August 14, 2016 ~ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Doug Bowen-Bailey, ASL Interpreter
Melanie Lundell, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude Wendy Durrwachter & Brad Bombardier
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship by Thom Shuman
The One who commands the clouds calls us to be poured out for others.
We can, by faith, be the waters of peace which quench
the fires of hatred.
The One who creates mercy and hope longs for a world of fair play and grace.
We can, by faith, let righteousness and justice be our constant companions.
The One who is with us in every moment composes a love song for our hearts.
We can, by faith, teach this song to everyone we meet.
*Opening Hymn “My Faith, It Is an Oaken Staff” (#418)
Responsive Prayer of Confession by Thom Shuman
What more can we say, Expectant God, that you don’t know already? You long for justice for all people, but it is washed away by the flood of violence in our world. You hope that righteousness will walk with us, but you hear the clear cries of those we mistreat. You ask us to speak up for those in need, but we shut our mouths and turn away.
Forgive us, Righteous God. Have mercy when we do not bear the fruit we could. Even though we have not lived our faith to the fullest, may we receive the promises of hope and grace you have given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Assurance of God’s Love
Shhh, listen! Can you hear them? The saints of heaven—those who have gone on before us—are cheering us on as we run toward the finish line of our faith.
Thanks be to God! The victory has already been won for us in Jesus Christ. We are forgiven. Amen.
Story for All Ages Nathan Holst, Youth & Faith Formation
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in Hebrews: Hebrews 11:29–12:2
Special Music Kirby Wood
Sermon “Cheering Sections”
Hymn “Guide My Feet” (#497)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Pastoral Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer (prayer #4 P&W Songbook) and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory Wendy Durrwachter & Brad Bombardier
*The Thanksgiving “We Give You…” (#785)
*Prayer of Dedication
*Closing Hymn “These Footsteps” (#15 P&W Songbook)