Thursday, February 11, 2021

February 14, 2021 Transfiguration Sunday

 Happy Valentine’s Day! While the rest of the world may be celebrating Valentine’s Day, the Christian church will be observing Transfiguration Sunday, a bridge between the seasons of Epiphany and Lent. Did you discover something this season? Did you learn something or experience something new? As we prepare to begin a new season in the church year, what more are we going to be bringing with us? What have we learned? What may we need to leave behind? 

Hymn       Be Thou My Vision #642VU

Scripture Lessons:     II Corinthians 4:3-6

                                   Psalm 50:1-6 p. 775VU


Hymn        Jesus Bids Us Shine #585


Prayer:  Let us pray this Valentine’s Day 
that broken hearts be mended     
Young hearts stay wonder-filled                                                                                                                       Old hearts discover their wisdom
Embittered hearts let go of hurt
Compassionate hearts find strength
Big hearts know their wealth
Betrayed hearts recover trust
Soft hearts not be wounded
Hardened hearts begin to soften
Sensitive hearts be vigilant
Happy hearts announce their joy
Courageous hearts keep risking
Passionate hearts tend the flames
Arrogant hearts learn humility
Sympathetic hearts benefit others
Determined hearts lessen their grip
Jealous hearts accept what they have
Lost hearts find their way home
Loving hearts reach out to others
Generous hearts receive in return
Fearful hearts turn toward trust 
empty hearts befriend loneliness 
tepid hearts stretch into action
Faithful hearts remain steadfast

Kindhearted Holy One, you gather all these hearts into your one great love. Thank you for reaching our heart through the hearts of others. The genuine love of each person reflects your divine affection. Keep us aware, when we hesitate or question our ability to share our love with another, that you dwell within our hearts. Amen. (A prayer by Joyce Rupp and printed in Prayer Seeds.)

Hymn.      Love Divine #333VU

I have had some takers for the Confirmation Class. I am thinking of holding it (on Zoom) on Sunday afternoons for about 45 minutes, I think. If you know of someone who would be interested, of high school age or older, please let me know, even if the time doesn’t work, and we will see how we can work it out.

In Howick, it is now time to renew your subscription for Broadview, the United Church’s newsmagazine. The deadline has snuck up on us, so Evie will be renewing the subscriptions and other names can be added if desired. The cost for the year is $25. Please let Evie know if you wish to make a change. You can get the money to her later. 

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