March 2, 2025 – Transfiguration of the Lord

Lectionary Readings   -   Gathering   -  Word  -   Eucharist   -   Sending   -   Music and Art

Lectionary Readings

Exodus 34:29–35
Moses returns from Sinai with the law, and his face is shining.

Psalm 99
The Lord is holy, a lover of justice; worship at God’s mountain.

2 Corinthians 3:12—4:2
With unveiled faces, we see the glory of the Lord reflected.

Luke 9:28–36 (37–43a)
On a mountaintop, Jesus is transfigured; God says: This is my Son.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

God of the mountaintop,
you call us to journey with you.
Shine upon us; grant us sacred illumination;
dazzle us with your beauty and glory.
In the midst of our weary souls
and exhausted bodies,
Transfigure our imaginations
and reveal to us what is possible.
In the face of unceasing violence and endless wars,
Transfigure our imaginations
and reveal to us what is possible.
In the midst of crushing disasters,
natural and humanmade,
Transfigure our imaginations
and reveal to us what is possible.
Move us from scarcity and cynicism
and transfigure our lowly visions
to reveal the abundant life of your realm.
Help us to keep watch
so that we might leave the mountaintop
inspired to do your work of transformation
in the valley below. Amen.

Prayer of the Day

God who dazzles,
just as you revealed yourself in Christ
at the mount of transfiguration,
you send your Spirit now to work in our midst.
Show us this day the light of your presence.
Reveal to us your power and glory.
Illumine our hearts and lives with your brilliance,
that we might envision a world transfigured
in your image. Amen.

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Thanksgiving for Baptism

At the baptismal font:
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
O Lord our God, we give you thanks
for the faith, hope, and love you give to us
through the blessing of our baptism—
claiming us as your beloved children,
calling us to the path of discipleship,
revealing to us the light of your glory.
By the power of your Holy Spirit,
poured out upon us in baptism,
help us to follow you with faith,
to trust in you with hope,
and to serve you with love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession and Pardon

At the baptismal font:
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.

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.

Lifting water from the font:
The Lord our God answers our prayers.
The Holy One forgives us of our sin.
Know that you are forgiven and be at peace.
Thanks be to God.

— Word —

Prayer for Illumination

At the lectern or pulpit:
God of shining splendor,
your voice makes the earth tremble in wonder.
Overshadow us with your Spirit
so that we may hear your Word
and live as faithful disciples
and covenant people;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Before the readings: 
Listen for the Word of God, 
shaking the wilderness. 
Psalm 29:8

After the readings: 
Powerful and full of majesty 
is the voice of the Lord. 
Thanks be to God. 
Psalm 29:4


Ascription of Praise

After the sermon:
And in the temple of the Lord, 
the people of God say: Glory! Amen.
Psalm 29:9

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Affirmation of Faith

In Jesus of Nazareth,
true humanity was realized once for all.
Jesus, a Palestinian Jew,
lived among his own people
and shared their needs, temptations,
joys, and sorrows.
He expressed the love of God
in word and deed
and became a brother
to all kinds of sinful men and women.
But his complete obedience
led him into conflict with his people.
His life and teaching judged their goodness,
religious aspirations, and national hopes.
Many rejected him and demanded his death.
In giving himself freely for them,
he took upon himself the judgment
under which everyone stands convicted.
God raised him from the dead,
vindicating him as Messiah and Lord.
The victim of sin became victor,
and won the victory
over sin and death for all.
Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.08

Prayers of Intercession

Joining our hearts and minds in prayer,

let us call on the name of the Lord,

saying: O God of grace, bless us with peace.


We pray for the church . . .

Give us the Spirit of freedom in the Lord

to proclaim with boldness

the gift of faith we have in Christ.  

O God of grace, bless us with peace.


We pray for the world . . .

Let your love for justice and peace

be known in all the nations of the world.

Establish your holy realm in every place.

O God of grace, bless us with peace.


We pray for this community . . .

Enable us to see the face of Christ

in the faces of our neighbors,

honoring your image in all people.

O God of grace, bless us with peace.


We pray for loved ones . . .

Cast out all the powers of evil

that disrupt the lives of those we love;

bring them wholeness and healing.

O God of grace, bless us with peace.


Mighty God, strengthen your people

so that we may live in the world

as those you have chosen and called;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

— Eucharist —

Invitation to Offering

At the communion table:
There is only one Lord and God,
from whom all things come
and for whom we live.
Let us offer our lives to the Lord.
1 Corinthians 8:4–6

Prayer of Dedication

At the communion table:
We praise and thank you, Lord God,
for the majesty of your work,
the wisdom of your word,
and the generosity of your grace.
Let the gifts of our lives bear witness
to your goodness and mercy,
your faithfulness and justice,
and your steadfast love for all. Amen.
Psalm 111

Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God:
At Mount Sinai you spoke to your servant Moses,
giving the law to guide your people
in the way of life that you intend for all.

Therefore we praise you, joining the song
of the universal church and the heavenly choir:
A Sanctus (“Holy, holy, holy”) is sung.

Blessed is Jesus Christ, our Savior:
On a high mountain you let your glory shine,
so that we might see Jesus as he really is:
your Chosen and Beloved, our Lord and our God.

The words of institution are included here.

Remembering your goodness and grace,
we offer ourselves to you with gratitude
as we share this joyful feast.

A Memorial Acclamation
(e.g., “Christ has died”) is sung.

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us
and upon this bread and cup;
make us one in the body and blood
of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Teach us to pray night and day
that we may see you face to face.
Strengthen us in holiness, faithfulness, joy, and love,
so that we may be ready at the coming of the Lord.
By your Spirit, keep us faithful until the day
when we may glimpse your glory
with unveiled faces
at that high and holy feast in your eternal realm.

Through the Lord Jesus Christ,
in the unity of the Spirit,
we bless you, God of glory,
now and forever.
An Amen is sung.

Lord’s Prayer


Breaking the Bread


Communion of the People


Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Prayer after Communion

At the communion table:
We give you thanks, Lord Jesus Christ,
for the gifts of grace
we have received from your hand.
Now send us forth to reflect your light,
proclaiming your saving death and resurrection
until you come again in glory. Amen.

— Sending —

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Blessing and Charge

At the doors of the church:
May the blessing of the Lord our God, 
the grace of Jesus Christ, 
and the power of the Holy Spirit 
be with you now and forever. Alleluia!
Luke 4:18–19

In the name of Jesus, 
bring good news to the poor. Amen.
Luke 4:18



Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise (OEG) ST. DENIO GTG 12, PH 263

  • We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding (OEG) BREWER GTG 191, STF 2103


  • Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory (OEG) GENEVA GTG 190, PH 73

  • Jesus, Take Us to the Mountain (OEG) UNSER HERRSCHER GTG 193

  • Lord, the Light of Your Love Is Shining (G) SHINE, JESUS, SHINE GTG 192, STF 2173


  • Here, O Our Lord, We See You (OEG) MORECAMBE GTG 517, PH 520

  • Open the Eyes of My Heart (OEG) OPEN THE EYES GTG 452

  • Thee We Adore, O Hidden Savior, Thee (OEG) ADORO TE DEVOTE GTG 495, PH 519


  • O Wondrous Sight, O Vision Fair (OEG) DEO GRACIAS GTG 189, PH 75

  • We Are Marching in the Light of God (OEG) SIYAHAMBA GTG 853, STF 2235

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 99

  • Tremble, O Tremble [TROMBLEY]; GTG 57

  • The Lord Is King, Enthroned in Might [ELLACOMBE]; PAS 99A, LUYH 726

  • Lord, You Are King [LMD]; SGP 147

  • You, Lord, Are King [LM]; SGP 148

  • God Reigns, Enthroned on High [ D]; PCW 99


  • The Lord is King; with Trembling Bow in Worship; PAS 99B

  • Proclaim the Greatness of the Lord Our God [OLD 124TH]; HTP1 80

  • Sing to the Lord [WILLIE TAYLOR]; CP1

Organ Music

  • “O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High,” DEO GRACIAS, Wondrous Image: Eight Hymn Impressions for Organ, Harold Stover, AF (M)

  • “Choral Dorien,” Augsburg Organ Library: Lent, Jehan Alain, AF (M)

  • “Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty,” UNSER HERRSCHER, Lord of Glory: Organ Hymn Preludes, Jacob B. Weber, AF (E)

  • “Immortal, Invisible,” Parish Organist XII, Harold Rohlig, CON (ME) 

Piano Music

  • “Thee We Adore, O Hidden Savior, Thee,” ADORO TE DEVOTE, Impressions of Grace, David Angerman, SHAW (MA)

  • “Shine, Jesus, Shine,” SHINE, JESUS, SHINE, Shout to the Lord, Phillip Keveren, HAL (M)

  • “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise,” ST. DENIO, Everlasting Praise, Cindy Berry, ALF (M)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “Immortal, Invisible,” Craig Courtney, BP, SATB, pno, opt tpt, opt cong (M)

  • “Transfiguration Hymn,” Larry Shackley, LOR, SATB, acap, sop solo (M)

  • “The Transfiguration of Christ,” Aaron Garber, CON, 2 pt, org (E)

  • “Prayer for Transfiguration Day,” John Weaver, HOPE, SATB, org (MA)

  • “Uyai Mose,” arr. Kevin B. Holland, CGA, SATB, opt perc (E)


  • Transfiguration, Lectionary of Gross Sankt Martin, Cologne, 1227–35 (Index of Medieval Art, Princeton)

  • Transfiguration (Cell 6), Fra Angelico, 1440–42 (VCS)

  • Transfiguration, Cara B. Hochhalter, 2019 (VDL)

  • Transfiguration, JESUS MAFA, 1973 (VDL)

  • Transfiguration, Theophanes, 15th century (PD)

  • Moses with the Law and the Veil, stained glass, Abbey of St. Denis, Paris (PD)