Online Worship

Transfiguration Sunday
February 14, 2021


Welcome to our online worship service! This service is an interactive liturgy with songs and prayers of adoration, confession, and thanksgiving, and uplifting sermons that focus on the Word of God. We pray that you are deeply blessed as you take part in this gathering.


Opening Prayer


LEADER: O Wondrous God, like Peter on the mountain top,

PEOPLE: Let us see with open eyes.

LEADER: Like James upon the mountain top,

PEOPLE: Let us hear with open ears.

LEADER: Like John upon the mountain top,

PEOPLE: Let us feel with open hearts.

LEADER: And like all the saints in ages past,

PEOPLE: Let us offer thanks and praise.

ALL: To You be the glory, forever and ever. Amen.


Song of Adoration

Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah


Hallelujah, praise Jehovah,
O my soul, Jehovah praise;
I will sing the glorious praises
Of my God through all my days.
Put no confidence in princes,
Nor for help on man depend;
He shall die, to dust returning,
And his purposes shall end.

Happy is the man that chooses
Israel’s God to be his aid;
He is blest whose hope of blessing
On the Lord his God is stayed.
Heaven and earth the Lord created,
Seas and all that they contain;
He delivers from oppression,
Righteousness He will maintain.

Food He daily gives the hungry,
Sets the mourning prisoner free,
Raises those bowed down with anguish,
Makes the sightless eyes to see,
Well Jehovah loves the righteous,
And the stranger He befriends,
Helps the fatherless and widow,
Judgment on the wicked sends.

Hallelujah, praise Jehovah,
O my soul, Jehovah praise
I will sing the glorious praises
Of my God through all my days.
Over all God reigns forever,
Through all ages He is King;
Unto Him, thy God, O Zion,
Joyful hallelujahs sing.


Prayer of Confession


LEADER: Friends, let us confess our sins together saying….

ALL: O Great Jehovah, though we know and call upon Your name, we live as if we know You not, and sometimes we call upon the name of things apart from You. Sometimes we call upon the names of other people, and place our trust in princes and their chariots that fail us. Sometimes we call upon the names of our achievements, and place our trust in what we have and actions that will fail us. Lord, in Your mercy, forgive us and restore us; restore us as Your children who place their hope and trust in You. In Your holy name we pray. Amen. 

(confess in silence)

Song of Confession

Heal Us


Heal us, Emmanuel, here we are
We long to feel Thy touch
Deep wounded souls to Thee we fly
O Savior hear our cry.

Our faith is feeble, we confess
We faintly trust Thy word
But will You pity us the less?
Be that far from You Lord.

Heal us, Emmanuel, here we are
We long to feel Thy touch
Deep wounded souls to Thee we fly
O Savior hear our cry.

Remember him who once applied
With trembling for relief
“Lord, I believe,” with tears he cried
“O help my unbelief!”.

Heal us, Emmanuel, here we are
We long to feel Thy touch
Deep wounded souls to Thee we fly
O Savior hear our cry.

She, too, who touched you in the press
And healing virtue stole
Was answered, “Daughter, go in peace
Thy faith has made thee whole.”

Heal us, Emmanuel, here we are
We long to feel Thy touch
Deep wounded souls to Thee we fly
O Savior hear our cry.

Like her, with hopes and fears we come
To touch You if we may
O send us not despairing home
Send none unhealed away.

Heal us, Emmanuel, here we are
We long to feel Thy touch
Deep wounded souls to Thee we fly
O Savior hear our cry.

Confession of Forgiveness and Faith

(from St. Ignatius of Antioch, 107AD)


LEADER: Brothers and Sisters, our God (Who is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love) loves us just as we are. Therefore, as a called and ordained servant of the Church of Jesus Christ, and by His grace, mercy, and steadfast love, I declare to you the entire forgiveness of all of our sins. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

ALL: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven and made righteous. Thanks be to God!

LEADER: Friends, what do we believe about Jesus Christ?

ALL: He was descended from the family of David and born of Mary; He was a man. He truly was born both of God and of the Virgin Mary; He was God. He truly ate and drank, truly suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was truly crucified and died; He suffered for us. He was also truly raised from the dead and rose after three days as His Father raised Him up; He rose for us. After having spent forty days with the Apostles, He was received up to the Father, and sits at His right hand, waiting until His enemies are put under His feet; He reigns over us. Amen.


Sermon

Text: Mark 9:2-9
Title: More Than Mountaintops
Preacher: Rev. Dr. Scotty J. Williams


And after six days Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them, and His clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for You and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is My beloved Son; listen to Him.” And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.

And as they were coming down the mountain, He charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.


Thanksgiving

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Song of Thanksgiving

Jesus I'll Never Forget


Jesus I’ll never forget what You’ve done for me!
Jesus I’ll never forget how You set me free!
Jesus I’ll never forget how You’ve brought me out!
Jesus I’ll never forget! No never!

How can I forget when way down in Egypt land,
How You brought me out with Your mighty outstretched hand?
You broke the bands of sin, and You set me free!
Gave me joy and peace and victory!

How can I forget what You’ve done for me?
How can I forget how You set me free?
How can I forget how You’ve brought me out?
How can I forget? No never!

Jesus I’ll never forget what You’ve done for me!
Jesus I’ll never forget how You set me free!
Jesus I’ll never forget how You’ve brought me out!
Jesus I’ll never forget! No never!


CLOSING PRAYER

with the Lord's Prayer and Benediction


LEADER: O Lord Jesus, how can we forget all of the wonderful things You have done for us? You left Your throne in glory and came down among us. You wrapped Yourself in human flesh and walked among us. You came to know our sufferings, and healed among us. And You took a cross and stony grave, and rose again from death for us. O Lord, we thank You for all that You have done, and with songs of praise in heart and mind we pray the prayer that You taught us saying….

ALL: 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, Forever and ever. Amen.

LEADER: Receive this blessing….May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. May the sweet and fragrant rain of God’s blessings fall soft upon your lives. And until we meet again (Brothers and Sisters, family and friends in Christ), may Almighty God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, hold you in the hollow of His hand.

ALL: Amen!

LEADER: Go in grace! Go in peace! You belong to Jesus!


This service is © All Souls Protestant Church • St. Gallen and East Switzerland

Cover image, “Litermont Summit Cross“, by GuentherDillingen (Günther Schneider). This image comes from Pixabay and is free for commercial use