Worship Order for Sunday

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Long Green & Kanes Rds., near Glen Arm, Md.
February 26, 2006
Worship 10:00 am, Sunday School 11:10 am
  
Transfiguration Sunday

      "Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them..." (Mark 9:2)

  Morning Praise (9:45 am)
  Announcements
  Prelude

  Call to Worship

*Hymn                                   "Shine, Jesus, Shine"                         (see insert)

*Opening Prayer

  Scripture                                   Psalm 50:1-6

  Unison Prayer of Confession                                                                    700

  Sharing a joy, a concern, a word of testimony or praise
                           (Pre-schoolers then leave for Bell Ringers & Sunday School)

  Hymn                            "Lord, listen to your children"                              353

  Prayer

  Testaments Old and New                    2 Kings 2:1-12, Mark 9:2-9

  Hymn                          "Christ upon the mountain peak"                           232

  Message                         "Everything Changes?"
                                               Rev. Ken Ironside

  Hymn                                   "Move in our midst"                                    418

  Responding with our Tithes and Offerings

  Offertory

*Response                                "Lead me, Lord"                                      538

*Benediction


#'s are from Hymnal: A Worship Book

Worship leaders - see basic guidelines

Call to Worship
2 Corinthians 4:1-6
(from The Message)

         "Since God has so generously let us in on what he is doing, we're not about to throw up our hands and walk off the job just because we run into occasional hard times. We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don't maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes. And we don't twist God's Word to suit ourselves. Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God.
         "If our Message is obscure to anyone, it's not because we're holding back in any way. No, it's because these other people are looking or going the wrong way and refuse to give it serious attention. All they have eyes for is the fashionable god of darkness. They think he can give them what they want, and that they won't have to bother believing a Truth they can't see. They're stone-blind to the dayspring brightness of the Message that shines with Christ, who gives us the best picture of God we'll ever get.
         "Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we're proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, "Light up the darkness!" and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful."

 

Opening Prayer

Almighty God,
      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 darkness,
      change us from glory to glory into his likeness,
            through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
                  who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
                  one God, now and forever. AMEN

Hymnal #741
Copyright © 1992 The Hymnal Project
     

Unison Prayer of Confession

         Our prayer of confession, #700 in your hymnal, was written long ago by Menno Simmons (sigh-muns), an early Anabaptist leader from whom our Mennonite cousins derive their name. Please join me in praying it together in unison:

Lord Jesus,
         blind I am, do thou enlighten me;
         naked I am, do thou clothe me;
         wounded, do thou heal me;
         dead, do thou quicken me.
I know of no light,
         no physician,
         no life, except thee. AMEN

Hymnal #700
by Menno Simons, 16th c., "Meditation on the 25th Psalm,"
from The Complete Writings of Menno Simons,
translated by Leonard Verduin, ed. J.C. Wenger,
© 1956 Herald Press, Scottdale, PA 15683.

     

Pastoral Prayer

 

written closer to the time (if not at the moment)

 

Testaments Old and New
(2 Kings 2:1-12, Mark 9:2-9 NRSV)

Readerís Theater style. Drama is in the reading rather than the acting.

                                                WL - Worship Leader (Narrator)
                                                VA - Voice A (Elijah and "voice from cloud")
                                                VB - Voice B (Elisha and Peter)
                                                VC - Voice C (the "company of prophets")

(WL reads from the lectern; VA stands in front of the lectern and slightly toward the center;
VB stands in front of the pulpit and slightly toward the center;
VC stands over to the side by the choir loft).

WL - (as WL speaks, VA, VB, & VC get into place) We turn now to some scriptures from the two Testaments, or Covenants, of God - both old and new. The first tells of a transition moment found in the book of Kings, when one prophet ascended to heaven and passed on the mantle of leadership to another. The second scripture portrays a time of transfiguration found in the gospel of Mark, when lawgiver, prophet, and messiah stand together in the eyes of three disciples and, in the process, everything changed... or did it? Letís listen to Godís Word: (pause)

WL - Now when the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha,

VA - "Stay here; for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel."

WL - But Elisha said,

VB - "As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." (VC moves in next to VB)

WL - So they went down to Bethel. The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him,

VC - "Do you know that today the LORD will take your master away from you?"

WL - And he said,

VB - "Yes, I know; keep silent."

WL - Elijah said to him,

VA - "Elisha, stay here; for the LORD has sent me to Jericho."

WL - But he said,

VB - "As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you."

WL - So they came to Jericho. The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him,

VC - "Do you know that today the LORD will take your master away from you?"

WL - And he answered,

VB - "Yes, I know; be silent."

WL - Then Elijah said to him,

VA - "Stay here; for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan."

WL - But he said,

VB - "As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." (VC quietly exits as WL continues)

WL - So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground. When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha,

VA - "Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you."

WL - Elisha said,

VB - "Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit."

WL - He responded,

VA - "You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not."

WL - As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. (VA quietly walks to the back of the sanctuary) Elisha kept watching and crying out,

VB - "Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!"

WL - But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces. (pause, as VB moves to where VA had been standing)

WL - From chariots and horses of fire ascending to heaven amid a whirlwind, we turn to a mountaintop vision obscured by a cloud, centered by a voice. Listen: (pause)

WL - Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus,

VB - "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."

WL - He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice,

VA - (spoken from back of sanctuary, out of sight) "This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!"

WL - Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. (pause)

WL - Turn now to #232 in your hymnal and letís sing a hymn written especially for this second scripture. Listen, first, as the organ plays through it once, for it is not as familiar to us.
   

Responding with our Tithes and Offerings

         From mountaintop to valley below, God does move in our midst. Are we moving with him? Pray with me.

         We glorify you, O God, through these gifts and our lives. May they be used to reveal your glory in ways which proclaim Jesus as your beloved Son, and in ways which show that we have indeed listened to him. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen

Ushers?

prayer © Moira Laidlaw
    

Benediction

         possibly:

Go now, and speak of what you have seen of Godís glory.
Do not cling to the holy moments
when heaven overshadows you,
but as the Lord lives, listen to Christ and follow him
from the places of revelation
to the places of mission.

And may God shine the light of glory into your hearts.
May Christ be with you and never leave you.
And may the Spirit renew the image of God within you.

©2003 Nathan Nettleton  

         or:

Go into this week radiant with the holiness of God
transfigured by the glory of Jesus Christ
glowing with the exuberance of the Holy Spirit

© Moira Laidlaw
    

(para traducir a espaŮol, presione la bandera de EspaŮa)

 

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