A Great Thanksgiving for Transfiguration Sunday

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

God of all times and all places, God of the infinite and infinitesimal,
in the blazing splendor of your glory
you called forth light from darkness,
day from night,
land from oceans,
and life in all its dazzling array from lifeless matter.
Among the living you made and called humankind
imprinting upon us your image,
to be bearers of your glory in the world.
Though we failed to shine, and hid your image within us,
you continued to call us into fellowship with you
and to fulfill your mission for us
through prophets, scriptures, priests,
and a people you redeemed for yourself.
And so,
with your people on earth
and all the company of heaven
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.
In him we see the fullness of your glory
revealed in human form.
Born into poverty, he fulfilled his mother's song,
that you would fill the hungry with good things,
and send the rich empty away.
Declaring the nearness of your kingdom,
he forgave sinners, cast out demons,
raised the dead, restored the blind and lame,
visited the sick, the prisoners and the needy,
and gathered disciples to continue to declare
the good news in word and deed,
transfiguring the world in the power of your Holy Spirit.

By the baptism of his suffering, death and resurrection
you gave birth to your church,
delivered us from slavery to sin and death,
and made with us a new covenant
by water and the Spirit.

On the night in which he gave himself up for us
he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread,
gave it to his disciples, and said:
"Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me."

When he supper was over, he took the cup,
gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:
"Drink from this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
poured out for you and for many
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me."

And so,
in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice,
in union with Christ's offering for us,
as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them to be for us the body and blood of Christ,
that we may be for the world the body of Christ,
redeemed by his blood.

By your Spirit, make us one with Christ,
one with each other,
and one in ministry to all the world,
until Christ comes in final victory,
and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

Through your Son Jesus Christ,
With the Holy Spirit in your holy church,
All honor and glory is yours, almighty Father,
Now and for ever.

This form of The Great Thanksgiving is based on "A Service of Word and Table II," The United Methodist Hymnal, pages 12-15. Copyright © 1989, The United Methodist Publishing House. It is used with permission.

Categories: Great Thanksgiving, Sundays After Epiphany