January 3, 2016 ~ 8:30am & 10:30am
Second Sunday of Christmas
The People of Peace Church
Annette Strom, Lay Leader (8:30 service)
Jim Larson, Special Music (8:30 service)
Jane Rupel, Lay Leader (10:30 service)
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship
In the beginning, there was the Word;
the Word was in God’s presence, and the Word was God.
The Word was present to God from the beginning. Through the Word all things came into being—
In the Word was life, and that life was humanity’s light—
And the Word became flesh and stayed for a little while among us.
We saw the Word’s glory—
the favor and position a parent gives an only child—
filled with grace, filled with truth.
Let us rejoice in the Word!
*Opening Hymn “Morning Has Broken” (#11 P&W songbook)
Responsive Prayer of Confession
When we close our eyes to the Light of the World, struggling to shine light on the lives of all who are poor and oppressed:
Lord, have mercy.
When we close our ears to the Wisdom of God, struggling to be heard above hate-filled words and fear-filled rhetoric:
Christ, have mercy.
When we close our hearts to the Glory of God, which is known fully only in a world of peace where all creation thrives:
Lord, have mercy.
Assurance of God’s Love
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in Hebrew Scriptures: Jeremiah 31:7–14
God’s Word in the Gospel: John 1:1–18
Sermon “The Word Among Us”
Hymn “I Am the Light of the World” (#584)
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
*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
Sharing Communion Together (see insert)
Our vision is to be an accessible, open and affirming community growing in Christian faith, committed to peace and justice, and reaching out in healing love to all of creation, including all people, respecting and valuing the diversity of people’s sexual orientation, race, culture, gender, age, opinions, and physical and mental abilities.
adapted from Thom Shuman
Words of Welcome
As we begin this year with hope, we remember Christ’s promise
to be with us always, even as we tell of that mystery we call faith.
At the beginning of time, Christ was the Word of creation;
at the right time, Christ was the Word of redemption;
at the end of time, Christ will be the Word who brings us home.
Words of Remembrance
Prayer of Consecration
In this time, in this place, with these people, we come to your Table, Gatherer of your children.
The simple gifts we take for granted, the bread which has been a staple of life, the cup which refreshes us
when we thirst, you transform into imaginative grace, the Meal which is blessed by the presence of your Spirit of power and peace.
You bring us from every point on the compass—young and old, the mother with her son, the grandfather balancing the girl on his knee, those who run circles around us, and those who point the way with their canes—welcoming that great parade of your children who come with outstretched hearts to receive every blessing imaginable.
And when our beginning has come to your fullness, when we come, our faces glowing with wonder,
our voices ringing with the songs of freedom, we will gather around your Table in heaven,
comfort and gladness our eternal inheritance from you, God in Community, Holy in One. Amen.
Sharing the Bread and the Cup Together
Prayer of Thanksgiving
*Closing Song “Arise, Your Light Is Come” (#164)