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A SERVICE OF WORD  AND SACRAMENT

Transfiguration, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
February 19, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP

If God were to put us on trial
of what would we stand accused?

What is the point of worship
if our hearts are not in it;
if it does not change us?

We stand or fall on whether we have
a grateful heart.

SONG: ‘All things bright and beautiful’ (134)

GREETING

Blessed is the Holy Trinity of love,
Father, Son, Holy Spirit,
One God, mothering all creation;
and blessed is the reign of God,
now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

The God who is Love be with you.
And also with you.

Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians; welcome to visitors.
Lighting the Christ Candle.

PENITENTIAL RITE

If we conceal your love because our pursuit of other priorities
prevents us from seeing and serving people in need:
forgive us, O God.

If we conceal your glory because all we reflect is our own self-centredness:
forgive us, O God.

If we conceal your truth through our lack of credible witness:
forgive us, O God.

If we conceal your justice through our failure to empower
those who are powerless:
forgive us, O God.

If we conceal your mercy because of our hard and unforgiving attitudes:
forgive us, O God.

If we conceal your compassion because of our prejudice and intolerance:
forgive us, O God.

God, cleanse our lives of all shameful attitudes of mind and heart
so that we reveal your glory in and through all we do and say and are.
This we pray in the name of Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Silence for personal confession.

FORGIVENESS

Though we were blinded by sin,
God’s saving light has shone in us
that we might see the mercy of God
in the face of Jesus Christ.

Jesus says, “Your sins are forgiven!”
Jesus says, “I am committing myself to you!”
Thanks be to God.

COLLECT

Let us pray that we become like Christ.

Almighty and loving God,
we thank you for revealing your Child Jesus in glory
before he suffered and died.
Give us faith to recognise him
as your Own,
and strengthen us to love with him,
until we come to share his glory.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

Your word, O God, is a lamp to our feet:
a light to our path.

FIRST READING 2 Kings 2:1-12

EPISTLE 2 Corinthians 4:3-6

The Wisdom of God:
God’s word made new.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (702)

Al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia,
al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia!

GOSPEL Mark 9:2-9

The Good News and Power of God.
Praise to you, O Christ, Light of the world!

HOMILY

SILENCE

INTERCESSIONS

You have called us, O God, as partners in Christ’s service.
So we join Christ in praying for the world,
for those near to us and those who are far from us but near to you.

God, in your love, hear our prayer ...

... For all who have heard your call to ministry,
to seminary or other vocations: give them courage and strength.
God, in your love, hear our prayer.

That we may all be partners with you in ministry,
as encouragers, as supporters, as prayer partners, as listeners.
God, in your love, hear our prayer.

For all the ways you are still calling and speaking to us,
God, in your love, hear our prayer.

For the needs of the world, give your presence, O God,
and move us to help.
God, in your love, hear our prayer.

For the work of the Uniting Church and its partners throughout the world.
God, in your love, hear our prayer.
That we might be your light and your welcome in the world.
God, in your love, hear our prayer. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘Christ, be our light’ (Bernadette Farrell)

Longing for peace, our world is troubled.
Longing for hope, many despair.
Your word alone has power to save us.
Make us your living voice.
Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your church gathered today.

Many the gifts, many the people,
many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another,
making your kingdom come.
Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts ...

THE PEACE

The peace of the Transfigured One be with you all.
And also with you.

We share a sign of peace.

INVITATION

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

The people stand.

God is here.
God’s Spirit is with us.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to God.
Let us give thanks to the God of love.
It is right to offer thanks and praise.

It is indeed right to give you our thanks and praise, O God,
for your transfiguring light has overcome us
and is restoring within us the image of your glory.

L: When you created the universe you said,
“Let light shine out of darkness,”
and the heavens lit up in testimony to your justice.
R: Through the law and prophets your light has shone forth,
and your Word has never fallen silent.

L: On a high mountain you drew back the veil of heaven
and, as Moses and Elijah passed on their mantles
to the one in whom your saving Word is fulfilled,
you allowed the glory of your Child
to be seen by his terrified disciples.
R: He was killed by those who would not listen to you,
but after you raised him from the dead,
you sent the winds of heaven upon us
with an extravagant outpouring of your Spirit.

Therefore we sing (761):
Holy, holy, holy God, wisdom, strength and hope,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of our God.
Hosanna in the highest.

Holy are you, and blessed is your Own, Jesus Christ.
In him we see the fullness of your glory
revealed in human form.

Born into poverty, he fulfilled his mother’s song,
that you would fill the hungry with good things,
and send the rich away empty.

L: Declaring the nearness of your reign of love,
he forgave sinners, cast out demons,
raised the dead, restored the blind and lame,
visited the sick, the prisoners and the needy,
and gathered disciples to continue to declare
the good news in word and deed,
transfiguring the world in the power of your Spirit.

R: By the baptism of his suffering, death and resurrection
you gave birth to your church,
delivered us from slavery to sin and death,
and made with us a new covenant
by water and the Spirit.

On the night ...

And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice,
in union with Christ’s offering for us,
as we proclaim the mystery of faith (757):
Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them to be for us the body and blood of Christ,
that we may be for the world the body of Christ,
redeemed by his blood.

By your Spirit, make us one with Christ,
one with each other,
and one in ministry to all the world,
until Christ comes in final victory,
and we feast at the heavenly banquet.
Through your Own, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit in your holy church,
all honour and glory is yours, almighty God,
now and for ever. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

L: Abba God in heaven, hallowed be your name!
R: May your reign come,
may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven:
L: give us today the bread we need.
R: And forgive us our debts,
as we hereby forgive those who are indebted to us.
Don’t put us to the test, but free us from evil.

BREAKING OF THE BREAD

Let us receive what we are;
let us become what we receive:
the body of Christ.

LAMB OF GOD (765)
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us, have mercy on us ...
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace, grant us peace.

THE COMMUNION

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

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 Saviour 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. Amen.
May Christ be with you and never leave you. Amen.
And may the Spirit renew the image of God within you. Amen.

SONG: ‘How good, Lord, to be here’ (234)

 

Acknowledgements:
Based on ‘The Service of the Lord’s Day’ in Uniting in Worship 2, Sydney, 2005.
Psalm translation by Patricia Stevenson RSJ;
Prayers of Confession by Moira Laidlaw;
Intercessory Prayers by Lowell Grisham, St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The Transfiguration Icon (http://faithlutheranofjackson.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/transfiguration.jpg).