The Transfiguration of Our Lord

February 23, 2020

9:30 a.m.


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St. Peter’s by the Sea Lutheran Church

1371 Sunset Cliffs Boulev ard

San Diego, CA  92107


Rev. Rick Schowalter



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Please STAND (as you are able) at the parts of the liturgy marked with an asterisk (*).

Bold type means congregational participation.






PRELUDE                     Bring Forth the Kingdom                         St. Peter’s Youth Choir




P          Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God, the eternal voice from heaven, the anointed and beloved one, the Spirit moving over the waters.

C         Amen.

P          As we approach the mystery of God, let us come in confession, trusting the love of Christ crucified and risen.  (pause for reflection)

God who searches us and knows us,

C         you have shown us what is good, but we have looked to other lights to find our way. We have not been just in our dealings with others. We have chosen revenge over mercy. We have promoted ourselves instead of walking humbly with you. With what shall we come before you? Forgive us our sin, and show us your salvation in the face of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

P          Beloved of God, you have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, poured out for you in the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. Receive the promise of baptism: You are God’s child; your sins are forgiven. Rejoice and be glad, for yours is the reign of heaven.

C         Amen.



* OPENING HYMN                                                               Arise, Your Light Has Come!

Hymn #314




P          The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C         And also with you.




P          Let us pray.  O God, in the transfiguration of your Son you confirmed the mysteries of the faith by the witness of Moses and Elijah, and in the voice from the bright cloud declaring Jesus your beloved Son, you foreshadowed our adoption as your children. Make us heirs with Christ of your glory, and bring us to enjoy its fullness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C         Amen.



CHILDREN’S SERMON                                                          (No Sunday School today)

Jesus loves the little children, . . .



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L    A reading from Exodus.

24:12 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.” 13So Moses set out with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. 14To 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.”
         15Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. 16The 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. 17Now 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. 18Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.




L    Let us pray Psalm 2 responsively.

1Why are the nations in an uproar?
  Why do the peoples mutter empty threats?
2Why do the kings of the earth rise up in revolt, and the princes plot together,
  against the Lord and against the Lord‘s anointed?
3“Let us break their yoke,” they say;
  “let us cast off their bonds from us.”
4God whose throne is in heaven is laughing;
  the Lord holds them in derision.
5Then in wrath God speaks to them,
  and in rage fills them with terror.
6“As for me, I have anointed my king
  upon Zion, my holy mountain.”
7Let me announce the decree of the Lord,
  who said to me, “You are my son; this day have I begotten you.
8Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance
  and the ends of the earth for your possession.
9You shall crush them with an iron rod
  and shatter them like a piece of pottery.”
10And now, you kings, be wise;
  be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11Submit to the Lord with fear,
  and with trembling bow in worship;
12lest the Lord be angry, and you perish in a sudden blaze of wrath.
  Happy are all who take refuge in God!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.




L    A reading from 2 Peter.

1:16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” 18We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.        
         19So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.







P          The Holy Gospel according to Matthew.
C         Glory to you, O Lord.

17:1 Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. 2And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. 3Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4Then 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.” 5While 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!” 6When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. 7But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” 8And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.      
         9As 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.”

P          The Gospel of the Lord.
C         Praise to you, O Christ.



SERMON                                                                                          Rev. Rick Schowalter



*  HYMN OF THE DAY                                                        Jesus on the Mountain Peak

Hymn #317




C         We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God, begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father;

through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven,

was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary

and became truly human.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.



*  PRAYERS                                               After each petition,    D  … Hear us, O God.

                                                                                                      C   Your mercy is great.

P          Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray trusting in your mercy through Jesus Christ. Amen.




P          The peace of Christ be with you always.
C         And also with you.

D         Let us exchange a sign of God’s peace.



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OFFERTORY HYMN                 Blessing, Honor, Glory                            St. Peter’s Choir

Please stand as the ushers bring the gifts to the Altar

Let the Vineyards Be Fruitful





P          It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,

that we should at all times and in all places

give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God.

through our Savior Jesus Christ;

who, sharing our life, lived among us to reveal your glory and love,

that our darkness should give way to your own brilliant light.

And so, with all the choirs of angels,

with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven,

we praise your name and join their unending hymn:







P          Blessed are you, O holy God:

you are the Life and Light of all.

By your powerful word you created all things.

Through the prophets you called your people to be a light to the nations.

Blessed are you for Jesus, your Son.

He is your Light, shining in our darkness

and revealing to us your mercy and might.

In the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Remembering, therefore,

his preaching and healing,

his dying and rising,

and his promise to come again,

we await that day when all the universe

will rejoice in your holy and life-giving light.

By your Spirit bless us and this meal,

that, refreshed with this heavenly food,

we may be light for the world,

revealing the brilliance of your Son.

Through him all glory and honor is yours,

Almighty Father, with the Holy Spirit,

in your holy Church,

both now and forever.

C         Amen.




C         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. 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.

P          The gifts of God, for the people of God.

C         Thanks be to God.




All baptized Christians are invited to receive communion.  Receive the bread then dip it into the cup.  The first cup is red wine; the second cup is white grape juice. For those unable to partake of wheaten bread, a rice wafer is available.







            #838 Beautiful Savior

            #593 Drawn to the Light

            #715 Christ, Be Our Light




P          The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.

C         Amen.




D         Let us pray. Faithful God, you have kept your promise to us in this meal, nourishing us with the gift of salvation. Now send your servants forth in peace, that we may testify to your goodness and share the hope that is ours in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C         Amen.



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P          May Christ, the wisdom and power of God, and the source of our life together, keep you united in mind and purpose. And the blessing of almighty God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be with you always.

C         Amen.



*  SENDING HYMN                                                                              Shine, Jesus, Shine

Hymn #671




D         Go in peace. Let your light shine.

C         Thanks be to God.




Reflections for Sunday, 02-23-2020, The Transfiguration of Our Lord

Preparation for Sunday, 03-01-2020, The First Sunday of Lent

Scripture for Sunday, 03-01-2020, The First Sunday of Lent




We are glad that you have come to worship with us today!  Please sign a WELCOME card found in the pew rack, and give it to an usher or drop it in the offering plate.  A nursery is available for toddlers and young children. Children’s Church School for grades Pre-K to 5th grade meets during the worship service (except the last Sunday of the month.) Large-print bulletins and children’s bulletins are available from an usher. You will find hand sanitizer in the pew rack for your use during the service.

SUNDAY HOSPITALITY is given for the praise and glory of God.  Today we thank Lorrayne and Brenda Johnson for the flowers given in memory of their husband and father. We also thank the Slaughter family for coffee fellowship and Duane Beck for the birthday cake after the service.

ASH WEDNESDAY: We will have two Ash Wednesday services on February 26th. The first service is at 12:00 noon and Pastor Rick will share his faith story. The second service is at 7:00 p.m. and Nancy Aeling will share her faith story. Lenten Soup Suppers will begin the following week, March 4, at 6:00 p.m. followed by Holden Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m. Each week a member of St. Peter’s will share their faith story as part of the evening worship.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES are here! You can support our congregation’s Girl Scouts by purchasing your cookies during coffee hour today.

NEWSLETTER MAILING GROUP: We’d love to have your help preparing the newsletter for mailing. Meet in the Meeting Room at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday for about an hour of folding & sealing.

HAND & FOOT CARD GAME: This Saturday is our next Hand and Foot Card Game evening. Be sure to sign up on the bulletin board as the game is played in groups of four. Bring an appetizer to share and a drink of your choice.



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We keep the following members of St. Peter’s in our prayers:

 Gail, Elaine, Rose

Our homebound members and those in care facilities:

Keith, Leon, Wayne, Dora, Beverly, Bruce T., Dante, Kevin, Marcia

Our members with on-going concerns:

Steve F., Ann Z., JT

Our military, police, fire fighters and first responders



The Week Beginning February 23, 2020

Sunday, February 23                       The Transfiguration of Our Lord

        8:00 a.m.                        Choir Rehearsal

        9:00 a.m.                        Youth Choir

        9:30 a.m.                        Worship

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship and Blood Pressure Checks

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting

Monday, February 24

        9:00 a.m.                        YMCA Exercise Class

        5:00 p.m.                        Hall Use - Darlene Truver

Tuesday, February 25

        9:30 a.m.                        Christian Service

      10:00 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

      12:30 p.m.                        Tai Chi Exercise Class

        1:00 p.m.                        Staff Meeting

        4:00 p.m.                        AA Meeting

Wednesday, February 26  Ash Wednesday

        8:30 a.m.                        Newsletter Mailing Group

      10:00 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

      12:00 p.m.                        Ash Wednesday Worship Service

        7:00 p.m.                        Ash Wednesday Worship Service

Thursday, February 27

Friday, February 28

        9:00 a.m.                        YMCA Exercise Class

      12:00 p.m.                        Movement & Balance Exercise Class

Saturday, February 29

        8:30 a.m.                        Men’s Bible Study

        5:00 p.m.                        Hand and Foot Card Game

Sunday, March 1                 The First Sunday of Lent

        8:00 a.m.                        Choir Rehearsal

        8:30 a.m.                        Executive Committee

        9:00 a.m.                        Youth Choir

        9:30 a.m.                        Worship, Children’s Church School

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting



Worship Leadership


The Rev. Rick Schowalter

Director of Music:

Doris DeChenne

Worship Assistant:

Congregation Deacon Greg Lommen

Altar Care:

Jim Grutkowski


Bob Fode and Darlene Truver


Sue Fode


Nancy Aeling


Ian Smart

Nursery Care:


Anya Bryan

Elaine Lauger




2020 Congregation Council: Jim Grutkowski, President; Ellen Schmeding, Vice-President; Lyle Boelter, Secretary; Brenda Johnson, Treasurer; Jane Christensen; Ben Fadden; Christina Fadden; Jon O’Brien; Max Phelps; Deirdre Slaughter.




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