Changed for Good, Changed for God

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a message about the way our relationship with Jesus changes us for good. Based Luke 9:28-36

The Service for the Lord’s Day

 March 3, 2019

 The Transfiguration     

 

WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD, THE LORD OF LIFE

Prelude
“These Holy Mysteries”                                             R Wilson

“The Lily of the Valley”                                               M Hayes

 

News of the Church

Please complete the attendance form found in the red Welcome book in your pew.  Prayer requests can be written in the book as well.  Thank you.

 

*The Greeting and Welcoming of One Another

(There are no strangers in God’s House, just friends we have not yet met.

Greet your neighbor in Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)

 

Moment for Mission                          Rise Against Hunger

 

*Hymn                                                  “Ancient Words”                                              L DeShazo

 

*Call to Worship (Responsive)                                                                                     AJ Baratta

Leader:            We gather this morning to turn our eyes to God;

People:           to be in His glorious presence!

Leader:            We come to ask for change;

People:           a change in our hearts, our minds and in our lives.

Leader:            When we gather in His name, we become one with Him.  God’s majesty and

splendor wash over us, giving us light and hope.

All:                  Let us worship God!

 

*Hymn                                               “A Mighty Fortress”                                             C Nockels

 

*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, we ask You to come into our lives, yet fail to keep our hearts open to You.  We are amazed by the works of Your hands yet refuse to give You credit.  We pray for change and seek ways to become more like You yet are unable to adjust how we think and feel and act.  Help us to prepare our hearts for You.  Open our eyes to truly see Your glory and to appreciate the beauty of all You create.  Guide us to live a life we are proud to share.  Make us eager to reach out to others so they, too, may see the light only You can bring…   (Silent time of prayer)

 

*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:            God sees our desires to grow and supports us through times when we are stagnant.  His forgiveness and mercy give light and hope as we struggle to change and grow.

All:                  Thanks be to God!

 

* The Gloria Patri – Hymn Tune, 581

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

 

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

Children’s Message                                                                                                     AJ Baratta

After the Children’s Message, preschoolers through 1st Graders may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church.  All other students are asked to remain in worship.

 

Message       “Changed for Good, Changed for God”       Dr. Jonathan Sloan

Luke 9:28-36

The Transfiguration
28 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30 Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. 31 They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33 Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. 34 While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 35 Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” 36 When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

 

*Hymn #525                                                                              “Let Us Break Bread Together”                                                                         

 

WE SEAL AND RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*The Apostles’ Creed

            I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

            And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

            I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

 

Pastoral Prayer

 

Offering

Offertory Anthem                  “The Way of Peace”                                          arr. S Curry

Chancel Choir

 

*Doxology (The Hymnal, #606)

 

Prayer of Dedication

 

THE CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Ps. 34:8

All who put their trust in Christ as Savior and Lord, whether from this church or another Christian fellowship, are invited and encouraged to share in the Lord’s Supper.  The individually wrapped wafers are Gluten Free so that even those with gluten sensitivities may partake in communion.

 

The Invitation to the Lord’s Table

The Words of Institution

 

Communion

 

The Sharing of the Bread and the Cup

Bread (You may partake of the bread when you receive it for

your personal communion with Christ.)

Cup   (Please hold the cup until all have been served that we

may commune together showing our oneness in Christ.)

 

The Prayer of Thanksgiving (Unison)

       Eternal God, thank you for coming to us in Jesus Christ. Renew in us faith and hope that we may welcome Christ to rule our thoughts and claim our love, as Lord of lords and King of kings through Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray: 

 

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 debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

 

WE GO FORTH TO SERVE

*Hymn #498                                                        “Loaves Were Broken, Words Were Spoken”

 

*Benediction

 

Postlude                                                 “A Joyous Air”                                                  H Purcell

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*Please stand, in body or in spirit