April 3, 2016 ~ 10:30am
First Sunday of Easter
The People of Peace Church
Karen Sheldon, ASL Interpreter
Betty Greene, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Pretty Voice” by Cloud Cult
Jane & Peter Aas, Daryl Yankee, Ron Deters, Dave Winchester
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship
This is the day the Lord has made!
We will be glad and rejoice in it.
This is the day God has made; and what a day!
When God finds the places we are hiding and enters our lives.
What a day!
When God opens our hearts to new life and joy as Jesus calls us each by name and breathes peace upon us.
*Opening Hymn “We Live by Faith . . .” (#256)
Unison Prayer of Confession adapted from Thom Shuman
Hear the echoes of our locked hearts, Path of Life. We cross the borders into temptation and never seem to find our way back. We multiply the sorrows of others by our hurtful words and the harmful deeds we do. We see the ones you would give us to serve, but believe we do not have the abilities to care for them.
Have mercy on us, God whose Breath gives us life. Walk through the closed doors of our worries and doubts tostand in our midst, offering us that grace which can heal us, that hope which can enliven us, and that faith which enables us to follow Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Assurance of Pardon
Children’s Time “The Temptation” performed by Peace Puppets
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Gospel: John 20:19–31
Special Music “Have a Little Faith in Me” by John Hiatt
Sermon “Room for Doubt”
Hymn “These Things Did Thomas Count as Real” (#254)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concern, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer by Jackie Falk, the Lord’s Prayer and Choral Amen
Mission Moment Laurie Berner, Shared Ministries
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory “I Believe in You” by Neil Young
*Song of Thanksgiving “Doxology” (#780)
*Prayer of Dedication
Sharing Communion Together (insert)
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.
Song During Communion “Ain’t it Enough”
by Old Crow Medicine Show
*Closing Hymn “Peace I Leave with You My Friends” (#249)
*Postlude “Spring Winds” by Ron Deters