July 20, 2014 ~ 8:30am and 10:30am
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
The People of Peace Church; Steve Coll, Lay Reader
Jennifer Boyle, Special Music; Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Sara Lund, Guest Preacher
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Opening Hymn “This is the Day” (#84 black hymnal)
*A Litany – Affirming our Faith adapted from Katherine HawkerSelf
One: Holy One, You made us in your Sacred likeness, capable of great creativity and great destruction; we are called to choose between them. So You gather us in this place to name and to claim who we are and Whose we are.
Left:Respecting Divine Mystery beyond our human knowing, revealed but not contained, in the stories of our faith,
We strive to walk humbly with our God.
Right: Celebrating the fullness of Jesus’ witness rising from his baptismal waters at the river Jordan and embedded in the stories of bread broken and shared,
We confess the God made known in the one we call Christ.
Left:Trusting Jesus about the nature of God and following his example, welcoming the unwelcome-able, speaking the unspeakable, touching the untouchable, and suffering the insufferable,
We accept the cost and embrace the joy of living in the way of Jesus.
Right: Honoring the Holy Spirit revealed in the paradoxical, and open to the continuing revelation of our still speaking God,
We welcome the questions of our faith and celebrate the Spirit moving among us.
Left:Claiming God’s grace abundant in our common life,discerning strength in our mutual vulnerability,surrendering to our interdependence with all of creation,
We covenant together to cherish our questions, to invite our diversity, and to honor our vulnerability, always with the help of God’s abiding presence.
Unison Prayer for Forgiveness adapted from Thom Shuman
Almost casually we turn away from you, God of Spirit and Truth. When we follow those desires that control us; when we live for ourselves, shutting off the gifts of those around us; when we think we do not need to share love, hope, peace with others; when we try to achieve a solitary perfection never meant to be ours.
Forgive us, God of steadfast love. You have claimed our lives in baptism, so we might be set free from sin and be raised to new life. Just as you save us, so give us the strength to be willing to take up whatever task you give us, and the faith to be willing to lose our lives for others, so we might find life forever with you, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Assurance of Pardon
Children’s Time Mark Hakes
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word from the Epistles: I Corinthians 9:19-23
Special Music “Lord of the Dance”
Sermon “In Defense of Weeds” Rev. Sara Lund (Read sermon)
God’s Word from the Christian Scriptures: Matthew: 13:24-30, 36-43
Hymn “Sois La Semilla” (#528 black hymnal)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, The
Lord’s Prayer (prayer #1 in the Praise & Worship Songbook):
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory “Precious Lord”
*The Thanksgiving (#778 black hymnal)
*Prayer of Dedication
Sharing Communion Together (8:30am service only – see insert)
Song of Preparation: “Eat this Bread…” (#788 black hymnal)
*Closing Hymn: “Love Divine…” (#43 black hymnal)
*Benediction & Postlude