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PRELUDE (a time for silent reflection)

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

HYMN: 522 BLUE    Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken, v 1-3

Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion, city of our God; he whose word cannot be broken formed thee for his own abode; on the Rock of Ages founded, what can shake thy sure repose? With salvation’s walls surrounded, thou may’st smile at all thy foes.

 See! The streams of living waters, springing from eternal love, well supply thy sons and daughters, and all fear of want remove. Who can faint, when such a river ever will their thirst assuage? Grace which, like the Lord, the giver, never fails from age to age.

Round each habitation hovering, see the cloud and fire appear for a glory and a covering, showing that the Lord is near. Thus deriving from their banner, light by night, and shade by day, safe they feed upon the manna which he gives them when they pray.

THE WORD OF GOD

SIGN OF THE CROSS

People        ☩ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Celebrant   Blessed be the one, holy, and living God.

People       Glory to God for ever and ever.

Beloved God, as we approach your Presence, guide and stir us with your Holy Spirit, that we may become one body, one spirit in Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

SONG OF PRAISE #410 BLUE                           How Wondrous and Great, 533, v 1

How wondrous and great thy works, God of praise! How just, King of saints, and true are thy ways! O who shall not fear thee, and honor thy Name? Thou only art holy, thou only supreme.

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

Celebrant             The Lord be with you.

People                 And also with you.

Celebrant             Let us pray.

O God, on the holy mount, you revealed to chosen witnesses your glorious, beloved Son. He was wonderfully transfigured, in raiment—white and dazzling. Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the chaos of this world, may by faith behold the King in his transcendent glory and power. Who with you, O Father, and you, O Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

A Reading from 2 Peter                         1:16-21

 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.

So, we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all, you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

Reader        The Word of the Lord.

People         Thanks be to God.

Reader        Let us read together from Psalm 99                     v 1-9

The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!

The Lord is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.

Let them praise your great and awesome name. Holy is he!

Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.

Extol the Lord our God; worship at his footstool. Holy is he!

Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called on his name. They cried to the Lord, and he answered them.

He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud; they kept his decrees, and the statutes that he gave them.

O Lord our God, you answered them; you were a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their wrongdoings.

Extol the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the Lord our God is holy.

HYMN #398 BLUE                 I Sing the Almighty Power

 I sing the almighty power of God, that made the mountains rise; that spread the flowing seas abroad and built the lofty skies. I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day; the moon sines full at his command, and all the stars obey.

 I sing the goodness of the Lord, that filled the earth with food; he formed the creatures with his Word, and then pronounced them good. Lord how thy wonders are displayed, where’er I turn my eye, if I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky.

 There’s not a plant or flower below, but makes thy glories known; and clouds arise, and tempests blow, by order from thy throne; while all that borrows life from thee is ever in thy care, and everywhere that I could be, through, God, art present there.

THE GOSPEL                                                 Matthew 17:1–9

Celebrant  The holy gospel according to Matthew

People       Glory to you, O Lord.

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

People         Praise to you, Lord Christ.

SERMON                                                                                                          Pastor Neil

THE NICENE CREED (please stand)

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

 We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son, he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

 Celebrant

In calling forth creation from the void, God, you revealed yourself in human form. You manifest your concern for your whole universe. Hear the world’s needs, as we bring the matters of our hearts before you.

 Leader

Pour out your life-giving Spirit on your holy church throughout the world and equip its members to boldly proclaim their common faith and your bountiful blessings across the earth. Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Let your Spirit move over our unruly time and heal its people broken in spirit and body. Bring peace to a weary and struggling world. Protect Mother Earth from human neglect. Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Burn out all that is evil in us; consecrate us for holy service and empower us to work toward the salvation of the world. Give us energy and insight for the mission. Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Renew the faith of all those who call you Lord, so that we may devote ourselves to worship, teaching, and prayer—all to reveal your grace, mercy, and healing to a fragile humanity. Give noble purpose to our secular leaders, and a desire to do justice in the land and in the world. Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Be with those who are dying and ill, and their families and loved ones. Bless the pastoral ministries of this congregation. Safeguard immigrants and refugees. Provide solace and healing to those beleaguered by hurricanes, floods, and fires, and any other human and personal calamities. Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

We especially pray for those we name now… (please add your petitions). Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

 Celebrant

Holy, holy, holy God: fill us with strength and courage, discernment and compassion, that we may be your instruments of justice, witness, and love in this world; that it may be on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

Let us confess our sins to God. (Silence may be kept.)

 Celebrant and People

God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you,

opposing your will in our lives. We have denied your goodness in each other, in ourselves, and in the world you have created. We repent of the evil that enslaves us, the evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf. Forgive, restore, and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ, that we may abide in your love and serve only your will. Amen.

 Celebrant

Almighty God have mercy on you ☩, forgive you all your sins

through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

THE PEACE

Celebrant    The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People         And also with you.

(Please greet one another in the name of the Lord.)

OFFERTORY SENTENCE

Celebrant    Let us with gladness present the offerings and gifts of our life and labor to the Lord. (Please be seated.)

HYMN #390 BLUE                             Praise to the Lord, v.1-3

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation; O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation: join the great throng, psaltery, organ, and song, sounding in glad adoration.

 Praise to the Lord; over all things he gloriously reigneth: bourne as on eagle wings, safely his sainsts he sustaineth. Hast thou not seen how all thou needest hath been, granted in what he ordaineth?

 Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy way and defend thee; surely his goodness and mercy shall ever attend thee; ponder anew what the Almighty can do, who with his love doth befriend thee?

 Celebrant

Please stand as you are able.

 PRESENTATION HYMN 321 BLUE                     My God, Thy Table Now Is Spread, v 1

 My God, thy table now is spread, thy cup with love doth overflow; be all thy children thither led, and let them thy sweet mercies know.

 THE HOLY COMMUNION

 THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

Celebrant           The Lord be with you.

People                  And also with you.

Celebrant             Lift up your hearts.

People                   We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant             Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People                   It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 Celebrant will chant:

It is truly right to glorify you, Father, and to give you thanks; you alone are God, living and true. Fountain of life and source of all goodness, you made all things and fill them with your blessing; you created them to rejoice in the splendor of your radiance.

Beholding the glory of your presence, we offer you unceasing praise. Joining as one people, we acclaim you, and glorify your Name, as we sing:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest, Hosanna in the highest.

We acclaim you, holy Lord, glorious in power. You formed us in your own image, giving the whole world into our care, so that, in obedience to you, we might rule and serve and preserve all the world and its creatures, beauty, and future. You have not abandoned us to the power of death. You mercifully came to our help, so that we might find you. Again and again you called us into covenant with you, and you taught us to hope for salvation.

In the fullness of time, you sent your only Son to be our Savior. Conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, safeguarded by Joseph with a Father’s care, Jesus lived as one of us. To the poor he proclaimed the good news of salvation; to prisoners, freedom; to the sorrowful, joy. He gave himself up to death; and, rising from the grave, destroyed death, and made creation anew. He sent the Holy Spirit to complete his work in the world, and to bring to fulfillment the sanctification of all.

When the hour had come for him to be glorified by you, he loved us all to the end. At supper with his disciples, he took bread, and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to them, he said, “Take, eat: This is my Body,

which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.” After supper, again, he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you. This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Father, we now celebrate this memorial of our redemption, and offering to you from the gifts you have given us, this bread and this cup, we praise you and we bless you.

 Celebrant and People We praise you, we bless you, we give thanks to you, and we pray to you, Lord our God.

Lord, we pray that in your goodness and mercy, your Holy Spirit may descend upon us, and upon these gifts, ☩ sanctifying them and showing them to be holy gifts for your holy people, the bread of life and the cup of salvation, the Body and Blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Grant that all who share this communion may become one body and one spirit, a living sacrifice in Christ. Remember, Lord, your one holy catholic and apostolic Church. Reveal its unity, guard its faith, and preserve it in peace. Grant that we may find our inheritance with all the saints who have found favor with you in ages past. We praise you in union with them and give you glory through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Celebrant and People    Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to you be honor, glory, and praise, for ever and ever. Amen.

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray:

THE LORD’S PRAYER (traditional)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

PRE-COMMUNION ANTHEM                                            S-164

Jesus, Lamb of God: have mercy on us. Jesus, bearer of our sins: have mercy on us. Jesus, redeemer, redeemer of the world: give us your peace, give us your peace.

Celebrant   The gifts of God for the people of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

WELCOME TO THE TABLE

All are welcome to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, without exception. The usher will direct you when to come forward (those in the back of the room come first). Cup your hands together to receive the bread and when the wine is offered, either dip your wafer in the wine or assist the chalice bearer to guide the cup to your lips. Alternately, you may cross your hands over your chest to indicate you wish a blessing from the priest. The elements will be brought to those who are unable to come forward.

COMMUNION MUSIC

THE THANKSGIVING            

Loving God, we give you thanks for restoring us in your image and nourishing us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood. Now send us forth a people forgiven, healed, renewed; that we may proclaim your love to the world and continue in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.

THE BLESSING

Sisters and brothers, we go out into the world in peace, as part of God’s beloved community. May God help us all to be of good courage, hold on to what is good, return to no one an evil for an evil. Strengthen the faint-hearted, support the weak, aid the suffering, do justice and hope, honor all people, and let our gentleness be known by everyone. May God, who raised our Lord Jesus from death, lift us up and restore us to wholeness. And may God bless us all, ☩ in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. Amen.

HYMN #214 BLUE   Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise, v 1-3

Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia. Glorious to his native skies, Alleluia. Christ, awhile to mortals given, Alleluia. Enters now the highest heaven! Alleluia.

 There the glorious triumph wails, Alleluia. Lift your heads eternal gates, Alleluia. Wide unfold the radiant scene, Alleluia. Take the King of glory in! Alleluia.

 See! He lifts his hand above, Alleluia. See! He shows the prints of love, Alleluia. Hark! His gracious lips bestow, Alleluia. Blessings on his Church below, Alleluia.

THE DISMISSAL 

Celebrant    Go in peace to love and serve the Lord, alleluia, alleluia!

People         Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia!

 

POSTLUDE