April 17, 2016 ~ 10:30am
Fourth Sunday of Easter
The People of Peace Church
Doug Bowen-Bailey, ASL Interpreter
Lynn Watson, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Way Down in the Hole” by Tom Waits
Leon Rohrbaugh, Tom Wilkowske, Dave Winchester, Dan Shepard, Jessica Olson, Kirby Wood, Brad Bombardier, Dale Shimmin
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells and Candles Lit by Acolytes
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship
Shepherd God, you take such good care of us!
You make life flourish from the inside out.
You refresh us with your spirit of living water.
You give us safe sanctuary, time to catch our breath,
And send us rejoicing in the right direction again.
Even when the way goes through the darkest valley,
You go before and beside us, to lead and to comfort
us, and we need not be afraid, not even of death.
You prepare for us a meal of reconciliation to share
with all, and our relationships overflow with blessing
for being at your table.
Surely your goodness and mercy go wherever we go,
and there is no place in the world where we are not
at home with you.
*Opening Hymn “Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us” (#252)
Unison Prayer of Confession
God of life and death, we confess that at times we are not alive to the possibilities you offer. In the midst of pain, confusion and fear, we find no reason to hope.
We despair or we blame others, but do not turn to you for help. Forgive us. Set us on your path of love and liberation. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Psalms: Psalm 23
Anthem “The 23rd Psalm” by Bobby McFerrin
God’s Word in the Gospel: John 10:22-30
Sermon “Shepherding God”
Hymn “My Shepherd is the Living God” (#247)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Shared Ministry Mission Moment Guy Hubert
Dedication of Our Shared Ministry Forms
Music “Space Captain” by Joe Cocker
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer by Jackie Falk, the Lord’s Prayer (prayer #8 in P&W Songbook) and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory “Whenever God Shines His Light” by Van Morrison
*The Thanksgiving (Doxology)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God all creatures here below;
Praise God for all that love has done;
Creator, Christ and Spirit, One. Amen.
*Prayer of Dedication
*Closing Hymn “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing” (#76)