Shortly after Jesus affirmed Peter’s declaration that he was the Christ of God, Jesus spoke prophetically both of his passion to come at Jerusalem, and of his second coming in glory with his angels. Jesus had declared that there would be some standing there that would be permitted to view his coming kingdom glory before they experienced death. The fulfillment of this promise occurred six days later, when Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him up to a high mountain where he was transfigured before them. This revelation displayed Jesus’ glory in his face and garments becoming as white as the light. Moses and Elijah appeared from heaven, speaking with the Lord regarding his coming death (cf. Luke 9.31).Peter spoke of building three shelters for each of them, not fully understanding what he was saying. While he yet spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” Terrified, the disciples fell on their faces, but Jesus came and touched them, calling them to rise and have no fear. When they lifted their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus.The voice from the cloud, the voice of the Father, declared Jesus as his beloved Son, with whom he was well pleased. We are commanded to listen to him – to allow his voice and Word to be our very life and strength. This is kingdom ethics and life at its very core – listening to and responding to the voice of the living Savior.
Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
O God, who on the holy mount didst reveal to chosen Witnesses thy well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening: Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may by faith behold the King in his beauty; who with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end. Amen.
~ The Episcopal Church in the United States of America (The Episcopal Church, p. 191)
Call to Worship
Blessed are you, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed is your Kingdom, both now and forever, Amen.
Te Deum Laudamus
You are God: we praise you; you are the Lord; we acclaim you; you are the eternal Father: All creation worships you. To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you; Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all worship, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory, the eternal Son of the Father. When you became man to set us free you did not shun the Virgin’s womb. You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. You are seated at God’s right hand in glory. We believe that you will come and be our judge. Come then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.
Praise and Thanksgiving (songs and prayers)
Glory be to the Father, And to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, Is now, and ever shall be, World without end. Amen, amen.
*In the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, the term catholic refers to the Church’s universality, through all ages and times, of all languages and peoples. It refers to no particular tradition or denominational expression (e.g., as in Roman Catholic).
Prayers of Confession
Let us now confess our sins to God and receive mercy and grace to help in our time of need.
Assurance of Pardon
Having faithfully confessed and renounced your sin, Christ also has been faithful to forgive your sins and to purify you from all unrighteousness. It is certain, that there is One who has spoken to the Father in your defense, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One who is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and for the sins of the whole world. His grace and peace are with you now. Amen.
Petitions and Supplications, Ending with The Lord's Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in 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, for ever. Amen.
--Matthew 6.9-13 (KJV)
Doxology (and/or closing song)
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.
Affirmation from the Psalms
Hear, O my people, while I admonish you! O Israel, if you would but listen to me!  There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god.  I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.  But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me.  So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels.  Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!  I would soon subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes.
~ Psalm 81.8-14
Pray without Ceasing - Flash Prayer for the Day
Lord Jesus, you are the beloved Son of the Father, well pleasing to him in all things; we will listen to you alone.
Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
Listen to HimMatthew 17.1-9
Our Corporate Disciplines
Book Discussion: Book Discussion: Monday, February 27, 2017
Special Church Year Service
Ash Wednesday: Wednesday, March 1, 2017