The Transfiguration of our Lord (Feb 11)

Welcome to St. Paul Lutheran Church!
We are glad that you are with us today! If you are new to our church, you may not
be familiar with Lutheran liturgy. No worries. This bulletin is designed to help guide
you through the worship service. We encourage you to participate in as much or as
little of the service as you feel comfortable. Thank you for being a part of our worship.
We hope that the Lord blesses you through our time together!

Children in the Liturgy
We pray that all children would know that God made them, He loves them, and He
goes with them everywhere. We are glad to have little ones with us in the service.
We know that they sometimes can squirm, squawk, and squeal. Please don’t feel
embarrassed by it! All kids are always welcome here at St. Paul. We encourage you
to help them follow along and engage with them in the action of the liturgy –
observe the movement of the procession, hear the music, sing the songs, smell the
fire of the candles, respond with a loud Amen, make the sign of the cross, touch the
water in the baptismal font, and wonder at the images and symbols that are all
around. What Jesus does here is sure to engage us all.

Notes for the Transfiguration of our Lord
Today we celebrate the Transfiguration of Our Lord. The placement of this feast
day on the last Sunday after the Epiphany highlights its connection to the festivals
that precede it: Christmas, Epiphany, the Baptism of Jesus, and the Presentation.
Yet this timing also foreshadows the coming days of Lent, when Jesus comes down
from the mountain, sets aside his glory, and journeys to cross. The gospel reading
provides a vivid description of a mountaintop transformation where Jesus’s face
and garments become dazzling white in the presence of disciples Peter, James,
and John. The Transfiguration also recalls Moses’s encounter with God on Mt. Sinai.
The appearance of both Moses and Elijah at the Transfiguration symbolizes Jesus’s
fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets through his life, death, and resurrection.

The Greeting and The Welcome
The congregation stands and faces the entrance of the sanctuary. We begin with a
procession – the cross leading the way – an image of our new life in Jesus Christ and our
journey to Paradise. Some bow as the cross passes, honoring the mystery of salvation.

Lift High the Cross (837)
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
Till all the world adore His sacred name.
Come, Christians, follow where our Captain trod,
Our king victorious, Christ, the Son of God.
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
Till all the world adore His sacred name.
Led on their way by this triumphant sign,
The hosts of God in conqu’ring ranks combine.
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
Till all the world adore His sacred name.
O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,
As Thou hast promised, draw us all to Thee.
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
Till all the world adore His sacred name.
Let ev’ry race and ev’ry language tell
Of Him who saves our lives from death and hell.
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
Till all the world adore His sacred name.

En el nombre del Padre, y del X Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo.
All Amen.

Confession and Forgiveness
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us
All But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our
sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.
All Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.
Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.
All Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.
Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.
All Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.
Silence is Kept
Let us then confess our sins to God our Father:
All Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and
unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by
what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not
loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as
ourselves. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.
Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will
and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.
Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His
sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of
Christ, and by His authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
All Amen.

The Kyrie
The Prayer of the Day
The Lord be with you.
All And also with you.
Let us pray.
All Lord Jesus Christ, light of the nations and glory of Israel: make your
home among us, and present us pure and holy to your heavenly Father,
your God, and our God. Amen.

The Scripture Readings
2 Kings 2:1-12
When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind,
Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha,
“Stay here; the Lord has sent me to Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As surely as
the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went down
to Bethel. The company of the prophets at Bethel came out to Elisha
and asked, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master
from you today?” “Yes, I know,” Elisha replied, “so be quiet.” Then Elijah
said to him, “Stay here, Elisha; the Lord has sent me to Jericho.” And he
replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.”
So they went to Jericho. The company of the prophets at Jericho went
up to Elisha and asked him, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take
your master from you today?” “Yes, I know,” he replied, “so be quiet.”
Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.”
And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not
leave you.” So the two of them walked on. Fifty men from the company
of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where
Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. Elijah took his cloak, rolled
it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to
the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground. When they
had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I
am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,”
Elisha replied. “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you
see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise, it will not.”
As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of
fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and
Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out,
“My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha
saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two.
This is the word of the Lord.
All Thanks be to God.

2 Corinthians 3:12-13, 4:1-6
Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not
like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites
from seeing the end of what was passing away. Therefore, since
through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.
Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use
deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by
setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s
conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is
veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the
minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel
that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we
preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your
servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of
darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the
knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
This is the word of the Lord.
All Thanks be to God.

The Gospel Procession
The Holy Gospel is read in the midst of the people as a reminder of God coming to us in
Jesus Christ. As the Gospel is announced some make a small cross on their forehead, lips,
and chest – a prayer that the Word would dwell in our minds, on our lips, and in our hearts.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks
A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark.
All Glory to You, O Lord.

Mark 9:2-10
Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother 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 fuller on
earth could bleach them. Then Elijah appeared to them along with
Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus
in reply, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents:
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He hardly knew what
to say, they were so terrified. Then a cloud came, casting a shadow
over them; from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son.
Listen to him.” Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them. As they were coming down from the
mountain, he charged them not to relate what they had seen to
anyone, except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So
they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what rising from the
dead meant.
The Gospel of the Lord.
All Praise to you, O Christ.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks

The Apostle’s Creed
All I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by
the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was
crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day
He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the
right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to
judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the
communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection X of the
body, and the life everlasting. Amen

Abide With Me (878)
Abide with me, fast falls the eventide.
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings;
Tears for all woes, a heart for ev’ry plea.
Come, Friend of sinners, thus abide with me.
I fear no foe with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still if Thou abide with me!
Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies.
Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

The Prayer of the Church
After the pastor says Lord in Your Mercy, all respond with – Hear our Prayer

The Offering
Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow (805)
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Silent Prayer Before Reception of Holy Eucharist
O Lord, I believe and profess that you are truly Christ,
The Son of the living God, who came into the world
To save sinners of whom I am the first.
Accept me as a partaker of your mystical supper, O Lord,
For I will not reveal your mystery to your enemies,
Nor will I give you a kiss as did Judas, But like the thief I profess to you:
Remember me, O Lord, when you come in your kingdom.
Remember me, O Master, when you come in your kingdom.
Remember me, O Holy One, when you come in your kingdom.
May the partaking of your Holy mysteries, O Lord,
Be not for my judgment or condemnation,
But for the healing of my soul and body.
O Lord, I believe and profess, that this,
Which I am about to receive,
Is truly your most precious Body, and your life-giving Blood,
Given for me for remission of all my sins and for life everlasting. Amen

Service of the Sacrament
The Lord be with you.
All And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
All We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All It is right to give Him thanks and praise.
It is indeed right and good, our duty and our joy, always and
everywhere to give you thanks, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. For on this day he revealed his glory
before his chosen witnesses and filled with divine splendor the human
flesh in which he is one with us. So he prepared his disciples to bear the
scandal of the cross and showed that in the Church, his body, the same
glory would be fulfilled that shone forth from him, its head. And so with
joyful hearts we echo on earth the song of the angels in heaven as they
praise your glory without end:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of Sabaoth adored;
Heaven and earth with full acclaim shout the glory of Your name.
Sing hosana in the highest, sing hosana to the Lord;
Truly blest is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

Prayer of Thanksgiving
Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on
those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our
flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy, we receive
the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His
body and His blood on the cross. Gathered in the name and the
remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and
strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us to faithfully eat His
body and drink His blood as He bids us to in His own testament. Gather
us together from the ends of the earth to celebrate, with all the faithful,
the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end.
Receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone be all glory,
honor, and worship, now and forever.
All Amen.

The Consecration
The Ringing of Altar Bells
The church has always used bells to capture our attention and imagination. From a bell
tower’s opening call to worship, to ringing bells at a wedding or funeral – bells punctuate
special moments in the church. Altar bells are rung after the bread and wine are consecrated
to remind us of this miraculous moment: the body and blood of Christ are now present.

The Acclamation and Invitation
As often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup, we proclaim
your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come
All Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
Behold the Lamb of God, behold Jesus, who takes away the sins of the
world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.
All Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall
be healed.
La paz del Señor sea con ustedes.
All Y Tambien contigo

Sharing of the Peace
Greet each other in the name of Christ by saying ‘the Peace of the Lord be with you’ as a
sign of forgiveness & reconciliation in preparation for reception of the Blessed Sacrament.
Lamb of God
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.

Eucharistic Dismissal
Thank The Lord
Thank the Lord and sing His praise; Tell everyone what He has done.
Let everyone who seeks the Lord, Rejoice, and proudly bear His name.
He recalls His promises, and leads His people forth in joy
With shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia, alleluia.

Post-Communion Prayer
We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us
through this salutary gift, and we implore You, that of Your mercy, You
would strengthen us in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one
another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The Blessing

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (700)
Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heav’n, to earth come down!
Fix in us Thy humble dwelling, All Thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, Thou art all compassion, Pure, unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation, Enter ev’ry trembling heart.
Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit Into ev’ry troubled breast;
Let us all in Thee inherit; Let us find Thy promised rest.
Take away the love of sinning; Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its beginning, Set our hearts at liberty.
Come, Almighty, to deliver; Let us all Thy life receive;
Suddenly return, and never, Nevermore Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing, Serve Thee as Thy hosts above,
Pray and praise Thee without ceasing, Glory in Thy perfect love.
Finish then Thy new creation, Pure and spotless let us be;
Let us see Thy great salvation Perfectly restored in Thee,
Changed from glory into glory, Till in heav’n we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before Thee, Lost in wonder, love, and praise!