Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Transfiguration -- February 14. 2021


 The Service today is from the Book of Alternative Services led by the Rev. Helen Holbrook

Prelude Jesu Joy Instrumental 


Gathering of the Community
The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, 
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
And also with you.

Opening Hymn:         397CP  Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
Praise the one who breaks the darkness
with a liberating light.
Praise the one who frees the prisoners,
turning blindness into sight.
Praise the one who preached the Gospel,
healing every dread disease,
calming storms and feeding thousands
with the very bread of peace.

Praise the one who blessed the children
with a strong yet gentle word.
Praise the one who drove out demons
with a piercing two-edged sword.
Praise the one who brings cool water
to the desert’s burning sand.
From this well comes living water,
quenching thirst in every land.

Praise the one true love incarnate:
Christ who suffered in our place.
Jesus died and rose for many
that we may know God by grace.
Let us sing for joy and gladness,
seeing what our God has done.
Praise the one redeeming glory,
praise the One who makes us one.


Almighty God,

To you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of you Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Collect of the Day
O God, who teach us that you abide in hearts that are just and true, grant that we may be so fashioned by your grace as to become a dwelling pleasing to you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen

Proclamation of the Word

A reading from the book of Kings

Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. The company of prophets[a] who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?” And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent.”

Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here; for the Lord has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to Jericho. The company of prophets[b] who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know; be silent.”

Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the company of prophets[c] also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.” He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.” As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces. 


 Amanda Gorman’s Poem 

Gradual Hymn: 465 Here in This Place

Here in this place, new light is streaming,
now is the darkness vanished away.
See, in this space, our fears and our dreamings,
brought here to you in the light of this day.
Gather us in - the lost and forsaken,
gather us in - the blind and the lame.
Call to us now, and we shall awaken,
we shall arise at the sound of our name.

We are the young - our lives are a mystery,
we are the old - who yearn for your face.
We have been sung throughout all of history,
called to be light to the whole human race.
Gather us in - the rich and the haughty,
gather us in - the proud and the strong.
Give us a heart so meek and so lowly,
give us the courage to enter the song.

Here we will take the wine and the water,
here we will take the bread of new birth.
Here you shall call your sons and your daughters,
call us anew to be salt for the earth.
Give us to drink the wine of compassion,
give us to eat the bread that is you.
Nourish us well, and teach us to fashion
lives that are holy and hearts that are true.

Not in the dark of buildings confining,
not in some heaven, light years away,
but here in this place, the new light is shining;
now is the Kingdom, now is the day.
Gather us in - and hold us forever,
gather us in - and make us your own.
Gather us in - all peoples together,
fire of love in our flesh and our bone.

A reading from the Gospel of Mark

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one[a] on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings,[b] one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved;[c] listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

The Word of the Lord                         R: Thanks be to God 

Sermon

Apostles Creed


I believe in God, our Creator almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Creator.
He will come again
to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
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:

Prayer #1: For the world

Creator inform and guide our world leaders to do what is best for their citizens so that those with few financial resources may have access to food, shelter, education, health, vaccines, mental health supports, and work.

Sung Response:      O Lord hear our prayer,
                                 O Lord hear our prayer.
                                 When I call, Answer me.


Prayer #2: For our Country

Creator may we admit and take responsibility for any inequality due to racism, sexism, or any bias that has wounded so many and devalues people. May we see everyone as you see them and support government decisions and programs that help people heal and empower them to act justly.

Sung Response:         O Lord hear our prayer,
                                    O Lord hear our prayer.
                                    Come and listen to me.


Prayer #3 : For our Bishop, Priests, Deacons, and Lay leaders

Creator you have called many to serve in your Church may our Bishop Geoff and our priest Karen along with all lay leaders take care of themselves under this COVID time. May they be given your gift of wisdom and love and they share the light of Christ in our world.

Sung Response:       O Lord hear my prayer,
                                  O Lord, hear my prayer
                                  When I call answer me.


Prayer #4: For the intentions of St. Paul’s

Creator we lift up the prayers of the people of St. Paul’s. We ask that you answer all their prayers according to your will. We offer up those who have died and we pray for those who mourn, may they be comforted by your love and those who journey with them.

Sung Response:     O Lord, hear my prayer,
                                O Lord, hear my prayer,
                                Come and listen to me.


Prayer #5: For our prayers

Creator this week we will begin our Lenten journey, may we be provided with resources and time for reflection. May we have the courage to grow and use the gifts you have given us to become who we truly are without fear of rejection.

Sung Response:       O Lord, hear my prayer,
                                  O Lord, hear my prayer.
                                  When I call answer me.


Confession and Absolution

Dear friends in Christ, God is steadfast in love and infinite in mercy;
He welcomes sinners
And invites them to his table.
Let us confess our sins,
Confident in God’s forgiveness.

Silence is kept


Most merciful God
We confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, By what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may delight in your will, and walk-in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen

Almighty God have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Peace

The peace of the Lord be always with you
And also with you.

Hymn Invitation (from Tune In) Shawn Whelan © 2006

God has laid a feasting table 
All her guests are gathered ‘round 
From the highways and the byways 
All the lost have now been found 

When we hear the invitation 
Will we lay our burdens down? (repeat) 

At this table all are welcome 
No-one need be left behind 
God is greater than our difference 
Christ can see where we are blind 

When we hear the invitation 
Will we love all humankind? (repeat) 

God is crying out for justice 
Christ is weeping in the street 
When will be the time for laughter? 
When will all have food to eat? 

When we hear the invitation 
Will we make God’s will complete? (repeat)

Eucharistic Prayer II

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

We give you thanks and praise, almighty God, through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer. He is your living Word, through whom you have created all things. By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh of the woman Mary and shared our human nature. He lived and died as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Creator of all. In fulfilment of your will he stretched out his hands in suffering, to bring release to those who place their hope in you; and so he won for you a holy people. He chose to bear our griefs and sorrows, and to give up his life on the cross, that he might shatter the chains of evil and death, and banish the darkness of sin and despair. By his resurrection he brings us into the light of your presence. Now with all creation we raise our voices to proclaim the glory of your name.

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,  heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Holy and gracious God, accept our praise, through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; who on the night he was handed over to suffering and death, took bread and gave you thanks, saying, “Take, and eat: this is my body which is broken for you.” In the same way he took the cup, saying, “This is my blood which is shed for you. When you do this, you do it in memory of me.” Remembering, therefore, his death and resurrection, we offer you this bread and this cup, giving thanks that you have made us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you.

We ask you to send your Holy Spirit upon the offering of your holy Church. Gather into one all who share in these sacred mysteries, filling them with the Holy Spirit and confirming their faith in the truth, that together we may praise you and give you glory through your Servant, Jesus Christ. All glory and honour are yours, Creator and Son, with the Holy Spirit in the holy Church, now and for ever.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Breaking of the Bread 
“I am the bread of life,” says the Lord. “Whoever comes to me will never be hungry; whoever believes in me will never thirst.”
Taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are they who trust in him! 

The gifts of God for the People of God. 
Thanks be to God.

Communion Hymn: All Through the Night (instrumental)

Prayer after Communion:


Glory to God,
whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever. Amen.
 
Blessing:

Closing Hymn: 460 Shine Jesus Shine
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.

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.

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.

As we gaze on Your kindly 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.

Dismissal

Go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit
Thanks be to God

Postlude

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