Transfiguration

ENTRANCE HYMN  (please stand)

“Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

P: We are gathered to worship God the Father, the + Son, and the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

P: Merciful God, we your children stand before you knowing that we have failed to bear your image in your world as you have called us to do.                        

C: Father eternal, giver of light and grace, we have sinned against you and against our neighbor, in what we have thought, in what we have said, and done; through ignorance, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault. We have wounded your love, and marred your image in us. We are sorry and ashamed; and we repent of all our sins. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past; and lead us out from darkness to walk as children of light.

P: God, the Father of mercies, has reconciled the world to himself through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ, not counting our trespasses against us, but sending his Holy Spirit to shed abroad his love among us. By the ministry of reconciliation entrusted by Christ to his church, receive his pardon and peace. You are forgiven in the name of the Father, the Son + and the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

M:The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

M:My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 

C: For he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.

M:Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 

C: For the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 

M:His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 

C: He has shown strength; and scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 

M:He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; 

C: He has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. 

M:Let us pray. . . .

C: Almighty God, on the mountain you showed your glory in the transfiguration of your Son.  Give us the vision to see you beyond the turmoil of our world and to behold the king in all his glory; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

(sit)

FIRST READING: Exodus 24:12-18

At Mount Sinai, Moses experienced the presence of God for forty days and forty nights. God gave Moses the stone tablets inscribed with the ten commandments.

The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.” So Moses set out with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. To the elders he had said, “Wait here for us, until we come to you again; for Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a dispute may go to them.” Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud. Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.

R:    Word of God, word of life.                 C:     Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 2

D: Why are the nations in an uproar? Why do the peoples mutter empty threats?
C: Why do the kings of the earth rise up in revolt, and the princes plot together, against the Lord and against the Lord‘s anointed?
D: “Let us break their yoke,” they say; “let us cast off their bonds from us.”
C: God whose throne is in heaven is laughing; the Lord holds them in derision. 
D: Then in wrath God speaks to them, and in rage fills them with terror.
C: “As for me, I have anointed my king upon Zion, my holy mountain.”
D: Let me announce the decree of the Lord, who said to me, “You are my son; this day have I begotten you.
C: Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance and the ends of the earth for your possession. 
D: You shall crush them with an iron rod and shatter them like a piece of pottery.”
C: And now, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.
D: Submit to the Lord with fear, and with trembling bow in worship;
C: lest the Lord be angry, and you perish in a sudden blaze of wrath. Happy are all who take refuge in God! 

SECOND READING: 2 Peter 1:16-21

At the transfiguration, God’s voice was heard, declaring Jesus to be the beloved Son. By the activity of the Holy Spirit, God’s voice continues to be heard through the word of scripture.

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain. So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

R:    Word of God, word of life.                 C:     Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL: Matthew 17:1-9

Shortly before he enters Jerusalem, where he will be crucified, Jesus is revealed to Peter, James, and John in a mountaintop experience of divine glory called the transfiguration.

Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.

D: The Gospel of the Lord.                         C: Praise to you, O Christ.

WEE WORSHIP

SERMON

CREED (stand)

We are not alone, we live in God’s world.

We believe in God: who has created and is creating,

who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh, to reconcile and make new,

who works in us and others by the Spirit. We trust in God.

We are called to be the Church: to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in Creation, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil,

to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone.

Thanks be to God. Amen.

SONG  “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”

THE PRAYERS

L: Father your Son says: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. We ask you to help us to set aside our pride so we can better seek to build your Kingdom on earth.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Help us to stand with those who are suffering in body, mind, or spirit; (especially) may we show your compassion.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Help us to stop striving to create kingdoms of our own in your world.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Help us to share some small part our many blessings with others.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Help us to forgive others as you have forgiven us, and help us know that forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting, it means choosing not seek vengeance.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Teach us to consider the needs of others even as we look to our own interests.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Help us to show dignity and respect to all people, and find “win/win” solutions to conflicts as often as possible.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. May we take up our cross, as your Son called us to do, sacrificially caring for others.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

C: Amen.

PEACE  (please stand)

P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C: And also with you.

OFFERTORY PRAYER (sit)

M: Merciful Father,

C: we offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us—our selves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious love. Receive them for the sake of him who offered himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

OFFERING

Offertory (stand)        We Give Thee But Thine Own

We give Thee but Thine own, what-e’er the gift may be;

all that we have is Thine alone, a trust, O Lord, from Thee.

DIALOGUE (stand)

P: The Lord be with you.                                     C:     And also with you.

P: Lift up your hearts.                                          C:     We lift them to the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.      C:     It is right to give him thanks & praise.

PREFACE

P: Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God! They will come from east and west, and from north and south, and sit at the table in the kingdom of God.

C: Amen.

“This Is The Feast”

This is the feast of victory for our God.  Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

THANKSGIVING

P: We gather around the table with the offering of bread and drink upon it, and the promise of the Living Christ among us. This is the welcome table of God, where all who seek to be at peace with their neighbor, and all who seek the mercy of God in Christ, are embraced. Come, for we are invited into this holy mystery.

C: We are ready!

P: Jesus says: “I am the bread of life. All who come to me shall not hunger, and all who believe in me shall never be thirsty.”

C: We are hungry and thirsty. O Lamb of God, we come!

P: On the night of his betrayal, Jesus took his authority as the Christ, the Anointed of God, and offered bread in thanksgiving saying:  “Take, eat. This is my body which is given for you.”

P: In the same way, and by the same authority, Jesus offered the cup in thanksgiving saying: “Take, drink. This is my blood of the new covenant which is poured out for you and for all people, for the forgiveness of sins.”   

C: Come, Holy Spirit. Open our eyes to the mystery of Christ’s presence in these ordinary things, and in our ordinary lives.

P: These are the gifts of God for the people of God. Come, for all things are ready!

LORD’S PRAYER

P: We pray as Jesus taught us:

C: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen. (sit)

COMMUNION HYMNS 

“The Church’s One Foundation”

Take My Life, That I May Be

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

P: May this Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, strengthen you in the faith until life everlasting. 

C: Amen

BLESSING

P: The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace.

C: Amen

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CLOSING SONG (stand)

“Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow”

DISMISSAL

P: You have been blessed by God to be a blessing to those around you.

C: The Lord God is our strength!  (Hab 3:19)

M:   Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

Silent Prayer

Postlude

St. John’s Announcements  February 23, 2020                   Transfiguration

Church office telephone # 716-373-0025

E-Mail Addresses

Derek Cheek   dr.d.cheek@gmail.com  716-307-7963

Carolynne Solak leFeber, church secretary, SJLC36@verizon.net

Christa Wentworth, youth & young adult director, christa.wentworth@gmail.com,

716-790-3128

Serving Today

Deacons: Jim Schultz and John Schultz

Altar: Glenda Hall                               Minister of Music: Kim Voegelin

Calendar for the Week

Today after service                Coffee fellowship

Wednesday 7 PM                            Ash Wednesday Service

Thursday 9 AM                           Quilting

Birthdays

February 25 – Terry Wiltse, Gary Nugent

Congregational Directory  I have placed 2 copies of the directory for you to look at in the narthex on the back table.  Please look it over to see if there are any mistakes or if I have left anyone out that you know of.  Feel free to mark these up and I will make corrections and additions.

Mid-Week Dinners  We are looking for people willing to be in charge of the mid-week dinners.  I have a sheet down in the basement for the mid-week dinners along with the regular monthly dinners.  If you are interested please sign-up.  Also if you have an idea what you might be bringing please write that on the list also.

Ash Wednesday and Lent  Ash Wednesday is February 26th this year.  It will be held here at St. John’s at 7 PM.  We have invited the other Lutheran Churches in the area to join us.  The following Wednesday, March 4th starts our mid-week services.  There will be a soup and sandwich dinner before the service at 6 PM and service at 7 PM.  Please join us for these meaningful services.

Spaghetti Dinner Our sister church, Immanuel Lutheran, is having a take-out Spaghetti Dinner on Ash Wednesday, February 26th.  It is running from 4 – 5:30 pm.  Adults $7, Children under 12 $3 and family $20.

Introductory or Member classes If you have any interest in an introductory or member class please let Pastor Cheek or Carolynne leFeber know.  It would be a short I day, couple hour class. 

Monthly Congregational Luncheons If you would like to host one of our monthly luncheons please put your name on the sheet in the basement by the kitchen.  We are also asking you to sign up if you will be bring an item to help out the host.  This just lets us know how many meats, vegs, fruits and desserts will be here. You don’t have to say exactly what you have in mind it’s just for information.  Also please feel free to come even if you can’t bring something with you.

Chairs  Chairs were donated to the church and we have an overabundance of them.  If you or anyone you know has a need for them please feel free to take them.  They were chairs that were in the Old Library before the newest renovation. 

Bible Study Pastor Cheek will be holding a weekly adult study of Isaiah on Wednesday mornings from 10-11:30 AM at Immanuel.  All are invited to join.

Food Pantry We are still collecting food items for the Food Pantry.  They have a great need for items now.  There is a bin in the narthex for you to place your donations.

Sign-out Sheet  Please use the sign out sheet in the office if you plan on borrowing any items from church.

Majengo  The Moores are asking for your help in supporting Majengo, a children’s home. You can put your donation in the box in the narthex. More info is in the narthex.

Service Personnel

Patrick Walsh – Ray and Vicky McKinneys grandson

Tony Wolf – Jerry Wolf’s son                                      Isaac Clayson

Zachary Starr – Carolyn Wings nephew                     Greg Estes

Trenton Wing – Carolyn Wings nephew                     Adam Phearsdorf       

Robert Bastow – Connie Putts grandson

Sick

Sabrina Knell – Bonnie Harriers infant niece                         Beth Wiltse

Jerry Givan- friend of the Prestons                                         Donald Hood  

Mary Ann Trieskey – friend of Dee Kyser                              Ray Limerick              

Brent Limerick                                                                                    Bette Finger

Kevin Adshire and Dave Moore – friends of Ed Preston        Glen Reitz

Greg Givan – friend of the Prestons                                       Robyn Porterfield

Wendy Geems – Carolynn Filgroves sister-in-law                  John Fillgrove

Angela Martin Emley – friend of Rodney and Kim                Jonathan Wesley

Beth Mattern                                                                          Nick and Catherine Heary                             

John M. Gray – son of John H. Gray                                       Jaidin Page                                         

Richard Anderson – Sue Crowleys nephew                            Ann Pierce                                          

Charlotte and Gene Preston                                                   Jim Greene – Dee Kysers brother      

Homebound

Bob Salmonson                       Jerry Spring                 Ted Boser

George Schreiber                    Sandy Watt                  Merle Schultz             

Daily Devotions

Sunday, February 23 – Matthew 17:1-9 and Psalm 2:6-12

Monday, February 24 – Acts 1:15-26 and Psalm 15

Tuesday, February 25 – Philippians 3:13-21 and Psalm 121

Wednesday, February 26 – Joel 2:12-19 and Psalm 4

Thursday, February 27 – 2 Corinthians 6:1-10 and Psalm 118:1-13

Friday, February 28 – Genesis 2:4-25 and Psalm 14

Saturday, February 29 – Genesis 1:1-28 and Psalm 104:19-35

Baptismal Birthdays             

Julie Glover                             February 1

Jerry leFeber                           February 2

Allan Bucher                           February 8

Bonnie Yaw                             February 9

Hans Sendlakowski                  February 19

Scott Warner                           February 20

Mary Moore                           February 24

Lucas Moshier                         February 24

Jennifer Moshier                    February 29