February 14th Worship

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Order of Service

Part I
Opening PrayerShawn Mai
PreludeO Lord, What A MorningChuck Parsons, organ
GreetingShawn Mai
Confession & ForgivenessMarty Jones
Gathering SongChrist Whose Glory Fills the Skies
Harry Johansen
Chris Johansen, piano
Prayer of the DayShawn Mai
Psalm 36vs. 5-10Harry Johansen
Chris Johansen, piano
Part II
ScriptureLuke 9: 28-45Henrik Strandskov
SermonShelter in PlaceMarty Jones
HymnI Want to Walk As a Child of the Light
Harry Johansen
Chris Johansen, piano
CreedShawn Mai
Prayers of IntercessionAbel Wetzig
Mercy Wetzig
Lord’s PrayerMarty Jones
Closing PrayerShawn Mai
Blessing / BenedictionMarty Jones
Closing HymnBeautiful Savior
Harry Johansen
Chris Johansen, piano
PostludeFantasi over Dejlig er JordenChris Johansen

Audio Recording – Full service

Opening Prayer

We arise today
In the name of Silence
Womb of the Word,
In the name of stillness
Home of Belonging,
In the name of the Solitude
Of the Soul and the Earth.

We arise today
Blessed by all things,
Wing of breath,
Delight of eyes,
Wonder of whisper,
Intimacy of touch,
Eternity of Soul.

We arise today
Inspired by the majesty of God’s love in Christ.Jesus
May we worship and live in this inspiration
Compassionate of heart,
Clear in word
Gracious in awareness
Courageous in thought,
Generous in love.
O Lord we are grateful for this morning!

~adapted from John O’Donohue


Chuck Parsons



We gather in the triune name of sacred Love. May God’s peace be ever with you, Christ’s mercy near at hand, and may the Holy Spirit guide and encourage you in all circumstances and in every need.   Amen

Confession & Forgiveness

P:  In the name of the Father, and of the +Son, and of the Holy Spirit.                          

C: Amen

P: We confess our entanglements with justice, hurts, and greed – and God’s difficult, blessed vision of a very different way. We seek the face of God, confessing our sin.

       Silence for reflection and self-examination.

Holy God,

we have sinned against you and each other. We pray for your forgiveness and healing. The good we want to do, we often fail to do. The harmful actions and thoughts we do not want, we turn to again and again. Deliver us, Gracious God. Save us, save our neighbors, save all your creatures from our lack of imagination and courage. Gird us for the challenges of change needed, called for, overdue. Guide our way in your way.     Amen

P:  We who were once far off have been brought near to God through the cross of Christ.

     May we forgive one another as God in Christ has first forgiven us.    Amen

Gathering Song – Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies

Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the true and only light,
Sun of righteousness, arise,
triumph o’er the shades of night;
Day-spring from on high, be near;
Day-star, in my heart appear.

Dark and cheerless is the morn
unaccompanied by thee;
joyless is the day’s return,
till thy mercy’s beams I see,
till they inward light impart,
glad my eyes, and warm my heart.

Visit then this soul of mine,
pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
fill me, radiancy divine,
scatter all my unbelief;
more and more thyself display,
shining to the perfect day.

Text: Charles Wesley
Music: J.G. Werner

Prayer of the Day

When you created the universe you said,
“Let light shine out of darkness,”
The light of your love unbinds us everyday,
Let that light scatter the darkness in our hearts
And reveal the freedom of your transforming love
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Psalm 36: 5-10

5 Your love, O Lord, reaches | to the heavens,
and your faithfulness | to the clouds.

6 Your righteousness is like the strong mountains, your justice like | the great deep;
you save humankind and ani-|mals, O Lord.

7 How priceless is your | love, O God!
All people take refuge under the shadow | of your wings.

8 They feast upon the abundance | of your house;
you give them drink from the river of | your delights.

9 For with you is the | well of life,
and in your light | we see light.

10 Continue your lovingkindness to | those who know you,
and your favor to those who are | true of heart.

Scripture Reading – Luke 9: 28-45

Jesus transformed

28 About eight days after Jesus said these things, he took Peter, John, and James, and went up on a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed and his clothes flashed white like lightning. 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, were talking with him. 31 They were clothed with heavenly splendor and spoke about Jesus’ departure, which he would achieve in Jerusalem. 32 Peter and those with him were almost overcome by sleep, but they managed to stay awake and saw his glory as well as the two men with him.

33 As the two men were about to leave Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it’s good that we’re here. We should construct three shrines: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—but he didn’t know what he was saying. 34 Peter was still speaking when a cloud overshadowed them. As they entered the cloud, they were overcome with awe.

35 Then a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, my chosen one. Listen to him!” 36 Even as the voice spoke, Jesus was found alone. They were speechless and at the time told no one what they had seen.

Jesus heals a boy

37 The next day, when Jesus, Peter, John, and James had come down from the mountain, a large crowd met Jesus. 38 A man from the crowd shouted, “Teacher, I beg you to take a look at my son, my only child. 39 Look, a spirit seizes him and, without any warning, he screams. It shakes him and causes him to foam at the mouth. It tortures him and rarely leaves him alone. 40 I begged your disciples to throw it out, but they couldn’t.”

41 Jesus answered, “You faithless and crooked generation, how long will I be with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.” 42 While he was coming, the demon threw him down and shook him violently. Jesus spoke harshly to the unclean spirit, healed the child, and gave him back to his father. 43 Everyone was overwhelmed by God’s greatness.

Jesus warns about his arrest

While everyone was marveling at everything he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples, 44 “Take these words to heart: the Human One is about to be delivered into human hands.” 45 They didn’t understand this statement. Its meaning was hidden from them so they couldn’t grasp it. And they were afraid to ask him about it.

Thanks be to God

Reflection – Marty Jones

Hymn – I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light

I want to walk as a child of the light
I want to follow Jesus
God sent the stars to give light to the world
The star of my life is Jesus

In Him, there is no darkness at all
The night and the day are both alike
The Lamb is the light of the city of God
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus

I want to see the brightness of God
I want to look at Jesus
Clear sun of righteousness, shine on my path
And show me the way to the Father

I’m looking for the coming of Christ
I want to be with Jesus
When we have run with patience the race
We shall know the joy of Jesus

Text & Music: Kathleen Thomerson


In you, Father all-mighty, we have our preservation and our bliss.
In you, Christ, we have our restoring and our saving. You are our mother, brother, and Savior. 
In you, our Lord the Holy Spirit, is marvelous and plenteous grace.
         You are our clothing; for love you wrap us and embrace us.
         You are our maker, our lover, our keeper.
Teach us to believe that by your grace all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.     Amen

~Julian of Norwich

Prayers of Intercession

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, 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 from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen

Closing Prayer

Lord God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that you your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Go with the strength you have.
    Go simply
Go in search of Love.
And know the Spirit of God goes with you. Amen

Hymn – Beautiful Savior

Beautiful Savior, King of creation,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Truly I’d love thee, truly I’d serve thee,
light of my soul, my joy, my crown.

Fair are the meadows, fair are the woodlands,
robed in flow’rs of blooming spring;
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
he makes our sorrowing spirit sing.

Fair is the sunshine, fair is the moonlight,
bright the sparkling stars on high;
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
than all the angels in the sky.

Beautiful Savior, Lord of the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
now and forevermore be thine!

Text: tr. Joseph A. Seiss
Music: Silesian folk tune


Chris Johansen