August 24, 2014 ~ 8:30am & 10:30am
Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost
The People of Peace Church
Doug Bowen-Bailey, Interpreter (10:30)
René Montgomery, Lay Reader (10:30)
Jennifer Boyle, Special Music
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship adapted from Thom Shuman
Our help is in the name of God,
who made heaven and earth.
Our joy comes from the heart of God,
who transforms us into open-handed givers of hope.
Our grace comes from God’s compassion,
who breaks the bonds which tie us to sin and death.
Blessed be our God!
who reveals to us the One who brings us new life!
*Opening Hymn “For the Beauty of the Earth” (#28 black hymnal)
Unison Prayer of Confession
Mother God, be with us in the birthing of a world of justice and compassion. At times the pain is too much to bear. Our world has dealt so “shrewdly” with your people that your renewal seems impossible. Fears of economic uncertainty confront us all and seem to limit our choices. Fears of immigrants and strangers in our midst seem to require walls and we are all held captive.
We lament, Mother God, but we don’t push through our fears. Open us up to new possibilities that create a new world.
* indicates “please stand” (if you are able)
Assurance of God’s Love
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Hebrew Scriptures: Exodus 1:8–2:10
Special Music “Beau Soir” by Debussy
When streams turn pink in the setting sun
And a slight shudder rushes through the wheat fields,
A plea for happiness seems to rise out of all things
And it climbs up towards the troubled heart.
A plea to relish the charm of life
While there is youth and the evening is fair,
For we pass away, as the wave passes:
The wave to the sea, we to the grave.
Sermon “Midwives, Sisters, Daughters”
Hymn “Like a Mother Who Has Borne Us” (#583 black hymnal)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer by Jackie Falk, the Lord’s Prayer (with debts) and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory “Be Thou My Vision”
*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
Bless these offerings, O God, returned to you. Multiply and use them to bring the word and touch of Jesus to this place and throughout the world. Amen.
Sharing Communion Together (8:30 service only)
Hymn of Preparation “As the Grains of Wheat” (#783 black)
*Closing Hymn Sing