Last Sunday after Epiphany, the Transfiguration of our Lord

A few months ago, the City of Chicago revised its guidelines for groups meeting, and the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the ELCA encouraged congregations to worship online, so Augustana suspended its in-person worship. Virtual, recorded worship will continue to be available on the Augustana website on Sunday mornings.

As always, during these challenging times, contact Pastor Goede if you have any questions, suggestions or would like to visit.

The order of worship is below:

  • Thanksgiving for Baptism
  • Hymn of Praise, O God of God, text by John Julian (1839-1913), tune by Padraig McGuire (1963 -)
  • Greeting
  • Prayer of the Day
  • First Reading from Judges about Samson
  • Psalm 50:1-6
  • Second Reading, 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 –
  • Gospel Acclamation, Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) #168, Verse: This is my Son, my Chosen, listen to him!
  • Gospel, Mark 9:2-9
  • Sermon
  • Hymn of the Day, How Good Lord to be Here, ELW #315
  • Nicene Creed
  • Prayers of the People
  • Passing of the Peace
  • Dialogue and Preface
  • Sanctus
  • Great Thanksgiving
  • Lord’s Prayer
  • Communion
  • Communion Meditation, Be Thou My Vision
  • Post Communion Prayer
  • Blessing
  • Dismissal
  • Postlude, Snow Boot Variation on Leibster Jesu

Today, rather than following the lectionary for the Hebrew Scriptues, we continue to hear stories that we might not normally focus on. This Sunday, we hear the story of Samson, as told by the authors of the Book of Judges.

Thank you to this week’s lector, Marnie Rourke, and to Robin Mitchell, who chanted the Psalm. Joe Klonowski edited the video, Padraig McGuire served as cantor, Campus Pastor Matthew Stuhlmuller preached, and Pastor Nancy Goede presided,

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent, and Augustana’s nave will be open for those who wish to come in for silent meditation, reflection and prayer. Ashes will be available in small packets, to be applied then or taken home to do so. A virtual Ash Wednesday service will be available here, on the website, for the entire day, also.

During this time of isolation and separation, it is especially important that we all receive (and read) our weekly emails from Augustana, to know what is going on, and to connect. If you are not receiving the emails, your email program may be putting them in a ‘promotions’ folder. If you are not receiving or can’t find them, contact the church office (

You can arrange an ongoing, electronic offering through our website by visiting our Donation page. Setting up a free PayPal account allows you to make an offering of any size with a debit or credit card; the email address you need is You can, of course, send a check to Augustana, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL, 60637.

We encourage you to share the Peace of Christ with your neighbors by calling them, e-mailing them, or reaching out through Facebook.