August 10, 2014 ~ 8:30am & 10:30am
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
The People of Peace Church
Zoe Simpson, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Down to the River to Pray” sung by Cyndi Gritzmacher & Jane Rupel
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship
The Spirit of God weaves the universe.
The Spirit of God hovers over this world.
God is in our beginnings and in our endings. God is in each moment of our lives whispering, “Do not be afraid!”
Let us join in worshiping the One who banishes fear, offers us hope, and invites us to step out in faith.
*Opening Hymn “You Walk along Our Shoreline”
(#504 black hymnal)
Unison Prayer of Confession adapted from Thom Schuman
In truth, God of silence and seas, we are more adept at making waves than calming storms. We find it easier to push people out of the boat, rather than make room for those who are different from us. And our lives are such a whirlwind of activity that we do not notice your presence or hear your sheer silence singing your peace to us.
Have mercy on us, God of patience. Grab hold of us to keep us from drowning in our oceans of temptations. Give us the words to speak of your hope to others.
Fill our hearts with your peace, which is nearer to us
than we dare to imagine.
Assurance of God’s Love
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33
Special Music “Let it Be”
Sermon “Staying in the Boat”
Hymn “Jesus Calls Us” (#172 black hymnal)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Song “Be Still and Know” (#743)
Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer (prayer #1 in Praise & Worship Songbook), and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
*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.
*Unison Prayer of Dedication
Loving God, take these gifts, and use them so all might know that your love, your life, your hope, your healing is near to them. Amen.
Sharing Communion Together (8:30 service only) Hymn of Preparation “We Are People on Journey” (#340 black hymnal)
*Closing Hymn “Down by the Riverside”
*Postlude “Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World”