Sunday 14 February

      St. Michael and All Angels                    Amersham on the Hill


The Transfiguration, which follows directly upon Peter's confession of faith at Caesarea Philippi, recalls the event when Jesus goes up a mountain, with Peter, James and John. Here Jesus is transformed by a heavenly radiance, and a heavenly voice attests his mission. It prepares for Christ's  suffering, passion, death and resurrection, and therefore represents a turning point in the gospel narratives.
 As at his baptism, Jesus' Sonship is proclaimed by a voice from heaven, so that voice is heard at the decisive halfway stage of his ministry. It is a story full of symbolism, which gives the disciples a glimpse of who Jesus is and how his ministry is to develop. 

The Greeting

The Lord be with you   All;  and also with you.


The Gathering
Processional Hymn

Christ is the world’s true light, its captain of salvation, the day-star clear and bright
of every racen and nation; new life, new hope awakes, where’er we own his sway;
freedom her bondage breaks, and night is turned to day.

In Christ all races meet, their ancient feuds forgetting, the whole round world complete,
from sunrise to its setting:  when Christ is throned as Lord, all shall forsake their fear,
to ploughshare bear the sword, to pruning-hook the spear.

One Lord, in one great Name unite us all who own thee; cast out our pride and shame
that hinder to enthrone thee; the world has waited long, has travailed long in pain;
to heal its ancient wrong, come, Prince of Peace, and reign.
George W. Briggs (1875-1959)


By the appearance on earth of our Saviour Jesus Christ
All God has broken the power of death  and brought life and immortality to light.

Arise, shine, for your light has come
All and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. 

For though darkness shall cover the earth
All and thick darkness the nations.

The Lord will rise upon you
All and his glory will be seen upon you.

By the appearance on earth of our Saviour Jesus Christ
All God has broken the power of death  and brought life and immortality to light.

Prayers of Penitence  Invitation to Confession

When Christ appears we shall be like him,  because we shall see him as he is.  As he is pure,  all who have grasped this hope make themselves pure.  So let us confess our sins that mar his image in us.
Your unfailing kindness, O Lord, is in the heavens,  and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds:  Lord, have mercy.
All Lord, have mercy.
Your righteousness is like the strong mountains,  and your justice as the great deep   Christ, have mercy.
All Christ, have mercy.
For with you is the well of life:  and in your light shall we see light:  Lord, have mercy.
All Lord, have mercy.


 Almighty God, who in Jesus Christ has given us  a kingdom that cannot be destroyed,   forgive you your sins,  open your eyes to God's truth,  strengthen you to do God's will  and give you the joy of his kingdom,  through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All Amen.

Gloria in Excelsis 

 All: Glory to God in the highest,  and peace to his people on earth.
 Lord God, heavenly King,  almighty God and Father,  we worship you, we give you thanks,  we praise you for your glory.
 Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,  Lord God, Lamb of God,  you take away the sin of the world:  have mercy on us;  you are seated at the right hand of   the Father:  receive our prayer.
 For you alone are the Holy One,  you alone are the Lord,  you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,  with the Holy Spirit,  in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 The Collect

 Almighty Father,  whose Son was revealed in majesty  before he suffered death upon the cross:  give us grace to perceive his glory,  that we may be strengthened to suffer with him  and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;  who is alive and reigns with you,  in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.   All Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

 Old Testament Reading    2 Kings 2.1–12 

When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Stay here; for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.’ But Elisha said, ‘As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.’ So they went down to Bethel. The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, ‘Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?’ And he said, ‘Yes, I know; keep silent.’ Elijah said to him, ‘Elisha, stay here; for the Lord has sent me to Jericho.’ But he said, ‘As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.’ So they came to Jericho. The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, ‘Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?’ And he answered, ‘Yes, I know; be silent.’ Then Elijah said to him, ‘Stay here; for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.’ But he said, ‘As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.’ So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground. When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.’ Elisha said, ‘Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.’ He responded, ‘You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.’ As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha kept watching and crying out, ‘Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!’ But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.
 For the word of the Lord  All Thanks be to God.

 New Testament Reading 2 Corinthians 4.3–6 

Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
For the word of the Lord  All Thanks be to God.

 Gradual Hymn

'Tis good, Lord, to be here, thy glory fills the night; thy face and garments, like the sun, shine with unborrowed light.
'Tis good, Lord, to be here, thy beauty to behold, where Moses and Elijah stand, thy messengers of old.
Fulfiller of the past, promise of things to be, we hail thy body glorified, and our redemption see.
Before we taste of death, we see thy kingdom come; we fain would hold the vision bright, and make this hill our home.
'Tis good, Lord, to be here, yet we may not remain; but since thou bidst us leave the mount, come with us to the plain.
Joseph A. Robinson (1848-1933)

Gospel Reading Mark 9.2–9

Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the light of the world, says the Lord.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness  but will have the light of life. (cf John 8,12)  Alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord be with you   All: and also with you.
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.  All Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus took with him Peter and 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 one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!’ Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

 This is the Gospel of the Lord.  All Praise to you, O Christ.


 Sermon  Mark 9:2-9. (2 Kings 2:1-12 & 2 Cor 4:3-6)

 Affirmation of Faith. 

 All: We believe in God the Father,  from whom every family  in heaven and on earth is named.
 We believe in God the Son,  who lives in our hearts through faith,  and fills us with his love.
 We believe in God the Holy Spirit,  who strengthens us  with power from on high.
 We believe in one God;  Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.


The Lord's Prayer

 As our Saviour taught us, so we pray
All 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.  Lead us not into temptation  but deliver us from evil.  For the kingdom, the power,  and the glory are yours  now and for ever.   Amen.


Prayers of Intercession 

 Lord of glory, it is good that we are here.  In peace we make our prayer to you.  In trust we confirm our faith in you.  Help us to set our faces steadfastly where you would go with  us.
 Lord, look with favour. All Lord, transfigure and heal.
 Lord of glory, look with favour on your Church,   proclaiming your beloved Son to the world  and listening to the promptings of his Spirit...  May it be renewed in holiness that it may reflect your glory.
 Lord, look with favour.   All Lord, transfigure and heal.
 Lord of glory, look with favour on the nations of the world,  scarred by hatred, strife and war,  and crying out to be changed by the touch of your hand...  May they hear the good news like a lamp shining in a murky  place.
 Lord, look with favour.   All Lord, transfigure and heal.
 Lord of glory, look with favour on those in need and  distress, suffering as your Son has suffered  and waiting for the salvation of your promise...  May the day break  and Christ the Morning Star bring them the light of his presence.
 Lord, look with favour.   All Lord, transfigure and heal.
 Lord of glory, it is good that we suffer with you  so that we shall be glorified with you.  According to your promise bring all Christ's brothers and  sisters...  to see him with their own eyes in majesty  and to be changed into his likeness from glory to glory.
 To him be praise, dominion and worship  now and for all eternity. All Amen.

The Dismissal


Christ, upon the mountain peak, stands alone in glory blazing. Let us, if we dare to speak, with the saints and angels praise him. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Trembling at his feet we saw Moses and Elijah speaking. All the prophets and the law shout through them their joyful greeting. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Swift the cloud of glory came, God proclaiming in its thunder Jesus as his Son by name! Nations, cry aloud in in wonder! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

This is God's beloved Son! Law and prophets fade before him; first and last and only One, let creation now adore him! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Brian Wren b.1936


 Christ Jesus,  the splendour of the Father and the image of his being,  draw you to himself  that you may live in his light and share his glory;   and the blessing of God almighty,  the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,  be among you and remain with you always. All Amen.
 Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.   All In the name of Christ. Amen.

 Recessional hymn verse

 The prophets stand and with great joy  give witness as they gaze;  the Father with a sign has sealed  our trust, our hope, our praise. 

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (200), and Enriching the Christian Year (1993), material from which is included in this service. ©The Archbishops' Council CCL No. 908682 and SPCK/Alcuin Club. Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard. St M & AA 2019