Worship at St Mark’s Lutheran Church
Sunday, March 3, 2019 - Transfiguration of Our Lord

Welcome Guests!
Communion is offered to all baptized followers of Christ. Ushers will direct you.

Children are welcome to worship with you during service and be blessed at communion.

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Let us prepare for worship - silence is kept.
PRELUDE - Prelude on St. Denio - Callahan - Organ

*Stand as able Congregation reads Bold

In the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Most merciful God, we confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen

In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins. As a called and consecrated minister of the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Peace be with you. - And also with you.
Share a greeting of Peace with those around you.

HYMN - Immortal, Invisible, God only Wise - Green - 526

1 Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.

2 Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above
Thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

3 To all life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish, but nought changeth Thee.

4 Thou reignest in glory: thou dwellest in light
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
All laud we would render, O help us to see:
’Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee.

Kyrie eleison, Lord have mercy.
Christe eleison, Christ have mercy.
Kyrie eleison, Lord have mercy.

[chorus] Glory to God, glory to God, glory to God in the highest;
Glory to God, glory to God, and peace to God’s people on earth.

1 Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and father,
We worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. [chorus]

2 Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God,
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; Have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer [chorus]

3 For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father, Amen. [chorus]

The Lord be with you - And also with you.
Holy God, mighty and immortal, you are beyond our knowing, yet we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ. Transform us into the likeness of your Son, who renewed our humanity so that we may share in his divinity, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

FIRST LESSON: Exodus 34:29-35
Moses’ face shone with the reflected glory of God after he received the ten commandments on Mount Sinai. The sight caused the Israelites to be afraid, so Moses wore a veil to mask the radiance of God’s glory, taking it off when he spoke directly with God.

29 Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. 30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them. 32 Afterward all the Israelites came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. 33 When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face; 34 but whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35 the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin of his face was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

The Word of the Lord - Thanks be to God

SECOND LESSON: 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2
In his debates with the Corinthians, Paul contrasts the glory of Moses with the glory of Christ. The Israelites could not see Moses’ face because of the veil. But in Christ we see the unveiled glory of God and are transformed into Christ’s likeness.

12 Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness, 13 not like Moses, who put a veil over his face to keep the people of Israel from gazing at the end of the glory that was being set aside. 14 But their minds were hardened. Indeed, to this very day, when they hear the reading of the old covenant, that same veil is still there, since only in Christ is it set aside. 15 Indeed, to this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds; 16 but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit. 4:1 Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God.

The Word of the Lord - Thanks be to God

Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? Alleluia.
You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia, Alleluia.

The Holy Gospel according to Luke - Glory to you, O Lord (spoken)

GOSPEL: Luke 9:28-36 [37-43a]
The conversation about Jesus’ suffering and death is enclosed in a dazzling foreshadowing of the resurrection. God affirms Jesus’ identity, the disciples are stunned speechless, and Jesus resumes his mission with a demonstration of his power over evil.

28 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30 Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. 31 They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33 Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. 34 While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 35 Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” 36 When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

37 On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. 38 Just then a man from the crowd shouted, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son; he is my only child. 39 Suddenly a spirit seizes him, and all at once he shrieks. It convulses him until he foams at the mouth; it mauls him and will scarcely leave him. 40 I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” 41 Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” 42 While he was coming, the demon dashed him to the ground in convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 43a And all were astounded at the greatness of God.]

The Gospel of the Lord - Praise to you, O Christ (spoken)

SERMON - Deacon Nancy Trimble

HYMN - Jesus on the Mountain Peak - Blue - 653

1 Jesus on the mountain peak stands alone in glory blazing;
Let us, if we dare to speak, join the saints and angels praising. Alleluia!

2 Trembling at his feet we saw Moses and Elijah speaking.
All the Prophets and the law shout through them their joyful greeting: Alleluia!

3 Swift the cloud of glory came, God, proclaiming in its thunder
Jesus as the Son by name! Nations, cry aloud in wonder! Alleluia!

3 This God’s beloved Son! Law and prophets sing before Him,
First and last the only One all creation shall adore him! Alleluia!

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen

United as one body in Christ, let us pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.

 We pray for the church. Open us to listen to your word and to do your will. Direct us in paths of faithful service that reflect your love. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Receive our prayers and fill us with the radiance of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

OFFERING - Visitors please place your completed info sheet in the plate
OFFERTORY - This Little Light of Mine - Spiritual, arr. Boyer - Vocal Ensemble

Let the vineyards be fruitful, Lord, and fill to the brim our cup of blessing.
Gather a harvest from the seeds that were sown, that we may be fed with the bread of life.
Gather the hopes and the dreams of all; unite them with the prayers we offer.
Grace our table with your presence, and give us a foretaste of the feast to come.

Merciful God, we offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us - ourselves, 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

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 Him thanks and praise.
It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise to you , O Lord Holy Father, through Christ our Lord. Sharing our life, he lived among us to reveal your glory and love, that our darkness should give way to his own brilliant light. And so, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn.

Holy, holy, holy Lord, 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.
Hosanna in the highest.

Holy, mighty, and merciful Lord, heaven and earth are full of your glory. In great love you sent to us Jesus, your Son, who reached out to the sick and suffering, who preached good news to the poor, and who, on the cross, opened His arms to all. In the night in which He was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to His disciples saying: ‘Take, eat; this is My body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.’

Again, after supper, He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood, shed for you and for all people, for the forgiveness of sin. Do this in remembrance of Me.' Remembering, therefore, his death, resurrection, and ascension, we await his coming in glory. Pour out your Holy Spirit, that by this Holy Communion we may know the unity we share with all your people in the body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Through Him, with Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, almighty Father, now and forever. Amen.

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

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us peace, grant us peace.

Come forward as directed by the usher, stand or kneel as possible at prayer rail,
leave empty communion cup in the receptacle as you return to your seat.

DURING COMMUNION - Nearer My God to Thee- L. Mason, arr. C. Berry - Piano

The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in His grace. Amen.

Let us pray, Almighty God, you provide the true bread from heaven, your Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord. Grant that we who have received the Sacrament of His body and blood may abide in Him and He in us, that we may be filled with the power of His endless life, now and forever. Amen.

Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.

HYMN - Shine, Jesus, Shine - Blue - 651

Chorus Shine, Jesus, shine Fill this land with the Father's glory
Blaze, Spirit, blaze Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river, flow Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth your word Lord, and let there be light

1 Lord, the light of your love is shining In the midst of the darkness, shining
Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us Set us free by the truth you now bring us
Shine on me, shine on me [chorus]

2 As we gaze on your kingly brightness So our faces display your likeness
Ever changing from glory to glory Mirrored here may our lives tell your story
Shine on me, shine on me [chorus]

Go in peace. Serve the Lord - Thanks be to God.

POSTLUDE - This is My Father’s World - F. L. Sheppard - Piano

Please join us for fellowship in the lounge!

All liturgies and hymns reproduced by permission of 

Augsburg Fortress #15221-HS, One License #A-710053, or by CCLI #2385428

Elizabeth Eaton, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Suzanne Dillahunt, Bishop of the Southern Ohio Synod, ELCA
Craig Fourman, Director of Lutheran Saints in Ministry
Nancy Trimble, LSIM Deacon
Peter Kruse, LSIM Pastor

Sermon - Deacon Nancy Trimble 

Music - Mary Anne Blazer

Reader - Tina Taylor
Altar and Worship Assistant - Beth Cauley

Fellowship - Tina Taylor & Yvette Black

Usher - Bob Taylor

Sound - JT Burcham

Offering Counter - Don Bullock

Offering Counter - Peggy Bullock


Debra Geier, President

Bob Taylor, Vice President

Don Bullock, Financial Secretary

Mary Johnston, Treasurer

Beth Cauley, Secretary

Yvette Black

Moriah Johnston

Bonnie Moore