So, here’s the order of worship from this past Sunday (using the readings from the BCP, based around the Transfiguration narrative in Mark 9):
Call to Worship: 1 Kings 19.9b-18
Hymns: “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name,” and “I Stand Amazed”
Reading: Psalm 27.5-11 (versification according to the BCP Psalter) not done responsively this Sunday
Prayer: (I withstood the temptation to insert the Collect for this Sunday here)
Hymn: “O Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
Hymn: “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind”
Reading: Mark 9.2-9
Invitation Hymn: “There Is a Fountain”
Reading: 2 Peter 1.16-19
Communion Hymn: “Hallelujah! What A Savior!”
Closing Hymn: “Let the Beauty of Jesus Be Seen”
We tried to call attention to the main point (i.e. transfiguration) of the readings at the outset. Being able to use to the Collect for this Sunday would have helped to do that also — but I didn’t want to push that at this point. The real challenge, as mentioned in the last post, was picking songs from Songs of the Church that would complement the theme. As you can see, the results were mixed.
Comments/criticisms greatly appreciated.