January 18, 2015 ~ 10:30am
Second Sunday of Epiphany
The People of Peace Church
Judy Hlina, Interpreter
Stacy Holden, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude by Adam Sippola
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells and Candles Lit by Acolytes
God is Revealed as We Gather
Choral Call to Worship “Give Thanks for Life” (#297, vs. 1 & 2)
*Responsive Call to Worship
God of the prophets, call to us today.
Call us into Your ways of love, justice, and righteousness.
God of the poets, remind us again how much You love us.
Sing to us Your ways of love, justice, and righteousness.
God of Jesus’ disciples, teach us how to follow You.
Teach us Your ways of love, justice, and righteousness.
God of all creation, help us to know Your ways.
We gather to hear Your call, to sing Your praise, to teach each other, to pray and worship as your people.
*Opening Hymn “Peace Will Surely Come” (#13 P&W songbook)
Unison Prayer of Confession
Most Holy and merciful God: we have condemned racial injustice, yet we cling to the privileges derived from social inequities. All too often we are blind to our complicity in maintaining systems of oppression. Give
us the courage to name our sin, give us the strength to claim responsibility for our actions. Give us the grace to pay the price for changing our behavior. Through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Prophets: I Samuel 3:1–10
Anthem “Love Is the More Excellent Way”
God’s Word in the Gospel: Mark 12:28–31
Excerpts from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” Speech
Special Music by Adam Sippola
Sermon “Dreams to Awaken Us”
Hymn “Precious Lord” (#472)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer by Jackie Falk, Central American Lord’s Prayer (prayer #10 in P&W songbook), and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory by Adam Sippola
*The Thanksgiving “Doxology” (#780 black hymnal)
*Unison Prayer of Dedication
Blessed One, we rejoice that these generous gifts will strengthen this congregation’s ability to engage in ministries of peace and justice. We dedicate them to you in gratitude for your Son, Jesus Christ, who showed us the way even when there seemed to be no way. Amen.
*Closing Song “We Shall Overcome” (#570, verses 1-4)