February 12, 2017 ~ 10:30am
Sixth Sunday of Epiphany
The People of Peace Church
Doug Bowen-Bailey, ASL Interpreter
Lynn Watson, Lay Leader
Wendy Durrwachter, Pianist
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude III. Danza del gaucho matrero (Dance of the Gaucho Outlaw) from Danzas Argentinas by Alberto Ginastera
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells and Candles Lit by Acolytes
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship adapted from Thom Shuman
You could have stayed in bed,
you could be eating breakfast out.
We have chosen to be in this place,
feasting on God’s words and trusting God’s love.
You could give a cold shoulder to your neighbors,
or move through the world shutting out the “other”.
We have chosen to love God and others
with more than just a sliver of our hearts.
You could be chasing after the world’s idols,
you could be watching television.
We have chosen to serve the One who blesses us with life.
*Opening Hymn “Awake, Awake to Love and Work” (#89)
Responsive Prayer of Confession
Today, we are given clear directions for life together.
Today, we are reminded that the power of life and death is given to us.
Yes, blessings and curses are ours to choose,
And the future is shaped by the choices we make today. Most Merciful God—we have not chosen to walk in your way. We have not followed your command to love one another as you love us. Forgive these hearts that have been led astray, and turn us again to you.
Assurance of Pardon
Story for All Ages Kelli Farell, Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Welcoming of New Members
We welcome you with joy in the common life of this church. We promise you our friendship and prayers as we share the hopes and labors of the church of Jesus Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit may we continue to grow together in God’s knowledge and love and be witnesses of our risen Savior.
Hymn “Won’t You Let Me Be Your Servant?” (#539)
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Hebrew Scriptures: Deuteronomy 30:15–20
Anthem “Love is the More Excellent Way”
God’s Word in the Epistle: I Corinthians 3:1–9
Sermon “From the Heart”
Hymn “Spirit of the Living God” (#283)
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 sung by Gudrun Witrak & Susan Larson Kidd
*The Thanksgiving “Doxology” (#780)
*Prayer of Dedication
*Closing Hymn “Amazing Grace” (#547)