Transfiguration of the Lord--February 14, 2021
Transfiguration of the Lord
February 14, 2021
(UberConference call 234-204-0311)

 

[Please be in a spirit of worship while you are on the phone call.  Your phone microphone is very sensitive; what seems quiet in the sanctuary sounds more like a like a thunderstorm or police siren on the phone.   Your phone or computer microphone can pick up a whisper or paper shuffling from five feet away.]

Prelude  

Announcements    

Minute for Mission

Call to Worship

One: Come, let us go to the holy mountain
All: and worship Christ with the disciples!
One: We will see Christ transformed before us.
All: We will see our lives transformed before Christ.
One: Come, let us go to the holy mountain
All: and worship the Son of God.

Opening Prayer

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

Opening Hymn                                       Arise, Your Light Is Come!

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (unison)

God of transformation, you make new life where there was old, dazzling light where there were shadows, peace where there was violence, and friends where there were enemies. Forgive us, O God, when we stand in the way of your transformative love. Forgive us when we do not live as people who have been changed by your grace. Call us to the mountain once more, and send us out to be witnesses of your transformative grace.

Assurance of Pardon

Gloria Patri

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen, Amen.

Passing the Peace of Christ 

ONE: Since Christ has extended to us the peace of God, let us, as his disciples, spread his peace to others. The peace of Christ be with you.
ALL: And also with you.
ONE: We are now going to check to see who is with us this morning as our way of sharing Christ’s peace. 

Prayer for Illumination

Epistle Reading 2 Corinthians 4:3-6

Special Music                                        Precious Lord, Take My Hand                               Covenant Choir

Gospel Lesson Mark 9:2-9

Message                                                  Listen to Him!          

Hymn of Response                             Jesus, Take Us to the Mountain

Installation of Church Officers

Constitutional Questions 

Congregational Questions

Do we, the members of the church, accept these deacons and elders, chosen by God through the voice of this congregation to lead us in the way of Jesus Christ?
We do.
 
Do we agree to encourage them, to respect their decisions, and to follow as they guide us, serving Jesus Christ who alone is Head of the Church?
We do.

Prayer and Declaration of Installation

Affirmation of Faith                         Apostles’ Creed

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.

Prayers of the People 

Musical Response

Stewardship Moment

Prayer of Thanksgiving for our Blessings

Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below; praise Him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen

Closing Hymn                                   Lord, the Light of Your Love Is Shining

Benediction

 

 

 

Announcements

 

Habitat for Humanity  In the fall of 2019, Church of the Covenant made a commitment to join with other area faith communities in the Habitat for Humanity Faith Build.  As part of our commitment, we agreed to contribute $5000 for the building program. 

Shortly after this commitment was made, Mission Committee began developing ideas for fundraising projects.  Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic hit soon after these efforts began necessitating the postponement of any in-person fundraising projects. The Committee, however, did sponsor a successful t-shirt sale and on February 24 will be receiving a portion of proceeds from take-out sales at Applebee’s (see the February newsletter for more details).  Yet, we remain far short of our goal of $5000 to help provide housing for those in need. 

Mission Committee asks you to prayerfully consider making a special contribution to this effort, and as you consider, remember Jesus’ words: “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me” (Matthew 25:45). 

Contributions of any amount are appreciated.  They may be sent or delivered to the church office; please note Habitat for Humanity.

 

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent—with its emphasis on self-examination, renewal, entering the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

For Church of the Covenant, Ash Wednesday in 2020 was our last in-person worship before the realities of Covid 19 slammed the nation. Since we are still worshiping by phone in 2021, Worship Committee has considered how to approach Ash Wednesday, while taking into account the constraints of the pandemic.

The Committee members have decided to have an Uberconference call service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday February 17. The major difference from typical Ash Wednesday services, is how to be marked with ashes.

As Presbyterians, we are familiar with having someone else trace a cross on our forehead while reminding us that we come from dust and will return to dust. During this pandemic, we don’t necessarily need to be reminded of mortality and the unpredictability of the future, what we need to be reminded of this year is that God can do something with dust and ashes.

So, at a time when we are advised to keep our distance from one another, how do we impose ashes? Church leaders are advising that people might sign themselves with ashes to indicate their willing commitment to enter into the disciplines of Lent, rather than having that “imposed.”

  • Some possibilities for obtaining ashes for our virtual service include:
  • Ash from a used candle wick
  • Powder black eye shadow
  • Burnt corks (the one who made this suggestion said they leave a good smudge).
  • An alternative to palm ashes is “local dust” – soil from the yard, a potted plant, or nearby green-space