August 27, 2017 ~ 10:30am
Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost
The People of Peace Church
Karen Sheldon, ASL Interpreter
Kelli Hallsten-Erickson, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
(Unfortunately, there was no recording made of this service.)
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship adapted from Thom Schuman
Give thanks to God with all your hearts.
We will hold nothing back from our God.
Sing full-throated praises to our God.
We will join in the chorus of thanksgiving for
God’s abiding love.
Glorify God and that Word we know as Jesus Christ.
We will worship our God with wonder and joy.
*Opening Hymn “The Church of Christ” (#306)
Unison Prayer of Confession adapted from Thom Schuman
We confess our struggle to be transformed into disciples, God of mystery. The desires of the world would shape us into people you would not recognize. The demands of our society pull us away from your heart. Our culture values the rich, the powerful, the successful, but you are a Messiah on the side of the weak, the poor, the outcast, and the oppressed.
Forgive us, Merciful God, for looking for you in all the wrong places. Reawaken us with your voice that calls us to service; revive our weary hearts with your vision of creation; refresh our fatigued spirits that we might boldly proclaim to follow Jesus and go forth to serve your people, in Christ’s name.
Assurance of God’s Love
Celebrating the Baptism of Francesca Grace Pine
Song: “Tell Me Why”
Story for All Ages
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Epistles: Romans 12:1-8
Special Music “Precious Memories”
sung by Cathy Ameel & Susan Larson Kidd
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20
Hymn “We Offer Christ” (#527)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer,
the Lord’s Prayer and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory “Love Will Guide Us” by Sally Rogers
*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
We will not proclaim our faith with our words only,
but with our lives and these gifts we offer to you.
O God, we pray that others might be transformed
by your grace, your hope, and your peace. Amen.
*Closing Hymn “God Our Author and Creator” (#530)