July 19, 2015 ~ 8:30am and 10:30 am
The People of Peace Church
Denise Hamsher, Lay Leader (8:30 service)
Leslie Williamson White, Special Music (8:30 service)
Nettie Bothwell, Lay Leader (10:30 service)
Karen Sheldon, ASL Interpreter (10:30 service)
Diane & Mike Swanoski, Special Music (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 adapted from Thom Schuman
Neighbors and newcomers, families and strangers,
we gather in this place built by God’s steadfast love.
Strugglers and stragglers, pilgrims almost at the end of the journey,
each of us seeks to live in the way of Jesus, the compassionate One.
Builders of bridges in fractured communities, those who stand on either side of walls of fear,
the Spirit of faithfulness calls us home to live as one people – God’s people!
*Opening Hymn “Christ is Made the Sure Foundation” (#400)
Unison Prayer of Confession
Steadfast God, we confess that we are so busy putting up walls between ourselves and others, we cannot see the home you are building for all of us. We spend so much time noting the differences between us and others, while you are embracing everyone as your child. We run to welcome those who look, talk, and act like us, and you throw open your doors to the stranger, the alien, in our midst.
Forgive us, Faithful Heart. By your grace, help us to see the household you are building for all people: there are no plastic protectors on the furniture, there are no rooms that are off-limits, and even the smallest child is welcome to sit at the big peoples’ table and be fed by your grace. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, our peace, our hope, our Lord, our Savior.
Assurance of God’s Forgiveness
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Gospel: Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
Special Music “Serenade” by Franz Schubert (8:30 service)
Sermon “Like Water” Nathan Holst
Hymn “You Walk Along Our Shoreline” (#504)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer by Jackie Falk, the Lord’s Prayer, and Choral Amen
Sharing Our Offerings
Offertory “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” (8:30 service)
We give thee but thine own,
What e’re the gift may be;
All that we have is thine alone,
A trust O Lord from thee.
*Prayer of Dedication
Sharing Communion Together (8:30 service only)
Hymn of Preparation “Be Known to Us …” (#342)
*Closing Hymn “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness” (#286)