Feast of the Dedication of the Church of the Transfiguration, June, 2020

Today we celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Dedication of the Church of the Transfiguration.

This past December, the installation of the glass doors to Emmanuel Chapel were a beautiful, last addition to the physical building. These glass doors, full of color, shimmer with creation’s spectrum and introduce us to to the sacred space for the reserved sacrament that lies behind them. In the past few months, the final organ console was also installed, and we look forward to the organ’s completion in the coming year, when all remaining pipes will be in place and this instrument will speak with a majestic voice – proclaiming the word in music and supporting the songs of praise offered in this space.

The hymn, “O Wondrous Name” – written for the initial Dedication of the Church in the year 2000 by Hal M. Helms is a fitting prayer of praise that reflects on our spiritual journey, God’s guidance in past years and hope for the future.

O wondrous Name, all other names above
O blessed bringer of the Father’s love
O holy Jesus, Saviour, Lord and King
Accept the thanks and praise your people bring.

On paths untried your guiding light has shown,
You hand has led through trackless ways unknown.
You bid us trust, though steep our way may be,
That we Your greater glory yet may see.

And hitherto each promise You have made
Has been fulfilled in Your unfailing aid.
The hand that led and blessed us in the past
Will still sustain and keep us to the last.

O wondrous Lord, whose holy Name we bear,
Keep this your flock forever in Your care.
Where’er Your way shall lead, we follow on
Until we stand at last before Your throne.

Your Name, O Father and Your Name, O Son,
Your Name O Holy Spirit ever One,
With all the host of heaven we adore,
And praise Your holy Name for evermore.

Your Name, Your Name O Son
Your Name, O Holy Spirit ever One,
With all the host of heaven we adore
And praise Your holy Name for evermore.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Feast of the Dedication of the Church of the Transfiguration, June, 2020

  1. That is so lovely. Hal was my Pastor when I was in Guilford, CT before he and Helen moved to the Community. I sort of felt a missing them in my heart, BUT I know I shall see them again one day along with my daughter and parents. Praise the Lord!

    • God Bless you Jill! We were so blessed to know Hal – Indeed we will all see each other once again in the heavenly realm!

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