December 6, 2015 ~ 10:30am
Second Sunday of Advent
The People of Peace Church
Judy Hlina, ASL Interpreter
Penny Cragun, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Blood Brothers” by Ingrid Michaelson
Jane Aas, Ron & Sam Deters, John Erickson, Dan Shepard, Tim Carpenter
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells and Candles Lit by Acolytes
God is Revealed as We Gather
Song “Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn” (#107, vs. 1 & 2)
Lighting the Advent Wreath Candles
The Candle of Peace ~lit by Chris, Joy, & Fern Dunham
A reading from Luke 1:76–79
*Opening Hymn “Comfort, Comfort O My People” (#101)
Unison Prayer of Confession
Holy One, darkness surrounds us like a cold stone tomb, until your light bursts into our lives like a clear, bright dawn.
We cover our eyes, we’re so unprepared for your coming. Your light blazes forth like a white-hot fire, consuming all that it touches. How can we stand before you, O God?
The road that we thought was straight and wide is now exposed as a twisted, crooked path, blocked by a mountain of mistakes.
Where can we turn? Who will guide us back to the way of peace—the way that leads to you?
Assurance of Pardon
Children’s Time Nathan Holst, Youth & Children’s Minister
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Prophets: Malachi 3:1–4
Anthem “A Tender Shoot” by Otto Goldschmidt
God’s Word in the Gospel: Luke 3:1–6
Sermon “Making Ready”
Liturgical Dance “Waiting on the World to Change” by John Mayer
Annette Strom, Susan Ranfranz, Connie Lindquist, Sarah Jessico
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 “Bring It On Home” by Little Big Town
*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
SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION by Rex Hunt
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, which was once scattered as grain in a field, then gathered together and baked into a loaf; cup, which was once grapes grown on a hillside, then 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.
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.
Song during Communion “Little Wing” by Neil Young
*Closing Hymn “The Baptist Shouts on Jordan’s Shore” (#115)