Sunday 7 February, 2016 – Transfiguration of our Lord, Year C

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 34:29-35 The shining face of Moses
    PSALM Psalm 99 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 2 Corinthians 3:12 – 4:2 We reflect the glory of the Lord
    GOSPEL Luke 9:28-36 (37-43) 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 Vince Gerhardy ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – luke 9 28-36 – year c – transfiguration
    Based on second reading: edited for lay reading sermon – 2 corinthians 4 3-6 – year c – transfiguration
  • Opening Sentences:
    Now the Lord is the Spirit,
    and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
    (2 Cor 3:17 NRSV)

    Let us approach the throne of grace with boldness,
    so that we may receive mercy
    and find grace to help in time of need.
    (Hebrews 4:16 NRSV)

  • Orders of service:
    Epiphany Sunday Word & Prayer ( pdf / doc / ppt )
    Service of the Word (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Morning Praise (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Service without communion (pdf / doc / ppt)
    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)
    Service with Five Songs of Faith (pdf / rtf/ 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:
    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.

  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer):  Prayer of the Church – Transfiguration C
  • Resources for services with Holy Communion
    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:

    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.


    Heavenly Father,
    in the beginning you created light
    and at the right time
    you sent your Son
    to be the true light of the world.
    Through the gift of his body and blood,
    shine in our hearts and lives,
    so that we may share
    in the inheritance of all the saints in the light.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    Or the third prayer of the day (as listed above) may be used 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.

    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 . . .

    Go in peace. May you reflect the glory of the Lord.
    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: Exodus 34:29-35

    Second reading: 2 Corinthians 3:12 – 4:2

    124    O Holy Spirit, enter Thou* G3 (modernised TIS 400)
    164    Love divine, all loves excelling G3 (also TIS 217)
    358    Renew me, O eternal light* G3
    500    Blessed Jesus, at Thy word* G5 (modernised TIS 437)
    505    Father, who the light this day G4
    805    We are heirs with the Father GS
    822    God has spoken by his prophets G6 (also TIS 158)
    842    Praise the Lord, rise up rejoicing G3
    12    We are family
    217    Shine, Jesus, shine
    262    Shine on me, Lord
    264    Spirit of God, you’re with me
    383    Icon of grace
    115    Behold the amazing gift of love
    143    Immortal, invisible, God only wise
    158    God has spoken by his prophets
    217    Love divine, all loves excelling
    305    Let earth and heaven combine
    326    Pull back the veil
    400    O Holy Spirit, enter in
    421    Where the Spirit is, there’s freedom
    437    Blessed Jesus, at your word
    475    If we have died to ourselves in Jesus (vv 1-4)
    500    Here we adore you, hidden Saviour, Lord
    575    O Jesus, Saviour, grow in me
    675    Shine, Jesus, shine
    685    Lord, I come to you
    718    Glory to the King of kings

    Gospel: Luke 9:28-36(37-43)

    37    O wondrous type, O vision fair* G7
    39    O Christ, Thou Lord eternal* G7
    41    O Jesus, King of glory* G4
    43    Gentiles, rise to greet the morning G7
    147    O Morning Star, so bright and fair* G3 (modernised TIS 199)
    152    Fairest Lord Jesus G7 (also TIS 203)
    181    Abide, O dearest Jesus* G5 (modernised TIS 551)
    185    Sun of righteousness divine* G3
    217    O Christ, our true and only light* G5
    222    Thou whose almighty word G6 (modernised TIS 447)
    527    Dayspring of eternity
    528    Christ, whose glory fills the skies G5 (also TIS 212)
    747    How good, Lord, to be here G7 (also TIS 234)
    889    Each morning with its newborn light
    217    Shine, Jesus, shine
    239    Listen to him
    262    Shine on me, Lord
    541    What is this scene?
    555    See yourself
    646    You Shine
    199    Lord Jesus, our bright Morning Star
    203    Fairest Lord Jesus
    212    Christ, whose glory fills the skies
    234    How good, Lord, to be here
    243    Christ upon the mountain peak
    447    Lord, your almighty word
    551    O stay with us, Lord Jesus
    643   I want to walk as a child of the light

    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.
    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.
    Song and Hymn Index. Contains all the indexes of the LHS and AT books in one Excel file. Download the file (zip file) here.
    Metrical Psalms
    by Dale Schoening : Psalms set to well known hymn tunes.

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