Worship Liturgy for March 3, 2019
Invitatory and Psalter

Bishop:
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Lord, open our lips.

People:

And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Bishop and People:

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Bishop:

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


THE LESSONS

Old Testament Reading
Exodus 34:29-35 (NLT)
Elder Sharleatha Collins


29 When Moses came down Mount Sinai carrying the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant,[a] he wasn’t aware that his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the Lord. 

30 So when Aaron and the people of Israel saw the radiance of Moses’ face, they were afraid to come near him.

31 But Moses called out to them and asked Aaron and all the leaders of the community to come over, and he talked with them. 

32 Then all the people of Israel approached him, and Moses gave them all the instructions the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai. 

33 When Moses finished speaking with them, he covered his face with a veil. 

34 But whenever he went into the Tent of Meeting to speak with the Lord, he would remove the veil until he came out again. Then he would give the people whatever instructions the Lord had given him, 

35 and the people of Israel would see the radiant glow of his face. So he would put the veil over his face until he returned to speak with the Lord.


Lector: The word of the Lord for the people of the Lord. 
People: Thanks be to God!


People: Thanks be to God!



Psalms Reading
Psalms 99 (NLT)
Elder Bernie Collins


1 The Lord is king!
    Let the nations tremble!
He sits on his throne between the cherubim. Let the whole earth quake!
2 The Lord sits in majesty in Jerusalem, exalted above all the nations.

3 Let them praise your great and awesome name.
 Your name is holy!
4 Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established fairness.
You have acted with justice
 and righteousness throughout Israel.

5 Exalt the Lord our God! Bow low before his feet, for he is holy!
6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests;
 Samuel also called on his name.
They cried to the Lord for help,
 and he answered them.

7 He spoke to Israel from the pillar of cloud,
    and they followed the laws and decrees he gave them.

8 O Lord our God, you answered them. You were a forgiving God to them,
    but you punished them when they went wrong.
9 Exalt the Lord our God,
    and worship at his holy mountain in Jerusalem,
    for the Lord our God is holy!

Lector: The word of the Lord for the people of the Lord. 
People: Thanks be to God!


New Testament Reading
2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 (NLT)
Elder Troy White


12 Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. 
13 We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away. 
14 But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. 
15 Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand.
16 But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 
17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 
18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.


4:1Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up. 
2 We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this.

Lector: The word of the Lord for the people of the Lord

People: Thanks be to God!


The Gospel Reading
Luke 9:28-36, [37-43a] (NLT)
Deaconess Tabitha Perez



28 About eight days later Jesus took Peter, John, and James up on a mountain to pray. 
29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 
30 Suddenly, two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared and began talking with Jesus. 
31 They were glorious to see. And they were speaking about his exodus from this world, which was about to be fulfilled in Jerusalem.
32 Peter and the others had fallen asleep. When they woke up, they saw Jesus’ glory and the two men standing with him. 
33 As Moses and Elijah were starting to leave, Peter, not even knowing what he was saying, blurted out, “Master, it’s wonderful for us to be here! Let’s make three shelters as memorials[a]—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 
34 But even as he was saying this, a cloud overshadowed them, and terror gripped them as the cloud covered them.
35 Then a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, my Chosen One.Listen to him.”
36 When the voice finished, Jesus was there alone. They didn’t tell anyone at that time what they had seen. Jesus Heals a Demon-Possessed Boy
37 The next day, after they had come down the mountain, a large crowd met Jesus. 
38 A man in the crowd called out to him, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, my only child. 
39 An evil spirit keeps seizing him, making him scream. It throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It batters him and hardly ever leaves him alone. 
40 I begged your disciples to cast out the spirit, but they couldn’t do it.”
41 Jesus said, “You faithless and corrupt people! How long must I be with you and put up with you?” Then he said to the man, “Bring your son here.”
42 As the boy came forward, the demon knocked him to the ground and threw him into a violent convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the evil[a] spirit and healed the boy. Then he gave him back to his father. 
43 Awe gripped the people as they saw this majestic display of God’s power.


People:     “Glory to you, Lord Christ”

Lector: May the word be forever written on our minds, our lips and our hearts.

The word of the Lord for the people of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God!


COLLECT
ALL READ TOGETHER:

O God, who before the passion of your only begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

​​​​​​​Amen.
CONFESSION OF SINS
BISHOP:
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbors. 

BISHOP:
Let us pray together

BISHOP & PEOPLE: 

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, words, and deed,
by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, 
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name.
Amen.

BISHOP:
Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

PASSING OF THE PEACE

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THE NICENE CREED:
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, 
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God, begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, 
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, 


Offering
Announcements
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THE HOLY COMMUNION

​​​​​​​The Great Thanksgiving 
Eucharistic Prayer A (Celebrant and People)

BISHOP:
The Lord be with you 

PEOPLE:
And, also with you

BISHOP:
Lift up your hearts.

PEOPLE:
We lift them to the Lord.

BISHOP:
Let us give thanks to the Lord.

PEOPLE:
It is right to give thanks and praise.

BISHOP:
​​​​​​It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth.

Therefore, we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and will all the company of heaven, who forever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name: 

BISHOP & PEOPLE:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, Heaven and Earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.  


Eucharistic Prayer

BISHOP:
Holy and gracious Father: in your infinite love you made us for yourself; and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your one and only eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all. 

He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.

Words of Institution Host

BISHOP:
On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, the Lord Jesus Christ took bread: and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it and gave it to His disciples and said “Take eat: This is my Body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

Words of Institution Chalice

BISHOP:
After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks he gave it to them and said, “this is my Blood of the new Covenant which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it do this in remembrance of me.”

Mystery of Faith

BISHOP:
Therefore, we proclaim the Mystery of faith.

BISHOP & PEOPLE:

Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.


Epiclesis

BISHOP:

We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts.
Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in Him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.
We ask this all through Jesus Christ your Son. Amen.


BISHOP & PEOPLE:

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 trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen.



Breaking of Bread



Declaration



BISHOP:

Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! The gifts of God for the people of God; take them and remember that Christ died for you.  

Believe what you see, see what you believe and become what you are: the Body of Christ.

“This is the body of Christ, the bread of heaven.”

“I BELIEVE!”

“This is the blood of Christ, the cup of Salvation.”

“I BELIEVE!”




DMM Offering

Benediction

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Go now and be Christ to the world!

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