Transfiguration, Year A

Musical Reflection
Up on a Mountain by The Welcome Wagon


Invocation

Friend of Moses,
strength of Elijah,
you go with your people
and give them your Spirit;
may the Child of your heart
transfigure the mortal world
that love may know no bounds;
through Jesus Christ, the beloved one.
Amen.
First Reading

Vision and Prayer
by Dylan Thomas

Who
Are you
Who is born
In the next room
So loud to my own
That I can hear the womb
Opening and the dark run
Over the ghost and the dropped son
Behind the wall thin as a wren’s bone?
In the birth bloody room unknown
To the burn and turn of time
And the heart print of man
Bows no baptism
But dark alone
Blessing on
The wild
Child.

Second Reading
Vision
by Marjorie Pickthall

I have not walked on common ground,
Nor drunk of earthly streams;
A shining figure, mailed and crowned,
Moves softly through my dreams.He makes the air so keen and strange,
The stars so fiercely bright;
The rocks of time, the tides of change,
Are nothing in his sight.Death lays no shadow on his smile;
Life is a race fore-run;
Look in his face a little while,
And life and death are one.

 

Gospel Reading
Matthew 17:1-9

Six days later, Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them to the top of a very high mountain. He was transformed in front of them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light.

Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Jesus. Peter reacted to all of this by saying to Jesus, “Lord, it’s good that we’re here. If you want, I’ll make three shrines: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

While he was still speaking, look, a bright cloud overshadowed them. A voice from the cloud said, “This is my Child whom I dearly love. I am very pleased with him. Listen to him!” Hearing this, the disciples fell on their faces, filled with awe.

But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Don’t tell anybody about the vision until the Human One is raised from the dead.”

 


Musical Reflection

Vision of Love by Mariah Carey

 Prayer 

by John Dryden

Creator Spirit, by whose aid
The world’s foundations first were laid,
Come, visit every pious mind;
Come, pour thy joys on humankind;
From sin and sorrow set us free,
And make thy temples worthy thee.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Blessed One, our Father and our Mother, our Parent,
Holy is your name.
May your love be enacted in the world.
May your will be done
On earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread
And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us in the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For all that we do in your love,
and all that your love brings to birth,
and the fullness of love that will be
are yours, now and forever. Amen.

 

Musical Reflection
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye

Blessing

May we drink deeply
from God’s cup of joy.
May the night bring us quiet.
And when we come
to God’s palace
may the door be open
and the welcome warm.

And may the blessing of God – the Creator, the Spirit, and the Word,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.

Sources:

Artwork by Hilma af Klint

Invocation from Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare

Musical Reflection Up on a Mountain by The Welcome Wagon

Poem Vision and Prayer by Dylan Thomas

Poem Vision by Marjorie Pickthall

Musical Reflection Vision of Love by Mariah Carey

Prayer by John Dryden

Lord’s Prayer by Richard McCall

Musical Reflection Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye

Blessing from Celtic Daily Prayer, adapted

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