TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY Sunday, February 26, 2017
This Sunday, the Transfiguration story will be “retold” using Scripture readings, Message and music. A truly “awe-some” worship experience!
• In Exodus 24: 12 – 18, Moses goes to the top of Mount Sinai to be in the presence of God for 40 days and nights.
• Psalm 2 serves as the background for Transfiguration. The 6th and 7th verses are especially worth noting:
6”As for me, I have anointed my king upon Zion, my holy mountain.
” 7 Let me announce the decree of the Lord, who said to me,
“You are my son; this day have I begotten you.” Do you know the identity of “me?” Jesus!
• In 2nd Peter, Chapter 1, verses 16 – 21, Peter says, the Transfiguration is not a myth, but was real for he, James and John were eyewitnesses to the Transfiguration.
• The Gospel , Matthew 19: 1 – 9 is the Transfiguration story.
“Jesus on the Mountain Peak”
The text is Peter, James and John sharing with us their experiences on the Mountain Peak
Jesus on the mountain peak stands alone in glory blazing;
Let us, if we dare to speak, join the saints and angels praising. Alleluia, alleluia!
Trembling at his feet we saw Moses and Elijah speaking.
All the prophets and the law shout through them their joyful greeting: Alleluia, alleluia!
Swift the cloud of glory came, God proclaiming in its thunder,
Jesus as the Son by name! Nations, cry aloud in wonder: Alleluia, alleluia!
This is God’s beloved Son! Law and prophets* sing before him, first and last and only One.
All creation shall adore him! Alleluia, alleluia!
*Worthy pondering: Who were the “Law and “Prophets singing before Him?
Oh, Wondrous Image, Vision Fair
Oh, wondrous image, vision fair of glory that the church may share,
Which Christ upon the mountain shows, where brighter than the sun he glows!
With Moses and Elijah nigh the’incarnate Lord holds converse high,
And from the cloud, the Holy One says, “This is my beloved Son.”
With shining face and bright array, Christ deigns to manifest today
What glory shall be theirs above who joy in God with perfect love.
And faithful hearts are raised on high by this great vision’s mystery;
For which in joyful song we raise the voice of prayer, the hymn of praise.
O Father, with the’eternal Son, and Holy Spirit, ever one,
We pray you, bring us by your grace to see your glory face to face.
Text: Sarum, 15th cent.; tr. John Mason Neale, 1818-1866, alt.
This hymn may not be familiar, but it is so beautifully simple. http://lord jesus you shall be my song
Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song ELW 808
1 Lord Jesus, you shall be my song as I journey;
I’ll tell ev’rybody about you wherever I go:
you alone are our life and our peace and our love.
Lord Jesus, you shall be my song as I journey.
2 Lord Jesus, I’ll praise you as long as I journey.
May all of my joy be a faithful reflection of you.
May the earth and the sea and the sky join my song.
Lord Jesus, I’ll praise you as long as I journey.
3 As long as I live, Jesus, make me your servant,
to carry your cross and to share all your burdens and tears.
For you saved me by giving your body and blood.
As long as I live, Jesus, make me your servant.
4 I fear in the dark and the doubt of my journey;
but courage will come with the sound of your steps by my side.
And with all of the family you saved by your love,
we’ll sing to your dawn at the end of our journey.
You Are My Hiding Place
It quotes Psalm 32
Choir Anthem for February 26th,
“This is My Beloved Son” by Pepper Choplin