Bulletin – 2018-02-11

BRITANNIA UNITED CHURCH
Transfiguration         10:15 am        February 11, 2018

Meditation: Light is the greatest unnoticed force of  transfiguration in the world. It literally alters  everything it touches.   John O’Donohue.

Welcome: to Britannia United Church. Our nursery is always available to children three years of age and younger. It is at the end of the hall by the office. Headsets are available for those who need assisted hearing (speak to our sound technician). Please join in with the bold and italic print. Coffee and Tea are available at the back of the church, after the service. Please stand when (*) appears.

We Gather in God’s Name

Introit: Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying (400)

Announcements

Prelude

Call to Worship:
Come, the door is opened, the light is shining through.
We are afraid, for the unknown lies on the other side.
Come, step through the door into endless possibilities of life!
We are afraid, we pray, but we have not heard the answer.
Come, do not be afraid, for Christ is taking your hand.
Christ is our companion, we shall not be afraid,
we shall walk boldly into the light.
Come, let us fling open the doors, reach out to each other,
and worship our God!

Hymn: Shine Jesus Shine
Lord, the light of your love is shining
In the midst of the darkness, shining
Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us
Set us free by the truth you now bring us
Shine on me, shine on me

Refrain
Shine, Jesus, shine
Fill this land with the Father’s glory
Blaze, Spirit, blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river, flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth your word
Lord, and let there be light

Lord, I come to your awesome presence
From the shadows into your radiance
By the blood I may enter your brightness
Search me, try me, consume all my darkness
Shine on me, shine on me
(refrain)

As we gaze on your kingly brightness
So our faces display your likeness
Ever changing from glory to glory
Mirrored here may our lives tell your story
Shine on me, shine on me
(refrain)

Opening Prayer:
Sovereign God, we know You are ever-present with us.
You have come before us, You walk with us
and You will come again.
When we pray, we still seek Your presence,
and at times, we still need assurance.

Remind us of Your companionship when we feel lost,
and grant us the courage
to step out in response to Your grace
to bring healing and hope in our world.
Remind us that the greatest commandments
are to love You and to love our neighbors as ourselves,
and when we follow Your commandments,
we are participating in Your answering of prayers
to each other and the world.
In the name of Christ, our Saviour, Redeemer
and Friend, we pray. Amen.

Anthem: Healing River

Theme Presentation

Minute for Mission: (David Lyon)

We Hear God’s Word

Scripture Reading: Mark 9:2-9 (NT pg 44)(Kelvin Stanke)

Hymn: We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding (104)

Message: Healing Transformation (2 Kings 5:1-14)
Prayer of Confession: (948)
Oh God, hear my prayer, Oh God, hear my prayer,
When I call, answer me,
O God, hear my prayer, Oh God, hear my prayer,
come and listen to me…
Wondrous God, we confess
that we often pray and wait for answers.
We want a clear yes from You,
we want assurance of our requests,
we want answers and we want them now.
We confess that we fail to walk through doors out of fear
or reach out to those who have hurt us out of anger.
We confess
that we lack patience and understanding,
and that we forget to participate in Your response,
being passive instead of active.
Forgive us
and remind us of the empowering grace
You have given us in our lives.
Forgive us
And remind us that You are always with us,
that You never leave us or forsake us.
In the name of Jesus the Christ,
who walks with us on this journey of faith, we pray.

Oh God, hear my prayer, Oh God, hear my prayer,
When I call, answer me,
O God, hear my prayer, Oh God, hear my prayer,
come and listen to me…

Assurance of Pardon:
God turns our mourning into dancing,
and brings our silence into song.
God restores us when we feel we have fallen short.
God brings healing and hope and renewal to our lives.
May we go forth, participating in the reign of Christ
here on earth. Amen.

We Respond to God

Prayers of Joy and Concern and The Lord’s Prayer.

Offertory

*Doxology: (541)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
praise God, all creatures high and low;
give thanks to God in love made known:
Creator, Word and Spirit, One.

*Offertory Prayer:
Transform these gifts, O God,
that they may be an offering of healing and grace. Amen

Music Offering: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – Dick Howey

Commissioning Prayer:
Let us go forth into this season of Epiphany
holding onto possibilities, letting go of negativity,
letting the light of Christ shine in us. Amen!
*Sung Response:
Shine, Jesus, shine
Fill this land with the Father’s glory
Blaze, Spirit, blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river, flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth your word
Lord, and let there be light

Postlude

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