Join us for Sunday Worship – Here’s the order of worship for Feb 19, 2023 — Lessons from the Mountaintop

Good Morning & Welcome to Worship. This Sunday’s Order of Worship is below. You can join us for our 10:10 AM worship on Facebook. Have a blessed day.

February 19, 2023 – Pastor Diane Hoppe Hugo
Transfiguration Sunday
Lessons from the Mountaintop in Word and Song
Installation of Church Officers

The Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. And also with you.

Lighting the Christ Candle 
In Christianity, ascending the sacred mountain is not a task for the lone hiker.  Through the Spirit of God we are united into one on the mountain.  We assemble to receive the vision of God, and this vision transforms us from solitary pilgrims into a community of faith in this world.  In the church, God is revealed every Sunday . . .The word read in the community is God’s word, the reading desk the only holy mountain we need…The church does not require or even urge the faithful to make pilgrimages up some mountain. The good news is that the only pilgrimage we make is to church each week.
[Gail Ramshaw, Treasures Old and New: Images in the Lectionary, p. 192]

Call to Worship (responsive) 
Lord Jesus Christ, on the mountaintop Peter, James, and John looked upon the majesty of your glory, and from the mystery of a cloud they heard a voice declaring you to be God’s Son.
Though we do not live on mountaintops, grant that we too may glimpse your glory.
In the mundane predictability of our life, may there be moments when sight gives way to insight and the paths of earth become the road to heaven.
Christ, in this hour of worship lift us out of the routine of our daily lives and set us up on your holy mountain.  Amen.

Prelude        During the prelude, we invite you to a time of quiet meditation and companionship with God.

Invitation to a Time of Confession
God is our hiding place, not One from whom we can hide.  Now we come to this time seeking renewal, seeking once more to “start afresh” with God.  Let us first honest be with ourselves about who we are, about the mistakes we make, and about how well or poorly we care for others.  And then let us, together, pour out our hearts before God to be forgiven and restored to wholeness.

Prayer of Personal and Communal Confession (unison)
God of compassion, in Jesus Christ we behold Your transforming light, yet we continue to live in darkness. Preoccupied with ourselves, we fail to see your work in the world. We speak when we should listen, we act when we should reflect.  Empower us to live in your light and to walk in your ways. As You forgive us again, we pray that you will lift the veil that blinds us. We open ourselves anew this day to your correcting, challenging, and comforting word that our lives may be transfigured, that a glimpse of Your glory may be seen through us. Amen. (Silence is kept)

Affirmation of Forgiveness                   verses 1 & 2 from Hymn No. 184 How Blest Are Those
1.  How blest are those whose great sin Has freely been forgiven.
    Whose guilt is wholly covered Before the sight of heaven.
    Blest those to whom our Lord God Will not impute their sin,
    Whose guilt has been forgiven, Whose heart is true again.
2.  While I kept guilty silence, My strength was spent with grief.
    Your hand was heavy on me; My life found no relief.
    But when I made confession And hid no sin from You,
    When I revealed my own guilt, You gave me life anew.

Friends, believe the Good News of the Gospel All: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!

Prayer for Illumination (unison)from The Worship Sourcebook, © 2004, Faith Alive Christian Resources
Holy God, you revealed to the disciples the everlasting glory of Jesus Christ. Grant us, who have not seen and yet believe, the gift of your Holy Spirit, that we may boldly live the gospel and shine with your transforming glory as people changed and changing through the redeeming presence of our Savior. Amen.

Lessons from the Mountaintop in Word and Song (please remain seated to sing)

            Matthew 5:1-12     Marci Clark

            Matthew 5:13-20   Linda Pappin

Hymn No. 184                                How Blest Are Those (verses3 & 4)
3.  So let the godly seek You, When troubling times are near;
    No storm or flood shall reach them, Nor cause their hearts to fear.
    In You, O Lord, I hide me, You save me from all ill,
    And songs of Your salvation My heart with rapture fill.
4.  “I graciously will teach you The way that you should go,
    And with My eye upon you, My counsel you shall know.
    But be not then unruly, Or slow to understand;
    Be not perverse, but willing To heed My wise command.”

Matthew 5:21-26Joanna Damon

Matthew 5:27-37   Diane Hoppe Hugo

Hymn No. 184                                How Blest Are Those (verse 5)
5.  The sorrows of the wicked In number shall abound,
But those who trust our own God Great mercy shall surround.
Then in the Lord be joyful, In song lift up your voice;
Be glad in God, you righteous; Rejoice, O saints, rejoice.

Matthew 5:38-48 Paul Lacy

Hymn No. 358                    Help Us Accept Each Other (verses 1 & 2)
1. Help us accept each other As Christ accepted us;
Teach us as sister, brother, Each person to embrace.
Be present, Lord, among us And bring us to believe
We are ourselves accepted And meant to love and live.

2. Teach us, O Lord, Your lessons, As in our daily life
We struggle to be human And search for hope and faith.
Teach us to care for people, For all, not just for some,
To love them as we find them Or as they may become.

Matthew 6:1-15 Shirley Reese

Hymn No. 347                    Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive (verses 1 & 2)
1.  “Forgive our sins as we forgive,” you taught us, Lord, to pray,
      But You alone can grant us grace to live the words we say.
2.  How can Your pardon reach and bless the unforgiving heart
    That broods on wrongs and will not let old bitterness depart?

Matthew 6:16-34Ruth Cook

Hymn                                                            Trust and Obey
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, what a glory He sheds on our way! 
While we do His good will He abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey
Refrain:        Trust and Obey, for there’s no other way To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey
Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies, but His smile quickly drives it away;
not a doubt nor a fear, not a sigh nor a tear, can abide while we trust and obey. 

Matthew 7:1-11 Audrey Grassman

Hymn No. 433                    There’s a Spirit in the Air  (verses 3 & 5)
3. When believers break the bread, when a hungry child is fed,
Praise the love that Christ revealed, living, working in our world.
4. When a stranger’s not alone, where the homeless find a home;
Praise the love that Christ revealed, living, working in our world.

Matthew 7:12-20 Pat Hudson

Hymn No. 433                    There’s a Spirit in the Air  (verses 4 & 6)
4. Still the Spirit gives us gives us light, seeing wrong and setting right:
God in Christ has come to stay, living, working in our world.
6. May the Spirit fill our praise, guide our thoughts and change our ways.
God in Christ has come to stay, live tomorrow’s life today!

Matthew 7:21-29   Dottie Lacy

Affirmation of Faith – Hymn No. 487             When Morning Gilds the Skies

Installation of Church Officers

Anthem                                Make My Life a Bethlehem           By Craig Courtney

Sharing Joys & Concerns

Invitation to a Time of Offering & Dedication of our Pledges and Offerings (unison prayer)
O God, as your Son drew apart to be in prayer with you, we bring our offerings and prayers for the transformation of the world and the church. May all that we do reflect Your shining glory!  Amen.

Lesson on the Transfiguration                                                                        Matthew 17:1-9

Hymn No. 73 (please rise)               Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory

God is good-All the Time     All the Time- God is Good

Closing & Benediction and the Postlude                                        followed by Coffee hour

84 Main Street, Topsham, ME 04086
Pastor – Rev. Diane Hoppe Hugo
Accompanist – Buckley Hugo
Choir Accompanist – Becky Jordan

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