The Last Sunday of the Epiphany Season

also known by the traditional/liturgical names

Transfiguration Sunday   AND  Quinquagesima Sunday

February 14, 2021



One Glorious Moment That Confirms Our Faith


In the Vatican Art Gallery in Rome hangs Raphael’s last painting – which some think to be his greatest work of art.   It is entitled “The Transfiguration.”  In the uppermost part Raphael pictured the transfigured form of Jesus high upon a mountain top, with Moses on the left and Elijah on His right.  On the next level down are the three disciples who accompanied Jesus that day:  Peter, James and John.  You can see that they have been awakened recently, as well as that they are shielding their eyes from Jesus’ blinding brilliance.   Way below, at the bottom of the mountain, there is a poor demon-possessed boy, his mouth hideously drawn, suggesting that he is wildly raving and raging.   At his side is his desperate, somewhat discouraged father.   Surrounding those two are the rest of the Lord’s disciples, some of which are pointing upward to the glowing figure of Christ, Who – obviously – will be the boy’s only answer.  In this great artistic work, Raphael brilliantly captured both a glimpse of Christ’s glory as God, and the overwhelming contrast between that glorious moment on the Mount of Transfiguration and the sin-troubled world waiting below…..a troubled world to which Christ would return  in order to complete His glorious mission of reconciling fallen mankind to the LORD through Good Friday’s cross and Easter’s open grave.


Today’s Place on the “Church Calendar

This date on the “Church Calendar” can be identified through a variety of titles and names, such as:   the Sixth (in 2021) and the Last Sunday of the Epiphany Season.  It’s also the Final Sunday of “Pre-Lent,” and it’s even identified through a rather unusual name given to it by the early Christian church;  that name, in Latin, is “Quinquagesima Sunday.”  And finally there is still one more designation for this Sunday:  The Sunday of the Transfiguration.   Each name holds significance for us on this somewhat “transitional,” yet traditional, Sunday.

Pre-Lent/Quinquagesima…..One of the purposes of the last Sunday of “Pre Lent” (a 3 Sunday period of anticipation) is to give us an  opportunity to prepare for the impending (this Ash Wednesday) arrival of the penitential season of Lent.  Through the ancient (Latin) title of “Quinquagesima,” we are reminded  that there are, roughly, only fifty days before the Church celebrates Easter (Quinquagesima means “fifty”).

The End of the Epiphany Season….This is also the Sixth (and final) Sunday of the Epiphany Season, which began on January 6th.  Epiphany,” as many of you know, means “to reveal” or “to make known.”  During this period of time, the worshiping church typically either examines portions of God’s Word which have as their theme a missions message, or considers Scripture lessons which emphasize the divine qualities of our Savior-God (and this year we have done the latter).

Transfiguration Sunday…..Finally, as the traditional “Sunday of the Transfiguration,” this day “transitions” us out of the Epiphany season and into the penitential season of Lent.  We do so by recalling the glory and power that belong to Jesus as the Almighty God (and which He voluntarily laid aside during His earthly period of humiliation/limitation).  It was His divine glory which our Savior manifested for His disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration , in order to confirm and strengthen their faith in Him.  That day He informed His “inner circle” of apostles — Peter, James and John — that, although He would be put to death by His enemies (it would happen on another “Mount” – Calvary), He would rise three days later as the Victor over sin, Satan, and the grave.  Transfiguration, then, is a fitting “transition” between Epiphany’s emphasis on Christ revealing His power as Lord, and Lent’s focus on Christ’s substitutionary, atoning death for our sins.


Today’s Worship Service and Lessons

The traditional thrust of this Sunday and its Scripture lessons is to recall the majestic way through which Jesus displayed His divine power and authority as the only true God during a unique event in His public ministry that we call “the transfiguration.”  (The facts are recorded in Matthew 17, Mark 9, and Luke 9.)   The words of today’s Sermon Hymn (as well as our Opening and Closing Hymns) capture the Apostle Peter’s expression of joy at being in the presence not only of Moses and Elijah but especially His “transfigured Lord.”   Peter wanted to stay on that mountaintop, basking in the glory of God, far removed from the mundane matters and wearying pressures of daily life.  However, Jesus had to come down from that mountaintop in order to continue His redemptive mission which would inevitably lead to His climbing one more mountain, Calvary.  There He would suffer death by crucifixion in order to offer Himself as the complete payment for our sins and to save sinful mankind through His death in our place.  Like Jesus, Peter too had to come down from the mountain and go back to the less-awesome and more difficult side of his life.  At times, as we’ll share later in a part of today’s Sermon, each of us also would like to follow an easier route through life than the one on which God has placed us.  If only we could sequester ourselves away in a more secure and less threatening spiritual environment where all we would have to do is commune with the Lord  (and that day certainly will come when we are with our glorious Lord forever in heaven)!   But, that’s not necessarily part of God’s plan for us now.

Like Peter whose faith was strengthened by being an eyewitness to Jesus’ glorious transfiguration (something Peter later spoke about when he wrote today’s Epistle Lesson and Sermon Text), we have to live and labor in the real world, carrying out the often-challenging “work” of our Lord which He’s called us to perform.   Most important — again like Peter, James and John — we want to keep in mind that we never come down from the mountaintop to live and work all alone;  Jesus is ever with us and is always for us.  He promises to cheer and direct us as we go through every change and challenge of life.

In today’s Old Testament Lesson we see God’s glory revealed to Moses, Aaron, his sons, and Israel’s elders on Mount Sinai.  It is worth noting that, along with Elijah, Moses was also one of the principal figures in Jesus’ transfiguration.  As with Peter, James and John on the mount of transfiguration, we can only imagine how wonderful a privilege it was for two of Israel’s greatest elders to find themselves in our Lord’s glorious presence.   Of course, we can each look forward to that day when we reach heaven — where we will experience our Lord’s glory in all its fullness.

Through today’s Children’s Lesson we’ll talk about Jesus’ “One Shining Moment” of glory on Transfiguration Day strengthened His disciples’ faith in Him so they could confidently serve Him on earth, even as they looked forward to living one day with Him in the glories of heaven.   That same “strength” can be worked in our hearts as we listen to God’s Word and believe it today.

In our Gospel Lesson we hear Peter asking to stay on that mountaintop, basking in the glory of God, far removed from the daily matters and pressures of  life.  But Jesus had to come down from the mountaintop in order to continue His mission that inevitably led Him to the top of one more mountain, Calvary.  There He would die by crucifixion to complete His mission of saving sinful mankind.   Likewise, Peter had to come down from the mountain and do the work which God had called him to perform.  In connection with this lesson we’ll also see that Jesus’ Transfiguration (and His encounter with Moses and Elijah) served to encourage Him as He approached the final stage of His redeeming work (that is His crucifixion and death) and His disciples (who would need special encouragement both during that first Holy Week as they watched their Master suffer at the hands of His adversaries, and later on when they conducted their ministries in Jesus’ name.)  Similarly, as we consider what happened on that mountain, we also can find encouragement and motivation for meeting the challenges (internal and external, earthly and eternal) that we face as we live out our lives of faith.

Finally, in our Sermon for this morning we’ll look at the events of the Transfiguration from the perspective of one of the six men on the mountain of transfiguration who were eyewitnesses to that unique spiritual event – specifically through the inspired pen of the Apostle Peter.



Prayer Upon Entering Church  –  Heavenly Father, You showed Your grace by bringing me to faith in Christ through the work of Your Holy Spirit, and then by giving me the blessing of being called Your child.  Though what I offer You today is so small, compared to all You have done for me, please accept my humble offerings of praise and thanksgiving, as well as my gifts.  Also, Lord, help me gladly hear and take to heart the Good News of salvation from sin for me and all people through faith in Your Son, my Savior.  Renew and invigorate me with Your Holy Spirit today and every day, that I might live a confident life of faith and love to Your glory,  and that I might share, by all possible means, at every opportunity, the same Good News of salvation through Christ which has filled my life with peace and purpose.  Amen.




The portions of God’s Word used in this worship flyer have been taken from

The Holy Bible, Evangelical Heritage Version    Copyright 2019,

The Wartburg Project, Inc.   All rights reserved.   Used with permission.




Prayer upon entering worship area

Pre-service Music


We Praise Our God

at the Pastor’s invitation the Congregation will rise


The Invocation


Pastor –    “We begin this service in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.


Today’s Preparatory Psalm                                                                                                             Psalm 8


Today’s Preparatory Psalm                                                                                                             Psalm 8


  • O LORD, our LORD, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! Set this glory of Yours above the heavens.
  • From the lips of little children and nursing babies You have established strength because of Your foes, to put a stop to the enemy and the avenger.
  • Whenever I look up at Your heavens, the works of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place – what is man that You remember him, the Son of Man that You pay attention to Him?
  • Nevertheless, You make Him suffer need, apart from God for a little while, but Your crown Him with glory and honor.
  • You make Him the Ruler over the works of Your hands; You put everything under His feet: all flocks and cattle, and even the wild animals, the birds of the sky, and the fish of the sea, which pass through the currents of the seas.

  • O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!
    • after which, the Congregation will be seated for
    • The Opening Hymn     “Jesus, Take Us To The Mountain”
    • sung to the melody of “Come, O Come, Life-Giving Spirit”
    • Jesus take us to the mountain, Where, with Peter, James and John
    • We are dazzled by Your glory, Light as blinding as the sun.
    • There prepare us for the night, — By the vision of that sight.
    • What do You want us to see there That Your close companions saw?
    • Your divinity revealed there Fills our humble hearts with awe.
    • Clothed in flesh like ours You go, — To defeat our deadliest foe.
    • What do You want us to hear there That Your dear disciples heard?
    • Once again the voice from heaven Says of the incarnate Word:
    • “Listen, listen, ev’ryone; — This is My beloved Son!”
    • Take us to that other mountain Where we see You glorified,
    • Where You shouted, “It is finished!” Where for all the world You died.
    • Hear the stunned centurion: “Truly this was God’s own Son!”
    • We who have beheld Your glory, Risen and ascended Lord,
    • Cannot help but tell the story, All that we have seen and heard.
    • Say with Peter, James and John: “You are God’s beloved Son!” Amen      
    • after which the Congregation will rise as
    • We Make Confession of Our Sins To God
    • Pastor – Let us join in confessing our sins to God our Father.
    • Congregation – Almighty Lord God, we have come together to stand in Your presence, +   to hear Your Word, and to worship You.
    • Pastor – But who may appear in Your presence, Heavenly Father, and who may call on You for help?
    • Congregation – He who has clean hands and a pure heart;   +   He shall receive blessings from the Lord.
    • Pastor – O holy and righteous God, You alone can make us clean. We have rebelled against You and become worthless.  But Your mercies never end;  they are new every day.  At Your command and promise, therefore, we come to You and confess our sins.
    • Congregation Miserable person that I am, +   I confess and lament to You, O most holy God,  +   that I  am a weak and sinful creature,  +  guilty of every sin, of
    • unbelief, and of blasphemy. + I also confess that Your Word has not brought forth good fruit in me. +   I hear it, but do not receive it earnestly.   +   I do not show works of love toward my neighbor.   +   I am full of anger, hate, and envy.   +   I am impatient, greedy, and bent on every evil.   +   Therefore my heart and conscience are heavy.   +   Lord, I ask You, free me from my sins,   +   strengthen my faith,   +   and comfort my weak conscience by Your divine Word,   +   that I may obtain Your promised grace.
  • Pastor – Having faithfully confessed your sins, now hear Your heavenly Father’s promise of forgiveness to you.  Jesus explained God’s will and promise as clearly as possible in John 6:40 when He said, “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise Him up at the last day.”  And now, carrying out my office as a called servant of the Living Word, I proclaim the grace and mercy of God to all of you, and according to the command of my Lord Jesus Christ, and in His place, I forgive you all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Peace be with you.
    • We Respond To God’s Forgiveness
    • P:raise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
    • Praise Him, All Creatures, here, below
    • Praise Him above, Ye heav’nly host
    • Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
    • The Prayer for “Quinquagesima” Sunday
    • Lord Jesus Christ, + You are a safe refuge in this troubled world. +   In Your Word You assure us    +
    • that You are our Great High Priest, +   Who offered Yourself as the supreme + once-for-all-time
    • sacrifice + to deliver us from the curse of our sins   +   from the fear of death, +  and from the Devil’s
    • +    In Your mercy You have exalted us   +   to be members of Your Church now and forever.
    • Precious Savior, as we mediate upon Your Word today, + through the Holy Spirit’s working   +   fill our hearts with the desire to always love what is right   +   and to ever avoid what is evil in Your sight.    Enable us to follow You  obediently   +  and to serve You faithfully all our lives   +   until that day comes   +   when You call our earthly pilgrimage to a close   +   and graciously grant us the fullness   +   of everlasting life in heavenly glory with You.   Hear and answer our prayer, dear Lord,   +   as we offer it in Your name.   +   and for Your sake.  +
    • after which the Congregation may be seated
    • We Hear God’s Word
    • The Old Testament Lesson Exodus 24:1-18
    • Then the Lord said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, along with Nadab and Abihu and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship me from a distance. 2 Only Moses is allowed to come near the Lord, but the others are not to come near, and the people are not to go up with him.”
    • 3 Moses came and reported to the people all the words of the Lord and all the ordinances. Then all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words which the Lord has spoken we will do.” 4 Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord.
    • He got up early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain. He set up twelve memorial stones for the twelve tribes of Israel. 5 He sent young Israelite men, who offered whole burnt offerings and sacrificed fellowship offerings of cattle to the Lord. 6 Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and he splashed half of the blood on the altar. 7 He took the Book of the Covenant and read it out loud to the people and they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do. We will obey.”
    • 8 Moses took the blood and splashed it on the people. He said, “Look, here is the blood of the covenant, which the Lord made with you by means of all these words.”
    • 9 Then Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up. 10 They saw the God of Israel. Under his feet they saw what looked like a pavement of sapphire as clear as the sky. 11 The Lord did not lay his hand on the dignitaries of the people of Israel. They gazed at God, and they ate and drank.
    • 12 The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain. Wait there, and I will give you the stone tablets with the law and the commands that I have written, so that you can teach them.”
    • 13 Moses set out with his assistant Joshua and went up onto the mountain of God. 14 He said to the elders, “Wait here for us, until we come back to you. Look, here are Aaron and Hur. They will be with you. Whoever is involved in a dispute can go to them.”
    • 15 Moses went up onto the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. 16 The Glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered the mountain for six days. On the seventh day the Lord called to Moses out of the middle of the cloud. 17 The appearance of the Glory of the Lord looked like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. 18 Moses entered into the middle of the cloud and climbed up the mountain. Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
    • The Epistle Lesson 2 Peter 1:1-21
    • Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained the same kind of faith as ours in the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
    • 3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and excellence. 4 Through these he has given us his precious and great promises so that through them you may share in the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that sinful lust causes in the world.
    • 5 And, for this very reason, after applying every effort, add moral excellence to your faith. To moral excellence, add knowledge. 6 To knowledge, add self-control. To self-control, add patient endurance. To patient endurance, add godliness. 7 To godliness, add brotherly affection. And to brotherly affection, add love. 8 For if you have these qualities and they are increasing, they are going to keep you from being idle or unfruitful in regard to your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 Indeed, the person who lacks these qualities is shortsighted and, in fact, blind, because he has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
    • 10 Therefore, brothers, be more eager to make your calling and election sure for yourselves. For if you do these things, you will never stumble. 11 In fact, in this way you will be richly supplied with an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
    • 12 That is why I intend always to keep reminding you of these things, even though you already know them and are established in the truth you now have. 13 I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to keep you wide awake by reminding you, 14 because I know that the putting off of my tent is going to happen soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 I will also make every effort so that after my departure you always have a reminder of these things.
    • 16 To be sure, we were not following cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the powerful appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received honor and glory from God the Father, when the voice came to him from within the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 18 We heard this voice, which came out of heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.
    • 19 We also have the completely reliable prophetic word. You do well to pay attention to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the Morning Star rises in your hearts, 20 since we know this above all else: No prophecy of Scripture comes about from someone’s own interpretation. 21 In fact, no prophecy ever came by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were being carried along by the Holy Spirit.
    • After which the Congregation will rise for the reading of
    • The Gospel Lesson Matthew 17:1-23
    • Six days later Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John the brother of James; and he led them up onto a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured in front of them.
    • His face was shining like the sun. His clothing became as white as the light. 3 Just then, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Jesus.
    • 4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, I will make three shelters here: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them. Just then, a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him.”
    • 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell face down and were terrified. 7 Jesus approached and as he touched them, he said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.” 8 When they opened their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus alone. 9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Do not tell anyone what you have seen until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
    • 10 His disciples asked him, “Then why do the experts in the law say that Elijah must come first?” 11 Jesus answered them, “Yes, Elijah is coming and will restore all things, 12 but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him. Instead they did to him whatever they desired. In the same way the Son of Man will also suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.
    • 14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt in front of him. 15 “Lord,” he said, “have mercy on my son because he has seizures and is suffering terribly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they were not able to cure him.” 17 Jesus answered, “O unbelieving and perverse generation! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it went out of the boy, and he was cured from that hour.
    • 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why were we unable to drive it out?”
    • 20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. Amen I tell you: If you have faith like a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. 21 But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
    • 22 While they were gathering together in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men. 23 They will kill him, but on the third day he will be raised.” And they were greatly distressed.
    • The Apostles’ Creed
    • I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord;  Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost;  Born of the virgin Mary;  Suffered under Pontius Pilate;  Was crucified, dead, and buried;  He descended into hell;  The third day He rose again from the dead;  He ascended into heaven;  And sitteth on the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.   I believe in the Holy Ghost;  The Holy Christian Church, the Communion of Saints;  The forgiveness of sins;  The resurrection of the body;  And the life everlasting. 
    • The Children’s Lesson John 1:14
    • We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, Who came from the Father. full of grace and truth.

One Shining Moment…..That Proved Our Faith Is Not Wasted

  • The Pre-Sermon Hymn Hymn 85 “‘How Good Lord To Be Here”
  • 1 How good, Lord, to be here! Your glory fills the night;
  • your face and garments, like the sun, shine with unborrowed light.
  • 2 How good, Lord, to be here, your beauty to behold
  • where Moses and Elijah stand, your messengers of old.
  • 3 Fulfiller of the past and hope of things to be,
  • we hail your body glorified and our redemption see.
  • 4 Before we taste of death, we see your kingdom come;
  • we long to hold the vision bright and make this hill our home.
  • 5 How good, Lord, to be here! Yet we may not remain;
  • but since you bid us leave the mount, come with us to the plain.
  • The Salutation
  • Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of our hearts be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer!
  • The Sermon Theme based on I Peter 1:16-19
  • 16 To be sure, we were not following cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the powerful appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received honor and glory from God the Father, when the voice came to him from within the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 18 We heard this voice, which came out of heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 We also have the completely reliable prophetic word. You do well to pay attention to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the Morning Star rises in your hearts.
  • I’m Not Making This Up!
  • following the sermon the Congregation will REMAIN SEATED for
  • The Blessing
  • Now to Him Who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!
  • We Offer Our Gifts and Prayers to the Lord Our Offerings of Love to our Lord Because we aren’t able to pass an offering plate today during today’s worship service those in attendance may leave their offerings in the plates by the exit door at the close of our service today.For those watching today’s service, we offer you the following suggestions for providing God with Your thank-offerings through our ministry: 1) You can send a check (no cash) in the mail to the church address (415 N. 6th Place, Lowell, AR 72745)2) You can also visit our website ( and use the giving option there.

The Prayers for this Day

Included in our prayers this morning are:

A Prayer of Intercession on behalf of Carol Ann Heinemann’s great-grandson,

Bronson Bullock, who remains hospitalized in critical condition following a heart transplant;

and also

A Pryaer of Intercession for Mary Fisher, (the wife of Pastor Wayne Fisher). Mary is in very serious condition at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO


Transfiguration Sunday Prayer


We praise you, O Father, for the precious gift of your Son and for his glorious transfiguration on the holy mountain. Grant that with the eyes of faith we may behold the radiance of his heavenly beauty, the image of your own divine Being, and worship him in sincerity and truth.

Give us the firm resolve to listen to your Son, the joyful readiness to believe his promises, and the spirited willingness to heed his commandments. By the appearance of Moses and Elijah show us that blessed are the dead who die in faith, blessed are they who live in Christ, and blessed are all who believe, for they shall know the power of his resurrection and shall be “changed from glory into glory.”

                        O God and Father, let your Holy Spirit find a dwelling in our poor bodies and transform our weak, sinful lives into the radiance of goodness, purity, and righteousness. Transform our minds by the renewing grace that flows from you. Transform our vision, our understanding, our judgments, yes, our whole persons, to reflect the mind of Christ. Take our sicknesses, pains, wounds, and hurts; take our disappointments, defeats, and despair; take our sorrows and mourning; take our pride and anger; take our selfishness and envy; take our hate and fear; take all these, O Father, and transform them by the touch of Jesus into noble impulses, pure motives, kind thoughts, constructive deeds, high courage, and true faith. Hear us now, Lord, as we bring you our private petitions.

                                                                                   Silent prayer.

Look upon your church, O Lord, here and in every place, and grant that we and all who bear the name of Christ may daily offer up to you the acceptable sacrifices of repentance, thanksgiving, and loving obedience. Hear our prayer and by your mercy grant our petitions for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Savior, in Whose name we also pray…..

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.  

We Leave With The Lord’s Blessing


The Benediction


The LORD bless you and keep you.

The LORD make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you.

The LORD look with favor upon you, and give you His peace.


The Closing Hymn “Christ’s Majesty Displayed, How Fair!”

(Sung to the melody, “From Heav’n Above To Earth I Come”


Christ’s majesty displayed, how fair!

A glimpse of what the Church shall share.

His glory on the mount He showed

When brighter than the sun, He glowed.

From age to age the Word declares: To Peter, James and John, all there

With Moses and Elijah….He Revealed His heav’nly deity.

The Father’s voice, from up above Proclaimed “This is the Son I love,

With all He does I am well-pleased. Let all unto His words give heed.”

This radiant Lord, God’s sinless Son, Upon the cross the vict’ry won –

For sinners He His life laid down To earn for us our heav’nly crown.

With shining face and bright array Christ manifests for us today —

The glory of His dwelling place Which we’ll enjoy by faith, through grace. Amen.


Silent Prayer


Post-service Music




This Past Week At Grace Lutheran Church Sunday Worship Attendance: 50

Bible Class: 12 Sunday School: 2 Tuesday Class:  12       Wednesday BC:  5 men; 4 women

Budgetary Offerings: $3685 School Fund:  $1

Looking Ahead At Grace Lutheran Church

Today Morning Worship, at 9:30 a.m. Bible Class/Sunday School 11:05 a.m.

Youth Confirmation Instruction, 12:00 to 1:15 pm

Feb 16 (Tues) Morning Bible Class, 10:30 to 11:30

Feb 17 (Wed) Evening Worship service (Ash Wednesday) with the Lord’s Supper, 7 p.m.

Feb 20 (Sat) Outreach-Evangelism Visits, 10 a.m.

Feb 21 (Sun) Morning Worship Service, with the Lord’s Supper, at 9:30 p.m.

Bible Class and Sunday School, 11:05 a.m. Confirmation Class, 12-1:15 p.m.


Serving Us Next Sunday (Feb 21) Elders:  John Johnson, Rick Tragasz

Ushers: Tom Otto, Drake Schwartz

Altar Guild: Harriet Johnson, Tammy Schwartz


Ash Wednesday (THIS WEDNESDAY) Worship Reminder ….looking ahead to this coming Wednesday evening, February 17th, we will be conducting the first of six midweek special worship services to observe the 40 days’ long pre-Easter season, known as Lent. Wednesday’s service will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will include a celebration of the Lord’s Supper. The them for this year’s services will be:   “Our Spiritual Vision Problems….and How We Can Correct Them.”   Please plan to join us for these special worship services…and please also plan on bringing a non-churched friend, or friends, to share the worship of the Lord with us in these special worship services.


CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – In Two Sundays (Feb 28) Please keep in mind that we will hold a congregational meeting on Sunday, February 28, following our worship service.