymn tunes from this site.
    Singing from the Lectionary: has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
    Song Select: you can search for more modern songs (eg. Hillsongs) by theme. If your congregation has a paid subscription you can also download sheet music.
    Hymns Without Words: mp3 downloads of hymn tunes.

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