"They Saw His Glory"
WE GATHER IN GOD’S NAME
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HOMEWOOD
Through the grace of God, faith in Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, we prayerfully seek to discern God’s will for this congregation and to reach beyond ourselves to feed the hungry, body and soul. Adopted by Session 7/31/17
PRAYER FOR PEACE
Peace Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
PRELUDE ||| Honor, Honor Unto the Dying Lamb ||| Calvin Taylor
*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP
Come, let us worship God,
singing joyful songs of praise!
For the glory of the Lord shines upon us,
and calls us forth with thanksgiving.
Let us turn to the mountaintop,
and let us give God the glory.
Come, let us worship God!
*HYMN 193 ||| Jesus, Take Us to the Mountain ||| Unser Herrscher
CALL TO CONFESSION
We all fall short of our call as beloved children of God. Yet, in hope and with boldness we confess our sin together, trusting that we will be heard in God’s great mercy.
*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Holy Lord, we confess that we do not always seek the light of your way. We are satisfied to dwell in darkness, holding fast to the comforts of material fortune. We ignore the needs of others, and selfishly look the other way when our neighbors are oppressed. In your merciful way, help us to establish your equity in the world. Move us to protect creation and ensure equality, that all of our siblings may have a share of your abundance and the safety of your peace, and that the light of your face may shine upon all creation.
*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
The Lord our God answers our prayers. The Holy One forgives us of our sin. Know that you are forgiven and be at peace.
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!
*THE GLORIA 581
MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN ||| Rev. Matt Lang
WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING ||| Exodus 34:29-35 ||| RCL
2 9Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. 30When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him. 31But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them. 32Afterward all the Israelites came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. 33When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face; 34but whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin of his face was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him.
SPECIAL MUSIC ||| Hold On! ||| Calvin Taylor ||| (Traditional Spiritual)
SECOND SCRIPTURE READING ||| Luke 9:28-36 ||| RCL
28Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. 31They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah" — not knowing what he said. 34While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 35Then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!" 36When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!
SERMON ||| "They Saw His Glory" ||| Rev. Matt Lang
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
*HYMN 192 ||| Lord, the Light of Your Love Is Shining ||| Shine, Jesus, Shine
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH ||| The Brief Statement of Faith 1983
In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.
*PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
…Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS
OFFERTORY ||| Plenty Good Room ||| Lloyd Larson ||| (Traditional American Spiritual)
*DOXOLOGY ||| 606 Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
We bring you only what is yours, Creator God, that you might use this offering and the giver for the building up of your kingdom and the glory of your name. Amen.
WE GO IN GOD’S NAME
*HYMN 353 ||| My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less ||| Solid Rock
CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
*BENEDICTION RESPONSE - Sung
*BENEDICTION / HYMN 542 ||| God Be With You Till We Meet Again
(verse 1 only) God Be With You
God be with you till we meet again; loving counsels guide, uphold you, with a shepherd’s care enfold you: God be with you till we meet again.
POSTLUDE ||| Amen ||| Mark Hayes ||| (Traditional American Spiritual)
Rev. Matt Lang, Guest Worship Leader
Mrs. Mary Ann Wenzelman, Interim Organist/Pianist
Worship Liturgist: Charlene Hansen
Ushers: Charlene Hansen, Bob James, Eleanor Steiner
Streaming Techs: Phil Dillman, Kathie Hazlett
Today, we welcome back to the pulpit Rev. Matt Lang as our guest preacher. Rev. Lang has previously served as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Des Plaines and Burbank Manor Presbyterian Church. These days, he spends his time writing and walking dogs. He lives in Chicago, in Little Village.
ASH WEDNESDAY March 2, 2022 @ 7:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Chicago Heights
Below is the information for those who want to participate in the Ash Wednesday Service via in-person and livestream with First Presbyterian Church of Chicago Heights on Wednesday, March 2nd at 7:00 p.m. Rev. Greg Boettner will officiate the service that includes the imposition of ashes. Please join us to start a journey of Easter.
Their worship service is live on three platforms as follows: