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A big change -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2006
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME
A changing face -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C
Teachers: Sometimes when children are younger, the significance and possible explanation of a partic
"Listen up!" -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C
Teachers or Parents: This last Sunday before Lent is

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Children's Activity Bulletin -- Ages 8-10 -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43) -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C

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Children's Activity Bulletin -- Ages 5-8 -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43) -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C

Commentary

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Who is This? -- Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Sandra Herrmann -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2019
Poet Marriane Williamson has written a poem that has been widely reprinted:
Looking back, looking forward, resting where we are -- Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Cathy Venkatesh -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2016
Today’s story of the Transfiguration, heard each year on the Last Sunday of Epiphany, invites deep r
Glow-in-the-dark -- Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Wayne Brouwer -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2012
The story of Madame Curie is more fascinating than most fictional novels.
The picture Bible -- Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), Psalm 99 -- David Kalas -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2006
Big events in our culture are generally accompanied by much picture taking.

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Children's Activity Bulletin -- Ages 8-10 -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43) -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C

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Children's Activity Bulletin -- Ages 5-8 -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43) -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C

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Ah Ha, I Get It! -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Arley K. Fadness -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2019
“This is my Son, my chosen: listen to him!” (V. 35b)
Dazzling White -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2016
The Point: Jesus makes us dazzling white
Holding On, Letting Go -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Anna Shirey -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2013
First Thoughts
A big change -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2006
And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes
A changing face -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought some clay for you to see today.
A real superman -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C
Good morning! Does anyone recognize who this is? (Show the
Listen up! -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C
There is a man's picture on this dollar bill. Who can tell

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Fearing Fear -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2019
For March 3, 2019:
Super-Sized Spectacles Of Faith -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter, George Reed -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2016
In this week’s gospel text, Jesus takes Peter, John, and James up on a mountain with him to pray.
The Bottom Of The Mountain -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2013
This week's lectionary gospel text tells of the Transfiguration -- a spectacular experience for thre
Just A Glimpse -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Transfiguration Sunday - C
"Moses did not know the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God." "And while he

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Fearing Fear -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2019
For March 3, 2019:

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A Hearing Problem -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Brett Blair, Tim Carpenter -- 2000
Exegetical Aim: To teach the children the importance of listening.

Devotional

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The Transfiguration Of Our Lord (Last Sunday After Epiphany) -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2009
And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed....-- Luke 9:29

Illustration

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Sermon illustrations for Transfiguration Sunday, Cycle C (2019) -- Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2019
Exodus 34:29-35
Sermon illustrations for Transfiguration Sunday, Cycle C (2016) -- Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, R. Robert Cueni, Frank Ramirez -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2016
Exodus 34:29-35
Sermon illustrations for Transfiguration Sunday, Cycle C (2013) -- Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Bob Ove, Mark J. Molldrem, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2012
Exodus 34:29-35
Imagine having Oscar Robertson... -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2012
Imagine having Oscar Robertson (Cincinnati Royals in the 1960s), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles La
Did you notice two interesting things about this passage... -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Bob Ove -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2012
Did you notice two interesting things about this passage that can make you wonder?
Al, Fred, Carl, and Dan... -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2006
Al, Fred, Carl, and Dan were fraternity brothers. They were a "family" within the
I have always loved the... -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2006
I have always loved the Fourth of July fireworks. I enjoy two views when watching them
A wealthy businessman had many... -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2006
A wealthy businessman had many employees that kept up his large estate, garden, and
The great preacher, Phillips Brooks... -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2006
The great preacher, Phillips Brooks, titled his sermon on this text, "Vision and Task." We
Herman Melville wrote what many... -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2001
Herman Melville wrote what many consider to be the Great American Novel, Moby Dick.
Athletes prepare for the contest... -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2001
Athletes prepare for the contest ahead with a mental process called imagery.
John Calvin, the founder of... -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2001
John Calvin, the founder of the Presbyterian movement in the 1500s, once said: "To walk rightly in t
When my son was younger... -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2001
When my son was younger, his favorite toys were Transformers.
Some people do not like... -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 1998
Some people do not like risks. They are not about to put their money into the stock market.
A Mariner's (couple's) group in... -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 1998
A Mariner's (couple's) group in the Presbyterian Church one night reviewed a film titled Have I T
We are living in a... -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 1998
We are living in a day and age in which many would give anything for the opportunity of having a rel
Several years ago, Philadelphia bomb... -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 1998
Several years ago, Philadelphia bomb squad dogs went crazy as they sniffed frantically around a susp
After undergoing successful treatment for... -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C
After undergoing successful treatment for cancer, cyclist Lance Armstrong tried to get back into the
Thomas Nast, a New York... -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C
Thomas Nast, a New York cartoonist during the second half of the nineteenth century, took on powerfu

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Fearing Fear -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2019
For March 3, 2019:
Super-Sized Spectacles Of Faith -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter, George Reed -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2016
In this week’s gospel text, Jesus takes Peter, John, and James up on a mountain with him to pray.
The Bottom Of The Mountain -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2013
This week's lectionary gospel text tells of the Transfiguration -- a spectacular experience for thre
Just A Glimpse -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Transfiguration Sunday - C
"Moses did not know the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God." "And while he

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Fearing Fear -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2019
For March 3, 2019:

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Fearing Fear -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2019
For March 3, 2019:
Super-Sized Spectacles Of Faith -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter, George Reed -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2016
In this week’s gospel text, Jesus takes Peter, John, and James up on a mountain with him to pray.
The Bottom Of The Mountain -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2013
This week's lectionary gospel text tells of the Transfiguration -- a spectacular experience for thre
Just A Glimpse -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Transfiguration Sunday - C
"Moses did not know the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God." "And while he

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Fearing Fear -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2019
For March 3, 2019:
The Transfiguration Of Our Lord -- Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Carlos Wilton -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day Those who have encountered God are a beacon to others.

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The Transfiguration Of Our Lord -- Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Carlos Wilton -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day Those who have encountered God are a beacon to others.
The Transfiguration Of Our Lord -- Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2003
Seasonal Theme
The Transfiguration Of Our Lord -- Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Transfiguration -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1997
The assigned Gospel text for this week is one of only two texts (see Proper 8; Luke 9:51-62)

Sermon

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Fearing Fear -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2019
For March 3, 2019:
Super-Sized Spectacles Of Faith -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter, George Reed -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2016
In this week’s gospel text, Jesus takes Peter, John, and James up on a mountain with him to pray.
The Bottom Of The Mountain -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2013
This week's lectionary gospel text tells of the Transfiguration -- a spectacular experience for thre
Just A Glimpse -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Transfiguration Sunday - C
"Moses did not know the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God." "And while he

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Fearing Fear -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2019
For March 3, 2019:

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Go, Climb A Mountain! -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2009
The plane from Amsterdam to Africa was crowded.
Back To The Future -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Gary L. Carver -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2006
The experience in the ninth chapter of Luke is called "The Transfiguration Experience of our Lord Je
Awake To Glory -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- J. Ellsworth Kalas, David Kalas -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2003
Today we celebrate one of the most neglected passages in the Bible.
Beyond Our Sight, Within Our Hearing -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- William G. Carter -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2000
I wonder what they were thinking as they started up the mountain.

Stories

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Shining with Jesus -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), Exodus 34:29-35 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Frank Ramirez -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2019
Contents “Shining with Jesus” by C. David McKirachan
The Shining -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Psalm 99 -- Keith Hewitt, John E. Sumwalt -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2016
Contents "The Shining" by Keith Hewitt
The Bishop's Shining Face -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Psalm 99 -- John E. Sumwalt, Keith Hewitt -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2013
Contents"The Bishop's Shining Face" by John Sumwalt
God Stories -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Transfiguration Sunday - C
Contents A Story To Live By: "The Rope."
Comfortable Clothes -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- John S. Smylie, Frank R. Fisher, Ron Lavin -- Transfiguration Sunday - C
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "Transforming Light" by John Smylie
Ashes For Remembering -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- John S. Smylie, Frank R. Fisher, Ron Lavin -- Ash Wednesday - C
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "Transforming Light" by John Smylie

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Life In The Valley -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- David E. Leininger -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2009
The story of the transfiguration is one of those passages that have given the phrase "mountaintop ex
Changing The World -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2006
Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went u
The Dead Tree -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Constance Berg -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2000
That tree seemed out of place.

Worship

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Fearing Fear -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2019
For March 3, 2019:
Super-Sized Spectacles Of Faith -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter, George Reed -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2016
In this week’s gospel text, Jesus takes Peter, John, and James up on a mountain with him to pray.
The Bottom Of The Mountain -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2013
This week's lectionary gospel text tells of the Transfiguration -- a spectacular experience for thre
Just A Glimpse -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Transfiguration Sunday - C
"Moses did not know the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God." "And while he

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Fearing Fear -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2019
For March 3, 2019:

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The Transfiguration Of Our Lord (Last Sunday After Epiphany) -- Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a), Psalm 99 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2009
A single song is being inflected through all the colorations of the human choir.
The Transfiguration Of Our Lord -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Frank Ramirez -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2006
Gospel Lesson: Luke 9:28-36 (37-43)Theme: Is That Really You?
Transfiguration Of Our Lord -- Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2003
First Lesson: Exodus 34:29-35 Theme: Moses Speaks With The Lord
The Transfiguration Of The Lord -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Wayne H. Keller -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2000
Liturgical Color: WhiteGospel: Luke 9:28-36 (37-43)
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Thomas Willadsen
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Mary Austin
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Katy Stenta
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
For May 9, 2021:
  • One Nation Under God? by Tom Willadsen — What would the United States look like if we truly were “one nation under God?” What would it be like to live in a place where everyone was treated as one who has been “born of God?”
  • Dying Is Easy by Dean Feldmeyer — Dying is easy; living the gospel is hard.

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John E. Sumwalt
Frank Ramirez
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“Waking Up to Racism” by John Sumwalt
“Twists and Turns” by Frank Ramirez

 
Waking Up to Racism
by John Sumwalt
Psalm 98

Let the floods clap their hands;
    let the hills sing together for joy
 at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
    to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
    and the peoples with equity.
(vv. 8-9)

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David Kalas
In the mid-1960s, a popular song declared, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It's the only thing that there's just too little of.”1 It was an era of both national and international unrest. And the American landscape was reeling from the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, and opposition to both. Amidst headlines so marked by unrest and division, therefore, the sentiment of the song struck a chord with an American audience. 
Bill Thomas
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Acts 10:44-48
Prejudice is always wrong. Nat King Cole is a well-known artist who was the first African American to host his own national television program. In 1948, he purchased a beautiful home in an exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood. When the local neighborhood association confronted him and informed him it didn’t want any undesirables to move in, Cole responded, “Neither do I. If I see any coming in here, I’ll be the first to complain.” He lived in that house until his death in 1965.

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John Jamison
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (vv. 9-12)

Hi, everyone! (Let them respond.)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

Jesus gave up his life for us. In our worship today let us explore how to love one another as he has loved us.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes our love for each other is thin and pale.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we pretend to love but fail to care.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we don't know how to love.
Lord, have mercy.

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John E. Sumwalt
Jo Perry-sumwalt
One evening, when I was 26 years old, beleagered by guilt for acknowledged sins, I was deep into an hour-long prayer of repentance. In despair, I grieved that I had broken the commandments and that I was not worthy of God's love.

Near me lay the Bible, unused and unfamiliar. I had never, ever read from the Bible. Yet my hands reached out and took the Bible to open it. I knew not where, nor why. But my hands knew the way. They opened to John 15:9-11 and as my eyes began to read, my mind knew the meaning with clarity. My eyes read verse 10 first:
Mark Ellingsen
Theme of the Day
God's love brings us together.

Collect of the Day
It is noted that God has prepared great joy for those who love Him. Petitions are then offered that such love may be poured into the hearts of the faithful so that they may obtain these promises. Justification as a reward for our deeds (love) is communicated by this prayer.

Psalm of the Day
Psalm 98
Stan Purdum
(See Christmas Day, Cycles A and B, for alternative approaches.)

Richard E. Gribble
Once upon a time a great and powerful king ruled over a vast territory. There was something very strange about this kingdom, however -- everything was the same. The people ate the same food, drank the same drink, wore the same clothes, and lived in the same type of homes. The people even did all the same work. There was another oddity about this place. Everything was gray -- the food, the drink, the clothes, the houses; there were no other colors.

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