September 4, 2016 ~ 8:30am and 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Marilyn Mayry, Lay Leader (8:30 service)
Amy Westbrook, Lay Leader (10:30 service)
Doug Bowen-Bailey, ASL Interpreter (10:30 service)
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Greeting One Another and Announcements
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
Choral Call to Worship “This Place” by Nathan Holst & Steve Coll
*Responsive Call to Worship by Dr. Gary Boelhower
Come, People of God, to celebrate the rich diversity of God’s family.
We praise and thank you Creator God for loving us into existence as unique and particular human beings, each with our own talents, gifts, callings and passions. May we celebrate our differences and recognize our common humanity.
Come, People of God, to hear again God’s challenge to love without boundaries or limits.
We praise and thank you Mother, Father God for your overflowing and unconditional love. May we take up the challenge to reflect your love and care in our own humble service with hands and hearts open to all.
Come, People of God, to renew your commitment to be a caring community for all God’s family.
We praise and thank you Spirit of Love for calling us into community, for showing us through Jesus and your prophets and teachers how to wash each other’s feet. May we recommit ourselves to work for justice, inclusion and equity so that all God’s family may feel the embrace of community.
*Opening Hymn “All Are Welcome” (insert)
*indicates “please stand” (if you are able)
Unison Prayer of Confession
God of unconditional love, too often we fail to embrace the stranger, the one who looks different, or the one who challenges our own way of thinking. Shower us with your kindness and understanding that we might open our hearts and minds to
each other. Forgive us our narrow vision and help us see our differences as gifts, as riches of our one human family.
Assurance of God’s Love
Story for All Ages
~by Dr. Gary Boelhower
Dancers: Annette Strom and Connie Lindquist
Belonging, warm comfort,
A sense that I fit, a feeling that I am respected and embraced,
A heart knowing that says I can be myself in this place with you.
It hasn’t come easy, for many years I didn’t belong within myself,
I couldn’t fully accept the me that was yearning to be free.
And once I did embrace myself there were so many voices
Still calling me less than, not welcome, not allowed.
And so I rejoice in all the simple signs of belonging:
When you spoke my name
When you leaned over the fence with the gift of white peonies
When you listened to my story
When you stopped by with a plate of apple crisp and
your special recipe
When you loaned me your chain saw
When you cleared my sidewalk after the big snow
When you said the rhubarb was right on the lot line and
belonged to both of us
When you asked me to lead a prayer
When you said that faith brings us together and love wins
When you invited me and my spouse onto the dance floor
When you included me in the family photo
When you addressed the invitation to both of us
When you saw us holding hands at the restaurant and
smiled from the next table
When marriage equality passed in Minnesota and
the Supreme Court said “yes.”
With all the simple signs of inclusion and acceptance
I feel belonging,
a part of the whole colorful fabric that is community,
one of the precious threads in that rich tapestry of family,
with all the ways we are different and the same,
one human family together.
God is Revealed in the Word
1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 11-12, 14-20 ~ Good News Translation
4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. 5 There are different ways of serving, but the same Lord is served. 6 There are different abilities to perform service, but the same God gives ability to all for their particular service. 7 The Spirit’s presence is shown in some way in each person for the good of all.
11 But it is one and the same Spirit who does all this; as God wishes, God gives a different gift to each person.
12 Christ is like a single body, which has many parts; it is still one body, even though it is made up of different parts.
14 For the body itself is not made up of only one part, but of many parts. 15 If the foot were to say, “Because I am not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,” that would not keep it from being a part of the body. 16 And if the ear were to say, “Because I am not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” that would not keep it from being a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were just an eye, how could it hear? And if it were only an ear, how could it smell? 18 As it is, however, God put every different part in the body just as God wanted it to be. 19 There would not be a body if it were all only one part! 20 As it is, there are many parts but one body.
John 15:12-17 ~ Good News Translation
12 My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you. 13 The greatest love you can have for your friends is to give your life for them.14 And you are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants any longer, because servants do not know what their master is doing. Instead, I call you friends, because I have told you everything I heard from my Father. 16 You did not choose me; I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit, the kind of fruit that endures. And so God will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17 This, then, is what I command you: love one another.
Sermon by Dr. Gary Boelhower and Gary Anderson
Special Music “Somewhere”
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayers, Pastoral Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer (prayer #8 in P&W Songbook), and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory “I Will” (#7 P&W Songbook)
*Prayer of Dedication
Sharing Communion Together — All Are Welcome at the Table
Our vision is to be an accessible, open and affirming community growing in Christian faith, committed to peace and justice, and reaching out in healing love to all of creation, including all people, respecting and valuing the diversity of people’s sexual orientation, race, culture, gender identity, age, opinions, and physical and mental abilities.
Hymn of Preparation “We Are People…” (#340 black hymnal)
*Closing Hymn “We Shall Not Be Moved”