1111 North 11th Avenue East, Duluth, MN 55805
April 6, 2014 ~ 10:30 am
Fifth Sunday of Lent
The People of Peace Church
Ellen Shelhon, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Jackie Falk, Preaching (Read Sermon)
Prelude by our Worship Team
Jane Aas, Ron & Sam Deters, Dave Winchester, John Erickson
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship
We have come, come to lift up our voices and call out to God.
We cry out to the living God, trusting in faith that God hears us.
We have come, come together to wait for God.
Together we watch, watch for God to come in answer to our cries.
Surely God comes. Surely God’s presence is with us.
With God’s arrival comes love;
with God’s arrival comes generous blessing and forgiveness.
We have come, come to be gathered in.
Gathered in, into the Power of God that restores us.
*Opening Hymn “Morning Has Broken” (#29 red hymnal)
Unison Prayer of Confession Thom Shuman
We are set free by your saving grace, Generous God, yet we must confess how we are still bound by our pride and arrogance. We seem unable to throw off the grave clothes of our habits of sin. We cling to our fears, for they are so familiar and comfortable.
Yet, there in every corner of our lives, in every shadow we fear, into the cold embrace of death itself, you come, Steadfast Love.
You break the bonds of sin and death, calling us to new life through the love and sacrifice of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Assurance of Pardon
Children’s Time Cindy McLean
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Gospel: John 11:1-45
Anthem “Ave Verum Corpus” by Edward Elgar
Jesu, Word of God Incarnate, of the virgin Mary born,
On the cross thy sacred body for us men with nails was torn
Cleanse us, by thy blood and water streaming from thy pierced side;
Feed us with thy body broken, Now in death’s agony!
O Jesu, hear us Son of Mary.
Sermon “Jesus Wept” (Read Sermon)
Hymn “When Jesus Wept” (#192 black hymnal)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concern, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer,
the Lord’s Prayer, and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory “El Shaddai” by Amy Grant
*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.
*Prayer of Dedication
When we called you came. When we were bound,
you freed us. When dead, you called us to new life.
We gather these gifts and dedicate them to the work of
your love, answering cries of need, freeing the bound,
and bringing new life to all who wait. Amen.
Sharing Communion Together adapted from Rex Hunt
God is with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
They are lifted up in sacred celebration.
Let us give thanks.
It is right and good to offer thanks.
Holy is this cosmos, whirling, expanding, living, dying, yearning for abundance and freedom, imperfect holiness, reaching for a promise of wholeness, filled with God’s Holy Spirit.
We come to this table, an awe-struck people, conscious that as we take the bread and the cup, you O God journey with us.
In these 40 days of Lent, we also remember the love made manifest in the life, and death of Jesus of Nazareth. In his healing acts and radical teachings we recall the words he spoke to call forth love, care and respect for one another. Seeing that those he loved were sick, he brought us healing. Finding us wandering in despair, he showed us that our hope need never turn to dust. We are grateful for this assurance of love amidst human betrayal, care amidst hatred, respect amidst oppression.
And so, with Elizabeth who prophesied a birth, Martha and Mary who called Jesus to their brother’s tomb, and James and John who sought to follow in the Way, we continue our thanks and praise, saying: Holy, holy, holy, vulnerable God, heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
We remember… Long ago, so our tradition says, Jesus took bread, offered thanks for it, and broke it: ‘This bread is broken, as my body will be’. He handed it to his friends, and invited them to eat: ‘Remember all that I have been to you’. We remember…
Long ago, so our tradition also says, Jesus poured a cup of wine, offered thanks for it, and gave it to his friends: ‘This wine is poured out, as my life will be. As you drink give thanks for all I have given’.
Let us share this bread and wine as Jesus taught us, knowing that our lives are forever changed by this and every breaking of bread.
May the table-gathering of this people be blessed. May the meal shared together strengthen us in our witness of love to the world.
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, age, opinions, and physical and mental abilities.
Song during Communion “You Won’t Relent” by Misty Edwards
*Closing Song “I Want to be Ready” (#616 black hymnal)
*Postlude “I Hear Them All” by Old Crow Medicine Show