Lead Thou Me On

Lead Thou Me On

Mill Plain UMC
Sunday February 19, 2023
Lead Thou Me On

Exodus 24:12-18
Matthew 17:1-9


One thing remains
a million saints
10,000 Reasons
How great is our God
I have decided to follow Jesus
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Mill Plain UMC

February 19, 2023

9:30 a.m.

Prelude Rooftops


Call to Worship

Worship Assistant:  Our Mighty God, lover of justice has established equity and righteousness.

People:  Lead thou me on!

Worship Assistant:  Extol the Lord our God and worship at God’s holy mountain.

People:  Lead thou me on!

Opening Prayer

Holy God, upon the mountain you reveled our messiah, who by his death and resurrection would fulfill both the law and the prophets.

By his transfiguration enlighten our path that we may dare to suffer with him in the service of humanity and so share in the everlasting glory of him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever.  Amen.

(reprinted from The United Methodist Hymnal, copyright 1989, by permission of The United Methodist Publishing House.)

Praise song One thing remains

Praise song A Million Saints

Young Disciples

Silent Prayer

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Offertory 10,000 Reasons

Presentation of Offerings

Doxology   How great is our God


Hebrew Bible

Exodus 24:12-18

The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.” So Moses set out with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. To the elders he had said, “Wait here for us, until we come to you again; for Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a dispute may go to them.” Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud. Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.

From the Gospel

Matthew 17:1-9

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

Sermon: Lead Thou Me On

Prayer We climb to the highest places looking for you, O God.  We long for spiritual highs when we feel your presence with us and know we are your loved children.  Often, however, we stumble in the fog, unable to find our way and longing for your presence.  Show us how to look down and find you in the dust at our feet; grant us the faith to trust in you one step at a time and let go of our desires for distant vistas.  Lead us on, we pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Praise song I have decided to follow Jesus

Benediction: You are God’s beloved!  Listen to Jesus!

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the presence of the Holy Spirit lead you on.  Amen

Praise song Step by Step