THE WORD OF THE LORD

 

Prelude       Variations  on “Salzburg” (hymn 135)                  Johann Pachelbel

 

Opening Acclamation

Presider Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People    And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen.

 

Collect for Purity 

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Gathering Hymn O wondrous type, O vision fair!”          Hymnal 1982, 137, v.v. 1 & 2

The Collect of the Day
Presider   The Lord be with you.

People       And also with you.

Presider   Let us pray.

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

 

The First Lesson is from Second Kings (2 Kings 2:1-12):

When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?” And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent.”

Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here; for the Lord has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to Jericho. The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know; be silent.”

Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.” He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.” As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.

               

The Word of the Lord.                                         

People   Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 50:1-6

The Psalm appointed for today is this portion of Psalm 50. We will read it responsively by half verse.

1 The Lord, the God of gods, has spoken; *
he has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.

2 Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty, *
God reveals himself in glory.

3 Our God will come and will not keep silence; *
before him there is a consuming flame,
and round about him a raging storm.

4 He calls the heavens and the earth from above *
to witness the judgment of his people.

5 “Gather before me my loyal followers, *
those who have made a covenant with me
and sealed it with sacrifice.”

6 Let the heavens declare the rightness of his cause; *
for God himself is judge.

 

The Second Lesson is from Second Corinthians (2 Corinthians 4:3-6):

Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

The Word of the Lord.

People Thanks be to God.

 

The Gospel Greeting          A Celtic Alleluia

 

 

The Holy Gospel     Mark 9:2-9

Gospeller      The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
People           Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

Gospeller      The Gospel of the Lord.                        

People           Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

The Sermon                                           Ms. Natalie Perl Regan

You can listen to Natalie’s sermon here.

 

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
 maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
 We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
 We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
 We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

Prayers of the People

Intercessor   Mighty and merciful one, you have come to us in glory; now we come to you in prayer, saying, Lord, by your Spirit, grant what we ask.

Intercessor   We pray for your glorious creation. [pause] Stamp out fires of destruction, drive away clouds of pollution, and restore the beauty of this world. Lord, by your Spirit,

People           Grant what we ask.

 

Intercessor   We pray for the body of Christ. [pause] Open our hearts in faith, enlighten our minds with knowledge, and strengthen us to proclaim the gospel. Lord, by your Spirit,

People           Grant what we ask.

 

Intercessor   We pray for Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Susan, Jennifer and Porter, our Bishops; Fran, Susan, Walter, Joy, Natalie, Mary, and Nicole, our staff and Stacy, our seminarian. For our Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for The North Richmond Region churches: All Souls, Atlee—Mechanicsville; Calvary—Hanover; Church of Our Saviour— Montpelier; Church of the Creator—Mechanicsville; Church of the Epiphany— Henrico; Emmanuel, Brook Hill—Henrico; Immanuel Church, Old Church— Mechanicsville; St. James the Less—Ashland; St. Paul’s—Hanover; The Fork Church—Doswell; and for Ascension Church in Beraud, Haiti. May your Spirit be alive and at work in the Church. Lord, by your Spirit,

People           Grant what we ask.

 

Intercessor   We pray for the people of all nations. Show the nations your vision of justice, offer the leaders your mantle of wisdom, and give the people your blessing of peace. We pray for Joe, our President and Ralph, our Governor, and for those you would name [pause].  Lord, by your Spirit,

People           Grant what we ask.

 

Intercessor   We pray for those who are perishing. Feed those who are starving, comfort those who are suffering, and receive the dying into your arms. Lord, we pray for those who have died, those who will die today, and all those you would name [pause].  Lord, by your Spirit,

People           Grant what we ask.

 

Intercessor   We pray for those whom we love. Bless our families, friends, and neighbors, help them in times of trouble, and be near when they are afraid. We pray for especially Walter, Susan, Andrei, Ethan, Emma, Johnny, Thomas, Julie, Caroline, David, Anne, Cher & David, Martha, Lucy, Sean and Nate, Jack, those with COVID-19; for our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those you would name [pause]. Lord, by your Spirit,

People           Grant what we ask.

 

Intercessor    We thank you for all the blessings of this life, including Hooman Mirzaei on his birthday today, and for Hilary Smith Ingraham, Jack Cashman, and Katie Johnston on their birthdays this week, and those blessings you would name [pause]. Let us always be grateful for the ways you are at work in our lives. Lord, by your Spirit,

People           Grant what we ask.

 

Intercessor   Holy One, make us ready for the day when this world is transfigured, transformed, made new—when all things will shine in the dazzling light of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Adapted from Kimberly Bracken Long. Feasting on the Word Worship Companion : Liturgies for Year B, Volume 1. Westminster John Knox Press, 2014, by Natalie Regan.

 

Intercessor:     Together let us pray for St Thomas Church. 

All:      Almighty God, by your Spirit the whole body of your Church is governed and sanctified, hear our prayer for St Thomas, build in us a renewed vision of your Church; shape our life according to your will; empower us with the gifts to make us one that together we may grow as a church in the spiritual strength of community and reach out to include all people in Christ’s love, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 

Confession of Sin

Presider   Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.  A time of silence.

All     God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you, opposing your will in our lives. We have denied your goodness in each other, in ourselves, and in the world you have created. We repent of the evil that enslaves us, the evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf. Forgive, restore, and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ, that we may abide in your love and serve only your will. Amen.

 

Absolution

Presider   Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

 

Offertory Sentence

Presider   Walk in love, as Christ loves us, and gave himself an offering and a sacrifice to God.

 

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Offertory Hymn    “O Master, let me walk with thee”             Hymnal 1982, 660 v.v. 1-4

                                                     

The Lord’s Prayer
Presider

The Lord be with you.

People And also with you.

Presider Let us pray.

Presider and People

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, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

The Peace
Presider The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People And also with you.

 

The Blessing 
Be of good courage, never be afraid

Because God who created you, Is always with you

And loves you fiercely.

And may the blessing of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

Be upon you and remain with you always. AMEN.  

 

The Closing Hymn     “Songs of thankfulness and praise”         Hymnal 1982, 135 v.v. 1 & 4

 

The Dismissal

Presider Let us go forth in the name of Christ.

People Thanks be to God.

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