February 24, 2013

Liturgy Reflection & Benediction 02.24.13

Liturgy

Let us continue our worship in this season of Lent.

And Jesus, while up on the mountain, was transfigured before them….

In such blinding brightness,
his common-day clothes—
dazzling white
as no eyes
on earth
had ever seen.

Friends
caught a bewildered glimpse
of who he really
was.

O Christ,
take us to the mountain.

Transform
our everyday lives,
all our doings—
and our very being
into your image of
hope and love.

We worship you and pray
in the name
of you, the Father,
you, the Son
and you, the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

— written by Anne Osdieck

Community Confession

In prayer, let us confess to God as a community.

Today, we reflect on Jesus Christ’s transfiguration,
and how his light affects us still.

He came bathed in light, dazzling, radiant…
Forgive us, God,
for accepting mediocrity in our work for your name
and calling it good enough.

He came appearing with Elijah and Moses…
Forgive us, God,
when we limit the ways we share your story to the world,
even in the face of your expansive vision.

He came while a voice was shouting, “this is my Beloved; listen!”
Forgive us, God,
for choosing to heed our own voices
and drowning out your Spirit with
only more distractions.

Hear our prayers and have mercy on us.
Help us to live this week with joy and peace
that comes only from you.

We ask and pray to our God in community, holy in One.
Amen.

Reflection

How does our image and perspective to God need to change in order to view the greatness of God?
What are some areas of our lives that need conversion?

Benediction

Go now, and speak of what you have seen of God’s greatness.
Do not cling to holy moments
when heaven overshadows you,

but as the Lord lives, listen to Christ and follow him
from the places of revelation
to the places of mission.

And may God shine the light of glory into your hearts.
May Christ be with you and never leave you.
And may the Spirit renew the image of God within you.

Depart from here to love and serve
in name of the Father,
of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Go in peace and live the church.
See you throughout the week.

[Photo by elo vazquez @ Flickr]

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