January 24, 2016 ~ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Maggie Fink, ASL Interpreter
Julie Flotten, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Dear Old Stockholm” (Miles Davis) played by Darin Bergsven
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship adapted from Rev. Thom Shuman
Loud talkers and silent worriers and lonely wallflowers:
God gathers us together to be the Body of wonder and joy, of hope and healing.
Bystanders with hands shoved into our pockets, fraidy-cats whose feet are frozen in place:
Jesus calls us to carry grace to outsiders, to walk with all those left behind.
Kids who never offer answers in class, bashful folks whose tongues tie in knots:
The Spirit anoints us to speak up for the voiceless,
to partner with those made poor to discover their gifts.
*Opening Hymn “Praise with Joy the World’s Creator” (#273)
Unison Prayer of Confession adapted from Rev. Thom Shuman
Do we make you laugh or weep, Gracious God? We sing that we are one in your Spirit, but cannot tolerate those who disagree with us. We affirm the giftedness of each person, but we heap honor on just a special few.
Forgive us, Creative God, that we dismember your Body so easily. May the words of our mouths speak peace to the brokenness in our world; may the hopes of our hearts bring wonder to those in despair; and may our love embrace all who are around us, even as we have been welcomed by your grace in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Assurance of Pardon
Children’s Time Nathan Holst, Youth & Children’s Minister
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Epistles: I Corinthians 12:12–21a
Anthem “Music of Living” by Dan Forrest
God’s Word in the Gospel: Luke 4:14–21
Sermon “Opening Words”
Hymn “Community of Christ” (#314)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer by Jackie Falk, the Lord’s Prayer (with debts) and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Rainbow Connection”
*The Thanksgiving (Doxology)
Hope in the God who reigns above,
Who holds us all in steadfast love,
Whose Spirit blows across the earth,
Preparing us for second birth.
Prayer of Dedication
*Closing Hymn “You Are Salt for the Earth…” (#181)