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Worship Sunday, February 14th, 2021


Transfiguration Sunday


Order of Worship



Good morning. Welcome to the OCC. It is nice to have you join us in the Spirit for our Sunday morning meditations. This is Transfiguration Sunday, so our theme is about catching a glimpse of the glory of the Lord even in the midst of our busy, working days! For Ash Wednesday, we will post a meditation and prayer online for you this week. Please continue to be vigilant in these days, and we pray for your health and well-being.

HYMN    He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

Mark 9:2-9 “The Transfiguration of Jesus”
Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And Jesus was transfigured before them, and his clothes became a dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

MESSAGE “Catching a Glimpse of Glory”

Hey Everyone, PK here!
Today we are talking about Transfiguration!
That’s a big word that means that your appearance changes in a big way!
How does your appearance change? When sad you may frown. When happy you may smile.
And when you are really super happy, you might even glow! (Remember Rudolph’s shiny nose?)
The story is that Jesus took his friends Peter, James and John to the top of a high mountain.
Suddenly Jesus looked very different to them. Jesus became dazzling bright!
Jesus became so bright he looked just like what the Lord must look like!
Peter, James and John were terrified and amazed all at once. They caught a glimpse of God’s glory!
It’s a pretty big deal to see the Lord in person.
And they also saw Moses and the Prophet Elijah talking with Jesus!
Imagine seeing three of the most famous people in the world, right in front of you?
Did you know that we are always “transfiguring” like Jesus?
Only in our case, it takes time.
Think of a newborn, then a toddler that crawls, then a child who runs, and a senior who walks.
We are always changing. Our appearance becomes different than what we looked like before.
Sometimes we start out life with dark hair, and then, suddenly, one day, we go gray!
Take a look at a butterfly! Aren’t they so awesome with swirling colors floating on wings?
They didn’t start out that way.
Butterflies begin as caterpillars. They have lots of legs and can be kinda’ drab and brown.
Then suddenly one day they curl up into a big ball and rest and rest and rest.
And when they awake, suddenly they have way less legs and fly away!
Now we are not butterflies, or Moses, or Elijah, or Jesus, but God watches over our changes too!
Here is a transfiguration blessing: at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty,
your hair will be messy, and, your eyes will be sparkling! You have done wonderful things!
So let’s get out there today and be transfigured!


Let us pray.
Dear God, help me with all the changes I am going through.
Sometimes I have to do things that are really hard.
Give me the words to say in a difficult situation.
Give me the smarts to know what to do.
Give me courage to always do the right thing.
Sometimes I change and I don’t know how to feel.
Send me birds and bunnies and butterflies to remind me each creature is special.
As I grow, help me to take on new tasks and do them well.
Yes, help me with my schoolwork and homework!
Help me to learn new things and practice new talents.
Help me to be a great friend when even my friends begin to change!
When I see that another person has lost their glow, let my light shine bright, just like you!
Make me to brighten the world with kindness, laughter, caring and compassion!
Let me befriend the world and everyone in it with all the ways you have me change!
And we may pray the Lord’s Prayer together saying:

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. 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.

May God change us all with great love and tender care! Amen.

POSTLUDE “Come Ready and See Me”
Lyrics by James Purdy (1914-2009) Music by Richard Hundley (1931-2008) Lorri Cetto, soprano