Sunday 15 February, 2015 – Transfiguration of our Lord, Year B

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 2 Kings 2:1-12 Elijah is taken up to heaven
    PSALM Psalm 50:1-6 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 The light of the good news of Christ’s glory
    GOSPEL Mark 9:2-9 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 gospel reading: Pr Stephen Pietsch ; Pr David Christian ; edited for lay reading sermon – mark 9 2-9 – year b – transfiguration;  NEW Pr Tim Stringer
    Based on second reading: NEW Pr Roger Atze ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – 2 corinth 4 3-6 – year b – transfiguration
  • 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)
    NEW! Service orders with holy communion
    Service with communion (page 6) (pdf / doc / ppt)
    Alternative form A (page 58) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
    Sing the Feast (Chataway) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
    Simplified Spoken (pdf / doc/ ppt)
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
    Traditional
    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

  • 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.
    Amen.

  • Offering prayer:
    Great and glorious God,
    thank you for revealing your Son,
    and for showing the light of his glory.
    Let us always reflect his glory.
    And as Jesus was willing to die for us,
    may we give of ourselves to others.
    Amen.
  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Transfiguration B
  • NEW! Resources for services with Holy Communion
    SEASONAL PREFACE
    It is indeed right and good,
    Lord God, holy Father,
    that we should at all times and in all places
    give thanks to you,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    You have sent your only Son
    to appear among us as a human being,
    and through him
    you have fully revealed
    the light of your presence to us.
    And so, with angels and archangels,
    and with all the company of heaven,
    we adore and praise your glorious name:

    COMMUNION INVITATION
    The following invitation may be used before communion.

    The Word became flesh and lived among us,
    and we have seen his glory,
    the glory as of the only Son of the Father,
    full of grace and truth.
    (Thanks be to God.)
    Come, everything is ready.

    PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
    See the seasonal notes for Epiphany for a post-communion prayer. Alternatively, use the third prayer of the day (as listed above) at this point. It may be modified as follows.

    Almighty and loving God,
    we thank you for revealing your Son Jesus in glory
    before he suffered and died.
    Give us faith to recognise his presence with us
    in this sacrament,
    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.
    Amen.

    BLESSING
    The following Epiphany seasonal blessing may be used together with (ie before) the usual blessing in the order of service.

    God the Father
    show you the light of his glory
    in the face of his Son,
    so that you may be a light to the world . . .

    DISMISSAL
    Go in peace. May the light of Christ shine in our hearts.
    Thanks be to God.
    OR In the name of Christ. Amen.

  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • 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: 2 Kings 2:1-12
    LHS

    183    The saints on earth and those above G6
    213    For all the saints who from their labours rest (vv 1-3, 7,8) (mod – see TIS 455)
    850    O Father, my Father GS
    TIS
    455    For all the saints who from their labours rest (vv 1-3, 7,8)
    AT

    6    O Father, my Father

    Second reading: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6
    LHS

    121    Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord* G4 (mod- see TIS 399)
    124    O Holy Spirit, enter Thou* G3 (mod – see TIS 400)
    147    O Morning Star, so bright and fair* G3 (mod- see TIS 199)
    168    O blessed Sun, whose splendour G4
    528    Christ, whose glory fills the skies G5 (mod – see TIS 212)
    783    Christ is the world’s light G6
    789    My Lord, you wore no royal crown G6
    TIS
    113    Now to the Lord a noble song
    143    Immortal, invisible, God only wise
    191    Hail, gladdening Light
    199    Lord Jesus, our bright Morning Star
    212    Christ, whose glory fills the skies
    246    Christ is the world’s light
    399    Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord
    400    O Holy Spirit, enter in
    548    Eternal light, shine in my  heart
    622    Holy Father, God of light
    633    Lord, we are blind
    643    I want to walk as a child of the light
    675    Shine, Jesus, shine
    AT

    126    The light of Christ
    163    Hymn of Glory
    217    Shine, Jesus, shine
    244    We have seen the Word  of life
    315    Drawn to the light
    317    Glory, glory, glory
    318    Glory to God
    389    Light of the nations

    Gospel: Mark 9:2-9
    LHS

    37    O wondrous type, O vision fair* G7
    152    Fairest Lord Jesus G7 (mod – see TIS 203)
    181    Abide, O dearest Jesus* G5 (mod – see TIS 551)
    747    How good, Lord, to be here G7
    TIS
    203    Fairest Lord Jesus
    234    How good, Lord, to be here
    551    O stay with us, Lord Jesus
    AT

    239    Listen to him
    262    Shine on me, Lord
    541   What is this scene
    555   See yourself
    646   You Shine

    PSALM 50
    A paraphrased version of Psalm 50 from the Iona Community may be found in John L Bell, Psalms of patience, protest and praise on page 27.

    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 50:1-6 by David Schütz could be used on this day. It is sung to the tune Morning Light (‘Stand up, stand up for Jesus’, LH 206, TIS 592). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    The God of gods is speaking,
    he summons all the earth;
    the Lord demands attention
    from early dawn till night.
    From Zion, the perfection
    of beauty, God shines forth.
    Our God does not keep silence,
    he comes in glorious might.

    The Lord appears before us,
    an all-consuming fire;
    a mighty wind is raging,
    around his throne of light.
    He calls for cosmic witness
    to earth and to the sky,
    that he may judge his people
    made holy in his sight.

    ‘Come, gather now before me,
    my steadfast, faithful ones,
    and make your cov’nant with me
    in sacrificial love.’
    The heavens tell his glory
    and justice to the world.
    Come, gather now before him,
    for God himself is judge.

    Music Resources Vol 3- Psalm settings- Psalm 50 p89

  • OTHER HELPFUL WEBSITES FOR CHURCH MUSIC
    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.
    Together to Celebrate: lectionary based song and hymn suggestions from a variety of sources.
    Singing from the Lectionary: has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
    Song Select: you can search for more contemporary songs 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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