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Monday, February 9, 2015

Prayers of the People: The Transfiguration, Last Sunday in Epiphany

for February 15, 2015, The Transfiguration, Last Sunday in Epiphany, Year B, Readings: 2 Kings 2:1-12, Ps 50:1-6, 2 Cor 4:3-6, Mark 9:2-9

                       The Ultimate
           Mountain Top Experience

         It isn't at all difficult, these days, to imagine the Transfiguration scene given all the special effects available for the making of films and television. How about in 3D IMAX?! But how much credibility do we give it - do we really believe it or, is it just another story
        
         The Transfiguration is one of the five major markers in the life of Jesus along with his Baptism, Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension. Each moment is spectacular in its own right and each gives rise to disbelief, even among those who were present. 
         I have to ask myself, fairly often, about how faithful is my faith? What impact do these lessons/readings have on my faith, and, perhaps more importantly, on my life, my actions, once I leave the Sunday service?  I have no definitive answers other than I just keep searching, more to discover why I am still searching as much as for answers about my faith.This particular Gospel piece, located high up on the holy ground of the Mountain, reminds me that it's time again to just be enveloped in the mystery, in the shekinah - the cloud of God's glory - and worry less about ifs and whats and whens and just do as God says from the cloud - LISTEN to Jesus. Perhaps if I just listen more and analyze less, then I, too, will have the ultimate mountain top experience when all will be revealed.        

LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY

Leader:  ~ O God of Splendor and Glory, help us remove our spiritual blinders that we may consciously seek to lift the Gospel veil to see, listen, and live according to Your Word.

                                 Jesus, Beloved Face of God
        RESPONSE:  Transfigure our hearts, our minds, and our wills to follow you

~ O God of Splendor and Glory, illuminate the halls of governments across this world with Your saving wisdom and grace. Guide our voices to speak only with love and compassion on behalf of all Your people. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

Jesus, Beloved Face of God
Transfigure our hearts, our minds, and our wills to follow you

~ O God of Splendor and Glory, enable those besieged by illness or life circumstance to feel Your healing love within and to know the comfort of Your enduring, eternal Presence. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

Jesus, Beloved Face of God
Transfigure our hearts, our minds, and our wills to follow you

~ O God of Splendor and Glory, let our departed loved ones be received in the holy whirlwind of Your divine radiance, and may the light of Christ shine through the darkest hours for those who mourn. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

Jesus, Beloved Face of God
Transfigure our hearts, our minds, and our wills to follow you

~ O God of Splendor and Glory, we pause in this moment to offer You our other heartfelt intentions and petitions, aloud or silently…

Jesus, Beloved Face of God
Transfigure our hearts, our minds, and our wills to follow you

~ O God of Splendor and Glory, ignite the spirits of all who lead us in Your church that they may be a beacon to guide us across life’s troubled waters toward the wholeness of life in You. We pray especially for: add your own petitions

Jesus, Beloved Face of God
Transfigure our hearts, our minds, and our wills to follow you


The Celebrant adds: God of gods, LORD of lords, infuse us with greater strength and purpose to faithfully reaffirm our covenant with You. May our lives and souls be purified through the dazzling brilliance of the Transfigured Christ and the mystical breath of the Holy Spirit who together with You reign as One God, now and forever. Amen.



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