Prayers of the People | Transfiguration Sunday (Year C)

Let us pray to our God sayingHoly God, lead us on the journey forward.

Creating God, you called your servants Adam and Eve on a journey to live. You called your servants Abraham and Sarah on a journey to trust. You called your servants Ruth and Naomi on a journey to love. You called your servants David and Solomon on a journey to lead. You called your servants Ezra and Nehemiah on a journey to rebuild. For as long as you have spoken you have called us to a journey. Holy God, lead us on the journey forward.

Your Son called his disciples to follow him on a journey to the cross; a road to save, a road to heal, a road to love. He called his disciples to a mountain where you sealed him with your light; a light to sustain him for the long road ahead. You call us to walk with him on that same road. Holy God, lead us on the journey forward.

Your Holy Spirit called the church to proclaim your word of life. Women and men, young and old, all were called and all were commissioned. We who are [name of worshiping community] are part of that same journey. The journey of Moses, the journey of Elijah, the journey of Christ, each was a response to your call and we pray for the courage to do the same. Holy God, lead us on the journey forward.

Gracious God, we thank you for this mountain. We thank you for this light. We, your people, stand in awe of your brilliance and your magnificence. You alone are our God and you alone are our light in the darkness. We, your people, thank you for your presence with us on this holy mountain. Holy God, lead us on the journey forward.

Healing God, we thank you for the valley ahead. We thank you for your guidance. We, your people, are no strangers to valleys and we pray for your presence for those of us in valleys of all kind. Valleys of.... Holy God, lead us on the journey forward.

God of all grace, we pray especially this day for.... Holy God, lead us on the journey forward.

These things we pray in the name of your Son who taught us to pray saying...

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Stephen Fearing

Stephen was born in 1988 in Cookeville, TN, where his parents met whilst attending Tennessee Tech. Shortly after, they moved to Dalton, Georgia where they put down roots and joined First Presbyterian Church, the faith family that taught Stephen that he was first and foremost a beloved child of God. It was this community that taught Stephen that it was OK to have questions and doubts and that nothing he could do could every possibly separate him from the love of God. In 1995, his sister, Sarah Kate, joined the family and Stephen began his journey as a life-long musician. Since then, he has found a love of music and has found this gift particularly fitting for his call to ministry. Among the instruments that he enjoys are piano, trumpet, guitar, and handbells. Stephen has always had a love of singing and congregation song. An avid member of the marching band, Stephen was the drum major of his high school's marching band. In 2006, Stephen began his tenure at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC where he majored in Religion and minored in History. While attending PC, Stephen continued to explore his love of music by participating in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Jazz Trio, as well as playing in the PC Handbell ensemble and playing mandolin and banjo PC's very own bluegrass/rock group, Hosegrass, of which Stephen was a founding member (Hosegrass even released their own CD!). In 2010, Stephen moved from Clinton to Atlanta to attend Columbia Theological Seminary to pursue God's call on his life to be a pastor in the PC(USA). During this time, Stephen worked at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Silver Creek Presbyterian Church, Central Presbyterian Church, and Westminster Presbyterian Church. For three years, Stephen served as the Choir Director of Columbia Theological Seminary's choir and also served as the Interim Music Director at Westminster Presbyterian Church. In 2014, Stephen graduated from Columbia with a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Arts in Practical Theology with an emphasis in liturgy, music, and worship. In July of 2014, Stephen was installed an ordained as Teaching Elder at Shelter Island Presbyterian Church in Shelter Island, NY. Later that year, Stephen married the love of his life, Tricia, and they share their home on Shelter Island with their Golden Doodle, Elsie, and their calico cat, Audrey. In addition to his work with the people who are Shelter Island Presbyterian Church, Stephen currently serves as a commission from Long Island Presbytery to the Synod of the Northeast and, beginning in January of 2016, will moderate the Synod's missions team.