Transfiguration: A vision of the future?

 

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 Transfiguration Sunday 2 March 2014

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“We celebrate Transfiguration today as a reminder that the one who leads us through the coming season of penitence and preparation is preparing us to participate in such glory with him both now and at his second coming.” (Source: www.gbod.org)

 Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary   24 Feb –  2 March  2014

 24 February – 2 March

 A resource for the Daily Rhythm of Worship using the Lectionary Readings

 Download the PDF here.

 See “Weekly Rhythm” below for comment and question to engage with the readings.
Also “Praying the lectionary Readings” below for prayers based on the readings.

 Reading for Sunday 2 March: Transfiguration Sunday (Thanks to www.gbod.org)

Exodus 24:12-18. The mystery and awe of God’s holy presence: God calls Moses up on the mountain, and Moses enters the cloud of God’s glory.

Psalm 99

2 Peter 1:16-21. Peter says, “We had been eyewitnesses of his majesty … we were with him on the holy mountain … So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed.”

Matthew 17:1-9Matthew’s account of the Transfiguration.

 Monday:

Adoration Focus: Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. (Psalm 105:3)

Confession: This week we look at certain resources that God has given us.  How are we using/abusing them? Today simply try to name some resources’ and begin to examine your use of them.

The Word: See readings above or use your own devotional resources.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for our church: Today: that we may be wholehearted worshippers.

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

             Dedication:
“So keep Jesus before your eyes.  Don’t hesitate to go anywhere he leads you; don’t stay where you are and don’t look back, but look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead.” (From “Rule for a new brother” by H van der Looy)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. (Psalm 104:24)

Confession: Lord, help us to use the resources that you have given us responsibly and in ways that reflect your Kingdom and rule.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for our church:  Today: that we may be connected and caring.

Personal Prayers:

 Dedication:
“So keep Jesus before your eyes.  Don’t hesitate to go anywhere he leads you; don’t stay where you are and don’t look back, but look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead.” (From “Rule for a new brother”)

 

 Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: Praise the Lord… who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:5)

Confession: We focus on the resources of this earth.  Water, land, minerals, fuel, forests, etc.  In our short –sightedness and greed we have cause much damage and suffering.  Lord help us, each one, to take the call to conserve and to be responsible to heart

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for our church: Today: that we may be listening and responding…

Personal prayers:

            Dedication:
“So keep Jesus before your eyes.  Don’t hesitate to go anywhere he leads you; don’t stay where you are and don’t look back, but look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead.” (From “Rule for a new brother”)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: But you, O Lord, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations. (Psalm 102:12)

Confession: We focus on the resource of money.  Lord, our use of money reflects our priorities.  Help us to place this important area under your direction, and to seek your Kingdom first in this area also.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for our church: Today: that we may be warmly welcoming.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication:
“So keep Jesus before your eyes.  Don’t hesitate to go anywhere he leads you; don’t stay where you are and don’t look back, but look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead.” (From “Rule for a new brother”)

 

 Friday:

Adoration Focus: I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will sing praise. (Psalm 101:1)

Confession: Lord, you have made vast spiritual resources available to us.   You have given us all we need to live a full life of love.  Enable us to open up your gifts and to share these with each other.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for our church: Today: that we may be able to more out of our comfort zone as God leads us.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication:
“So keep Jesus before your eyes.  Don’t hesitate to go anywhere he leads you; don’t stay where you are and don’t look back, but look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead.” (From “Rule for a new brother”)

 

 Saturday: 

Adoration Focus: Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. (Psalm 100:3)

Confession: We pray for guidance as to how you would have us use the gifts and abilities you have placed within us.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for our church: Today: that we may be able to care for suffering, empathise with others and care for “the least of them”.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication:
“So keep Jesus before your eyes.  Don’t hesitate to go anywhere he leads you; don’t stay where you are and don’t look back, but look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead.” (From “Rule for a new brother”)

 

 Sunday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake. (Psalm 99:1)

Confession: Today we bring the resource of time before you, O God.  Help us to use time wisely.  We thank you for this gift.  May our use of it reflect your love, your order, and your priorities.  Release us from all that “drives” our time in inappropriate ways.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for our church: Today: that we may be able to risk as we offer ourselves as “sacrifices of praise”.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication:
“So keep Jesus before your eyes.  Don’t hesitate to go anywhere he leads you; don’t stay where you are and don’t look back, but look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead.” (From “Rule for a new brother”)

Weekly Rhythm

 Engaging with the weekly Lectionary Readings (Comment and Questions)
 Download the PDF here.

 Exodus 24:12-18
The mystery and awe of God’s holy presence: God calls Moses up on the mountain, and Moses enters the cloud of God’s glory.

Psalm 99

2 Peter 1:16-21
Peter says, “We had been eyewitnesses of his majesty … we were with him on the holy mountain … So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed.”

Matthew 17:1-9
Matthew’s account of the Transfiguration.  Jesus must be listened to/what we will become glory to glory. Gathering up the law and prophets…

Comments

This is an intimate moment.  Jesus takes the inner circle of disciples and together they go up a mountain, a sacred space of revelation.  There Elijah and Moses appear, representing the prophets and Law.  Jesus continues a line of sacred history and carries it forward.  Could it be that he also needs the support and encouragement of those who have been on this journey as he faces Jerusalem?  He shines like the sun.  Light and divinity have always gone together.  This Jesus is God.

 Questions for Reflection


1)      The scriptures say we will be transformed from glory into glory.  Could this transfiguration vision have something to say about our future – what we will become?  (See link to sermon below.)

2)      Why can’t the disciples live on this mountain forever?

3)      Look at the other texts set for Transfiguration Sunday and see what links you can see between them and our Gospel text.

 For more to think about read this sermon by Paul J. Nuechterlein for Transfiguration Sunday: A Glimpse of Glory.

  Praying the Lectionary Readings

 Sunday 2 March 2014

 Prayers you may pray during the week and on Sunday

 Radiant God, source of light,
as you surrounded Jesus with your glory,
so you come to us in penetrating brightness.

You catch us off guard and expose our weakness.
We choose the limelight while you call us to explore the shadows
and brighten the darkness.

We seek the spectacular while you bind up the broken in
countless acts of mercy.

We seek to stay on the mountain or in a comfortable pew while
you walk to the valleys of need.

Radiant God,
fill us with light and courage to carry good news into all the
corners of the world and to bring back the joy of your presence.

Amen
Source

Let’s go up the mountain.
Let’s go up to the place where the land meets the sky
where the earth touches the heavens,
to the place of meeting,
to the place of mists,
to the place of voices and conversations,
to the place of listening.

 Prayer:

O God,
We open our eyes and we see Jesus,
the months of ministry transfigured to a beam of light,
the light of the world,
your light.

May your light shine upon us.
We open our eyes and we see Moses and Elijah,
your word restoring us, showing us the way,
telling a story,
your story, his story, our story.

May your word speak to us.
We open our eyes and we see mist,
the cloud of your presence
which assures us of all we do not know
and that we do not need to fear that.

Teach us to trust.

We open our eyes and we see Peter’s constructions,
his best plans, our best plans,
our missing the point,
our missing the way.

Forgive our foolishness and sin.

We open our eyes and we see Jesus,
not casting us off,
but leading us down, leading us out –
to ministry, to people.
Your love endures forever.
We open our ears and we hear your voice,
‘This is my beloved Son, listen to him!’
And we give you thanks.
Amen

(prepared by William Loader)

 Prayer of Intercession for Transfiguration Sunday

 (Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-9, Luke 9:28-36)

 Holy and loving God – whose nature and ways are far beyond our understanding, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus – who lets us see your face in his, who shows us your love in his actions, your grace in his manner of being.  In him too, O God, we see ourselves as you would have us be and as your power is able to make us.  Make us more like him now we pray…  Lord hear our prayer……

Lord – we often find ourselves weary, tired out by a load of care, a heap of responsibility and concern.  We hunger and thirst, and often fail to stop to eat and drink at the table you have prepared for us.  Lord, we are here now – and we ask you – grant us a glimpse of your glory – fill us with your spirit – refresh us and make us new … Lord hear our prayer…..

Loving God, we pray that your glory may fill your church and give to your people everywhere the energy to shine wherever there is darkness, disunity, persecution, or despair… Lord hear our prayer….

Father, we pray for those we named in our sharing time and for all those whose names are upon our hearts.  Grant to them health and wholeness, peace and joy, strength and hope…  We remember before you:

(intercessions and petitions as shared in sharing time)

 ….. Lord hear our prayer….

 Give us all, O Lord, a greater love of your holiness, a greater delight in your mystery, and a greater joy in seeking your presence.  We ask it through Christ Jesus, who revealed your will to us and who taught us to pray to you as one family, saying Our Father….

 — written by John Maynard, and posted here.

 

 

 

 

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