August 9, 2015 ~ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Annie Harala, Lay Leader
Jane Aas, Nathan Holst, Patty Beech, David Hoffman, Special Music
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Our House” by Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship (Thom Shuman)
Watch what God does:
mostly God loves us.
We would learn a life of such love
so we might do as God does.
Watch how Christ loves us:
not with caution, but with extravagance.
We would practice such lavish love,
not noticing what it costs us.
Watch how the Spirit loves us:
moving in us, breathing love into us.
We would live such love for others,
keeping company with God
*Opening Hymn “Out of the Depths, O God, We Call” (#554)
Responsive Prayer of Confession
God of Grace, you call us to be different from the world,
but the world is seductive, and so we come here to be strengthened.
God of Vision, you hold before us an alternate way of life,
different priorities, different loyalties, different values.
But we know that the world is not only seductive but powerful,
and so we are drawn in to following its priorities, accepting its values, showing loyalty to its gods.
God who blesses the meek, the peacemakers, the merciful,
forgive us when we lose sight of these qualities, when we misunderstand their role in re-creating our world.
Assurance of God’s Forgiveness
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word from the Christian Letters: Ephesians 4:25-5:2
Special Music “Jealous of the Moon” by Nickel Creek
God’s Word in the Gospel: John 6: 35, 41-51
Sermon “Earthly Origins, Heavenly Sent” by Jackie Falk M.Div.
Hymn “Wonderful Words of Life” (#319)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer
by Jackie Falk, the Lord’s Prayer, and Choral Amen
Sharing Our Offerings
Offertory “Teach Your Children” by Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
We give thee but thine own,
What e’re the gift may be;
All that we have is thine alone,
A trust O Lord from thee.
*Unison Prayer of Dedication
May we imitate your generosity, Gracious God, as we offer these gifts to you. May we model your justice, as we seek to bring hope to the broken all around us. May we share the gift of your love with all who are alone and hurting, and simply looking for grace in their lives. This we pray in the name of our Bread, Jesus Christ. Amen.
*Closing Hymn “Guide Me, O My Great Redeemer” (#18)