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The Transfiguration


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The Transfiguration

Jesus took Peter, James and John
High up into the mountains, to pray
Then Jesus was transformed before them
In a mystical, wonderful, way

For His countenance had a glow and a shine
As the three apostles listened
His raiment actually turned to white
And it remarkably glistened

Moses and Elijah would then appear
As the deep called unto the deep
But unfortunately, the three apostles
Had fallen fast asleep

A cloud then overshadowed them
As the transfiguration had begun
A voice came from the clouds
Saying “This is my beloved son.”

Music for the Transfiguration of Our Lord

Here’s the song list we will be using for the Transfiguration of Our Lord worship service that occurs on Feb 10, 2013.

Pre-Service: “Let it Rise” by Holland Davis

Congregational Opening Song: “Open the Eyes of My Heart” by Paul Baloche
Songbook: BOB 180
Scripture Reference: Lk 9:28-31
Ephesians 1:18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,

Psalm of the Day: Psalm 148 read responsively with “We Bow Down” by Twila Paris
Songbook: BOB 233

Hymn of the Day: “Down from the Mount of Glory” by Werner Franzmann
Songbook: CW97 (accompanied with piano and guitar)
Scripture Reference: Lk 9:28-36

Offertory: “Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble?” by Martin Smith
Songbook: BOB 45
Scripture Reference: Ps 148:7

Post Sermon Song: “Farewell to Hallelujah”
This is sung to the tune of “Ode to Joy”

Closing Song: ”Go Out as People of God” by Gloria Lien
Songbook: BOB 69

Other song choices that would also work:

1. “All Heaven Declares”, by Trica & Noel Richards
2. “Awesome is the Lord Most High”, by Jesse Reeves and Chris Tomlin
3. “Be Still for the Presence of the Lord”, byDavid Evans
4. “Beautiful One”, by Tim Hughes
5. “Blessing, Honor”, by Eoghan Heaslip
6. “Common Ground, Holy Ground, ;by John Middleton and Jim Strathdee
7. “Everything Glorious”, by the David Crowder Band
8. “Filled with Your Glory”, by Starfield
9. “For Your Glory”, by Matt Redman
10. “Give You Glory”, by Jeremy Camp
11. “Glorious One”, by Steve Fee
12. “Glory be to God”, Matt Maher, Stuart Townend
13. “Glory is Here”, by Michael Gungor
14. “Glory”, by Mark Hall
15. “Glory”, by Reuben Morgan
16. “He is Exalted”, by Twila Paris
17. “Holy is the Lord”, by Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio
18. “Hosanna”, by Brooke Fraser
19. “How Great is Our God”, by Chris Tomlin
20. “Jesus, Take Us to the Mountain”, by Carl Schalk (LAPPY 162, CWS 712)
21. “King of Glory (Your Face Outshines)”, by Matt Redman
22. “Light of the World”, by Matt Redman
23. “Lord, Let Your Glory Fall”, by Matt Redman
24. “Majesty”, ;by Jack Hayford
25. “O Come, Let Us Adore Him”, by Matt Redman and Teri Bryant
26. “Oh the Glory of It All”, by David Crowder
27. “Once on a Mountaintop” (LAPPY 231)
28. “Shine on Us”, by Michael W. Smith
29. “Shine, Jesus, Shine”, by Graham Kendrick
30. “Show Me Your Glory”, by Third Day
31. “We Fall Down”, by Chris Tomlin
32. “Where the Spirit of The Lord Is”, by Chris Tomlin
33. “You are Near”, by Reuben Morgan

What can be Better than a Hallelujah?

What can be Better than a Hallelujah?

Transfiguration Sunday is the last Sunday in the church year before Lent. During Lent, many church’s in my denomination give up singing or saying either “Hallelujah” or “Alleluia”. Many of us also use a song called “Farewell to Alleluia” at the close of the Transfiguration service.

Lent is not a time for Hallelujah or Alleluia so it seems appropriate to squeeze in a few at this Transfiguration observation. Here are two additional musical thoughts to draw one’s attention to these great words that we use as proclamations of faith and to express thanks and praise.

Consider opening up your Transfiguration service with the song “A Thousand Hallelujahs” by Mark Roach. You can hear it here (this is actually a teaching video for guitarists as well):

Also, consider using Amy Grant’s “Better than a Hallelujah” somewhere in the service, because sometimes a small prayer or bringing a lament before the Lord in worship might be more important to you than bringing a hardy hallelujah. You can hear this here:

One further recommendation would be to keep the service and the congregational music focused on our Lord’s Transfiguration and to use “A Thousand Hallelujah’s” as the pre-service music and “Better than a Hallelujah” during the Offering, this way you will have the focus on the Transfiguration but another sub-theme on “Farwell to Hallelujah” running parallel to the main worship theme.

Contemporary Song choices for the Transfiguration of Our Lord

Contemporary Song choices for the Transfiguration of Our Lord

Scripture References:

Mt 17:1-13, Mk 9:2-13, 2 Cor 3:12-4:2, Ex 24:12, 15-18, 2 Peter 1:16-21, 2 Cor 4:3-6. Ex 34:29-35, Ps 148, Lk 9:28-36, 2 Ki 2:1-12

Contemporary Song choices for the Transfiguration   of Our Lord

Song Title Author / Songbook Comments
Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble? Martin Smith BOB #45 Ref. Ps 148:7 Good congregation song & fun to play/sing (we lower  the key by a half step due to the bridge)
A Mighty Fortress Christy and Nathan Nockels Ref Ex 24:17 Congregation Song with Beautiful piano music
Jesus, Take Us to the Mountain LAPPY 162 and CWS712 Ref. Mt 17:1-13, Mk 9:2-13, Lk 9:28-36 and 2 Pe 1:16-18
Tune: Silver Spring
Once on a Mountaintop LAPPY 231
Speak, O Lord Keith GettyCWS 735 Ref. 2 Cor 3:18Good congregational song
You, Lord, Are both Lamb and Shepherd CWS746 (especially Vs 2) Ref. Mt 17:1-13, Mk 9:2-13, Lk 9:28-36 and 2 Pe 1:16-18
Tune: Picardy

Great Hymns:  “With Trembling Awe the ChosenThree”
“Down from the Mount of Glory “ (CW 97)*
“How Good, Lord, to be Here” (CW#95)*
* These hymns lend themselves to guitar/piano accompaniment.

These are all good sites to find music:

Children’s Message for March 6, 2011

The Transfiguration

Based on Mt 17:1-9

At our church we use a rotation of four men (3 Laity and our Pastor) to deliver the weekly children’s message during worship. My turn is always on the first Sunday of the month. I usually don’t share my messages on this BLOG because I don’t always write them down. But this month I am trying something different. Perhaps you can use it, or portions of it. The message is designed to take about 5 minutes to deliver.

Good morning children. Can anyone think of something in this world that changes appearance, right before your very eyes? (Wait for any answers; and discuss any ideas that they come up with) I thought about this myself and I came up with how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. But the thing is that this takes a while to happen, maybe a few days. Or how about a chameleon changing his skin color? That’s pretty cool and this does happen rather quickly. But here’s the thing, both the caterpillar and the chameleon are just doing what God designed them to do. They are actually praising God by doing this.

The upper part of The Transfiguration (1520) b...
The upper part of The Transfiguration (1520) by Raphael, depicting Christ miraculously discoursing with Moses and Elijah. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today we are talking about how Jesus changed his appearance, instantly, before three witnesses – John, James and Peter. The bible tells us that Jesus’ clothes turned to a brilliant white and his face was shining like the sun. To these three disciples, Jesus was their Savior – the Messiah, but He was also a man and a friend to them, and men aren’t supposed to do these things. Our clothes don’t turn brilliant white and our faces don’t shine like the sun. Let me tell you why Jesus did this. Jesus did this to show his disciples his glory, and to show them that He really is God and also a man. This is also good for us to read about because it gives us some reassurance.

Jesus wasn’t alone in his glory on that mountain top. Also with him were Moses and Elijah. Moses died centuries before this happened, but there he was, in his own glory, talking with Jesus. And Elijah was swept up to heaven before he actually died, but there he was as well.

In Moses and Elijah we have representatives of both the Law and the Prophets. Their presence is important for another reason. They are proof that there is life after death. They are with their creator, talking to him, seeing him face-to-face, and more than that, they are also glorified. They are still recognizable to John, James and Peter. This is how it will be with all of us some day as well. Jesus tells us that we will all one day be with him for eternity and that we will have new glorified bodies. This means that we will no longer age, or need eye glasses, or have aches and pains; and, we will see Jesus face-to-face and we will be able to speak with him. You know that Jesus died to make this happen don’t you? We call this the Gospel or the good news. Jesus died for all of our sins so that we might spend forever (eternity) with Him. That’s how much He loves us.

You can go back to your seats now.

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Our set list for blended worship on Lent 1 (March 13) is as follows:

Pre-Service: “Beautiful the Blood” by Steve Fee (FEE)

Opening Song: “The Power of the Cross” by Keith Getty

Absolution Response: Te Deum by Mary Haugen (GIA)

Psalm of the Day: Psalm 130 with “Then I Will Praise You” by Robin Mann (BOB 216)

Hymn of the Day: “The Tree of Life” by Stephen Starke (CWS 754)

Offertory: “On My Cross” by Jeromy Deibler (FFH)

Closing Song: “Peace be Yours” by Blair A’Hearn (BOB 183)