January 15, 2017 ~ 10:30am
First Sunday After Epiphany
The People of Peace Church
Emily Engel, ASL Interpreter
Jane Rupel, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude: “Bound for Glory” by Tedeschi Trucks Band
Leon Rohrbaugh, Miles Rohrbaugh, Tom Wilkowske, Ian Connell, Dave Winchester, Wendy Durrwachter, Jessica Olson, Kirby Wood, Dale Shimmin, Peter Farell, Brad Bombardier
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells and Lighting of Candles
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship by Charlotte Frantz
We have been drenched in rivers of grace,
We have been splashed with holy joy.
When we were dipped in troubled waters,
All our burdens were washed away.
God’s Spirit shines upon us,
God’s Love shines from within us.
God’s power courses through us,
And we give God thanks.
*Opening Hymn “Choose to Hope” (insert)
Unison Prayer of Confession by Charlotte Frantz
Almighty God, we are your children. No matter how young or how old, we are claimed by your Spirit. You call us to live in your Beloved Community. How often we forget. We forget that we are yours. We forget that our lives are shaped by the strength of your love. We forget that You chose us to be light in a dark world, to be hope among the hopeless, to stand fearless when others are afraid, to love even those who hate us. Forgive our forgetfulness. Pour down your Holy Spirit upon us and strengthen us with your love. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Story for All Ages
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Prophets: Isaiah 49:1–6
Anthem “Adoramus Te, Christe” by Eric Barnum
Christ, we are thee, and cast our blessings upon thee:
Thou, who by thy holy crucifixion and through thy passion
Redeemed the world, Lord, have mercy on us.
God’s Word in the Gospel: John 1:29–34
Sermon “Tender Hearted, Tough Minded” Rev. Charlotte Frantz
Hymn “This Little Light of Mine” (#525)
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 “Take Me to the River” by Al Green
*The Thanksgiving “We Give You but Your Own” (#785)
*Prayer of Dedication
*Closing Hymn “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (#593)
This hymn was originally written as a poem for the celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1900. The poem was written by James Weldon Johnson, then a school principal, and it was recited by 500 school children. Five years later, James’ brother, John Rosamond Johnson, set the poem to music. It is widely regarded as the “Black National Anthem.”
*Postlude: “This Train is Bound for Glory” by Woody Guthrie