June 15, 2014 ~ 10:30am
Trinity Sunday ~ Father’s Day
The People of Peace Church
Maggie Fink, Interpreter; John Moeller, Head Usher
Corrie Ehrbright, Lay Reader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director; Doug Bowen-Bailey, Guest Preacher
Prelude Frost Bowen-Bailey; Jane & Peter Aas
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship
One: O Holy God, We know you, not as one, but as three.
All: One to create, One to save, One to sustain.
One: One’s sufficient; two’s company; three’s community.
All: As Three, you expose our self-reliance;
As Three, you break open our exclusivity;
As Three, you bless us into unity.
One: One to conceive, One to die, One to resurrect.
All: We come called out of our individualism;
We come to enter into relationship;
We come into your Presence with grace-filled hearts
as your Beloved Community.
*Opening Hymn: “This is My Father’s World” (#33 red hymnal)
Unison Prayer of Confession by Thom Shuman
God of Glory, Grace, and Wisdom: you have made us in your image, but we do not always show your gracious face. We are called to follow the Christ, but fatigued by the stresses of our lives, we often do not have the energy or enthusiasm. And when we see the Spirit standing with the oppressed and outcast, we too often turn and walk the other way.
Creator God, Master of the Universe: have mercy on us.
Jesus Christ, Brother and Sister to the poor: have mercy on us.
Holy Spirit, Comfort of the broken-hearted: have mercy on us.
Assurance of God’s Love
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Gospel of Matthew: Matthew 28:16-20
Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally. Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”
From The Message, a modern Bible paraphrase by Eugene Peterson
Anthem “Let the Mystery Be” by Iris Dement Jane & Peter Aas
Sermon “Quiet Evangelism” Doug Bowen-Bailey (Read Sermon online)
Hymn: “Won’t You Let Me Be Your Servant?” (#539 black hymnal)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Litany of Recognition of the Gabriel Project (see insert)
Song: O God hear our prayer, O God hear our prayer, when we call answer us. O God hear our prayer, O God hear our prayer, come and listen to us.
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer,
the Lord’s Prayer (with debts), and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
*The Thanksgiving: 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. (#778 black hymnal)
*Prayer of Dedication
*Closing Hymn: “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing” (#76 black hymnal)
* indicates “please stand” (if you are able)
Projected Image: Icon – Holy Trinity by Rublev, Andreĭ, Saint, d. ca. 1430.
Desmond Tutu’s reflection on the Doctrine of the Trinity: “Isn’t it wonderful that we have this Doctrine of the Trinity that speaks of God as a fellowship, a community. And so, you have this wonderful image of the community that is God, the Trinity. So that, all eternity the One who is called Father pours out all of God’s being into the Son….and the Son returning from all eternity this love and you have this movement between the two that is so tremendous that it is God the Holy Spirit.”