January 1, 2017 ~ 10:30am
New Year’s Day
The People of Peace Church
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “In the Bleak Midwinter”
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship
Who have we come to worship this day?
The God who said, “Look, I make all things new!”
The God who declared, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.”
The God who has come to dwell among all people.
The God of all time and space.
God is here, God is everywhere.
Let us worship our God.
*Opening Hymn “Joy to the World!” (#132)
Unison Prayer of Confession
Creator God, on this first day of a new year, we come before you filled with wonder and questions. What is in store for us? In what ways will we grow and change in
this coming year? Where will we be 12 months from now? We bring our questions before you, trusting that you will journey with us in this coming year and will lead us in
new and exciting paths.
We also pause to confess our past failures, the things we have done wrong, the ways we have ignored you and your people. We ask your forgiveness, and for your spirit to pulse through us with the new life Christ brings. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
A Story for All Ages
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Revelation: Revelation 21:1–6a
Special Music “Sweet Was the Song the Virgin Sang”
(from the Sacred Harp, 1859) sung by Jennifer Boyle
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 25:31–40
Sermon “Among Us”
Hymn “Won’t You Let Me Be Your Servant?” (#539)
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 Star Carol” by Alfred Burt sung by Jennifer Boyle
*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
Song of Preparation “Come My Way…” (#331)
Music during Communion: “Coventry Carol”
*Closing Hymn Sing