May 10, 2015 ~ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Our 2015 Confirmands
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Spain” by Chick Corea
Leon Rohrbaugh, Tom Wilkowske, Mina Hubert, Dale Shimmin, Kirby Wood, Jessica Lilja Olson, Dave Winchester
Greetings and Announcements
Ringing of the Peace Bells & Lighting of Candles by Acolytes
God is Revealed as We Gather
Choral Call to Worship “God is Trying to Get Your Attention”
by Keb Mo
*Responsive Call to Worship Leader: Isaac Wilkowske
L- 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.
P – But for each generation, in each place and time, and for each seeker who travels this way, the road seems different.
L- 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.
P – 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.
L- We celebrate a new generation of faith, a new branch with its leaves about to blossom.
P- 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 “These Footsteps” (P&W songbook, page 15)
Celebrating Our Sunday School Teachers
Mark Hakes, Youth and Children’s Minister
Children’s Time “Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney
Andrea Brown, Sylvie Deters, Ellie Hoffman
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Prophets: Micah 6:8 read by Andrew Green
Anthem “What a Fellowship”
God’s Word in the Epistles: Romans 8:31-38 read by Andrea Brown
Sermon “We Believe”
Andrea Brown, Andrew Green, Ellie Hoffman, Ian Anderson, Grant Montgomery, Isaac Wilkowske, Sylvie Deters, Wyatt Carlson
Song “I Can See Clearly Now” (insert)
We Respond to God’s Presence
The Rite of Confirmation
The United Church of Christ Statement of Faith (#885)
Promises of the Confirmands
Blessings by the Parents
Song “May the Long Time Sun” (P&W songbook, page 10)
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer (using debts), and a Choral Amen
Sharing Our Offerings
The Offertory “You Gotta Serve Somebody” by Bob Dylan
*The Thanksgiving “Take My Gifts”
Prayer of Dedication led by Ian Anderson
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 “By Breath” (P&W songbook, page 1)