June 7, 2015 ~ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Laurie Berner, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Constellations” by Jack Johnson
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship Thom Shuman
We gather in the presence of God:
who knows us when we wake up and when we go to sleep,
and in all the moments in between.
We gather in the house of God:
who has created a family for us, here as well as
in Baghdad, in Belfast, and in Nairobi.
We gather to be the people of God:
who appeals to us to follow in love, in faith, in service.
*Opening Hymn “These Footsteps” (#15 P & W songbook)
Unison Prayer of Confession
Most merciful God, we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. Have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and follow in your way. Amen.
Assurance of God’s Forgiveness
Blessing of the Adoption of Mark & Crystal Kaczmarczyk by Barb Hanka
Song “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan
Children’s Time Mark Hakes, Youth & Children’s Minister
Presentation of Blankets to Our High School Seniors
Children of God, you are wrapped in loving arms of family and friends. May these blankets, which represent the continued love and support from your homes and this congregation, remind you of God’s love that surrounds you now and in all the days to come. Blessings to each of you at this landmark in your lives; may God warm, comfort, and protect you on your journey.
Senior Slide Show & Song “Every Long Journey” by Ann Reed
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Hebrew Scriptures: Psalm 139:1–18
Anthem “A Gaelic Blessing” by John Rutter
Sermon “Woven Together”
Hymn “Take My Life, God, Let It Be” (#448)
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 “Ring Them Bells” by Bob Dylan
*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.
*Prayer of Dedication
Sharing Communion Together
Our vision is to be an accessible, open and affirming community growing in Christian faith, committed to peace and justice, and reaching out in healing love to all of creation, including all people, respecting and valuing the diversity of people’s sexual orientation, race, culture, gender, age, opinions, and physical and mental abilities.
Song during Communion “The River” by Garth Brooks
*Closing Hymn “Go, My Children, with My Blessing” (#82)