02-14-2021: “Transforming Into Servanthood”

February 14, 2021

(Transfiguration Sunday)

“The Mighty One, God, our Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets” – Psalm 50:1.

~ WE GATHER IN GOD’S NAME ~

Greeting and Announcements

Call to Worship: (Responsively)

Pastor: Alleluia! The mighty light of God transfigures us.

People: Alleluia for the holy metamorphosis!

Pastor: We glorify the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

People: Through Christ, the Lord has numbered us among the beloved.

ALL: ALLELUIA! AMEN!

~ We Offer Our ADORATION & CONFESSION ~

Prayer of Adoration

Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Gracious God, we have sinned against you. We turn a blind eye to your light. We put money in the plate, but we fail to offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving. We promise you the sun and the moon, but then we offer you only a candle. We refuse discipline and throw your words behind our backs. We make friends with the wrong crowd. We drool nastiness, claiming that we have to because we are helpless victims. For the sake of the Radiant Savior, forgive us. Reignite our devotion to you. Amen.

Words of Assurance

~ WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD ~

Prayer for Illumination

Lesson from the Pentateuch of the Old Testament: Isaiah 40:21-41

Lesson from the Epistles of the New Testament: Ephesians 4:1-16

“The Word of our Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Lesson from the Gospels: Mark 1:29-39

“The Gospel of the Lord,” “Thanks be to God”

Sermon:“Growing Up”
~ A moment for silent reflection and meditation will follow the sermon ~

Affirmation of Faith – “The Apostle’s 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 Spirit, 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 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 & The Lord’s Prayer

~ WE GIVE THANKS TO GOD ~

Presentation of Gifts & Offerings

Prayer of Dedication

~ WE GO AND SERVE IN GOD’S NAME ~

Charge and Benediction

Remember: “Feed Your Faith – Never Your Fear!”

“The Transfiguration: Seeing Jesus – And Our Discipleship – In A New Light”

Mark 9:2-9

Summary: The invitation to climb the mountain of Transfiguration is an invitation of Jesus’ to encounter God afresh, then to see ourselves, God’s purpose in our lives, and the world, in a different light.

I. Introduction.

II. The Transfiguration – The Journey Uphill.

III. The Transfiguration – Peter’s Good Idea Begins the Event.

IV. Transfiguration to Lent.

  1. A Time of Giving Things Up.
  1. “Then” and “Then” to “Here” and “Now”.
  1. The Transfiguration Changes Things.

V. Lenten Season – An Uphill Struggle???

VI. The Story Offers One More Viewpoint.

  1. A Truth to Grasp.
  1. Another Transforming Scene.

VIII. Bottom Line: We Are Invited to Be Jesus’ Servants.

  1. Servanthood: Only Comes from a Relationship with Jesus Christ.
  1. Through Serving We Are Transformed.

IX. Conclusion.

~ Announcements ~

SPECIAL NOTE. Our church members are now starting to receive their second COVID vaccination. Hopefully, before long the vaccine will be made available for everyone.

SESSION MEETING. Due to the weather conditions, the Session’s Stated Meeting last week was postponed to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 17 immediately following the Ash Wednesday Service.

Ash Wednesday activities:

“Drive Through Ashes and Prayer”. From 10 AM-1PM, Wednesday, February 17, at under the drive through porch at First United Methodist Church, Rev. Buddy Wheat along with Rev. Stephen Schmidt will offer the imposition of the ashen cross and a blessing or prayer for those who are short on time or are not ready to return to “in person worship” yet. We will wear a mask and follow other sanitary precautions in an effort to keep you safe.

“Ash Wednesday Service”. An Ash Wednesday service will be conducted February 17 at 6:30 P.M. to allow observance for those wishing to participate in the Lenten Season. Come and prepare yourself for this time of reflection and discernment as we progress to Passion Week and Easter.

BIRTHDAY FUND. Several years ago, the Birthday Fund was established to raise funds to use in our community mission outreach. Each birthday celebrant was to donate a dollar for each year celebrated. Please consider donating to this gracious fund when you celebrate your birthday. Feel free to designate your gift.

~ Announcements ~

THE LORD’S SUPPER. The Lord’s Supper (Communion) will be observed on Sunday, February 7 during worship.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN. The Ladies will meet at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, February 9, in the Fellowship Hall for the Bible study and lunch TBD. All ladies are welcome.

SESSION MEETING. The Session will meet 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 10 in the Fellowship Hall.

Ash Wednesday activities:

“Drive Through Ashes and Prayer”. From 10 AM-1PM, Wednesday, February 17, at under the drive through porch at First United Methodist Church, Rev. Buddy Wheat along with Rev. Stephen Schmidt will offer the imposition of the ashen cross and a blessing or prayer for those who are short on time or are not ready to return to “in person worship” yet. We will wear a mask and follow other sanitary precautions in an effort to keep you safe.

“Ash Wednesday Service”. An Ash Wednesday service will be conducted February 17 at 6:30 P.M. to allow observance for those wishing to participate in the Lenten Season. Come and prepare yourself for this time of reflection and discernment as we progress to Passion Week and Easter.

BIRTHDAY FUND. Several years ago, the Birthday Fund was established to raise funds to use in our community mission outreach. Each birthday celebrant was to donate a dollar for each year celebrated. Please consider donating to this gracious fund when you celebrate your birthday. Feel free to designate your gift.

SPECIAL NOTE. Our members who are considered at risk for COVID have had all had their first vaccinations. They will be notified when their second vaccination is ready. As more vaccine is made available to Coryell Health and elsewhere, there will e more opportunities for making appointments.