February 11, 2024
Join us for worship on Sunday, February 11, 2024. The sermon is by Dr. Marshall Zieman, based on Mark 9: 2-10 Our music is provided by Alleluia Singers; Mark Kanitz, organ. We are aware of the audio and feedback issues for the livestream and are working to fix the issue. If you have issues during the livestream, please use the online friendship pad to let us know of any issues you have during the service.
- To watch the service, click the Service tab below. The livestream will begin around 11:05 a.m. A recording of the livestream will be available afterward, and you can watch it anytime.
- To read the Bulletin, click the Bulletin tab below. You may flip back and forth between the Service and Bulletin tabs at anytime without interruption. Below the video screen, you can use the button to access a PDF of the Bulletin, if you prefer.
Please make sure your device and the service video are not muted. Please set your volume appropriately.
Sunday February 11, 2024 Worship Service
Livestream at 11:10 a.m
The last Sunday before Ash Wednesday is traditionally designated for celebrating the transfiguration of Jesus. At the transfiguration the great glory of God in the person of Jesus Christ was made clear to Peter, James, and John (Luke 9: 28-36). In this glory we see a fuller representation of Jesus’ identity, and we glimpse the glory he would receive at the completion of his redemptive work. Transfiguration is the fourth celebration (after Christmas, Epiphany, and the Baptism of our Lord) that affirms the identity of Jesus as not only fully human but also fully divine. Together, these celebrations prepare us for the journey toward the cross and empty tomb.
GATHERING IN GOD’S NAME
PRELUDE — Ricercare on “St. Thomas” — Craig Callahan
As the prelude begins, you are invited to begin your personal preparation for worship.
“We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito.” — C.S. Lewis
CALL TO WORSHIP
Great is the Lord – exalted among the nations.
Mighty is the Lord – King of heaven and earth.
Holy is the Lord – beyond our understanding.
Let us worship our God and King!
PRAISE AND ADORATION
*HYMN OF PRAISE #49 — The God of Abraham Praise — LEONI
(*Please stand if you are able)
CALL TO CONFESSION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of compassion, in Jesus Christ you reveal the light of your glory, but we turn away, distracted by our own plans. We confess that we speak when we should listen, and act when we should wait. Forgive our aimless enthusiasms. Grant us wisdom to live in your light and to follow in the way of your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
SILENT PRAYERS OF CONFESSION AND PETITION
KYRIE ELEISON (#434) — Restore in Us, O God — BAYLOR
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
*GLORIA PATRI (#447) — We Are Forgiven — WE ARE FORGIVEN
During the welcome, children are invited to come forward for a time with Dr. Zieman
TIME FOR YOUNG DISCIPLES
ORDINATION AND INSTALLATION OF A DEACON
RECEPTION OF NEW MEMBERS
Amy Boesen — co-Moderator of the Membership Committee
Ed and Kathy Leach
THE OLD TESTAMENT LESSON — 2 Kings 2: 1-12 — page 290 of the pew Bible
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!
FELLOWSHIP OF PRAYER
JOYS AND CONCERNS
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
The Lord’s Prayer
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.
PROCLAMATION OF GOD’S WORD
THE GOSPEL LESSON — Mark 9: 2-10 — page 820 of the pew Bible
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!
SERMON — “A Glimpse of Glory” — Dr. Zieman
RECEPTION OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS
OFFERTORY — Christus Paradox — PICARDY arr. Alfred V. Fedak
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
The elders will serve you in the pews. All baptized Christians are invited to partake.
We ask that you hold on to the piece of bread or the cup until all have been served, so that we may partake as one body.
INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH — from the Heidelberg Catechism (1563), 4.066
What are sacraments?
Sacraments are visible, holy signs and seals. They were instituted by God so that by our use of them he might make us understand more clearly the promise of the gospel, and seal that promise. And this is God’s gospel promise: to grant us forgiveness of sins and eternal life by grace because of Christ’s one sacrifice accomplished on the cross.
*SANCTUS (#572) — Holy, Holy, Holy — SANCTUS (Pavlechko)
SERVING OF THE BREAD
Dr. Zieman will walk down the center aisle with gluten–free bread.
COMMUNION ANTHEM — Fairest Lord Jesus — Derek Hakes
SERVING OF THE CUP OF THE NEW COVENANT
*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
O God, before the passion of your one and only Son you revealed his glory upon the holy mountain:
Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
*HYMN OF DEDICATION #500 — Be Known to Us in Breaking Bread — ST. FLAVIAN
*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
POSTLUDE — Sanctus from “Exsultate: A Liturgical Suite” — Craig Phillips