February 13, 2021

Dear Friends,

Peace to you this evening. I hope you’re holding up as the snow and chilly temperatures continue!
 
A blessed Transfiguration Sunday to you as well as an early Happy Valentine’s Day. (If you’re curious, take a look at Saint Valentine of Rome, after whom the holiday is named.) This Sunday in worship, we venture up to the mountaintop with Jesus and his inner circle of disciples (Peter, James, and John), witnessing his transfiguration (Mark 9:2-8).
 
Below are video links to our virtual worship offerings, along with an order of service - both the main worship service and the family service. Also, below is a link to the Common Life posted on our church website.
 
Our Sunday morning study focuses on the church-wide racial justice challenge we’re doing in the month of February. Tomorrow, we’re blessed to have Sue Murphy, executive director of Interfaith Action of Evanston, with us. We’ll gather from 8:30 - 9:30am over Zoom (Zoom Link; Meeting ID: 841 8287 3354; Passcode: 348688; Call-In: 312-626-6799). Please join us if you can!
 
Thank you for being the body of Christ, friends. You are loved and never alone!
 
With gratitude in Christ,
Pastor Jeff

Lindley Traynor has created a picture for families for this Sunday. Please click this link to access the picture.

Worship Service, Sunday, February 14, 2021
Family Worship Video, Sunday, February 14, 2021

Prelude
Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

Welcome Jeff

Call to Worship Laura
Lord, you have called us to the mountaintop, but we are tired and weary. 
Help us to go where you have invited us.
Give us eyes to see your vision of simple wisdom and complicated truth.
Give us ears to hear your message of gritty hope and new life.
Lord, we have come, together while apart, to experience you.
Let us worship God, tender and just. 

Opening Hymn 
We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding
We have come at christ’s own bidding to this high and holy place,
Where we wait with hope and longing for some token of God’s grace.
Here we pray for new assurance that our faith is not in vain,
Searching like those first disciples for a sign both clear and plain.

Light breaks through our clouds and shadows, splendor bathes the flesh joined Word,
Moses and Elijah marvel as the heavenly voice is heard.
Eyes and hearts behold with wonder how the Law and Prophets meet:
Christ with garments drenched in brightness stands transfigured and complete.

Call to Confession
God became one of us so that we could see the face of love, hear the voice of peace, be touched by the hand of grace, and know the heart of mercy. God comes to us, offering us forgiveness and new life. Please join me in prayer as we lift up to God the brokenness in ourselves and our world, first in silent prayer.

Prayer of Confession 
God of vulnerability and glory, you sent Jesus among us as the light of the world, to reveal your love for all people. On this Transfiguration Sunday, we confess that our narrow vision often hides the brightness of your light. And our fear and fatigue often obscures your message of hope and new life. In the past week, we confess what we have said and left unsaid, what we have done or left undone - things that have not realized your dream. Forgive us, God, and make new creation right here and right now, in our words and actions, in our hearts and minds. Amen.

Assurance of Forgiveness
Siblings in Christ, God is too busy loving you to be disappointed in you! You are forgiven. You are loved. You are set free. 
Thanks be to God! Amen. 

Peace of Christ and Common Life

Scripture Readings
Mark 9:2-8 and 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:1

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God!

Sermon Rev. Jeff Lehn

Responsive Hymn No. 189, verses 1, 4 & 5 
O Wondrous Sight, O Vision Fair

Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer 

Call for Offering  
On this day, we are invited to participate in God’s kingdom emerging all around us. May we offer ourselves to God with glad and generous hearts, freely giving our tithes and offerings to the ministry of this congregation. In lieu of passing the plate, we invite you to give through our church website, our smartphone app, by texting the word “Wilmette” to the number 77977, or by sending a check to the church office. As we gather our gifts together and offer them to God, may we do so in gratitude and praise.

Congregational Response - The Doxology (OLD HUNDREDTH - Hymn 606) 
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; 
Praise God all creatures here below;
Praise God above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication 

Sending Hymn No. 192, verses 1 & 3 
Lord, the Light of Your Love Is Shining

Charge and Benediction 

Postlude
Andantino                Edward Elgar

Sources
Prayer of Dedication – from ministrymatters.com/february14, 2021
Prayers of the People – adapted from 2 prayers: “Transfiguration Prayer” ~ written by rev karla, and posted on RevGalBlogPals. http://revgalblogpals.blogspot.ca/ and “Pastor Prayer on Transfiguration Sunday” — written by Rev Abi, and posted on the A Place for Prayer blog.