Worship Resources for Transfiguration Sunday

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The Transfiguration by Michael D. O’Brien

Prayer for Transfiguration Sunday
The post includes a short reflection and quote from Jan Richardson in addition to the prayer.

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.

What Did You See on the Mountain by Jim Harnish
Great sermon starter and discussion questions

Worship Resources for Transfiguration Sunday

the-transfiguration-by-obrian

The Transfiguration by Michael D. O’Brien

Prayer for Transfiguration Sunday
The post includes a short reflection and quote from Jan Richardson in addition to the prayer.

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 for Transfiguration Sunday

The Transfiguration, an icon from the hand of Theophanes the Greek

Every year, God’s people remember how Peter, James and John caught a glimpse of Glory. There they were on top of a mountain with Jesus. Suddenly, he is transfigured before them. His clothes shine with a dazzling brightness no one has ever seen. In this moment time shatters. Past, present and future come together in a holy communion. Jesus converses with Moses and Elijah, the faithful ones who came before to prepare the way. Peter starts making plans for them all to settle on the mountaintop when a voice from above overshadows them, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”

The glimpse was just that … a glimpse … and with that it’s gone.

The four come down the mountain. It’s time for Jesus and his followers to shine once again in the shadows of the valley. The glimpse was a gift, to strengthen and sustain through the dark times ahead. – Lisa <><

The Transfirguration of Jesus
Matthew 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-9; Luke 9:28-36

It’s not a new message; I’ll wager that the greater percentage of the sermons preached on this text will offer a variation on the theme of navigating the transition from the mountaintop to the flatlands. And yet we need to keep practicing that transition, to keep rehearsing the journey that moves us from being recipients of wonder to becoming people who, transformed and—shall we say it?—transfigured by what we have received, can then offer these wonders to a broken world.
– Jan Richardson, The Painted Prayerbook Blog

Prayer for Transfiguration Sunday
ONE:
Radiant Creator,
Strong, Wise, One,
Shine in our minds,
Enlighten our understanding of you and your ways
So we may do what is true and live in your light

ALL: Psalm 80:3 (NRSV)
Restore us, O God;
Let your face shine, that we may be saved.

ONE:
Breath of Life,
Refiner’s Fire,
Shine in our hearts,
Illumine every motivation and agenda,
Spark in us your compassion and reign

ALL: Psalm 80:3 (NRSV)
Restore us, O God;
Let your face shine, that we may be saved.

ONE:
Jesus, Messiah,
Light of the World,
Shine in our ways,
Make them like Yours
Lighthouses to reflect your love;
Faithful beacons of hope to guide others to you

ALL: Psalm 80:3 (NRSV)
Restore us, O God;
Let your face shine, that we may be saved.

time of silent prayer followed by The Lord’s Prayer

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prayer © 2012 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia. You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution. Please contact Lisa for information and permission to publish this work in any form.

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Reader's Theater: The Transfiguration

Transfiguration by Cornelis Monsma

Transfiguration by Cornelis Monsma

Reader’s Theatre: The Transfiguration
Traditional Version
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
CCLI # 1122230

ALL SINGING: His Name is Wonderful
by Audrey Mieir
United Methodist Hymnal #174
CCLI # 1122230

Instruments continue during the reading.

NARRATOR
Six days after a discussion about his identity with his disciples, Jesus led Peter and James and John up a high mountain. They were apart from the others, by themselves.

Jesus was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. Elijah and Moses appeared. They were talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus,

PETER
Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.

NARRATOR
Peter did not know what to say, for they were terrified.

Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice,

OFFSTAGE VOICE
This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him!

NARRATOR
Suddenly when the disciples looked around, they saw no one with them, only Jesus.

ALL SINGING: His Name is Wonderful
by Audrey Mieir (United Methodist Hymnal #174; CCLI # 1122230)

compilation © 2012 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution. Please contact Lisa for information and permission to publish this work in any form.

For more information on the music, scripture translation, art and the use of this resource in other settings, please refer to the copyright information page.

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Reader’s Theater: The Transfiguration
Contemporary Version

Based on Mark 9:2-8 (NRSV)
In this setting, you have the option of sandwiching the reading between portions of the song Filled With Glory by Lisa & Michael Gungor (CCLI #4624295).

ALL SINGING: Filled With Glory
by Lisa & Michael Gungor (CCLI #4624295)
Verse 1 twice, chorus
Instruments continue during the reading

NARRATOR
Six days after a discussion about his identity with his disciples, Jesus led Peter and James and John up a high mountain. They were apart from the others, by themselves.

Jesus was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. Elijah and Moses appeared. They were talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus,

PETER
Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.

NARRATOR
Peter did not know what to say, for they were terrified.

Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice,

OFFSTAGE VOICE
This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him!

NARRATOR
Suddenly when the disciples looked around, they saw no one with them, only Jesus.

ALL SINGING: Filled With Glory
by Lisa & Michael Gungor (CCLI #4624295)
Verse 2, chorus twice, bridge 4X, chorus twice

compilation © 2012 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution. Please contact Lisa for information and permission to publish this work in any form.

For more information on the music, scripture translation, art and the use of this resource in other settings, please refer to the copyright information page.