IN-PERSON WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
February 21 -- 7th Sunday after Epiphany & Transfiguration of the Lord; Worship at 9:30 am
First Presbyterian Church of Howard Lake
“We Are Here To Help You in Your Walk With God.”
FEBRUARY 21, 2021 7TH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY-TRANSFIGURATION
CALL TO WORSHIP
L: As we enter into worship on this day, make us like Jacob, wrestling with the Angel of the Lord.
P: We won’t let you go until You bless us!
L: Make us like the woman who kept appearing before the unjust judge.
P: God, we are going to keep coming, and worshiping, and praying, until our souls find their rest in You.
L: Make us like the woman with the issue who would not give up.
P: We are gong to press our way until we can touch the hem of Your garment.
L: Lord, make us like Elisha who was like a son to Elijah.
All: Lord, we want the portion of the eldest child! Pour us out a double portion of Your Spirit!
Holy God, mighty and immortal, You are beyond our knowing, yet we see Your glory in the face of Jesus Christ, whose compassion illumines the world. Transform us into the likeness of the love of Christ, who renewed our humanity so that we may share in His divinity, the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who live and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
HYMN “Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies”
WE LIFT OUR PRAYERS
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 enthusiasm. Grant us wisdom to live in Your light and to follow in the way of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.
Silence is kept
ASSURANCE OF PARDON:
L: God’s cleansing love purifies our darkness restoring it to us: warm, comforting, restful: complete.
P: In the dark of our night we hear God’s call, offering love, strength, healing and forgiveness.
WE LIFT THE WORD
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION:
O Lord, Your Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Give us grace to receive Your truth in faith and love, and strength to follow on the path You set before us, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Gospel Lesson: Mark 9:2-9
HYMN: “Jesus on the Mountain Peak”
Old Testament Lesson: II Kings 2:1-15
Message: “Will You Be Rising to Meet the Lord As Elijah?” Gloria Vande Brake
WE RESPOND IN FAITH
DECLARATION OF FAITH: The Apostles Creed (Traditional)
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
OFFERING (Please place your gift in the plate when you leave, or mail it to the Church)
DOXOLOGY “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”
PRAYER OF DEDICATION:
Through the saving, redeeming work of the Incarnation, we have become heirs, and our redemption is the magnificent gift of salvation. We give our gifts, but we give ourselves as the only fitting response to Your adoption of us, Your rebellious children. Lead us in Your way into this new year. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
HYMN: “This is the Feast of Victory”
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.
WE GO INTO THE WORLD
L: May God now send us back down the mountain of our worship.
P: We have been changed.
L: We can’t be silent anymore.
P: We have seen the Light of the World.
All: We will go and share the radiance of love!
CLOSING HYMN: “Go Now in Peace”
Go now in peace. Never be afraid.
God will go with you each hour of ev’ry day.
Go now in faith, steadfast, strong, and true.
Know God will guide you in all you do.
Go now in love, and show you believe.
Reach out to others so all the world can see.
God will be there watching from above.
Go now in peace, in faith, and in love. Amen.
Music by Don Besig
Words by Don Besig and Nancy Price
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