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February 27, 2022 - Transfiguration Sunday

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Prelude What is this Scene

Acknowledgement

Welcome

Gathering Hymn Here in this Place 465 CP

Here in this place new light is streaming now is the darkness vanished away. See in this space our fears and our dreamings brought here to you in the light of this day. Gather us in- the lost and forsaken; gather us in- the blind and the lame; call to us now and we shall awaken; we shall arise at the sound of our name. We are the young- our lives are a mystery; we are the old - who yearn for your face. We have been sung throughout all of history, called to be light to the whole human race. Gather us in- the rich and the haughty; Gather us in- the proud and the strong; give us a heart so meek and so lowly; give us the courage to enter the song. Here we will take the wine and the water; here we will take the bread of new birth. Here you shall call your sons and your daughters, call us anew to be salt for the earth. Give us to drink the wine of compassion; give us to eat the bread that is you; nourish us well, and teach us to fashion Lives that are holy and hearts that are true. Not in the dark of buildings confining, Not in some heaven, light years away, but here in this place the new light is shining; Now is the kingdom, now is the day. Gather us in and hold us forever; gather us in and make us your own; gather us in- all peoples together, fire of love in our flesh and our bone.

Gathering Sentences (Before the Amen)

Loving God, your people long for a sign that you have not forgotten them!

Shine among us! Fill our land with your radiant glory!

Merciful God, your people are parched from the heat of their own sin!

Flow among us! Flood all peoples with your grace and mercy!

Life-giving God, your people grow cold as the world’s grief takes it toll on them!

Blaze among us! Set our hearts on fire with compassion!

Send forth your word and let there be light!

Prayer of Approach

Holy and loving God, we boldly proclaim the promise of Christ that where two or three are gathered in that holy name, Christ is present. With Christ among us, we know the power of your love for us. With Christ among us, we see your glory in the faces of our brothers and sisters. With Christ among us, we believe we can do all things through love’s strength at work in us. Free us now to be a people renewed by transforming love of the one who came that we might have life and have it abundantly. Amen

Gloria (240 Catholic Book)

Chorus

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to God’s people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Chorus

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

receive our prayer.

Chorus

For you alone are the Holy One,

you are alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God, the Father. Amen. Amen.

Chorus

A Collect for Black History Month

Compassionate God, who sent Jesus Christ to deliver us from all manner of injustices and inequalities, create in us new hearts and enlarged visions, to see the image of God in every person irrespective of background, race and ethnicity. May we be generous in our love of others as we work towards ending misunderstanding, racism and injustice; creating communities of human flourishing, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Collect of the Day

Almighty God, on the holy mount you revealed to chosen witnesses your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured: mercifully deliver us from the darkness of this world, and change us into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

The Proclamation of the Word

A Reading from the book, EXODUS Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them. Afterward all the Israelites came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face; but whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin of his face was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him. (34:29-35)

Listen for the leading of the Spirit Thanks be to God

Psalm 99 Refrain: The Lord our God is the Holy One.

The Lord reigns; let the people tremble; the Lord is enthroned upon the Cherubim; let the earth shake. The Lord is great in Zion and is high above all peoples.

The Lord our God is the Holy One.

Let them confess your name, which is great and awesome; you are the Holy One. “O mighty Sovereign, lover of justice, you have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.”

The Lord our God is the Holy One.

Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God and fall down before the footstool of God; the Lord is the Holy One. Moses and Aaron among your priests, and Samuel among those who call upon your name, they called upon you, O Lord, and you answered them. You spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; they kept your testimonies and the decree that you gave them.

The Lord our God is the Holy One.

“O Lord our God, you answered them indeed; you were a God who forgave them, yet punished them for their evil deeds.” Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God and worship upon the holy hill of God; for the Lord our God is the Holy One.

The Lord our God is the Holy One.

A Reading from the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness, not like Moses, who put a veil over his face to keep the people of Israel from gazing at the end of the glory that was being set aside. But their minds were hardened. Indeed, to this very day, when they hear the reading of the old covenant, that same veil is still there, since only in Christ is it set aside. Indeed, to this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds; but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit. Therefore, since it is by God's mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practise cunning or to falsify God's word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God. (3:12-4:2)

Listen for the leading of the Spirit Thanks be to God

Gradual Hymn Spirit of the Living God 647 CP

Spirit of the living God, move among us all; make us one in heart and mind, make us one in love, humble, caring, selfless, sharing. Spirit of the living God, fill our lives with love.

Spirit of the living God,

fall afresh on me,

Spirit of the Living God,

fall afresh on me.

break me, melt me, mold me, fill me

Spirit of the Living God,

fall fresh on me.

The Lord be with you And also with you

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Luke (9.28–36)

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 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. 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. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!’ 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.

The Gospel of Christ Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

Homily

An Affirmation of Faith (faithandworship.com)

We are born in hope, Raised in hope, Nurtured in hope, Loved in hope, Comforted in hope, Suffer in hope, Endure in hope, Overcome in hope.

Hope in the One who has endured all things that we might know freedom,

Hope in the One who has given us his Spirit that we might have power,

Hope in the One who has loved us beyond death that we might have life,

Hope in the One who prepares a place for us that we might share eternity with him. For hope that endures, we thank you Lord.

Prayers of Intercession (Church of England Resources)

God of all peoples, whose Son reached across the ethnic boundaries between Samaritan, Roman and Jew, help us to break down the barriers in our communities, enable us to see the reality of racism and bigotry, and free us to challenge and uproot it from ourselves, our society and our world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all victims of racial hatred and discrimination, and we seek your protection for those affected in our churches, our schools, our places of work and our communities. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all in our world, of whatever race, who suffer the horrors of modern slavery. Your Son came to bring good news to the poor and freedom for the oppressed. We pray for all working to combat modern slavery and to end human trafficking: for governments and agencies, for Church and other faith leaders, for businesses, charities and individuals. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for ourselves. May we be voices against oppression and channels of the transforming power of the gospel. Open our hearts to all who suffer in our midst but out of sight. Help us to work for a world where human beings are valued, where no one is enslaved, and no one used against their will for another’s pleasure or need. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that we may know the power of reconciliation. Wherever there is division between us and others, because of our race or ethnicity, we pray that we may all be led to reconciliation. We pray for all who work to bring communities together in ways that are just and equal for all. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

As we pray for reconciliation, we pray also for restoration. We pray for those whose spirits and communities have been weighed down by racism. Guide us as we strive to ensure everyone has equal dignity. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

The Peace (Anglican Eucharistic Liturgies pg 132 BCP of Church of Nigeria)

We are the body of Christ. In one Spirt we were all baptized into one body. Let us then pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life.

The Peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you

The Offertory Hymn Tis Good Lord to be here 167 CP

'Tis good, Lord, to be here! Thy glory fills the night; thy face and garments, like the sun, shine with unborrowed light.

'Tis good, Lord, to be here, thy beauty to behold, where Moses and Elijah stand, thy messengers of old.

Fulfiller of the past, promise of things to be, we hail thy body glorified, and our redemption see.

Before we taste of death, we see thy kingdom come; O might we hold the vision bright, and make this hill our home.

'Tis good, Lord, to be here! Yet we may not remain; but since thou bidst us leave the mount, come with us to the plain.

Prayer over the Gifts

Holy God, receive all we offer you this day, and bring us to that radiant glory which we see in the transfigured face of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Eucharistic Prayer (Supplementary Prayers of ACC)

May God be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to God.

Let us give thanks to God our Creator.

It is right to offer thanks and praise.

Holy God, Lover of creation,

we give you thanks and praise

for in the ocean of your steadfast love

you bear us and place the song

of your Spirit in our hearts.

When we turn from your love and defile the earth,

you do not abandon us.

Your Spirit speaks through Huldah and Micah,

through prophets, sages, and saints in every age,

to confront our sin

and reveal the vision of your new creation.

Joining in the song of the universe

we proclaim your glory singing:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of power and might Heaven and Earth of your glory are full Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest. Blessed is the one that comes in the name of the Lord

Blessed is the one that come in the name of the Lord

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of power and might Heaven and Earth of your glory are full Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest.

Gracious God, in the fullness of time

you sent Jesus the Christ to share

our fragile humanity.

Through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection

you open the path from brokenness to health,

from fear to trust,

from pride and conceit to reverence for you.

Rejected by a world that could not bear the Gospel of life,

Jesus knew death was near.

His head anointed for burial by an unknown woman,

Jesus gathered together those who loved him.

He took bread, gave thanks to you,

broke it and gave it to his friends, saying,

“Take and eat: this is my body which is given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper, Jesus took the cup of wine,

gave you thanks, and said

“Drink this all of you,

this is my blood of the new covenant

which is shed for you and for many.

Whenever you drink it,

do this for the remembrance of me.”

And now we gather at this table

in response to his commandment,

to share the bread and cup of Christ’s undying love,

and to proclaim our faith.

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

Breathe your Holy Spirit,

the wisdom of the universe,

upon these gifts that we bring to you:

this bread, this cup,

ourselves, our souls and bodies,

that we may be signs of your love

for all the world and

ministers of your transforming purpose.

Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all glory is yours, Creator of all,

and we bless your holy name for ever. Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, let us pray

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread and forgive us our sins.

As we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.

For the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory are yours.

Now and forever. Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

We, being many, are one body, for we all share in the one bread

Today, Christ meets us at the table. Today, salvation comes to everyone, everywhere. These are the gifts of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God

The Communion

Music During Communion Walkin in the Light

Prayer after Communion

Holy God, we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ. May we who are partakers of his table reflect his life in word and deed, that all the world may know his power to change and save. We ask this in his name. Amen

Glory to God,

whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.

Glory to God from generation to generation,

in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever. Amen

The Blessing

Announcements

Closing Hymn Shine Jesus Shine 460 CP Lord, the Light of Your Love is shining, In the midst of the darkness shining, Jesus, Light of the World, shine upon us, Set us free by the truth You now bring us, Shine on me. Shine on me. Shine, Jesus shine, Fill this land with the Father's glory. Blaze, Spirit blaze, Set our hearts on fire. Flow, river flow, Flood the nations with grace and mercy. Send forth Your word, Lord and let there be light. Lord I come to Your awesome presence, From the shadows into Your radiance. By the blood I may enter Your brightness, Search me, try me, consume all my darkness. Shine on me. Shine on me. As we gaze on Your kindly brightness. So our faces display Your likeness. Ever changing from glory to glory, Mirrored here may our lives tell Your story. Shine on me. Shine on me.

Dismissal (Rex Hunt Liturgies) If, here, you have found freedom, We take it with us into the world.

If you have found comfort, We go and share it with others.

If you have dreamed dreams, We help one another, that they may come true.

If you have known love and unity, then we give some back to a bruised and hurting world.  Amen

Postlude Peace in our Time