Worship on February 23 – Transfiguration of Our Lord

Feb 21, 2020

Today’s festival is a bridge between the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany cycle that comes to a close today and the Lent-Easter cycle that begins in several days. On a high mountain Jesus is revealed as God’s beloved Son, echoing the words at his baptism. This vision of glory sustains us as Jesus faces his impending death in Jerusalem. We turn this week to Ash Wednesday and our yearly baptismal journey from Lent to Easter. Some churches put aside the alleluia at the conclusion of today’s liturgy. This word of joy will be omitted during the penitential season of Lent and will be sung again at Easter.

Attendance last Sunday, February 16:  8:30 ~ 100; 11:00 ~52

Lessons for this Sunday, February 23: Exodus 24: 12-18;  Psalm 2;  2 Peter 1: 16-21;  Matthew 17: 1-9

Lessons for Ash Wednesday, February 26:  2/26: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17;  Psalm 51:1-17;  2 Corinthians 5:20b—6:10;  Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Lessons for next Sunday, March 1:  Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11

Altar Flowers:  Do you enjoy seeing fresh flowers on the altar? Flowers may be donated to memorialize or celebrate a special event or person. If you would like to donate flowers, sign up in the Flower Book found in the literature rack in the narthex or contact the church office to place your order.

Welcome to Our Visitors Today:  To thank you for coming, please pick up a BLC visitor mug containing some goodies and more information about who we are from the shelf above the literature rack in the narthex. Also, we encourage our members to take a mug to a new neighbor or friend as a way to introduce them to our church.

Children are welcome and encouraged to participate in worship.  Our PrayGround, located under the Good Shepherd window in the sanctuary, is designed to help young children interact more fully with worship.  If you have a child age 3 or under, we invite you to sit in a pew or on the floor and let your children play out what they are noticing in worship.  Soft toys, books, and crayons are provided.  This space was created to meet the needs of the youngest among us.  If you feel a need for another space for your little one to wiggle, the nursery with a changing table and bathroom, is available for your use.  The sound from the sanctuary is piped in, enabling you to hear the service.

Worship includes the weekly celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Gathering regularly around Word and Sacrament is central to our identity as God’s people. Christ comes to us in many ways, but we are assured of His presence in the bread and wine. In the meal of Holy Communion, we receive a tangible reminder of God’s love and forgiveness and become the body of Christ for the world.

Hospitality at the Table of Our Lord:  The communion table is the place where we are united in the participation of receiving the sacrament when we gather for worship. It is important that we are gracious hosts at this table, and for that reason we offer grape juice as an alternative to wine so that all people can receive both the bread and cup. By offering gluten-free wafers and a non-alcoholic option for the cup, we are practicing the radical hospitality that Jesus offers to all of us, especially in the form of his own body and blood. If you would prefer to receive juice instead of wine, please let the assisting minister or communion assistant know. If you have any questions, please speak with Pastor Hoffman or Pastor Amy.

In Our Weekly Prayers during worship, we especially remember those who have a new or acute need for prayer. Our monthly Prayer Letter names those with an ongoing need for prayer, including those who are homebound or with long-term health concerns. Copies of the current Prayer Letter are available in the literature rack in the narthex. If you have a name to add to our Prayer Letter, please email prayers@blcfairport.org or call the church office at 223-0634.