Transfiguration Sunday

February 14, 2021


Call to Worship (Psalm 50, 2 Corinthians 4)

Cry out! God does not keep silent.

Cry out! We long to hear God’s word.

Cry out! Tell of God’s wonderful deeds.

Opening Prayer (2 Corinthians, Mark 9)

Almighty God, giver of life,

your light shines in our lives

and your glory is revealed through your Son, Jesus Christ.

Reveal his glory to us

as you did to Peter, James, and John,

that we may be filled with his power

and our mouths may proclaim his presence



GATHERING SONG Blessed Be Your Name

Prayer of Confession

Mighty one of yesterday, today, and tomorrow,

do not be silent, but speak, that we may hear.

Speak justice, that we may correct our lawlessness.

Speak righteousness, that we may know your ways.

Speak compassion, that we may know your mercy.

Speak abundance, that we may serve others.

Speak understanding, that we may be peacemakers.

Speak glory, that we may know your Son.

Speak, and we will listen to you.

You promise forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace

when we speak our shortcomings.

We speak of mistakes we have made.

We speak of abandoning your ways.

We speak of failures to show compassion and mercy.

We speak of our need for forgiveness.

Mighty one of yesterday, today, and tomorrow,

hear our prayer and lead us into fullness of life. Amen.

Words of Assurance

God will not keep silent, but will gather us in

with the tender words: “You are forgiven.”

Glory to God! Amen.


Psalm 50:1–6

The mighty one, God the LORD, has spoken; calling the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.

Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty, God shines forth in glory.

Our God will come and will not keep silence; with a consuming flame before, and round about a raging storm.

God calls the heavens and the earth from above to witness the judgment of the people.

"Gather before me my loyal followers, those who have made a covenant with me and sealed it with sacrifice."

The heavens declare the rightness of God's cause, for it is God who is judge.

SECOND LESSON: 2 Corinthians 4:3–6

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus' sake. For it is the God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Word of God, word of life. Thanks be to God.


The holy gospel according to Saint Mark. Glory to you, O Lord.

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

Then Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, "This is my Son, the Beloved listen to him!" Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

SERMON “After” Pastor Phil Wold

HYMNO OF THE DAY "Immortal, Invisible" ELW 834


I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


Let us pray.

A brief silence is kept before the prayer.

Holy God,

Light of the universe, Teacher of truth, Giver of goodness,

we hear your Word in the Scriptures, proclaiming to us your wisdom and inviting us to follow your call.

For speaking this Word, we thank you, O God.

We thank you, O God.

Your Word came among us in Jesus, our brother, who preached your righteousness, healed the sick, and revived the brokenhearted.

For giving us this Word, we worship you, O God.

We worship you, O God.

By your Spirit bless all who receive this Word,

that upheld by the mystery of the body of Christ, we may be light for the world, revealing the brilliance of your Son.

For sustaining us with your Word, we praise you, O God.

We praise you, O God.

Blessed are you, holy God, around us, with us, and in us,

now and forever.



The peace of Christ be with you always. And also with you.

(May we join the Church throughout the world, praying for God’s peace and justice to prevail.)


Cry out! God’s word has been spoken.

Cry out! Our hearts are filled with praise.

Cry out! Our lives proclaim God’s glory.

Cry out the bounty of God’s love. Amen!

SENDING SONG Shine, Jesus Shine ELW 671


Go in peace. Live the gospel. Thanks be to God.

POSTLUDE Mountain Top