St Bartholomew & St Mark
Worshiping together at home.
2nd Sunday & week of Lent 28th February
Anyone can lead this service, with another or by
Fr Richard may ask to lead this over the phone when he
Leader: In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy
Leader: Let us remember before God
failings and needs.
Leader: Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness
And cleanse me from my sin: Lord have
Others: Lord have mercy.
Leader: Create in me a new heart, O God,
And renew a right spirit within me.
Christ have mercy.
Others: Christ have mercy.
Leader: Cast me not away from your presence,
And take not your Holy Spirit from me. Lord
Others: Lord have mercy.
Leader May Almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our
and bring us to
everlasting life. Amen.
O God, who teach us that you
in hearts that are just and true,
grant that we may be so fashioned by your grace
as to become a dwelling pleasing to you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen
2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was
transfigured before them, 3and his clothes became dazzling white, such
as no one on earth could bleach them. 4And there appeared to them Elijah with
Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 5Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good
for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ 6He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the
cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!’ 8Suddenly when they looked around, they saw
no one with them any more, but only Jesus.
9 As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen
from the dead. 10So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead could
This Gospel reading is the account of Jesus’
transfiguration. It is quite a remarkable scene. It begins as Jesus takes James, John and Peter up a mountain. Did these men wonder why Jesus was only taking the 3 of them up the mountain? Did they
wonder why Jesus chose them?
When they arrived on the mountain, they were gifted with a wondrous experience: Jesus was transfigured before them! His clothing was changed. His garments became a dazzling white. These disciples
also received another gift: Moses and Elijah appeared. What a wondrous experience for these ordinary and simple men!
Moses and Elijah then conversed with Jesus for a time. James, John and Peter were stunned and awed. They also were terrified. They had never experienced anything like this. These disciples told Jesus
that they wanted to put up three tents: one each for Jesus, Elijah and Moses.
Then in the next moment, they had another stunning experience: a voice from heaven spoke to them! This voice told them: “This is my beloved Son.” Then the voice added that they should listen to
Jesus. In the next instant, Jesus and the three disciples once again were alone.
I assume that in this encounter, these disciples had a life-changing experience. They must have looked at Jesus with very different eyes. After all, God had told them that Jesus was his Son. It must
have taken awhile to absorb this experience. At times, did they question their sanity? Did they truly hear the words that God had spoken to them? It must have been a blessing for them that they could
process this experience with one another and with Jesus.
Ask yourself: how would you react if you had an experience like this? Would we have the faith to believe that God was right there with us? Or would we be skeptical and question our experience?
Perhaps we might even think we were hallucinating. And yet, I would guess that most, if not all of us, would love to have such a close encounter with God or Jesus. What a gift and blessing this
encounter would be!
Most likely today we will not have a vision or hear a voice from heaven speaking to us. Yet, perhaps today God is saying to each one of us: “You are my beloved child.” God loves us as deeply as God
loves Jesus! Do we believe and trust that this is true?
Today, I invite you to sit down, be still and allow God’s word and love to fill your mind and heart. Hear God speaking to you: “You are my beloved child. Allow my presence and my love to fill you and
surround you. I am always with you! Let me in! Trust me!”
Sister Kristine Anne Harpenau,
Leader: In fellowship with the whole Church of God,
with all who have been brought together
by the Holy Spirit to worship on this day,
let us rejoice that we are called
to be part of the body of Christ.
Peace of the Lord be with you.
Others: And also with you.
Pray for your families, your
friends, those who are alone, those who are scared or in pain and those who are passed from this world. (Use the sheet).
Leader: As our Saviour has taught us so we pray:
All say: Our Father who art in
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,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Leader: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all evermore.
The angel of the Lord brought tidings to
And she conceived by the Holy
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Blessed art you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us
sinners now and at the hour of our death.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it unto me according to your
And the Word became
And dwelt among
Pray for us, O holy Mother of
That we may be made worthy of the
promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
We beseech you, O Lord, pour your grace into
our hearts; that as we have known the incarnation of your dear Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel, so by his + cross and passion we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection; through
the same Christ our Lord. Amen.