Sunday, February 14, 2021

Transfiguration Sunday

O God, who on the holy mount didst reveal to chosen witnesses
Thy well-beloved Son,
Wonderfully transfigured,
In raiment white and glistening:
Mercifully grant that we,
Being delivered from the disquietude of this world,
May by faith behold the King in his beauty;
Who with thee, O Father,
And thee, O Holy Ghost,
Liveth and reigneth,
One God,
World without end.

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Good morning FCCG family! Our Joys, Concerns and Announcements this week include:

  • Birthdays or anniversaries coming up this week: Rick Shaw’s birthday (February 14), Joan Rule’s birthday (February 16). No other birthdays or anniversaries on the calendar. Let us know if we missed yours!
  • By now you should have received in the mail the notice from the church council that the 2021 Annual Meeting has been postponed to February 28th. Watch your email for a copy of the 2020 Financials and 2021 budget in advance of that meeting.

Introit ………………… The Old Rugged Cross
by Kaoma chende

CALL TO WORSHIP  (from Exodus 24 and Psalm 99)      
Come! Says the Lord. Come up to the Holy Mountain!
We hear you, Holy One, but we are afraid. What will we find there?
Come! Says the Lord. Come up to the Holy Mountain!
We are assembled in this sanctuary, this holy place.
Let us meet together here, away from the distractions of the world.
Come! Says the Lord. Come up to the Holy Mountain!
Mighty One, we know you are a lover of justice.
You have established equity. Our knees, yes even our souls,
quake before you for we have not done what we ought to do.
Come! Says the Lord. Come up to the Holy Mountain!
You have shown yourself to be a forgiving God, therefore we exalt your name. Yes, O God, we will come with excitement, trembling with anticipation, to your holy mountain. Open our eyes and our ears and our hearts to receive your Word.  Anoint us as your holy people.
Come! Says the Lord. Come up to the Holy Mountain!
I am the Sovereign and Holy One. Do not be afraid.
Come! Let us worship God!

OPENING HYMN …………………….. #182 Transform Us

Holy God, whose love leads us to new experiences, help us to be open to your appearance among us and within us.  Let us sense your glory in the sights and sounds of this day. Confront us with your law and the prophet’s word, that our lives may more fully reflect your purposes. May your Holy Spirit move us to speak of the light that you reveal.  Amen.

What have we missed because we closed our eyes to what was happening around us? Who has cried for our help and we have not heard? Where has God sought to lead us, while we turned in another direction?  When has the vision been lost because we were preoccupied with our own agenda?  Let us examine ourselves and confess our waywardness.
We confess, Holy God, that we have created you in our own image and have been impatient at your silence. We have missed the awe and mystery because we cannot be quiet long enough to encounter a transcendent vision. We climb without pausing to appreciate the new vistas you reveal. We raise the wrong questions and ask for things to benefit ourselves. Then we do not wait for your answers, or resist them then they come. Forgive us God, and stir up a new responsiveness in us.
May God have mercy.
May Christ have mercy.
May God have mercy.

Hear now these words of assurance:
If we turn from our insolent, undisciplined ways, a new way is opened up for us, and God welcomes us as witnesses to his light. In keeping with God’s ordinances, we find true blessing. Praise God!

GLORY PATRI ………………………………………. #35

All readings are from the English Standard Version bible.

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON ………………………………………………… I Samuel 1:3-11

Lynnly Buchanan reads the Old Testament Lesson

Now this man used to go up year by year from his city to worship and to sacrifice to the LORD of hosts at Shiloh, where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests of the LORD. On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters. But to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the LORD had closed her womb. And her rival used to provoke her grievously to irritate her, because the LORD had closed her womb. So it went on year by year. As often as she went up to the house of the LORD, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat. And Elkanah, her husband, said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? And why do you not eat? And why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?”

After they had eaten and drunk in Shiloh, Hannah rose. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the LORD. She was deeply distressed and prayed to the LORD and wept bitterly. And she vowed a vow and said, “O LORD of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.”

PSALTER LESSON …………………………………………………………. Psalm 121

Barb Sharp reads the Psalter Lesson

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
   From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
   who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
   he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
   the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
   nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all evil;
   he will keep your life.
The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in
   from this time forth and forevermore.

EPISTLE LESSON …………………………………………………………… II Peter 1:12-21

Lea Rosier reads the Epistle Lesson

Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.

And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

HYMN ……………………………. #176 Sing of God Made Manifest

GOSPEL LESSON ……………………………………………………. Matthew 17:1-8

Pastor Clancy reads the Gospel Lesson

And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

SERMON …………………… Prayer ………………………. Rev. Rebecca Clancy

The Lord’s Prayer ……………………………………………….performed by Hillsong Worship

SPECIAL MUSIC …………. Evolution of Worship Music – An A Cappella Medley
performed by David Wesley

As we encounter the mystery of God’s revelation, we approach the season of Lent with its opportunities for reflection and waiting for God for forty days and forty nights.  Our church seeks to strengthen its ministry, not only among those already committed to the journey with Christ, but to neighbors and friends.  Our giving is a symbol of our willingness to invest our time and efforts to bring God’s vision for humanity to life.
God of clouds and devouring fire, we are amazed by the experiences of Moses and the disciples of Jesus. They point us beyond our every day attempts to be faithful to you. Enrich our lives in the season we are entering, that we may see the lamp of your love shining amidst the shadows. Let your new day dawn among us as we invest ourselves in your purposes for humanity. My we sense the morning star rising in our hearts, giving hope to a world reclaiming the values of your kingdom among us.

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CLOSING HYMN …………………………………… #594 Dear Lord, and Father of Mankind

May the Lord watch between me and thee, while we are apart one from the other, Amen.

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Please keep the following individuals in your prayers this week:

  • The family of Marilyn Cuscaden (death of Marilyn);
  • Jodi Holleran’s mom (illness);
  • Mercedes Nuss (illness);
  • Jess Reddy’s friend, Keeley (illness);
  • Sue Cechner’s friend, John (Illness);
  • Barb and Dick Sharp’s friend, Alice (illness);
  • Barb and Dick Sharp’s nephew, Jeff (illness);
  • Barb and Dick Sharp’s niece, Amy (illness);
  • Barb and Dick Sharp’s daughter-in-law, Kim (surgery);
  • Lisa Peterson (illness);
  • Lisa Peterson’s niece-in-law, Wendy (illness);
  • Linda Moran (illness);
  • Faith DiMaria’s brother, Steve, and family (illness);
  • The Connolly Family (lots of prayers);
  • Lynnly & Dave’s friend Mark (illness);
  • Wayne’s brother John and his family (death of his sister-in-law Teresa);
  • Karen’s Cousin, Dwight, (Illness);
  • Those affected by violence as well as those serving in the military;

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