Reader’s Theater: The Transfiguration
A simple script for three voices based on Based on Mark 9:2-8(NRSV). In this setting, you have the option of sandwiching the reading between the song His Name is Wonderful by Audrey Mieir (United Methodist Hymnal #174).
The Glory of God’s Reign
For a traditional worship setting, Psalm 99:1-5, 9 (NRSV) is combined with the classic hymn Immortal Invisible God Only Wise (United Methodist Hymnal #103). For a contemporary worship setting, the scripture is woven into Chris Tomlin’s powerful song of adoration, How Great Is Our God (CCLI #4348399). This worship resource would also be suitable for the last Sunday of the Christian year, Christ the King Sunday, also known as The Reign of Christ.
Transfiguration Meditation by Steve Garnaas Holmes
A wonderful line by line reflection on the Transfiguration text. Helpful as a sermon starter, for personal devotion, or a prayer during worship. It would be very easy to turn this meditation into a worship liturgy or a reading for multiple voices.
Terrifying Transfiguration by Steve Garnaas Holmes
A thought-provoking reflection on the Transfiguration which could be used as a creative call to worship or sermon starter.
Prayer based on Mark 9:14-29, Jesus healing a boy possessed by a destructive spirit
Answer us, Great God of Justice,
Lord of Hope
Bringer of Change and New Life
Finish your good and generous work
Release us from
the chains of this moment, born of imprisoned years
the distractions and false calls of those who cannot help
the apathy keeping us from seeing, speaking, and caring
the smallness of your Kingdom stealing our courage to try
the slowness of your Kingdom chipping away at our enduring
We believe, help our unbelief
Raise us from our comas to stand with you
Release our petified voices
Deliver us of our demons
You have made us new
You are making us new
You are making all things new
The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 NRSV
When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.
Jesus, you are gentle, lowly, vulnerable.
You choose to be with us in our weakness.
You win the world with your love, sacrifice, and humility.
Your power is made perfect in
our honesty with our dusty condition
Free us from posing as experts with all the answers.
Free us from silver tongued speech and human wisdom.
Let us know nothing with certainty other than the eternal truth
that you are the Anointed One, the Liberating King,
who was crucified on our behalf.
We entrust the message you have given us back into your hands.
We rely on your Spirit to demonstrate your power
that our faith and the faith of those we serve may be rooted in you alone.