Bulletin - February 19th, 2023

Covenant Presbyterian Church

Transfiguration of the Lord

February 19, 2023 – 10am


  Covenant is an accepting, welcoming community sharing the glory of God’s love with all.

 

PRELUDE             “Immortal, Invisible God Only Wise” arr.  Limbaugh


WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS Candle

CALL TO WORSHIP  


Leader:  At the mountain of the Lord bow down,

People:  for the Lord our God is holy.

Leader:  On a high mountain, Jesus was transfigured,

People:  and God said: This is my Beloved Son.

Leader: As God spoke, calling light out of darkness,

People:  God’s glory shines in the face of Jesus Christ.

Leader: Let us join our voices in worship.


*HYMN #5 “God the Sculptor of the Mountains”  (verses 1, 3, 4) Ribbon


1 God the sculptor of the mountains,

God the miller of the sand,

God the jeweler of the heavens,

God the potter of the land:

you are womb of all creation;

we are formless; shape us now.


3 God the dresser of the vineyard,

God the planter of the wheat,

God the reaper of the harvest,

God the source of all we eat:

you are host at every table;

we are hungry; feed us now.


4 God the unexpected infant,

God the calm, determined youth,

God the table-turning prophet,

God the resurrected truth:

you are present every moment;

we are searching; meet us now.


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. 


Grant us wisdom to live in your light 

and to follow in the way of your beloved Son, 

Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.


[Silence for personal confession]


WORDS OF FORGIVENESS 


HYMN #587 “Alleluia!” Ribbon


Alleluia! Alleluia!  Alleluia! Alleluia!


PASSING OF THE PEACE


The peace of the Lord, be with you all. And also with you.


HYMN #188 “Jesus Loves Me” 


TALK WITH CHILDREN


PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION Cross


THE FIRST READING Exodus 24:12-18 (NRSVUE) 


The voice of the Lord, powerful and full of majesty. Thanks be to God.


THE GOSPEL READING Matthew 17:1-9 (NRSVUE)


The Gospel of the Lord.  Praise to you, O Christ.


PRAYER OF THE DAY


Friend of Moses, 

strength of Elijiah, 

you go with your people 

and give them your Spirit: 

may the Child of your heart 

transfigure the mortal world 

that love may know no bounds; 

through Jesus Christ, the beloved one. 

Amen.


SERMON “Here Comes the Sun.”  


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father who art in heaven… (Hymnal p. 35. We say “debts & debtors.”)


HYMN #274 “You, Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd”   (verses 1-4) Ribbon


1 You, Lord, are both Lamb and Shepherd.

You, Lord, are both prince and slave.

You, peace-maker and sword-bringer

of the way you took and gave.

You, the everlasting instant;

you, whom we both scorn and crave.


2 Clothed in light upon the mountain,

stripped of might upon the cross,

shining in eternal glory,

beggared by a soldier’s toss,

you, the everlasting instant;

you who are both gift and cost.


3 You, who walk each day beside us,

sit in power at God’s side.

You, who preach a way that’s narrow,

have a love that reaches wide.

You, the everlasting instant;

you, who are our pilgrim guide.


4 Worthy is our earthly Jesus!

Worthy is our cosmic Christ!

Worthy your defeat and victory;

worthy still your peace and strife.

You, the everlasting instant;

you, who are our death and life.

MINUTE FOR MISSION Raise the Harvest Home Update         Lind Pratt

INVITATION TO THE OFFERING 

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OFFERTORY           “Use Me Lord” by Sheldon Curry

*DOXOLOGY #606      Ribbon 

                                                                                                                                                  

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

praise God, all creatures here below;

praise God above, ye heavenly host;

Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.                                            


*Prayer of Dedication Cross 


*HYMN #192 “Shine, Jesus, Shine”   (verses 1-3) Ribbon


1 Lord, the light of your love is shining,

in the midst of the darkness, shining;

Jesus, Light of the World, shine upon us;

set us free by the truth you now bring us.

Shine on me; shine on me.


Refrain

Shine, Jesus, shine;

fill this land with the Father’s glory.

Blaze, Spirit, blaze;

set our hearts on fire.

Flow, river, flow;

flood the nations with grace and mercy.

Send forth your word, Lord,

and let there be light.


2 Lord, I come to your awesome presence,

from the shadows into your radiance;

by the blood I may enter your brightness.

Search me; try me; consume all my darkness.

Shine on me; shine on me. (Refrain)


3 As we gaze on your kingly brightness,

so our faces display your likeness;

ever changing from glory to glory,

mirrored here may our lives tell your story.

Shine on me; shine on me. (Refrain)



*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

                                                                                                            

POSTLUDE Reprise of “Shine, Jesus, Shine”


Unless otherwise noted, prayers in this service are reprinted by permission of Westminster John Knox Press from Feasting on the Word® Worship Companion. Copyright 2012.


† From Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare. New York: Church Publishing, 2009

Assisting in Worship Today:


Jared McCune–Liturgist

Whitney Dodds–Vocalist

Cherie Brooks – Director of Music & Technology 

Katie Wynkoop–Organist/Pianist & Assistant Director of Music 

Erin Wise – Director of Children’s & Youth Ministries

Brian Biller – Media Production Specialist

Rev. Joel A. Esala–Pastor





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