The Sermon….…………………………………..….. Matthew 17:1-9

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.”

An Event that Makes An Impact

1. Immediate Fear or Inspiration
2. Long-term, Lasting Change

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Eighth Sunday After Epiphany

Sunday, March 2, 2014 (9:00 a.m.)

Opening Hymn 8 – “Father, Who the Light This Day”

The Invocation and Opening Prayer

The Scripture Reading – Exodus 24:12-18

God had delivered His people of Israel out of Egypt, and they were on their way to the promised land. Along the way they all became witnesses to His amazing power and glory. Not just here with spectacular visual displays, but also throughout their wanderings as He showed His power to save them from all their enemies.

The Scripture Reading – 2 Peter 1:16-21

Peter and the other apostles did not make up stories about Jesus, but were eyewitnesses to His power and glory. And this is confirmed by the prophecies of the Old Testament, which rest on the authority of God Himself.

The Nicene Creed (Page 22 in Hymnal)

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spake by the prophets. And I believe one holy Christian and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Hymn 719 “Jesus On the Mountain Peak”

The Sermon….…………………………………..….. Matthew 17:1-9

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.”

An Event that Makes An Impact

1. Immediate Fear or Inspiration
2. Long-term, Lasting Change

The Offering

The Confession Of Sins

5. I, a sinner, come to Thee With a penitent confession;
Savior, mercy show to me Grant for all my sins remission.
Let these words my soul relieve: Jesus sinners doth receive.

6. Oh, how blest it is to know; Were as scarlet my transgression,
It shall be as white as snow By Thy blood and bitter Passion:
For these words I now believe: Jesus sinners doth receive.
[TLH 324 v5-6]

Absolution

8. Jesus sinners doth receive.  Also I have been forgiven;
And when I this earth must leave, I shall find an open heaven.
Dying, still to Him I cleave– Jesus sinners doth receive.
[TLH 324 v8]

The Consecration Of the Elements

The Distribution of The Lord’s Supper

(Because God’s Word presents the reception of this Sacrament as a most intimate expression of spiritual and confessional unity, we ask that only those who have publicly professed such oneness of faith and belief with us by membership at Berea or another CLC church come forward. Please speak with pastor if you are seeking a church home or have any questions.)

Hymn 305 (v 1, 5-7) – “Soul, Adorn Thyself With Gladness”

Our Post-Communion Prayer

C: Lord God of mercy, at the table You prepared for me, I give you thanks for the body and blood of Your Son, the pledge of my salvation; for the Word by which You give me forgiveness; For Your promises by which You give me life. May the gifts of Your heavenly banquet fortify me against the Evil One, strengthen me in the face of the world, and overcome my selfishness. Help me to live as one who hungers for Your grace, who thirsts after righteousness, who longs to taste of Your goodness, that I may sit at your table at the marriage feast when the heavenly Bridegroom comes to take His holy bride to Himself. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer & Benediction ♫ 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.

Closing Hymn 135 –“‘Tis Good, Lord, To be Here”

Silent Prayer and Announcements

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