Sunday 26 February, 2017 – 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

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 ; NEW Pr Stephen van der Hoek ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – matt 17 1-9 – year a – transfiguration

Opening sentences:
From the cloud, a voice said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved;
with him I am well pleased; listen to him!’ 
(Matt 17:5 NRSV)


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 )
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.

Alleluia Verse  (to be used after the second reading):
Alleluia, alleluia.
‘This is my Son, the Beloved;
with him I am well pleased;
listen to him!’ Alleluia. (Matt 17:5 NRSV)

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.


Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Transfiguration A

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 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.


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. You have seen the majesty of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Thanks be to God.  OR  In the name of Christ. Amen.

Visual images: 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 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


More song/hymn suggestions for Epiphany:
All of the hymns in the Epiphany sections of the Lutheran Hymnal with Supplement (37-47, 747-751) will be suitable for this day, but be aware that they will also be applicable for the following Sundays, so don’t use them all at once! Here are a few suggestions for their use:
37    O wondrous type*     Use this one for Transfiguration.
38    In peace and joy I now depart*     Especially relevant to the festival of the Presentation (2 Feb). It may also be used as a post-communion canticle.
39    O Christ, thou Lord eternal*    A beautiful, general Epiphany hymn, notable in that it is one of the few very early Reformation hymns written by a woman.
40    As with gladness men of old     The classic Epiphany carol. Use this one as an offertory or pre-communion hymn.
41    O Jesus, king of glory*     The heading in the Hymnal suggests that this is based on Matt 2:1-12, but really it is much more general, and can be used throughout the season.
42    Earth has many a noble city*   Use this one on Epiphany itself.
43    Gentiles, rise to greet the morning    An opening hymn for use in a morning service.
44    Thou light of gentile nations*     A hymn for the festival of the Presentation (2 Feb). Especially appropriate in the evening or as a closing hymn, it may also be used for the post-communion canticle.
45    Hail, thou source of every blessing*     Use this for an opening hymn, or for a pre-communion hymn.
46    Angels from the realms of glory   A Christmas carol that doubles for an Epiphany hymn on the basis of verse 3. Note the traditional French tune Iris, not in LH, with the refrain ‘Gloria in excelsis Deo!’ which is probably better known. See the Oxford Book of Carols, or other popular Christmas carol book, or TIS.
47    Songs of thankfulness and praise*    Use as a hymn of the day or even of the season. Covers all the Epiphany seasonal themes from the old 1-year lectionary.
747    How good, Lord, to be here    Save this one for Transfiguration
748    When Christ our Lord to Jordan came    Save this one for First Sunday after Epiphany (Baptism of our Lord), unless observing Epiphany on this day.
749    When Christ’s appearing was made known   Covers the traditional Epiphany and post-Epiphany themes according to the old 1-year lectionary: Wise men, baptism of Jesus, changing water into wine.
750    When Jesus lived among us    Applicable for the whole season from Christmas to Transfiguration. Note especially the transition into the Lenten theme in the last verse. The last verse also makes it a good pre-communion hymn.
751    Wise men, they came    This one is probably best used on Epiphany itself. It could be a good offertory hymn.
*Modernised version available

17    Emmanuel: God is with us
104    Now, Lord, you let your servant go
126    The light of Christ    Any songs to do with the light of Christ are appropriate.
128    I am the light of the world   Probably the most appropriate of all the light-theme songs, this one is a good sending-out song.
132    Anna’s song
137    I heard the voice of Jesus
141    Mary’s child
162    King of kings and Lord of lords
165    He is the King of kings   These choruses are appropriate for Epiphany. If a procession is held at Epiphany, these are easy to remember and could be sung for as long as the procession takes.
199    I know where I’m going   Not a well-known song, but suitable for a soloist to sing at Epiphany.
214    The Lord is my light
217    Shine, Jesus, shine
221    They were waiting  This may seem like an Advent hymn, but the second half of each verse proclaims the Advent as an accomplished event. Verse three touches on the wise men.
239    Listen to him
244    We have seen the Word of life (v 4)
262    Shine on me, Lord
307    Walking in the light of God (It is a great thing)
313    Christ, be our light
315    Drawn to the light
344    The New Road (esp vv 1-4, 8 )
358    Gift to the world   Theme of gift-giving, a good offertory.
371    Singing glory   OK for Christmas, excellent for Epiphany. Perhaps could be used for the hymn of adoration (instead of Gloria).
389    Light of the nations   Especially good for the festival of the Presentation (2 Feb). Could be used as a response to prayers.
400    Deep peace
402    God has chosen me
409    We are marching in the light of God
425    God moving
441    Jesus was sent
604   No-one does the things my Lord…
623   Shine on us
673   Community in Christ

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.
Keyboard Accompaniments for Together in Song – CDs are available for purchase through ACR. CD 1 & 2 ; CD 3 & 4.

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