July 9, 2017 ~ 10:30am
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
The People of Peace Church
Karen Sheldon, ASL Interpreter
Annie Harala, Lay Leader
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 Shuman
Come to our God, all who hunger for life:
for it is God who nourishes us at the Table of Grace.
Come to our God, all who are worn out by life:
for it is God who provides the rest we need.
Come to our God, all who are weighed down:
for it is our God who carries our burdens with us.
*Opening Hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (#506)
Unison Prayer of Confession adapted from Thom Shuman
We are so skilled at being in control, at taking charge, Sabbath-Taking God, that we are not very good at resting. We think we have to be constantly busy, so we have no time for you. We are trained to be extremely productive, and so create harried, stress-filled lives.
Forgive us. Help us to let go of our distractions, so you can act in us; calm us, so you can re-create us; help us to follow Jesus, not only into discipleship, but into blessed rest with you.
Assurance of God’s Love
Story for All Ages
Celebrating the Baptisms of Crosby and Flynn Engel
Song “Tender Shepherd”
Tender shepherd, tender shepherd,
let me help you count your sheep.
One in the meadow, two in the garden,
three in the nursery, fast asleep.
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 11:16–19, 25–30
Special Music “Pie Jesu” by Andrew Lloyd Webber
sung by Gudrun Witrak and Nathan Holst
Pious Jesus, who takes away the sins of the world, give them rest.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, give them rest,
Hymn “Softly and Tenderly” (#449)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer,
the Lord’s Prayer and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
*The Thanksgiving (Doxology)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God all creatures here below;
Praise God for all that love has done;
Creator, Christ and Spirit, One.
*Unison Prayer of Dedication
Welcoming One, bless these gifts with your Spirit.
Transform them and us into the balm that your world needs.
May we welcome in a new world of love.
*Closing Song “Lean On Me” (#23 P&W Songbook)