February 28, 2021 • 2nd Sunday of Lent

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Just Before You Begin


Opening Song

I see__ the mountain of God
the God who listens to me.
Come to__ the mountain of God
God will set us all free.

Where can I turn, O God, when I am lost and troubled?
Give me the faith to see that you'll be there for me.

Sometimes I let you down, but you will never fail me.
Though I may run and hide, you're always at my side.

You give me hope, O God, when I am down and weary
I can depend on you to always see me through.


Leader: We gather today in this season of Lent to be reminded that
God invites us to turn back to God when we have strayed.


Leader: ┼ In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Leader: Grace and peace to you from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be God forever.
(The response is: Blessed be God forever.)

All: Blessed be God forever.

Leader: We gather together as a family
to learn how to live more like Jesus.
One with all of our sisters and brothers throughout the world,
let us now listen to God's Word and join in prayer.

All: Amen.

Penitential Rite

Leader: As we prepare to hear about God's love for us,
let us remember that the Lord always offers forgiveness,
for God is full of gentleness and compassion.
Lord Jesus, you came to teach us how to love each other better:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you bring us Good News in times of trouble:
Christ, have mercy.

All: Christ, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you came to bring us life:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Leader: Let us pray

Leader: All-powerful and ever-living God,
hear us as we ask your loving help
for all people in need of your healing throughout the world;
restore them to health and wholeness
that they may again offer joyful thanks in your Church.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

All: Amen.


All: Glory and praise to you, Word of life! Jesus! Jesus Christ!


Reader 1: Today's story tells about what happened when Jesus and his disciples went up a mountain. We now do this action prayer together: May the Lord be on my mind, ┼
on my lips, ┼
and in my heart ┼
as we hear the Gospel today.
A reading from the holy Gospel of Mark.

Reader 1: Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him.
They went up on a high mountain, where they could be alone.
There in front of the disciples, Jesus was completely changed.
And his clothes became much whiter than any bleach on earth could make them.
Then Moses and Elijah were there talking with Jesus.
Peter said to Jesus,
“Teacher, it is good for us to be here!
Let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
But Peter and the others were terribly frightened,
and he did not know what he was talking about.
The shadow of a cloud passed over and covered them.
From the cloud a voice said,
“This is my Son, and I love him. Listen to what he says!”
At once the disciples looked around, but they saw only Jesus.
As Jesus and his disciples were coming down the mountain,
he told them not to say a word about what they had seen,
until the Son of Man had been raised from death.
So they kept it to themselves.
But they wondered what he meant by the words “raised from death.”

Reader 1: Jesus took Peter, James, and John
and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them,
and his clothes became dazzling white,
such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses,
and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents:
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
from the cloud came a voice,
“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them.
As they were coming down from the mountain,
he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone,
except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
So they kept the matter to themselves,
questioning what rising from the dead meant.

Reader 1: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Video Reflection

Reflections on the Readings

  1. When Jesus was alive 2,000 years ago he did a lot of things that showed he was human: for example, he laughed, he cried, he got impatient and angry, and he liked to go to parties and eat good food. In today’s reading, his friends got to see Jesus in a way that showed he was also divine. He was so shiny and bright and he was talking to people who had already died, so he definitely seemed super-human. When you think of Jesus, do you think of him more as a human like us, or more as God? Why? (Adults, there are no right or wrong answers here.)
  2. Peter was so impressed, amazed, and even terrified by what happened on the mountaintop that he didn’t know what to think or do. That reminds us that even Jesus’ best friend didn’t always understand him. But later, Peter became a great apostle who helped thousands of people start to believe in Jesus. That’s good news for us who don’t always understand Jesus or what Jesus wants us to do. Share about a time when you’ve done something wrong or made a mistake, but you made up for it later by doing better.
  3. The voice coming from the cloud said we should listen to Jesus. What are some of the things Jesus said that we need to remember to pay attention to? (Let children come up with their own examples - if they need prompting, here are some: feed the hungry, forgive people who have hurt you, do not worry about tomorrow because God will always take care of you, don’t cheat anyone, ask God for what you need, etc.).

General Intercessions

Leader: Now let’s pray together to God for what we need.

Reader 2: For those all over the world who are affected by extreme weather conditions,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For those who do not have a warm and safe home,
that they can find the lodging that they need,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For all students who are struggling to learn because of how school has changed,
and for teachers, staff, and administrators,
that they may work together for the good of all students,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For what else and for who else shall we pray?

Lord's Prayer

Leader: Jesus taught us to call God our Father, and so we have the courage to say:

All: Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Sign of Peace

Leader: Let us now offer each other a sign of peace.

A Litany for Spiritual Communion

Leader: The response is: Lord, bring us closer to you!

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
we wish we could gather today with our parish community,
but we gather here out of love and concern for others.
You teach us that when two or three are gathered in your name,
you are there.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Christ Jesus, you are present in a special way
when bread and wine are turned into your Body and Blood.
Since we cannot receive you in this way today,
We ask that you enter our hearts
so that we may receive you spiritually.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
watch over your family
and keep us safe in your care,
for all our hope is in you.

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Concluding Rite

Blessing & Dismissal

Leader: Go in the peace of Christ.

All: Thanks be to God.

Closing Song

My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord, thirsting for you, my God.
My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord, thirsting for you, my God,
thirsting for you, my God.

O God, you are my God, and I will always praise you,
In the shadow of your wings I cling to you and you hold me high.

Through the day you walk with me; all the night your love surrounds me.
To the glory of your name I lift my hands, I sing your praise.

I will never be afraid, for I will not be abandoned.
Even when the road grows long and weary your love will rescue me.

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