Worship Order for
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
February 25, 2001
Worship 10:00 am Sunday School 11:10 am
And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of
the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being
transformed into the same image from one degree of glory
to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.
(2 Corinthians 3:18)
invisible, God only wise"
(vs. 1 & 4) "Fairest
(children & youth leave for choir & preschool playtime)
Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
"Lord of the
Returning our Tithes and Offerings
2 Corinthians 3:12 - 4:2
"With unveiled faces"
Call to Worship
- Exodus 34:29-35
1 - As we begin worship, letís remember the day "Moses
came down from Mount Sinai.
2 - As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of
the covenant in his hand,
1 - Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because
he had been talking with God."
2 - Can you imagine that? His face shone, but he didnít know.
Everyone else did, though.
1 - "When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin
of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him.
2 - But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of
the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them.
1 - Afterward all the Israelites came near, and he gave them in
commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him on Mount Sinai.
2 - When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil
on his face;
1 - but whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with
him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he
came out, and told the Israelites what he had been commanded,
2 - the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin
of his face was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face
again, until he went in to speak with God."
1- Shall we stand before the Lord together and a sing our song
of praise to the One who is hidden from us only by "the
splendor of light." "Immortal, invisible, God only
wise," #70 in your hymnal.
Today is called
"Transfiguration Sunday." Was anybody listening to
what Mr. Ron just read from the Bible? Can you figure out why this
is called "Transfiguration" Sunday?... The story was
about Jesus and his disciples Peter, James, and John going up a
mountain to pray. Something happened on that mountain. What?
Something about Jesus changed. A word sometimes used for that in
the Bible is "transfigure." Jesus was
"transfigured," it says.
I can be transfigured.
Did you know that? Want to see how? Just watch. (go
and sit in a pew) I am now not just the Pastor, I am a
disciple of Jesus - just like everyone else here. Do you want to
see me do it again? Okay, look closely. (return
to group and pull daughter Tessa on lap) What's
different now? I'm a Daddy, aren't I? Something changed, but then
it really didn't. Before I moved around like I did, I was already
a pastor, a disciple, and a Daddy. Right?
Well, before he was
"transfigured" on that mountaintop, Jesus was already
God's Son. Peter, James, and John had just not seen him that way
before. In some ways, the change was in how they saw Jesus. For
the first time, maybe they saw him as he really was and is. He
still was their teacher, but he was also so much more. After they
were dazzled by his appearance, a voice from heaven said,
"This is my Son, my chosen, listen to him." I think
that, in addition to seeing him in a new way, the disciples now
listened to him in a new way. Their seeing and hearing was
How about I make
one more change. Ready? (Tessa gets off lap)
Now I'm Pastor Pete again. Of course, I'm still a disciple and a
Daddy, aren't I? Oh yes, you need to do some transfiguring right
now. Ms. Marian is ready for you to go and dazzle her with your
beautiful voices. Practice well. We look forward to hearing you
sing to the Lord a new song.
[The seed for this came from Children's
Object Lesson Sermons,
by Jim & Doris Morentz, ©1985, Abingdon Press, Nashville, p.
Go into this week
radiant with the holiness of God
transfigured by the glory of Jesus Christ
shining with the exuberance of the Holy Spirit