December 4, 2016 ~ 10:30am
Second Sunday of Advent
The People of Peace Church
Maggie Fink, ASL Interpreter
Marsha Hystead, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Peace Train” by Cat Stevens
Jane Aas, Ron Deters, John Erickson, Dave Winchester, Tim Carpenter, Ian Connell
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells and Candles Lit by Acolytes
God is Revealed as We Gather
Song “Awake, Awake & Greet the New Morn” (#107, vs 1 & 2)
Lighting the Advent Wreath Candles: “The Candle of Peace”
Jonathan, Lauren, Isaac & Owen Ballmer
A reading from Luke 1:76–79
Lighting the Candles
*Opening Hymn “Isaiah the Prophet …” (#108)
Unison Prayer of Confession adapted from Thom Shuman
Goodness Incarnate, we must confess that we have not lived as your children. We sit in our lonely lives feasting on bitterness, when we could be feasting with so many diverse people. We wait for all our desires to be taken care of by you, while you hope we would fill the lives of others with your grace and hope.
Forgive us, God of this holy season, and help us to be as willing to draw near to others, so we might heal their brokenness, touch their loneliness, embrace their grief, and love them as you did when you came to us so long ago. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
A Story for All Ages
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Prophets: Isaiah 11:1–10
Anthem “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent” by Gustav Holst
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 3:1–12
Sermon “Sprigs of Green”
Hymn “Lo How a Rose e’re blooming” (#127)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer (with debts) and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory “May the Long Time Sun” (#10 P&W Songbook)
*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.
*Prayer of Dedication
Sharing Communion Together
Our vision is to be an accessible, open and affirming community growing in Christian faith, committed to peace and justice, and reaching out in healing love to all of creation, including all people, respecting and valuing the diversity of people’s sexual orientation, race, culture, gender identity, age, opinions, and physical and mental abilities.
Words of Welcome
Words of Remembrance
Long ago our tradition says, Jesus came in the humble birth of a child, a child of amazing and divine love, a child of Mary’s ‘yes’ to God, a child of Joseph’s acceptance, a child of our humanity.
Long ago our tradition says, Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it and said: ‘This bread is broken, as my body will be’. And he handed it to his friends inviting them to eat: ‘Remember all that I have been to you’.
Long ago our tradition says, Jesus poured a cup of wine, offered thanks for it, and gave it to his friends: ‘This wine is poured out as my life will be poured out. As you drink give thanks for all I have given’.
Prayer of Consecration
Holy God, it is through the goodness and effort of others, that we have this bread and cup to offer…bread, that was once scattered as grain in a field and gathered together and baked into a loaf; cup, that was once grapes grown on a hillside and gathered together and pressed into juice.
May this gathering of this community of faith be comforted and challenged during this Advent season. May people see in us the courage and the generosity that characterized Jesus’ life. Amen.
Sharing The Bread and Cup
Come, for all is now ready.
Song during Communion “This Old Road” by Kristofferson
Through this meal you have made us one with You, the Source and Sustainer of all that exists. We rejoice in our human capacity to wonder and marvel, to appreciate, to rejoice, and to give thanks to you O God.
*Closing Hymn “The Baptist Shouts …” (#115)
*Postlude “Peace Train”