March 1, 2015 ~ 10:30am
Second Sunday in Lent
The People of Peace Church
Jerry Cleveland, Lay Reader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Jackie Falk, M.Div.
Prelude: “Pressing On” by Bob Dylan ~ Ron Deters, Dave Winchester, and John Erickson
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
Choral Call to Worship “Who Do You Say I Am” ~ David Hoffman
*Responsive Call to Worship
Let all God’s people come.
We will come and lift our voices to our God in praise.
Jesus says, “Come, take up your cross, the touch point where humanity and divinity meet and are bound forever together.”
We will come and take up our cross, trusting the One
who bears it with us.
We journey in the presence of God,
And we do not journey alone.
*Opening Hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” (#43)
Unison Prayer of Confession adapted from Bill Wessner
O Lord, You make great promises in your plan of divine love, but we lack faith and turn our minds toward human things.
You give us an everlasting covenant of right relationship and we turn away in pursuit of the world’s transient attractions.
You reconcile our trespasses through the death and resurrection of Jesus our Lord, yet in our lives outside these church walls, we may be silent and passive; we can be reluctant to live in the way of Jesus and give voice to his words.
Save us from the sins we know in our heart;
save us from the sins we hide.
Assurance of God’s Love
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Gospel: Mark 8:27-38
Anthem “Come Ye Disconsolate”
Sermon: Mark, the Gospel in which “for God all things are possible” ~ Jackie Falk, M.Div.
Hebrew Morning Blessing ~ David Hoffman
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer (with debts), and Choral Amen
Sharing Our Offerings
Offertory “Here Comes That Rainbow Again” by Kris Kristofferson
*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
Hymn “Just as I Am” (#207)
Sharing Communion Together
This is a season of many mysteries. We gather even as we wrestle with their meaning.
We bring the mysteries of our own lives with us, seeking truths beyond what we can see and know.
As we reflect on God revealed in Christ, so too do we reflect on Christ present at this meal.
Christ is the Bread through which we have life and the Vine to which we are connected. May this time of sharing bread and cup bring us to a new awareness of God’s grace embodied in Christ.
Breaking Bread and Pouring Cup
Sharing the Meal
Prayer of Thanksgiving:
We thank you, God, for your wisdom and love known in Jesus, the Word Made Flesh. Having feasted together at this table, may we be more mindful of the many ways you are sharing yourself with us.
By this same awareness, may our relationship with you and with one another ever deepen, and may your kingdom of peace and justice ever expand.
In the name of the One for whom we wait, Amen.
Special Music: “Gravity” by John Mayer
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.
*Closing Hymn “Blessed Assurance” (#473)