August 20, 2017 ~ 10:30am
Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost
The People of Peace Church
Doug Bowen-Bailey, ASL Interpreter
Vicki Westrick, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Opening Music Ron Deters
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
Choral Call to Worship “You Are Welcome” (#19 P&W Songbook)
*Responsive Call to Worship from UCC Worship Ways
How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!
It is like a summer rain which restores the parched earth.
It is like a cool breeze at the shore of a lake, or through a crowded city street.
God meets us here as we gather with one another.
We have gathered to worship the Maker of Our Days, the Restorer of Our Souls and the Breath of Our Lives
Let us worship God together!
*Opening Hymn “There’s A Sweet, Sweet Spirit” (#293)
Responsive Prayer of Confession
When we try to go it on our own, lacking faith in God’s presence:
Lord have mercy.
When we have not recognized God at work in the faith of others:
Christ have mercy.
In what we have done and what we have left undone:
Lord have mercy.
Assurance of God’s Love
Celebrating the Baptisms of Vivian and Leland Anderson
Song “When You Were Born” by Cloud Cult
Story for All Ages “Eclipsed” Sherri Monroe & Nathan Holst
Song “Testify” by NEEDTOBREATHE
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Prophets: Isaiah 56:1, 6–8
Special Music “Give Yourself to Love” by Kate Wolf
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 15:21–28
Sermon “On and Under the Tables”
Hymn “O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come” (#175)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Mission Moment Gabriel Project Tim Peters
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer,
the Lord’s Prayer (prayer #1 in P&W Songbook), and
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”
*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
May we not offer you the leftovers of our resources and our lives, Blessing God, but let these gifts represent the best of ourselves as we seek to serve your people and your creation. Amen.
*Closing Hymn “Great is Your Faithfulness” (#423)