April 26, 2015 ù 10:30am
Fourth Sunday of Easter
The People of Peace Church
Zoe Simpson, Lay Leader
Judy Hlina, ASL Interpreter
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” sung by David Hoffman
“The Swan” by Camille Saint-Saëns Jefferson Campbell, bassoon
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells and Candles Lit by Acolytes
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship from UCC Worship Ways
Come all you people, enter the gate of God’s sheepfold.
We hear God calling us by name.
Jesus will bring all people to be one flock, one shepherd.
From every nation, every people, tribe and language.
That they may be one, we proclaim:
God is still speaking!
*Opening Hymn “My Shepherd is the Living God” (#247)
Unison Prayer of Confession from UCC Worship Ways
God, our guiding shepherd, we have wandered
through strange paths of our world. We, like sheep,
have gone astray.
We have trusted other voices and turned away from
your truth. In fear, we have taken your rod and your
staff and beaten down other nations.
We have selfishly laid claim to green pastures that really belong to you. We have usurped your role as gatekeeper
and not welcomed our neighbors. Forgive us we pray
and restore us all to your fold.
Assurance of God’s Love
Children’s Time Mark Hakes, Youth and Children’s Minister
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word: Revelation 21:1–4
Anthem “Psalm 23” by John Rutter Alison Wood, oboe
Sermon “A Dream of Real Partnership” Rev. Leah Benemerito
Hymn “Called as Partners in Christ’s Service” (#495)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer,
the Lord’s Prayer (with debts), and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory “Laudamus Te” by Antonio Vivaldi
(We praise you; We bless you; We adore you; We glorify you)
sung by Jennifer Graupman-Campbell & Gudrun Witrak
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise God all creatures here below
Praise God for all that love has done
Creator, Christ, and Spirit, One.
*Prayer of Dedication
*Closing Song “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” (#252)