Prelude “Could You Be Loved” by Bob Marley
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells and Candles Lit by Acolytes
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Prayer of Invocation (adapted from Katy Hawker)
Once upon a time a wise man offered Jesus this challenge.
“What is the greatest commandment?”
The calendars on our desks offer but one vision of greatness; bills to pay, phone calls to return, appointments to keep.
Love the Lord your God.
The voices speak from our memories to give us but one command; children to bathe and partners to help, parents to call and grandchildren to indulge.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Undaunted by Its competitors, the Spirit purses us, lures us to new priorities; to enter nature’s spaces to experience wonder, to meet strangers who become friends, to daily devotion that immerses our lives in Holy Mystery to sustain our being.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself.
*Opening Hymn “You Are Salt for the Earth, O People”
(#181 black hymnal)
Unison Prayer of Confession, ending in silence
God of Goodness and Mercy: You created us good and we do not live out our goodness. Too often we are silent when we should speak, or speak when silence is wanted.
We have hidden from you rather than trust your protection.
We have done these things, we are doing all these things
and likely will again…we are human, but you promise not to leave us, but promise release when we turn to you in prayer…
Assurance of Pardon
Anthem “Holy Angels” by Sara Thomsen
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 2:16-18; Matthew 5:43-48; Matthew 22:34-40; Matthew 28:16-20
Song “Love is the Seventh Wave” by Sting
Sermon: “Living in the Way of Jesus; Taking the Healing Road Home”
Hymn “When Peace, Like a River (It Is Well with my Soul)”
(#438 black hymnal)
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 “Rivers of Babylon” by Boney M
*The Thanksgiving “Doxology” (#780 black hymnal)
*Prayer of Dedication
*Closing Hymn “Now Thank We All Our God” (#419 black hymnal)
*Candles Extinguished by Acolytes
*Postlude Higher and Higher” by Jackie Wilson
(*indicates “please stand” if you are able)
Background on the Gospel of Matthew: Probably in the ‘80’s, CE Gospel of Matthew was written by an author unknown to us in the city of Antioch of Syria. The writer drew on other sources, Mark, Q, and some material unique to this gospel. The community for whom the gospel was written was small in number, but a socio-economic cross section of people living in the tough urban environment. The small group was in tension with other members of the city’s Jewish community. They resisted the values and practices of the Roman Empire. The writer saw Jesus as the fulfillment of the Hebrew Scriptures, and patterns Jesus in the manner of Moses.
The People of Peace Church
Andre Good & Zoie Jackson, Acolytes
Karen Sheldon, Interpreter
Marge Anderson, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Jackie Falk, Guest Preacher
Rev. Kathryn Nelson