An Escort to Heaven – For Elijah and For Us!

An Escort to Heaven - For Elijah and For Us!

The Sermon: 2 Kings 2:7-12

7 Fifty men of the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. 8 Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground. 9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit, “Elisha replied. 10 “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours–otherwise not.” 11 As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 12 Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them apart.

An Escort to Heaven – For Elijah and For Us!

  1. It Follows A Life Of Faith And Service
  2. It Begins An Eternity Of Heavenly Glory

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Draw Us To Thee for then shall we Walk in Thy Steps forever and hasten on where Thou art gone to be with Thee, dear Savior.

The Transfiguration

Sunday, February 15, 2015 (9:00 a.m.)

Song by Choir – “Flocks in Pastures Green Abiding”
(Director: Cathy Augustin ; Accompanist: Steph Mueller)

Opening Hymn LSB 554 : O Jesus, King Most Wonderful Hymnary.org link

The Liturgy …………………………………………. Pages 184-186 (Hymnal)

LSB 947 v 3: All Glory Be to God on High Hymnary.org link

The Liturgy – Pages 190 – 191 (Hymnal)

The Epistle Reading – 2 Peter 1: 16-21

Even Peter’s “mountaintop experience” (a glimpse of Jesus’ heavenly glory) would not be the basis of his faith-confidence in God’s eternal promises, but rather that “more sure Word of prophecy” which alone will lead and guide us into all truth and to our heavenly home.

The Gospel Reading – Matthew 17: 1-9

In view of all that lie ahead with Jesus’ Passion, this glimpse of heavenly glory was a source of strength for our Lord and for his disciples. It was as if the Father was saying: “As you see My Son condemned, tortured and crucified, remember why and don’t forget that He is the mighty God Who will ever triumph over all His enemies.”

The Apostle Creed (Page 192 Or Back Cover Of Hymnal)

Hymn LSB 414 : 'Tis Good, Lord, to Be Here Hymnary.org link

The Sermon ………………………………………………….. 2 Kings 2:7-12

7 Fifty men of the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. 8 Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground. 9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit, “Elisha replied. 10 “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours–otherwise not.” 11 As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 12 Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them apart.

An Escort to Heaven – For Elijah and For Us!

  1. It Follows A Life Of Faith And Service
  2. It Begins An Eternity Of Heavenly Glory

“Create In Me….”  (Page 192-193 In Hymnal)

Hymn LSB 701 : Draw us to Thee Hymnary.org link

Our Gifts Of Faith And Love For The Lord’s Work

The Lord’s Prayer

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. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer And Benediction

The Children’s Message – “How Will You Get There?”

Closing Hymn LSB 812 : Come, Let Us Join Our Cheerful Songs Hymnary.org link

Silent Prayer And Announcements