February 26, 2017 ~ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Judy Hlina, ASL Interpreter
Betty Greene, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Dr. Beth Bartlett, Guest Preacher
Rev. Bob Stevens
Prelude Matt Prois, Dave Winchester, Dan Shepard, and Wendy Durrwachter
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship
The glory of God transfigures the everyday!
The light of God transfigures familiar faces!
At the heights of our worship, may God’s presence shine through the common place.
At the depths of our pain and struggle, may God’s presence give us courage and peace.
May God’s light illumine all our days.
*Opening Hymn “We Have Come …” (#182)
Unison Prayer of Confession Thom Shuman
The radiance of your grace is poured out in every moment, Shaper of mountaintops, but we dull its luster by living in the shadows. We indulge in fantasy games and watch shows which claim to be ‘real,’ but we have trouble simply sitting in your presence, in your healing silence. We are so caught up in our own lives that we overlook those who hunger for acceptance and hope.
Revealer of mystery, forgive us. In silence, may we hear your whispers of grace. In mercy, may we feel your forgiveness lifting the burden of guilt from us.
In trust, may we go forth to serve your world, filling it with light and love.
Assurance of God’s Love
Story for All Ages Kelli Farell, Children’s Ministry Coordinator
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Hebrew Scriptures: Exodus 24:12–18
Anthem “Where is the Light” by Peter Mayer
Jane Rupel, soloist
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 17:1–9
Sermon “Of Clouds and Kin” Dr. Beth Bartlett
Hymn “Water Is Life ~ Mni Wičoni” by Sara Thomsen
Inspired by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all the tribes, nations, people coming together to protect the water.
“We are the river, and the river is us. We have no choice but to stand up.” LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Founder of Sacred Stone Camp
The chorus contains two Lakota phrases: Mni wičoni (mini we-cho-nee) — “Water is life” and Mitakuye Oyasin (mee-tah-koo-yeh o-yah-seen) —“All My Relations”
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer
by Rev. Bob Stevens, the Lord’s Prayer (Prayer #7 in P&W Songbook), and Choral Amen
Sharing Our Offerings
Offertory “Where Did Jesus Go?” by Sara Thomsen
*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
*Closing Hymn “By Breath” by Sara Thomsen (#1 P&W Songbook)
*Postlude “Hand It Over” by Keb Mo