March 3, 2019

Transfiguration Sunday

Prelude:Fantasy in G Minor                             J.S. Bach

Chiming of the Hour

*Hymn: #35 Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty


Joys and Concerns

Introit: #584  Glory, Glory, Glory

 Call to Worship

One:    The Lord is Sovereign; let the people tremble!

All:      The Lord sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!

One:    The Lord is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the people.

All:      Let us praise the great and awesome name. Holy is he!

One:    Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.

All:      Extol the Lord our God and worship at his holy mountain; for the Lord our God is holy.

Prayer of Invocation (in unison)

God of light, you are beyond our grasp or conceiving. Before the brightness of your presence, the angels veil their faces. As we come before you as a community, awaken that part of our lives so that, through the Word and Sacrament, we might see your glory, be nourished by your love, and guided back into this world as witnesses to your light. We ask this in the name of that light made flesh, Christ our Lord. Amen.

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (in unison)

Almighty God, it is good for us to be here. Yet by the light of your holiness our sinfulness is exposed. We cling to the comforts of what is known when you call us into your newness. Forgive the many ways that we deny the freedom that only you provide. Forgive us for worshipping the past when you call us into your future. Transform and transfigure us by your glory so that we might follow Jesus on the path of equity, justice and righteousness, wherever that may lead us. We humbly pray this in the name of your Son, your Chosen, Christ our Lord. Amen.

Moment of Silent Prayer

Assurance of God’s Love

Gloria Patri: #581 Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, amen.

 Reading from Hebrew Scriptures: Exodus 24:12-18(Pg. 87 in the Old Testament in the pew Bible

*Hymn: #190 Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory(vs. 1 & 2)

 Sacrament of Communion

The cut bread on the communion plate is gluten free.

The communion wine is non-alcoholic.

Communion Prayer (in unison)

In this time of looking back, O Lord, we are more prepared to look forward.  In remembering all you have done for us, we are better able to look to the future. We give thanks that your mercy has revived and encouraged us that we might go forward in love and forgiveness.  For this time of renewal and hope, we give you our humble praise. Amen.

*Hymn: #190 Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory(v. 3)

(Children will leave for Sunday School)

Offering of our Gifts

Anthem: Come, Let Us Eat                    Billema Kwillia

*Doxology:#607 Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise Christ, all people here below; praise Holy Spirit ever more;

praise Triune Godwhom we adore. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication

 Gospel Reading: Luke 9:28-36

        (Pg. 85 in the New Testament in the pew Bible)

Sermon:  Thin Places                         Rev. Dr. Kirk Hall

 Pastoral Prayer

Response: #583Glory to God

*Hymn:#307 God of Grace and God of Glory


Response:#600 Amen

Postlude: Postlude in A                          George Webb

(* Please stand if able.)

Welcome Statement

We, the Salisbury Congregational Church, seek to love God with all our hearts, souls and minds and love our neighbors as ourselves.

This Church declares itself to be Open and Affirming to all for participation, membership, leadership and employment regardless of race, ancestry, class, gender identity, physical/mental ability or sexual orientation.

We further declare ourselves to be Affirming of each individual as a child of God, celebrating the total identity of each person.

As a declared Open and Affirming Congregation, we commit ourselves to work toward ending ignorance, fear, hatred, prejudice and discrimination against any person.

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

If you are visiting us today, Welcome!

Please sign our guest book and introduce yourself to our Pastor or to one of the Deacons. Fill out a welcome card in the pew to be put on our email list!

Please join us in the Parish Hall for refreshments and fellowship following worship. All are welcome.

 Please see an usher if:

You would like to use a hearing device

If you would like to bring your child to the Nursery

 Many thanks to:

Reverend Dr. Kirk Hall for leading worship

Karin Noyes for serving as our lay reader

Sarah Morrison  for serving as an usher

Prayer List

Roberta Fay, J. Kevin Carroll, Siddhi, Evan Adsit, Marty Sorenson, Franny Yerkes, Terry Roy & family, Petee Robinson, Leonard Kaufman, Dick Taber,Tom Splaine, Joe K., Peter & Linda, Paula & Herman, Anne & Bill, Jan & John Hazard

The family & friends of Laura Hawks


The Deacons on call this week will be

Jenn Oberto (860) 550-5962&

Sheryl Kennedy (860) 435-2882


Today:             11:30 am Trustees Meeting

Monday:          1 pm Salisbury Duplicate Bridge

Tuesday:          5:15 pm Bell Choir Rehearsal

Wednesday:     9 am Music Committee

                        7:15 pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday:         7 pm HousaTonics

Friday:             7:45 am Men’s Bible Study

Saturday:         9:30-12 pm Building in use

To receive our weekly eblast and other Church announcements, please email Melissa at: sccmelissa@gmail.com. If you are NOT online – please call Kathy (860-435-2442) to be put on a phone list for emergency closings.



In this time of transition in the life of Salisbury Congregational Church, we invite you to get involved! Please share with the Nominating Committee your talents, interests, and availability. Please take a moment to respond to a short survey so that we can get in touch with you. You may also fill out the paper form that is available at the church office or at the service on Sunday.

If you are willing to serve on a Board or Committee, great! If you are willing to provide food, work with children, contribute flowers, provide a ride to a neighbor in need, thank you!

If you are not sure what you can provide, but would like to help, a member of the Nominating Committee would be happy to chat with you about the needs of the church to find the right fit for you.

Thank you for your stewardship of our congregation!


Registration for the 2019 Summer Camp Session at Silver Lake Conference Center is open! A link is available on our e-blast to view the brochure and pick your week. There are also copies of the brochures on the marble table in the Parish Hall.



















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