Sunday 11 February, 2018 – 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

Notes on the readings:

2 KINGS 2:1-12: The prophet Elijah had stood against an overwhelming majority in Israel who had followed the royal example by worshipping Baal. His exit as a prophet of God was equally phenomenal with his service during his life. Note that it was the whirlwind which took him away, not the chariot of fire.  Yet Elisha was able to see past the chariot that his master was taken by the whirlwind and thus be assured that God granted him his request for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. The ‘company’ or ‘sons’ of the prophets were probably trainee or apprentice prophets. At any rate, Elisha’s inheritance of a double portion of Elijah’s prophetic spirit ensured his ascendancy and authority in Israel above all those other prophets.

2 CORINTHIANS 4: 3-6: How is it that if the Spirit makes God’s word of truth clear, it is not plain to some people’s understanding? The answer is that it is not the gospel itself which is obscure, but rather that some people’s blindness makes it obscure. It is Satan (v 4), even though he has only usurped and temporary power, who prevents people from seeing that Christ has the perfect image of God which was lost by Adam. Paul therefore doesn’t proclaim himself (v 5), but as a slave (imitating Christ by putting himself aside) proclaims Christ as ‘Lord’, that is, God! Verse 6 links the same power of God’s word at the creation, which brought light into being from nothing, with the miracle of the dawning light of our faith. We see and know Christ’s face as reflecting nothing less than the full glory of God.  Think of all that means!

MARK 9:2-9: In the section immediately prior to this text, St Mark describes the unwillingness of the disciples to come to terms with Jesus’ clear teaching about his approaching suffering and death.  Now on the high mountain, Peter, James and John are witnesses of his transfiguration, as he appears with the glory that was his before his becoming human flesh (John 17:5). Moses and Elijah appear talking with him. St Luke tells us that they spoke about his coming suffering and death at Jerusalem (Luke 9:31). This concept was not at all foreign to these pillars of authority in the Old Testament. Peter still seems to miss the point and opts for a prolonged stay for all three by building dwellings! However, the voice of the Father testifies about the person of Jesus, and directs that they are to listen to him, that is, believe his word. The occasion was an important part of the disciples’ spiritual education and a telling witness for us and the early church (John 1:14, 2 Peter 1:16-18).

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 David Christian ; edited for lay reading sermon – mark 9 2-9 – year b – transfiguration; Pr Tim Stringer ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – mark 9 2-9 – year b – transfiguration new
Based on second reading: Pr Roger Atze ; edited for lay reading sermon – 2 corinth 4 3-6 – year b – transfiguration

Opening sentences:
God said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, and made his light shine in our hearts
to give us the light of the knowledge
of the glory of God in the face of Christ.  (2 Cor 4:6 NIV alt.)

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 (after the second reading)
Alleluia, alleluia.
From the cloud there came a voice:
This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him! (Mark 9:7 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.

Children’s Address: Transfiguration B

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 B

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 following invitation may be used.

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.

See the service order for a standard 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.

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 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

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
455    For all the saints who from their labours rest (vv 1-3, 7,8)

6    O Father, my Father

Second reading: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6

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
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

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

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
203    Fairest Lord Jesus
234    How good, Lord, to be here
551    O stay with us, Lord Jesus

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

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

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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