After Epiphany: The Great Invitation Worship Series Overview

Transfiguration of the Lord, Year A

Today we exult in the vision of God’s exaltation of Jesus and in anticipation of our own transfiguration now and in the age to come. That hope, that vision, drives us not to stay where we are on the mountaintop, but to get into the valley of sin and suffering and be a healing and formative presence for all who seek God’s salvation with us in the weeks of Lent that lie ahead.


“Shine” Matt Redman CCLI# 4831435


“O Wondrous Sight! O Vision Fair“ UMH 258
“Shine, Jesus, Shine“ TFWS 2173

Prayer of Illumination “Transfiguration” UMH 259
We Would See Jesus (Transfiguration)
We would see Jesus on the mountain, shining,
Radiant in glory and ablaze with power,
Talking with Moses and Elijah beaming;
Come Holy Spirit, and fill us this hour.

So open our eyes and our ears
and all our senses,
and shine in our hearts
filled by your love
that we may know your Word
and live your righteousness
and follow where you lead. Amen.


Reading Matthew 17:1-9 (pause for silence after verse 6)

Sermon Shine!

Call to Continue the Journey
“Set a Fire” Will Reagan CCLI # 5911299
“Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory” TFWS 2102 (Alt. Tune: NETTLETON, UMH 400)

Prayers of the People

Leader: We have seen Jesus, dazzling in glory. We have heard the voice of God, calling us to listen to him. And we have been terrified.
But Jesus has come and touched us, and told us, “Get up! Be not afraid.”

We may not be able to explain what we’ve seen and heard to others.

But we know the voice of the one who calls us.

And part of his call to us is to pray.

All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Leader: For all who are terrified today, for whatever reason: illness, oppression, abuse, war, other threats of violence against themselves or those they love:

People: Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Leader: For all who are rejoicing today, for whatever reason: birth, health, friendship, love blossoming, joy unspeakable in your presence:

People: Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Leader: With all who hunger, and all who seek to feed them; with all who need medical attention, and all who provide it; with the good earth, and all who work with soil and water to provide the food we eat.

All: Give us this day our daily bread.

Leader: With all who have wronged us personally, or wronged our nation, or our people, or the earth, or other creatures, or anyone we know or love:

All: And forgive us our trespasses, and we forgive those who trespass against us.

Leader: With all whose lives are a constant trial, and those whose actions or inactions fail to help them:

All: And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Leader: With all among us who have today committed to learn to follow in your way in the weeks ahead, or learn to follow you more nearly, and with all of us who will accompany one another in this journey, we lift our prayers and praise:

All: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen!


Invitation to the Table
Pastor or Deacon
Christ our Lord, shining in glory
yet stooping to come and touch us,
frightened and confused as we may be,
invites to his table
all who love him,
all who will listen to his voice,
earnestly repent of their sin,
and seek to live in peace with one another.

Therefore, let us confess our sin to God:

Confession, Pardon, and Peace (Pastor) UMH 8

We Are Marching in the Light of God” TFWS 2235b

The Great Thanksgiving © 2016 by Don Saliers. Used by permission.
Pastor and people

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

Blessed are you, Source of Life and Light,
Praise is yours, Summit of all creation,
Mysterious Love beyond all measure.

You called all worlds into being,
Created and made covenant with your people,
gifting us with breath and freedom.

Through commandment, prophecy and revelation
you call us to worship you with all our being,
heart and mind, body and soul.

And so, with all your creatures on earth
and with all the hosts of heaven,
we join in singing 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 the one who comes in the name of God.
Hosanna in the highest.

Holy is your Name
and blessed is your Anointed One, Jesus,
who appeared on the mount with Moses and Elijah,
dazzling his disciples in resurrection glory,
in the midst of confusion and fear,
saying “Be not afraid!”

Holy is the One who healed the sick,
restored the sightless, fed the hungry,
ate with sinners, gave life to the dead,
and preached the Rule and Reign of God.

Through his suffering, death and resurrection
You delivered the faithful from slavery to sin and death
and made a new covenant by water and the Holy Spirit,
in which the church was given birth.

On the night he was delivered to death,
at table with those who would desert him,
Jesus took bread,
gave you thanks and praise,
broke the bread and gave it to his disciples, saying,
“Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.”

When supper was over he took the cup,
gave thanks and praise, 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,
For the remembrance of me.”

So, in remembrance of all your mighty acts
in Jesus Christ,
we offer ourselves as a holy, living sacrifice,
in union with Christ’s self-giving for us,
as we proclaim the mystery of faith:

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

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us
gathered out of love for you,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Be for us Christ’s life-giving body and blood
signs of your incarnate Glory.

So the church cries:
Come, Holy Spirit!
So the church shouts:
Come, Holy Spirit!
So the church pleads:
Come Holy Spirit!

Guard our unity in Christ.
Empower our ministry to all the world.
Keep us and your churches awake until
Christ comes in final glory
when all will feast at his table,
and all manner of thing be well.

Through your beloved child,
Jesus Christ, with your Holy Spirit
All honor and glory is yours,
Ever-living God,
Here, now, and always.


The pastor breaks the bread in silence, then begins to serve the servers and the people.

Music During Communion
“Shine on Us” CCLI # 1754646
“We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding” TFWS 2103

Thanksgiving after Communion

Leader: Let us pray.
Source and Ending of all,
thank you for giving yourself to us
in this holy mystery,
You have come to us,
and touched us,
and quelled our fear.
Bid us again to get up,
and we will go
in the strength of your Spirit,
to give ourselves for others
in the name of Jesus. Amen.

The Transition to Lent
Simple instrumental of “Lord, Who Throughout These 40 Days” plays in the background as the paraments and graphics are changed from white or gold to purple and the pastor or deacon continues with the Sending Forth and Invitation to Lent.


Pastor or Deacon
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
the early Christians observed with great devotion
the days of our Lord's passion and resurrection,
and it became the custom of the Church that before the Easter celebration
there should be a forty–day season of spiritual preparation.

During this season converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism.

It was also a time when persons who had committed serious sins
and had separated themselves from the community of faith
were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness,
and restored to participation in the life of the Church.
In this way the whole congregation was reminded
of the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel of Jesus Christ
and the need we all have to renew our faith.

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church,
to observe a holy Lent:
by self–examination and repentance;
by prayer, fasting, and self–denial;
by living the vows of the baptismal covenant,
and by reading and meditating on God's Holy Word.

Song of Sending
“Lord, Who throughout These Forty Days” UMH 269, st 1-4

Dismissal with Blessing
We are headed toward transfiguration in Christ!
Keep shining!
And go forth to walk in his way
to that glory. Amen.

“Lord, Who throughout These Forty Days” UMH 269, st 5

“Beautiful Things” (Gungor) CCLI #5665521

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The Heavens are Opened — Planning Notes Come and See — Planning Notes Follow Me — Planning Notes #Blessed— Planning Notes Salt and Light and Righteousness Abounding — Planning Notes This, Not That — Planning Notes And Now Your Reward — Planning Notes Shine! — Planning Notes


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In This Series...

The Heavens are Opened — Planning Notes Come and See — Planning Notes Follow Me — Planning Notes #Blessed— Planning Notes Salt and Light and Righteousness Abounding — Planning Notes This, Not That — Planning Notes And Now Your Reward — Planning Notes Shine! — Planning Notes