Theme: Transfiguration Sunday
Message: “Listen to Him!”
Introduction: We often hear about the birth, teachings, miracles, death, resurrection and ascension of our Lord, but transfiguration…not so much! Yet, that event has a powerful message for us all.
- Transfiguration is connection with all that comes before and follows after.
- It portrays Jesus as the fulfillment of all that preceded Him, and all that follows.
- High point of the Transfiguration is God’s urgent commission to Jesus’ disciples, then and now, “Listen to Him!”
Conclusion: Where in your life and experience of the faith do you need to truly “listen” to Jesus Christ ?
Quotes: Heidi Neumark, Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx: “When Peter and the others came down from the mountain, they found a father and a child gasping for life. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy , and gave him back to his father. And they found transfiguration. And so it is. When the disciples of this Bronx church unlocked the doors of their private shelter and stepped out into the neighborhood, they did meet the distress of the community convulsed and mauled by poverty. But they also discovered transfiguration as a congregation in connection with others.” (Quoted in: Feasting on the Word,Year C, Vol. 4)
Music: “Lord, Speak to Me,” “Jesus Calls Us, O’er the Tumult,” “Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord,” “Jesus Calls Us,” “Listen, God is Calling”
Call to worship:
“Come aside for a while from the busyness of your world,
From the tensions of your bad decisions,
From the fatigue of your work,
And even from the aimlessness of your leisure,
To come into the special presence of the God who welcomes you.”
Today, Lord, we celebrate your transfiguration,
We pray that we, too, may catch a glimpse of your glory,
That we, too, may see a vision of your holiness,
That we, too, may fall down and worship you in awe and wonder.
Prayer of Confession:
We know, Lord, that you know us better than our parents know us, or our spouse knows us, or our fellow church members know us, or even than we know ourselves. You know not only our actions, but also our motives. You know not only our words but also their hidden meanings. You judge us by reality and not by outward appearance. Pardon us, we pray, for our hidden sins, and cleanse us to the depth of our souls.
Words of Assurance:
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. –2 Corinthians 3:17
Prayer of Petition:
Help us, Lord Jesus, as we walk with you as the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Help us as we follow you as the Way—
as the Way to God the Father,
as the direction to walk in the journey of life,
as the manner in which we ought to treat our fellow travelers.
help us, Lord Jesus, as we follow you as the Truth—
the One who reveals how we truly are,
as the One who teaches us wisdom,
as the revealer of the secret of successful living.
Help us, Lord Jesus, as we follow you as the Life—
the life within us that is restored and revitalized each day,
the life that never gives up in the face of difficulty,
the life that will never die, even when our earthly journey is finished.
As we receive our offering today, let us give willingly and joyfully, for we are participating in the world’s greatest cause.
Receive our gifts, we pray, as proof of our faith and of our devotion to your cause both here and abroad.
May you, like Peter, James and John, have the privilege of one day seeing the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.