Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot
revealed in burning bush
and chariot of fire;
Dance and Transfiguration
by Mark Turbyfill
In the dead of night in spring
The Illinois Emergency Relief
Whines among the tree-tops,
Arranged a choreography of grief.
The social worker shuddered
And made the window fast
Against the leafless waltzing in the blast.
Blessed be his name
Who recognized the Dance Renascent,
And saw it stoop amidst the barren mise en scene
To plant in cardinal positions
The feet of as many as understood.
Six days later, Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and brought them to the top of a very high mountain where they were alone. He was transformed in front of them, and his clothes were amazingly bright, brighter than if they had been bleached white.
Elijah and Moses appeared and were talking with Jesus. Peter reacted to all of this by saying to Jesus, “Rabbi, it’s good that we’re here. Let’s make three shrines—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He said this because he didn’t know how to respond, for the three of them were terrified.
Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice spoke from the cloud, “This is my Child, whom I dearly love. Listen to him!” Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them not to tell anyone what they had seen until after the Human One had risen from the dead.
Border Song (Holy Moses) by Aretha Franklin
Many Voices, adapted
Radiant God, source of light,
as you surrounded Jesus with your glory,
so you come to us in penetrating brightness.You catch us off guard and expose our weakness.We choose the limelight while you call us to explore the shadows
and brighten the darkness.We seek the spectacular while you bind up the broken in
countless acts of mercy.We seek to stay on the mountain or in comfort while
you walk to the valleys of need.
fill us with light and courage to carry goodness into all the
corners of the world and to bring back the joy of your presence.
The Lord’s Prayer
Holy One, our only Home,
hallowed be your name.
May your day dawn,
your will be done,
here, as in heaven.
Feed us today, and forgive us
as we forgive each other.
Do not forsake us at the test,
but deliver us from evil.
For the glory, the power,
and the mercy are yours,
now and forever. Amen.
The Transfiguration (Sufjan Stevens) by the David Crowder Band
May God’s hope be a clearing sky before us,
a compass in our hearts
guiding us to where we belong;
and the blessing of God,
the Mind, the Idea, and the Expression,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.