Watchword for the Week
God said: “This is my Son, the Beloved;
with him I am well pleased; listen to him!”
(Moravian Daily Texts 2017)
WELCOME and CALL to WORSHIP
(Verses from Psalm 99)
The Lord is king; and the people tremble.
He is enthroned above the winged
creatures and the earth shakes.
The Lord is mighty in Zion;
he is supreme over all the nations.
Everyone will praise his great
and majestic name. Holy is he!
Moses and Aaron were his priests,
and Samuel was one who prayed to him;
they called to the Lord,
and he answered them.
He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud;
they obeyed the laws and
commands that he gave them.
O Lord, our God, you answered your people;
you showed them that you are
a God who forgives.
Praise the Lord our God
and worship at his sacred hill!
The Lord our God is holy.
Hymn 132 * Immortal, invisible, God only wise
People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk (*)
PRAYER of CONFESSION
Upon a high mountain,
O God of majestic glory, you revealed Jesus
in the mystery of his transfiguration as your
Chosen One to whom we must listen.
In this act of worship may he be revealed to
us in the message of the prophets and the
witness of the apostles, that we may hear his
voice and receive him in faith.
Merciful God, it is good for us to be here,
but we also tremble and recoil
as did the disciples on the mountain.
For we have not lived gloriously,
nor listened to the One
who bids us take up our cross
and live the costly life of faith.
We have prostrated ourselves
before the false brightness of lesser lights,
which blazon their false claims
of truth, or fulfilment, or hope.
Humbly we ask for your forgiveness.
Hymn 259 v. 1+5 Beauty for brokenness!
(Hymn of the Month, March 2017)
WORDS of ASSURANCE
The Almighty Father, whose Son was revealed
in majesty before he suffered death upon the
cross, give us grace to perceive his glory, that
we may be strengthened to suffer with him and
be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory.
Thanks be to our glorious God. Amen.
SHARING GOD’S PEACE
(Children may join the Kids’ Church programme)
Exodus 24:12-18 OT p. 81
Chorus * The most Excellency is Jesus
The most Excellency is Jesus,
Shout Hallelujah, Amen! (2x)
St. Matthew 17:1-9 NT p. 25
The word of God: Thanks be to God!
Hymn 336 Christ is our light!
(Hymn of the Month, January 2017)
SERMON Rev. James Brown
Hymn 448 * Shine, Jesus, shine!
(Offerings are gathered and brought forward)
Lord our Maker, from you comes
all that we have and all that we are.
Accept these, our gifts, as a sign of our
gratitude for your life-giving word and
for all the mercies you have shown to us.
Take even our lives, and let them be wholly
dedicated to your service; through Jesus
Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.
NOTICES and PRAYERS for OTHERS
Response: Holy God, transform us
and use us to your glory.
The LORD’S PRAYER (Yoruba, Nigeria)
(Please use your preferred language for praying.)
English words at: Hymn 652, Second Form (b)
Baba wa ti mbe li orun; Ki a bowo fun oruko
- Ki ijoba re de; Ife tire ni ki a se, bi ti orun,
beni li aiye. Fun wa li onje ojo wa loni. Dari
gbese wa ji wa, bi awa ti ndariji awon
onigbese wa. Ma si fa wa sinu idewo, sugbon
gba wa lowo bilisi. Nitori ijoba ni tire, ati
agbara, ati ogo, lailai. Amin.
Hymn 458 (1) At the name of Jesus
BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)