Worship at Home

Worship for 14th February 2021

Transfiguration

To listen to the sermon and a hymn dial

01604 266000.

Sunday 14th February 10:30 AM

(or whenever you wish)

This week’s message has been prepared by Mrs Jenny Brooks.

This short act of worship is for use from home.  Pause to settle yourself in God’s presence, knowing that other people are sharing in worship with you.

 
 
 
 
Download other Resources

© ROOTS for Churches Ltd www.rootsontheweb.com. Reproduced with permission.

Call to Worship

God of Life, Glory and Transformation –
help us to know your Majesty and Love.

‘Song of the Transfiguration’

Tune: Picardy “Let all mortal flesh keep silence”

Transform us as you, transfigured,
Stood apart on Tabor’s height.
Lead us up our sacred mountains,
Search us with revealing light.
Lift us from where we have fallen,
Full of questions, filled with fright.

Transform us as you, transfigured,
Once spoke with those holy ones.
We, surrounded by the witness
Of those saints whose work is done,
Live in this world as your Body,
Live in this world as your Body,
Chosen daughters, chosen sons.

Transform us as you, transfigured,
Would not stay within a shrine.
Keep us from our great temptation
Time and truth we quickly bind.
Lead us down those daily pathways
Where our love is not confined.

David Haas, 2001 – Musixmatch

 
 

A Prayer of Confession:

God of Revelation and Epiphany,
help us to see you in all creation;
prompt us to take great care of all that surrounds us.

Transforming God,
we ask that you help us to recognise our mistakes and to make reparations.

Sometimes Lord, we make assumptions about other people that may not be accurate.
Forgive us our foolishness;
restore us to a right relationship
with you and each other.

Amen.

Bible Reading

 
 
 
 

Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Meditation on the Transfiguration

What happened that day up on the mountain?
I’m still not sure, even now
Maybe it was the altitude addling the brain
Or perhaps the light playing tricks
But one moment we seemed to be looking at Jesus –
And the next it was as if he were God himself,
His face radiant
His clothes dazzling white
His whole being bathed in light, too bright to behold.
And that’s not all,
For there beside him stood Moses and Elijah,
Epitomising the law and the prophets,
As though everything that had gone before – our life, our faith, our history,
Had been leading up to this moment,
Finding fulfilment in this man standing before us.

We didn’t grasp all that at first, of course
In fact we didn’t grasp much-
Just stood there gawping… Awestruck!
Until I blurted out some nonsense about building shelters for them all.
But we realised afterwards we’d been given a glimpse of glory,
A sign that this man who we loved and followed
Was more special than we’d begun to imagine
Too special for words.

We wanted to stay there for ever,
To keep hold of that mountain top experience,
But life’s not like that, sadly.
Like faith, it must be lived out in the daily routine
In this world of ups and downs,
Highs and lows, and believe me we were to have those aplenty.
But whatever the trials we were later to face-the depths of despair, suffering and human evil-
There was no way those could have the final word.
We’d seen the light that day – Literally.
And it would never be extinguished

 
 
 

From A Most Amazing Man, Year B,  Nick Fawcett,
published 2011 by Kevin Mayhew

 
 

Reflection

The lectionary gives us the story of Transfiguration; a time to think about Jesus as God. Not only the baby, not just the child to whom the wise men brought gifts, not just the young man who went to Jerusalem and had a discussion with the teachers in the temple, not just the man who was baptised by John, but the whole view of Jesus as the Incarnation of God – the fulfilment of prophecy from Moses, through Elijah, to us learning about this again. Helping us to understand that this is God with us.

It’s quite a big idea to understand and most of us don’t understand fully what this is about, but sometimes images and different ideas, like the reflection we read earlier, help us to begin to make sense.

I would like us to look at an abstract painting by Armando Alemdar, an artist originally from Macedonia, now living in London.

The picture is called Transfiguration and it has this sense of movement of light, from the bottom of the picture going up towards the top. It starts with dark blues and browns, it becomes lighter, yellow and eventually white. I think that it is significant that there are 3 main points of light. Jesus, Moses and Elijah – and God is the point where they all come together. It’s difficult with an abstract painting to know what is the artist’s intention; maybe they don’t have an agenda, maybe this is just an idea that came to them. But the whole of the picture feels to me like light and movement are shifting, moving, coming together.

Like the disciples Mark tells us of in the story of the Transfiguration, we can feel puzzled by all of this and as we move forward into Lent.  
I would like to ask you to reflect on your understanding of Jesus as God and what that means for you in your daily life.   

Amen

 
 

Prayer of intercession:-

We bring to the Lord, those who we know who need His love and our support.

We remember especially all who are bereaved and those who are dying;
those for whom life is painful and dark.

We ask for peace of mind for all who are troubled.

We ask for sensitivity in our dealings with each other.

Show us, gracious God, how to be followers of your way.

The Lord's Prayer

Please use the version that you prefer

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 trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Amen.

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.
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 for ever.

Amen.

 

StF 15 – How Great is Our God

The splendour of the king, clothed in majesty;
Let all the earth rejoice, all the earth rejoice.

He wraps Himself in light, and darkness tries to hide,
And trembles at His voice, and trembles at His voice.

How great is our God, sing with me,
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God.

And age to age He stands, and time is in His hands;
Beginning and the End, Beginning and the End.

The Godhead, three in one, Father, Spirit, Son,
The Lion and the Lamb, the Lion and the Lamb.

Name above all names, worthy of all praise;
My heart will sing: how great is our God.
(Repeat)

 
 

Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves & Ed Cash Copyright © 2004)

 

The Grace

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God and the fellowship
of the Holy Spirit be with us all, evermore.  Amen.

 

Service prepared by Jenny Brooks
Sheet format – Phil Snelson

Webpage: Paul Deakin

Bible Course for Lent

Join in across Lent for a fresh look at our vision for Christian discipleship.

Ash Wednesday Service

There will be an Ash Wednesday Service led by Local Preacher Denise Turner on February 17th at 7:30pm. The service will be held on Zoom, please contact Circuit Office for log in details. 

Roots at Home

Please do look at the new resource from Roots that we will now be publishing each week on the Worship at Home page. The weekly PDF can be downloaded by clicking on the green button that will be included at the top of the page.

From Roots:

What is it?

A weekly resource packed with ideas to send out to your church community.

  • It offers a wide and varied range of activities for people to choose each week – e.g. things to make, bake, read, watch – helping them to weave faith into everyday life.
  • It’s available as a PDF, so it’s easy to distribute – email it, print it, or share it on your website.

Who is it for?

Ideas are usable across a wide range of ages – making it possible for households to do activities together.

The materials in ROOTS at home are completely different to the ROOTS weekly resources. This means that you can use the ROOTS at home resource in two ways:

  • to help those who have attended a gathering to explore ideas further
  • and/or to share with those who could not join you.

Supporting those with no Bible at home

On the back of each sheet, we provide both a children’s and adult’s version of the relevant Bible reading – and add a glossary where necessary.