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Feb 19

Transfiguration Sunday (Year A)

cloud pillarWorship Ideas

  • The Revised Common Lectionary readings for this Sunday are full of imagery that you may want to feature in your worship display: bright clouds, devouring fire, tablets of stone, and broken pottery.
  • Exodus 24:12-18 tells us of Moses’ encounter with the Almighty on Mount Sinai.
    • Create your own cloud to “cover” your sanctuary with a large bunch of white balloons (you could cover them with cotton balls – using a spray adhesive – to make the cloud look fluffy).
    • The appearance of God’s glory is described as being like “a devouring fire”.  Use bright lights, flame-like fabric and paper/streamers, and fans to create a flameless “fire” in your worship space.
    • Moses is told that he will receive the tablets of stone on which the law and commandment will be written.  Create your own tablets using foam-board or styrofoam.
    • Moses enters the cloud and is there for 40 days and nights.  Since this is the Sunday before we begin our 40-day Lenten journey, this could be an interesting image to consider.
  • Psalm 2 reminds us that all of the plots and plans of the nations of the world are no match for the power and might of the Lord — the King of Kings.  God has the power to dash the foolish ways of the nations like someone who smashes an earthenware vessel.  Write your confessions on inexpensive earthenware plates; then, in a designated area, invite people to smash the plates.
  • Matthew 17:1-9 gives us one account of the Transfiguration of Jesus.  Again, you could make a “cloud” to cover your sanctuary.

Liturgy Suggestions

Call to Worship (inspired by 2 Peter 1:16-21)

Listen and hear, O people of God:

The Light of God shines brightly in a dark world.

Let the prophetic Word of the Lord light our way.

May the Spirit of God move among us!

Prayer of Confession (inspired by Psalm 2)

Mighty Lord, we confess that we think too highly of ourselves. Forgive us for the ways we set ourselves against you, O God. Break us of our bad behavior. Dash our sins to pieces and guide us to find our refuge in you.