Peace United Church of Christ
1111 North 11th Avenue East, Duluth, MN 55805
February 9, 2014 ~ 10:30am
Fifth Sunday of Epiphany
The People of Peace Church
Mary Karstens & Owen Kellner, Acolytes
Doug Bowen-Bailey, Interpreter
Holly Bowen-Bailey, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Asikatali” – African Freedom Song
Wild by Nature: Beth Bartlett, Barb Hanka, Mary Tennis, Jody Anderson
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship ~ Thom Shuman
Called to be light,
we would carry God’s hope into the shadows of the world.
Called to be salt,
we would enhance the lives of those around us with joy.
Called to live in God’s reality,
we would welcome everyone as sisters and brothers in faith.
*Opening Hymn “Praise to the Living God” (#8 black hymnal)
Unison Prayer of Confession
We admit, Holy One, how in superstition, we will throw salt over our shoulders, but find it hard to flavor a world made bland by indifference. We dim our gifts to save our energy, instead of shining as long as we can in society’s shadowed corners.
Forgive us, and have mercy, Holy One. By your grace, heal our brokenness, so we might fix the shattered hopes of your world. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Song “This Little Light of Mine”
Welcoming 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.
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Prophets: Isaiah 58:1–9
Anthem “O Nata Lux” by Morten Lauridsen
O born light of light,
Jesus, redeemer of the world,
mercifully deem worthy and accept
the praises and prayers of your supplicants.
Thou who once deigned to be clothed in flesh
for the sake of the lost ones,
grant us to be made members
of your holy body.
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 5:13–20
Sermon “Salt and Light”
Special Music “You Are the New Day” by John David
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 “Dona Nobis Pacem”
*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 “You Are Salt for the Earth…” (#181 black hymnal)