February 14, 2016 ~ 10:30am
First Sunday of Lent
The People of Peace Church
Marsha Hystead, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
(Note: There was a technical glitch in recording, so the beginning of the service was not captured.)
Prelude “Brandenburg Concerto #2, Movement 2” by JS Bach
Alison Wood, oboe; Kim Anderson, flute; Nathan Holst, violin; Greg Birdwell, cello
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
Choral Call to Worship “Pie Jesu” by John Rutter Soloist: Cathy Ameel
Blessed Jesus, Lord, I pray, in thy mercy grant them rest, grant them rest eternal, Lord our God, I pray thee, grant them everlasting rest.
*Responsive Call to Worship adapted from Thom Shuman
Jesus began his ministry to the world,
led by the Spirit into the wilderness.
As we begin our Lenten journey, let us be led by the Spirit,
even into the places of uncertainty and discomfort.
In those forty days, and in that place, Jesus was faced
with hunger, doubt, and temptation.
As we seek to live in the way of Jesus, we would be led,
even into the difficult and uncomfortable choices.
In the wilderness Jesus’ heart was refined and enraptured
in love for the One in whom he trusted. Jesus left the wilderness, faithful and obedient to God,
As we continue on our path to faithfulness, we will be led by our Christ into the beauty of God’s mercy, the sureness of God’s justice, and the wonder of God’s love.
*Opening Hymn “Out of the Depths” (#554)
Unison Prayer of Confession
We meet you here, God of faithfulness, our hands and lives full of all our foolish ways. We treat the strangers who walk among us with fear and doubt. We afflict our anger on those who care about us the most. We impose hard words on those who need to hear hope and grace in their lives.
So now we bring our hearts to you, Generous God, setting them down before you in hopes that you will mend them. As you hear our faltering words, we pray you would answer us with your forgiving love. And as you forgive us, may we go forth with lives abundant and generous towards others. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Celebrating the Baptism of Coralie Talia Nusbaum
Hymn “For the Beauty of the Earth” (#28)
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 Sprit may we continue to grow together in God’s knowledge and love and be witnesses of our risen Savior.
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Hebrew Scriptures: Psalm 130
Anthem “Out of the Deep” (Psalm 130) by John Rutter
God’s Word in the Gospel: Luke 4:1–13
Sermon “Illuminating Whispers” Jackie Falk, Minister for Faith Formation
Hymn “The Lone Wild Bird” (#31 P&W songbook)
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 “The Lord is My Shepherd” by John Rutter
*The Thanksgiving “Doxology” (#780)
*Prayer of Dedication
*Closing Hymn “My Shepherd is the the Living God” (#247)