February 11th 2024 -“Does God Keep Secrets?”

2024-02-11 “Does God keep secrets?” 11:00 AM

Dear friends,

THIS SUNDAY the Rev. Linda Faith Chalk will be leading us in worship.

OUR GOSPEL READING is Mark 9: 2-9, “The Transfiguration”.  Jesus takes three of his disciples – Peter, James, and John – up a high mountain.  There, they witness a remarkable transformation as Jesus’ appearance becomes radiant, and Moses and Elijah appear, representing the law and the prophets.  A cloud envelops them, and a voice from heaven declares Jesus as the beloved son, urging the disciples to listen to him.  This glorious event reveals Jesus’ divine nature, confirming his identity as the Messiah.


Order Of Service

Prelude
Welcome
Call to Worship
Hymn 407 “Praise my soul the King of Heaven”
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Children’s Time
Hymn 376: “Lord, the light of your love is shining” (vs 2 en français)
Responsive Reading: Psalm 50: 1-6
Gloria Patri
Old Testament Lesson: 2 Kings 2: 1-12 (en français BFC – English on the screen)
New Testament Lesson: 2 Corinthians 4: 3-6
The Gospel: Mark 9: 2-9
Sermon: “Does God keep secrets?”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn: “Hymn for the transfiguration of our Lord”
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 187: “We have come at Christ’s own bidding”
Benediction
Go now in peace
Postlude

February 19th 2023- “Jesus Revealed”

2023-02-19 "Jesus Revealed" 11 AM

Dear friends,

This Sunday is Transfiguration Sunday, where we come to celebrate and worship together the manifestation of God’s glory in His Son, our Lord, and witness Jesus’ divine nature on full and resplendent glory.  “And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became white as light.” – Matthew 17: 2

The image above is called “Transfiguration”. 

Vie de Jesus Mafa (Life of JESUS MAFA) is a response to the New Testament readings from the Lectionary by a Christian community in Cameroon, Africa.  Each of the readings was selected and adapted to dramatic interpretation by the community members.  Photographs of their interpretations were made, and these were then transcribed to paintings.

In this theatrical representation of Jesus’ transfiguration, Jesus is robed in a dazzling white garment, as the story in the gospels describes.  He appears to be greeting Moses and Elijah like old friends as they are surrounded by a cloud that makes the whole scene feel ethereal.  Peter, James, and John look on with flabbergasted and fearful expressions, bewildered at what they should do.  This painting invites the viewer to imagine what it would be like to have seen such amazing things.  Undoubtedly, it would inspire one to follow and obey Jesus, just as God commands in the story: “This is my son, the beloved.  Listen to him!”


Order of Service

Prelude
Welcome
Call to Worship
Hymn 176: “Songs of thankfulness and praise”
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Children’s Time
Hymn 442: “Speak, Lord, in the stillness”
Responsive reading: Psalm 99
Gloria Patri
Exodus 24: 12-18 (en français – English on the screen)
Matthew 17: 1-9
Sermon: “Jesus Revealed”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn 341: “Before the world began”
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 574: “With the Lord as my guide”
Benediction
Go now in peace
Postlude