February 14, 2021 Worship
6th Sunday after the Epiphany
May the brightness of God shine
around us, within us, and through us.
WELCOME and CALL TO WORSHIP
Beyond our busyness, above the cold winter floor there is a glory rising born of heaven and reaching out to each one of us a light that shines through the clouds
an invitation seeking all of who we are
that transfigures the world
that transforms darkness into hope, that brings life from a cross where old life ends and new life is born
In glory Jesus meets us here, raising us from depths of valley to the height of the mountain, carrying the weight of our humanity to the heights of heaven’s glory.
Let us worship from the mountain and hear again
“This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”
OPENING HYMN The Mighty God with Power Speaks No. 13
(Because the singing of hymns is discouraged during this period of pandemic, you are invited to hum or meditate on the verses below.)
The Mighty God with power speaks,
and all the world obeys;
from dawn until the setting sun,
God’s wonder earth displays.
The perfect beauty all around
from Zion's height shines forth;
and stars across the firmament
so brightly beam their worth.
God comes not with a silent form,
but riding on the winds;
before God’s face, the raging storm
its blast of thunder sends.
All hail the Judge, in bold array,
whose promise is to bless;
who sees our sins, yet also feels
our thirst for righteousness.
The heavens declare your justice, Lord,
as endless as the sky;
against the taunts of disbelief,
our God will testify.
Receive my heartfelt gift of thanks,
as honor to your might;
refresh my faith with each new day;
protect me through the night.
CALL TO PRAYERS
The God revealed to us in the pages of scripture is a welcoming and inclusive God who directs us to love one another. We seek to remove all the barriers that keep us from that love. Come now to confess all that separates you from others and from God.
PRAYERS OF APPROACH & CONFESSION
We worship you, O God, with songs of praise.
We worship you with words of prayer
and with ears that listen for you
to speak your saving truth into our lives.
We worship you in the silent spaces
where we struggle for hope and for courage.
We long for a glimpse of your glory:
the glory that shines in the darkness
and the darkness cannot overcome it;
the glory that touches lives with a beauty so holy that it heals the wounded soul;
the glory that gives strength to the weary.
We, who stumble and fall so often, worship you,
longing for your light to shine upon us.
Dazzle us with your holy love,
draw us into your purifying presence,
speak to us your transforming truth.
Then, grant us grace
to live every moment changed by such glory— daring to live with hope and courage and love reflecting the life of Jesus, through whom your glory shines in the most unexpected ways. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF GOD WITH US5
Even in the darkest of times, the light of God is shining. The light of Christ’s love and mercy are shining now, brightening our lives with mercy and grace.
SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
Share signs of light and love, for in these signs we experience the peace of Christ—the mysterious peace that passes all understanding. The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you! And also with you.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Listen, for God speaks, calling out to the earth, speaking for all to hear.
SCRIPTURE LESSON 2 Kings 2:1-14
SCRIPTURE LESSON Mark 9:2-9
SERMON Rev. Kathryn R. Mustaro God’s Tabernacle
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
OUR GIFTS OF SACRIFICE and THANKSGIVING Invitation
In a world of shadows and clouds, we are invited to proclaim the light of Christ. May light guide our thoughts and help us know how to give of ourselves and our gifts so that we may become lights in a shadowy world.
Thank you for sending your offerings.
They make a great difference to our church’s work in the world.
Prayer of Dedication
God of light and love, shine through the gifts we bring before you
now. Speak through our hearts and our actions. Bless our gifts, our offerings, and our very lives, that we may bless others with your presence. Amen.
We Are Sent
CLOSING HYMN O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright No. 666
(You are invited to hum or meditate on verses below.)
O splendor of God’s glory bright,
from light eternal bringing light;
O Light of Light, light’s living spring,
true Day, all days illumining:
Come, Holy Sun of heavenly love,
rain down your radiance from above,
and to our inward hearts convey
the Holy Spirit’s cloudless ray.
O Lord, with each returning morn,
your image to our heart is born;
O may we ever clearly view
our Savior and our God in you.
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 Lord 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. May Christ be with you and never leave you.
And may the Spirit renew the image of God within you. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
in the name of Christ. Amen.
All songs not in the public domain are used by permission of CCLI #1124594.