Sunday Worship 14th February 2021

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Jesus is transfigured



Welcome, Call to Worship & Prayer – Rev’d John Taylor
Hello everyone and welcome to our recorded act of worship
for today the 14th February.

Call to worship
Our call to worship is taken from a song by Alexander Gondo
“Come all you people.
Come and praise your Maker.
Come now and worship the Lord”

Prayer     Let us pray:
O Lord, our God, you alone are worthy of all our worship and
praise. You are the God who never fails to keep his promises.
We thank you that in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection we
see your love, justice, mercy, provision and victory.
You are the God who lifts up those who are weighed down.
You are the God who provides for your children.
Our desire is to praise you as long as we live.
Accept our praises as we gather together today.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

Holy Lord, everything we need is found in you.
For those of us who come feeling broken, bring restoration.
For those of us who come feeling weak, bring strength.
For those who come weeping, bring joy.
For those of us who come with doubts, bring faith.
For those who come feeling shame, bring freedom.

For those of us who come feeling burdened, bring rest.
For those of us who come feeling anxious, bring peace.
For those who come feeling guilty, bring forgiveness. Amen

We sing the hymn ”Jesus on the mountain peak”
1. Jesus, on the mountain peak,
stands alone in glory blazing;
let us, if we dare to speak,
join the saints and angels praising.

Alleluia!

2. Trembling at his feet we saw
Moses and Elijah speaking.
All the prophets and the Law
shout through them their joyful greeting.

Alleluia!

3. Swift the cloud of glory came.
God proclaiming in its thunder
Jesus as the Son by name!
Nations, cry aloud in wonder!

Alleluia!

4. This is God’s beloved Son,
Law and prophets sing before Him,
First and last and only One
All creation shall adore Him!

Alleluia!

Brian Wren

Bible reading: Mark 9: 2 – 9 read by Rev’d Christine Legge
Our beautiful passage of scripture today lifts us up and allows
us to glimpse heaven as Jesus meets with the representatives
of the Law and the Prophets and hears His Fathers voice once
again.
Mark 9: 2 – 9 The transfiguration
2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him
and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone.
There he was transfigured before them.
3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in
the world could bleach them.
4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who
were talking with Jesus.
5 Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let
us put up three shelters – one for you, one for Moses and one
for Elijah.’
6 (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)
7 Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice
came from the cloud: ‘This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to
him!’
8 Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw
anyone with them except Jesus.
9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them
orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of
Man had risen from the dead.

I hope your imagination took you to the top of the mountain
to witness that wonderful event of encouragement for Jesus,
and as we continue to dwell in that place we sing together:

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the
works thy hand hath made, How Great Thou Art.
Hymn:
1 O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder
consider all the works thy hand hath made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
thy power throughout the universe displayed:
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee:
how great thou art, how great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee:
how great thou art, how great thou art!

2 When through the woods and forest glades I wander                                   and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze:

3 And when I think that God, his Son not sparing,                                            sent him to die, I scarce can take it in
that on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
he bled and died to take away my sin:

4 When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
and take me home — what joy shall fill my heart;
then shall I bow in humble adoration,
and there proclaim: my God, how great thou art:

Stuart K. Hine (1899–1989)

vv. 1, 2, 4 based on O store Gud 1885by
Carl Gustaf Boberg (1859–1940)

Reflection – Rev’d Joy Ventom
I wonder when you last said ‘wow’ or ‘that’s amazing’. I’ve
had quite a few ‘wow’ moments so far this year so far and it
is usually companied by me getting excited and needing to
share the experience with someone. ‘Wow’ moments have
included seeing flower shoots in the garden when the snow
went and the Godly Play story arriving in the post, which I am
using during Lent. When going up a hill or mountain the trek
up can be tough but the view never disappoints.
Today we find Jesus and his three closest friends up a
mountain, where they have a transfiguring revelation that
changes the way they see the world. Perhaps few of God’s
people would claim quite such a moment of vivid insight, but
many have special memories of a time when God has been
very close to them.
What ways of worshipping might God give us to enable us to
express our ‘Wow moments’?
Through conversations with some in my congregations, they
have expressed a gratitude for zoom worship and said they
find it easier to connect with God because there are no
distractions like people talking. I wonder, maybe zoom
worship isn’t just for now but is a gift God has given us now
to be used well into the future. Maybe it will be a both and,
worship in church, on zoom and Facebook.
Peter’s response to the presence of Moses and Elijah shows
how much he longs to hold onto this special moment. On this
mountain top, he wants to find resources to build dwellings,
so that they can stay together as the people of God, just as
God stayed with the people in the tabernacle I the desert. It                          was never going to happen that way it was just a moment of
fleeting brilliance. However, human beings yearn to embody
their faith in bricks and mortar, and many of our churches
bear witness to this passion to give concert expression to our
moments of wonder.
How can we balance our glimpses for God’s glory with our
desire for stability?
The disciples receive mixed messages. Their trust in Jesus
received a shock as he explained the future that lies ahead of
him. Yet now they have seen him in transcendent majesty.
Who is this? Down the mountain, Jesus is back is the hurl –
burly of ministry, with a young boy whom the disciples cannot
heal. They see Jesus cast out the spirit and heal the boy, and
they must have a clear vision of the way that his glory
embodies God’s power at work in him.
As the story of the Church progresses, the disciples learn to
trust the link between God’s glory and God’s power. They find
that they too can change the world for good if they hold fast
to their trust in God.
What links do we recognise between our work to make
change in Jesus name and our awareness of his glory?
Moses and Elijah are two of the greatest heroes of the people
of Israel. Their presence embodies the traditions of law and
prophecy. Who are the heroes of our tradition? Maybe they
are people with ‘Big names’, maybe they are folk who have
faithfully served unnoticed. We need to find ways to
remember them, honour them, and let their legacy continue
to inspire us, as Jesus followers were inspired by Moses and
Elijah.

Hymn:

1 O thou who camest from above
the pure celestial fire to impart,
kindle a flame of sacred love
on the mean altar of my heart!
2 There let it for thy glory burn
with inextinguishable blaze,
and trembling to its source return,
in humble prayer and fervent praise.
3 Jesus, confirm my heart’s desire
to work, and speak, and think for thee;
still let me guard the holy fire,
and still stir up thy gift in me —
4 Ready for all thy perfect will,
my acts of faith and love repeat,
till death thy endless mercies seal,
and make the sacrifice complete.
Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer – Rev’d John Palmer
God of eternal light and everlasting glory, send the Spirit of
your Son Jesus Christ upon us that we may be transfigured by
the dazzling vision of his goodness, as we bring our prayers to
you.
You have caused your Church to see the light of the gospel of
the glory of Christ

Inspire our witness to him that all the earth may be raised to
a new vision of your abiding presence and love.
Let us worship the Lord: in the beauty of holiness
Before you, O God, there is a consuming flame and round
about you a raging storm: Humble our leaders and all who
exercise authority among the nations of the world, that they
may keep before them the vision of your peace.
Let us worship the Lord: in the beauty of holiness
Let your light shine in the hearts of our community and
overshadow us with the cloud of your presence, that it may
continue to be a place of transfiguring grace.
Let us worship the Lord: in the beauty of holiness
You see the suffering of people throughout the world who
struggle in the face of poverty, violence, injustice, and illness;
you know those desperate ones who have no hope or vision
for themselves or their loved ones:
Let your transfiguring grace bring light and hope to all who
yearn for something new, O God.
Let us worship the Lord: in the beauty of holiness
You call the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting:
Hear our prayers for all who need your light, especially ___.
We give you thanks for the light of your blessing, especially
for ___.
Hear our prayers for those who have ascended with Elijah and
Jesus into your eternal light, remembering those who lives
have been lived for You.
Let us worship the Lord: in the beauty of holiness

Holy and ever living God, grant us grace to ascend unto your
holy mountain and to see the dazzling vision of your
transfigured reality in our worship and prayer this day.
And then strengthen us to listen to your voice and to follow
you in faithful service,
even when you are hidden from us, until at last we see you
face to face in your eternal and everlasting glory, in the
power of the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
God of dazzling beauty, yours is the radiance that transfigured
Christ Jesus.
Within our speaking and listening, may the radiance of Christ
enthral our minds and hearts once more.

Bring us back again to that heart of things where wonder and
praise begins and loving service never ceases.
Let us worship the Lord: in the beauty of holiness Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father………..

Hymn:

1 Guide me, O my great Redeemer,
pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but you are mighty;
hold me with your powerful hand.
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,
feed me now and evermore,
feed me now and evermore.

2 Open now the crystal fountain,
where the healing waters flow.
Let the fire and cloudy pillar                                                                                lead me all my journey through.
Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer,
ever be my strength and shield,
ever be my strength and shield.

3 When I tread the verge of Jordan,
bid my anxious fears subside.
Death of death, and hell’s Destruction,
land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises
I will ever sing to you,
I will ever sing to you.

William Williams, 1717-1791,
translated Peter Williams, 1723-1796

Closing Prayer & Blessing – Rev’d John Palmer
Go now, and speak of what you have seen of God’s 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.
We go in peace in the power of the Spirit
to live and work to God’s praise and glory.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

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