The painting, “Spirit of Jesus,” by Katherine Skwira-Brown
May 15, 2016
The People of Peace Church
Judy Hlina, ASL Interpreter
Our 2016 Confirmands
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder
played by Leon Rohrbaugh, Tom Wilkowske, Brad Bombardier, Kirby Wood, Ian Connell, Jessica Lilja Olson, Dave Winchester
Greetings and Announcements
Ringing of the Peace Bells and Candles Lit by Acolytes
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship Leader: Ian Derauf
The journey of faith is a journey through life. We are pilgrims, travelers, making our way. We sojourn on the pathway of the saints. We walk the same highway and follow the same landmarks that led them.
But for each generation, in each place and time, and for each seeker who travels this way, the road seems different.
Today we celebrate tomorrow’s leaders, the heroes of a history yet to be made. We hold out our hands to them and beckon them to join us on the journey.
As they walk beside us, we may tell them our stories, but we may not tell them the way. We can tell them of our questions, but the answers must come from within their own hearts.
We celebrate a new generation of faith, a new branch with its leaves about to blossom.
Let us make a place for them and let them know that the family of Christ is their family too. Let us worship God together.
*Opening Hymn “Morning Has Broken” (P&W songbook #11)
Children’s Time Aggie Pokrzywinski, Lydia Peterson, Evan Anderson, Jackson Manthey
Special Music “One of the Ones” by Aiden James Brita Larsen and Isabelle Schomberg
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Psalms: Psalm 23 Reader: Parker Kleive
Anthem “Nobody Like Jesus” Soloist: Amy Koivisto
God’s Word in the Gospel: Luke 10:25–37 Reader: Ali Kruger
Sermon “We Believe”
Evan Anderson, Frost Bowen-Bailey, Ian Derauf, Sophie Fink,
Devin and Parker Kleive, Ali Kruger, Brita Larsen, Jackson Manthey, Lydia Peterson, Agatha Pokrzywinski, Miles Rohrbaugh, Erin Rudd, Isabelle Schomberg, Katherine Skwira-Brown
Song “I Can See Clearly Now” (P&W songbook #22)
We Respond to God’s Presence
The Rite of Confirmation
Promises of the Confirmands
Blessings by the Parents
Song “Holy Angels” (P&W songbook #4)
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer,
the Lord’s Prayer (using debts), and a Choral Amen
Sharing Our Offerings and Gifts for Strengthen the Church Offering
*The Thanksgiving “Take My Gifts” (hymnal #562, 1 verse)
*Prayer of Dedication Leader: Sophie Fink
Take our gifts, Composing God, and weave a song of healing for the broken, of nourishment for the hungry,
of hope for those who despair, and peace for those torn by violence. We sing our praises, as we offer our treasures, as well as our hearts, in the name of Jesus. Amen.
*Closing Song “Blowin’ in the Wind” (back cover)
*Postlude “Higher and Higher” by Jackie Wilson