March 13, 2016 ~10:30am
Fifth Sunday of Lent
The People of Peace Church
Wendy Durrwachter, Pianist
Gudrun Witrak, Choir Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude sung by Mark Hakes
Greeting One Another
Announcements: Living into the Difficult: Race, Diversity & Duluth for All
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
Coral Call to Worship “Come All You People” (#39 P&W Songbook)
*Responsive Call to Worship
Come to remember this life is fleeting…
For we are Your passing guests, like all who have gone before.
Embrace all that God requires…
Do justice, love kindness, walk humbly in Your way.
Say “Yes,” to God’s only command…
That we love God with all our heart, our soul, our mind, our strength, and love our neighbor as ourselves.
Accept God’s call, not to our ease or to our comfort,
But to presence, and abundance, mercy and grace in our struggle.
Come worship God in whose image we are made, who abides in us and who trusts the wonder of creation to our care.
We worship God who will ask much of us and who will be beside us every step of the way.
*Opening Hymn “Sweet, Sweet Spirit” (#293)
Unison Prayer of Confession adapted from Thom Shuman
We would much rather talk about you, God of worship. For if we talk with you, we will discover how falsely we deal with others. We will see ourselves as those who do not live as your own children, but want to do everything our way. We will not realize how often we lose heart, simply because we are afraid to come near you.
Forgive us, Creator of fairness. Remove the veil from our faces, so we might see you in our neighbor. Take away the mask of our despair, so we might welcome and act towards your hope. Open our ears so we might listen to your Beloved, Jesus Christ, and live into his way into the world to serve others.
Assurance of God’s Love
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Hebrew Scriptures: Ruth 1:1-18
Special Music “Please Don’t’ Make Me Leave You” Dave Winchester
Sermon “Who Are Your People?” Dr. Jennifer Harvey
American Baptist Minister and Professor of Religion and Ethics at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa
Hymn “I Will Lift You Up” (#7 P&W Songbook)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer,
the Lord’s Prayer, and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory Ubi Caritas by Ola Gjeilo
Where charity and love are, God is there.
The love of Christ has gathered us together.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Let us revere and love the living God.
And from a sincere heart let us love one another. Amen
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Christ, all creatures here below;
Praise Holy Spirit, Comforter;
One God, Triune, whom we adore. Amen.
*Prayer of Dedication
*Closing Hymn “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior” (#551)