Worship Order for
We begin with a
hymn, one we have not yet sung in this congregation. As the organ
lifts up the music like an offering to God, we will read (not sing) the words
aloud. First, I will read verse one as an invitation to worship.
Then, you may respond by praying out loud the second verse, inviting
the Lord to "come" and "abide within" you, to
"transfigure" this moment with His presence.
Please stand, and let us worship.
"God is here among us"
our hearts to God's grace
Holy God, the
lofty words of scripture and the soaring melody of song speak to us
of your "wonderful grace." How can our tongues describe
it? Where, indeed, shall our praise and thanksgiving for it begin?
Your love for us is not dependant upon our faithfulness. On our end
of this relationship, we too quickly slip up and fall short.
Sometimes we are blind to this sin which separates us from you. At
other times pride keeps us from simply letting go of our wrong. Even
then, though. your grace carries us. However, when we recognize and
name our sin for what it is; when we dare in Christ Jesus to release
it and walk free of its chains, watch out!
Help us to flow
with your Holy Spirit. May this service of worship resound with your
grace, as we open our hearts to the melody and harmony which you
sing through us - not just this hour, but every moment of every day.
In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
developed by our resident children's storyteller
- Ed Lewis
written closer to the time (if not at the
to those chosen to see,
you revealed your beloved Son,
transfigured in glory on the holy mount.
In your great mercy, help us to see;
deliver us from this world's
change us from glory to glory into
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. AMEN
Copyright © 1992 The Hymnal Project
our Tithes and Offerings
What would you
have said about what happened on that mountain when Jesus was
"transfigured," had you been there? Listen to the
following reflection upon that event, taken from the second letter
2 Peter 1:16-21
Pray with me.
Lord, we are not eyewitnesses to what happened long
ago in the Bible. We can only say what we have received -
the word that has been passed on to us. Even so, we are
eyewitnesses to what you are still doing in this world. We
donít always know what to say to describe what we see. How
do we talk about lives which we have seen transformed,
powerful strength we have sensed in those who are facing
difficult situations, persons we know who live with a hope
that doesnít give up, a peace that passes understanding,
and a grace we know that is greater than all our sin? How do
we find the words to speak of this? After all, we are not
just wishing upon a star. You, Lord God, master of the
universe, are very real and very present.
respond to this morningís message with our offerings, prod
us to leave this place with a message of our own, and a
willingness to share it. Nothing fancy. Just an honest word
from the heart to be spoken when appropriate moments arise.
As we place our gift in the offering plate, place your hand
upon us that our lives this week night be an offering.
name we pray. Amen.
By the way,
filling out and passing the attendance registers found at the center
of each pew helps your deacons know if you are here. Those who are
absent are remembered and are sent the joys and concerns and todayís
message. Please write so we can read. Now, Ushers - itís your