January 4, 2015 ~ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Ellyn Wiens, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers
Jane Aas, Ron Deters, John Erickson, Dave Winchester, Tim Carpenter
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship
Although the beckoning star heeded by wise travelers long ago
no longer leads the way,
the manger-born Christ is still to be found and followed.
We are not brought to our knees in surprise as were those journeyers of old,
yet our desire to worship can be as deep as theirs.
And though we do not bear gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh,
we offer ourselves and what we have.
The story continues. There is a living Christ to discover and worship and serve.
*Opening Hymn “What Star is This” (#115 red hymnal)
Unison Prayer of Confession adapted from Thom Shuman
In the winter of our lives, Tender God, our passion for following Jesus wilts in the chill of indifference. We could walk in the light, but tiptoe through the shadows of missed chances. We could gather the broken of the world to our side, but hold them at arm’s length from us.
Forgive us, Redeeming Grace. Jesus brought life and hope to all people. With grace and truth, he calls us to follow. Filling us with peace, he gathers us up and brings us home to you, serving as our Brother, our Savior, our Friend. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 2:1–12
Special Music “I Can See You Shine” by Gabe Dixon
God’s Word in the Hebrew Scriptures: Jeremiah 31:15-17
Anthem “Beautiful Savior”
Sermon “The Other Side of Epiphany” Tom Liddle
Hymn “Arise, Your Light Has Come” (#164 black hymnal)
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 “Little Bit of Love” by Jack Johnson
*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 “I am the Light of the World” (#584 black hymnal)
*Postlude “Long as I Can See the Light” by John Fogerty