The People of Peace Church
Maggie Fink, Interpreter
Stella Molina & Anika Pfau, Acolytes
Peace Youth, Lay Leaders
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude Dave Winchester
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
Choral Call to Worship “Uyai mose”
Uyai mose, tinamate Mwari, Uyai mose, tinamate Mwari,
Uyai mose, tinamate Mwari, Uyai mose zvino.
*Responsive Call to Worship (adapted from Psalm 122)
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!” Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.
We gather with gladness in the Lord’s house on this
Children’s Sabbath day.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers.”
We gather to pray with our words and our lives so that all of God’s children will one day know peace and economic security.
For the sake of my relatives and friends I will say, “Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God I will seek your good.
We gather in God’s name, who claims us all as kin, to speak out and seek peace and justice for the sake of all God’s children.
Come, let us worship God.
*Opening Hymn “Like a Mother…” (#583 black hymnal)
Unison Prayer of Confession
God of all mercy,
We confess that we have failed to live our lives
as ones made in your image,
We have not loved each other as sisters and brothers,
We have not welcomed all children and so welcomed you,
We have left stumbling blocks in the way of too many children.
Forgive us our sins,
As a woman searching for a cherished coin,
As a father welcoming a beloved child home,
And uphold us by your Spirit
That we may do justice, love kindness,
and walk humbly with you.
Adult’s Time “Candle Time”
Celebrating the Baptism of Oscar Nevins
Hymn “Borning Cry” (#351 black hymnal)
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Hebrew Scriptures: Micah 4:1-4
Anthem “The Ground” by Ola Gjeilo
Wendy Olson, piano, and Charlie Bray, viola
God’s Word in the Gospel: Luke 18:1-8a (from The Message)
Reflection “Children’s Voices”
Hymn “Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord” (see insert)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer,
the Lord’s Prayer (page 10 in purple booklet) and Choral Amen
Sharing Our Offerings
Offertory “Teach Your Children” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Gudrun Witrak, Susan Larson Kidd, Kirby Wood
*The Thanksgiving “Take My Gifts” (#562 black hymnal, 1 vs)
*Prayer of Dedication
*Closing Hymn “I am the Light of the World” (#584 black hymnal)
* indicates “please stand” (if you are able)