Worship audio from Transfiguration Sunday worship. Bulletin & PDF available below.
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Welcome to Shepherd of the Lakes! We’re here to shepherd Christ’s flock and seek the lost sheep by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with all. Come, let us worship!
For your convenience, in the back corner of the sanctuary there is a room for any parents with children in need of a quiet place. The restrooms are located on the lower level. Please ask if you have any questions or concerns.
Lord Jesus, you alone sought us out, forgave us, bought us, made us your own. Lead us to see your glory on the mountain, that we may be prepared for life in this world of sin & death & pain; AMEN.
The True Worship of God:
So the worship and divine service of the Gospel is to receive gifts from God. On the contrary, the worship of the Law is to offer and present our gifts to God. However, we can offer nothing to God unless we have first been reconciled and born again. This passage, too, brings the greatest comfort, as the chief worship of the Gospel is to desire to receive the forgiveness of sins, grace, and righteousness. Christ says of this worship, “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:40). And the Father says, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him” (Matthew 17:5). 190  The adversaries speak of obedience to the Law, but they do not speak of obedience to the Gospel. We cannot obey the Law, unless we have been born again through the Gospel. We cannot love God, unless we have received the forgiveness of sins.
Apology to the Augsburg Confession, Article 5 (Concordia p. 130)
During the season of Epiphany, we join Jesus as he reveals his glory. Today, the final Sunday in Epiphany, we join Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration where he reveals his glory in fullest measure. How does this revealing of the glory of God comfort & guide us today?
OPENING HYMN: 95 – How Good, Lord, to Be Here
LITURGY: CW p. 38
PRAYER OF THE DAY:
M: Lord God, before the suffering and death of your one and only Son, you revealed his glory on the holy mountain. Grant that we who bear his cross on earth may behold by faith the light of his heavenly glory and so be changed into his likeness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
FIRST READING: 2 Kings 1-12a
Elijah is taken to heaven:
When the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah was traveling with Elisha from Gilgal. 2Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the LORD has sent me to Bethel.”
But Elisha said, “As surely as the LORD lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.
3The sons of the prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that today the LORD is taking your master away from you?”
Then he said, “Yes, I know. Be quiet.”
4Then Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here because the LORD has sent me to Jericho.”
But he said, “As surely as the LORD lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” So they went to Jericho.
5Then the sons of the prophets who were in Jericho approached Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that today the LORD is taking your master away from you?” He said, “Yes, I know. Be quiet.” . . . continued . . .
6Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here because the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.”
But he said, “As surely as the LORD lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on.
7Then fifty men from the sons of the prophets came and stood and watched them from a distance, while the two of them were standing at the Jordan. 8Elijah took his cloak, folded it together, and struck the water. The water divided to the right and to the left. Then the two of them crossed on dry land.
9When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask me for whatever I can do for you before I am taken from you.”
Then Elisha said, “Let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.”
10He said, “You have asked for a difficult thing. If you see me being taken from you, it will surely be yours. But if not, then it will not.”
11While they were walking and talking, suddenly a chariot of fire, and horses of fire came and separated them. So Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 12Elisha was watching and crying out, “My father! My father! Israel’s chariot and its charioteers!” Then he did not see him anymore.
PSALM OF THE DAY: 148, CW p. 121
SECOND READING: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6
The gospel proclaims forgiveness – yet this gospel is veiled in weakness:
3But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled among those who are perishing. 4In the case of those people, the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from clearly seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is God’s image.
5Indeed, we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6For the God who said, “Light will shine out of darkness,” is the same one who made light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the person of Jesus Christ.
THEME VERSE: Mark 9:87
Alleluia. A voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him.” Alleluia.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! These words are written that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
GOSPEL READING: Mark 9:2-9
2After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him and led them up a high mountain where they were alone by themselves. There he was transfigured in front of them. 3His clothes became radiant, dazzling white, whiter than anyone on earth could bleach them. 4And Elijah appeared to them together with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.
5Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6He did not know what to say because they were terrified.
7A cloud appeared and overshadowed them, and a voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him.”
8Suddenly when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus alone.
9As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
This is the Gospel of our Lord Jesus.
Praise be to you, O Christ!
HYMN OF THE DAY: 97 – Down From the Mount of Glory
CONFESSION OF FAITH: Apostles’ Creed, CW p. 41
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH: CW p. 42
FAREWELL TO ALLELUIA
Brothers and sisters in Christ, when we next gather for worship, it will be Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. On that day we will begin our solemn journey to the Savior’s cross.
While the joy of faith remains undiminished throughout the year, our rejoicing during Lent is muted and quiet. For centuries, therefore, the Christian church has omitted its most jubilant songs during this season, including the word alleluia, which means, “praise the Lord.”
You will notice that during this time of Lent, our worship will omit its normal Alleluia. We do this to prepare ourselves for the quieter days of Lent. The alleluias will return on Easter dawn as we gather to shout our praise to the risen Lord.
CLOSING PRAYER: CW p. 43
CLOSING HYMN: 709 – Christ, Your Footprints Through the Desert (bulletin insert)
Wednesday, Ash Wednesday worship. Meal at 6 PM, worship at 7 PM. Wednesday evening meal & worship continues through March 21.
Check out www.shepherdofthelakes.net/worship to help prepare your heart for Lent with an overview of our worship themes.
Looking Ahead to Next Sunday:
Theme Lent 1 – Because He Knew
Liturgy Word & Sacrament, CW p. 26
Hymns 224, 201, 714, 752; CWS Psalm 3
Readings from Mark 1, Genesis 22, Romans 8
Verse of the Day Matthew 4:10
Today 1 Samuel 12
9:30 AM - Epiphany Last: Transfiguration Sunday
10:45 AM – Sunday School. Bible Class: The Flood
Monday 1 Samuel 13
Tuesday 1 Samuel 14
7 PM - Council
Wednesday 1 Samuel 15
5-6 PM – Small Catechism Class
6 PM - Lenten Supper
7 PM - Ash Wednesday Worship
Thursday 1 Samuel 16
Friday 1 Samuel 17
Saturday 1 Samuel 18
Sunday 1 Samuel 19
9:30 AM - Lent 1 Worship with Holy Communion
10:45 AM – Bible class & Sunday School