Epiphany -- Transfiguration Sunday
The Indescribable Radiance of Love
Service Prayers for the Festival of Transfiguration
Call to Worship
One: Something drew us together this
All: Something we can’t name but which we
experience in worship
One: Some holy mystery we call God
All: Some sacred calling we hear in the
life of Jesus
One: Some indescribable hope we feel when
we gather in the Spirit
All: May our experience of the Divine
doubts and fears and prepare us to love
One: O God, you are beyond words and
love is beyond knowledge and explanation.
our hearts ready to receive you.
us, we pray, that our lives may reflect the
glory of your transfiguration.
rejoice in the power of your Holy Spirit.
Call to Confession
One: Peter, James, and John went up on
the side of a mountain with Jesus
then Peter wanted to stay. “It’s good
for us to be here.
We are also often tempted to keep the
experience of the Divine to ourselves,
enjoy the company of the saints instead of going back down the mountain
continue the work of the Kingdom
knows this temptation of our hearts, so let us confess
and pray for
of glory and light, forgive us when we are
complacent and comfortable
with keeping the riches
of your love to ourselves.
Keep calling us down
from our mountains of privilege.
Keep expecting more of
us as your disciples.
Keep reminding us to
listen to your Son,
in whose name we pray.
Assurance of Grace
One: Whether we hear a voice from the
heavens or a still
small voice in our hearts,
carefully for the love of God.
and accept God’s love and live in God’s freedom.
All: We believe! Thanks be to God!
to Share Our Tithes and Offerings
One: The needs of our world are too
numerous to name.
food, clean air and water...
gifts touch these needs,
the biggest gift we can give is to love the world
much that we give of ourselves.
will transform need more than sacrificial love.
as you place money in the offering (plate, basket, etc.) today,
let your giving be done.
planning to go deeper.
May God now bless
our hopes and dreams.
One: Bless these gifts, we pray.
they represent just the beginning of our journey
show forth your glory to the world. Amen.
One: May God now send us back down the
mountain of our worship.
have been changed.
can’t be silent anymore.
have seen the Light of the World.
and share the radiance of love!
Indescribable Radiance of Love”, Service Prayers for Transfiguration Sunday, was
written by the Rev. Dr. David Bahr, pastor
of Park Hill Congregational United Church of Christ in Denver, Colorado.
Copyright 2010 Local Church Ministries, Congregational
Vitality and Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church of Christ,
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