March 26, 2017 ~ 10:30am
Fourth Sunday of Lent
The People of Peace Church
Maggie Fink, ASL Interpreter
Brooke Tapp, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells and Lighting of Candles
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship adapted from Thom Shuman
Early each morning, God waits to greet us with
joy and wonder.
We awake to find ourselves enveloped in grace.
During the day, Jesus comes to invite us to serve.
We rise from our work and leisure to bring
healing and hope to others.
In the shadowed evenings of our fears,
the Spirit is with us.
The Light of life shines on us in every moment
of every day.
*Opening Hymn “Be Now My Vision” (#451)
Unison Prayer of Confession from UCC Worship Ways
Holy Jesus, we confess that we fail to question our own sightlessness. Being so sure that we “see”, we miss the truths you would teach us. With the poultice of your love, cure this blindness. Open our eyes to our own misunderstandings, our own failures, and our own faults. Make our “shadow side” known to us and help us to diminish it with the light of your grace. For it is only when we see ourselves clearly that we can worship you truly.
Sung Response “Give Me a Clean Heart” (#188)
Assurance of Pardon
Story For All Ages
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Psalms: Psalm 23 (p. 633 black hymnal)
God’s Word in the Gospel: John 9:1-41
Anthem “Ubi Caritas” by Maurice Duruflé
Where charity and love are, God is there.
Christ’s love has gathered us into one.
Let us rejoice and be pleased in Him.
Let us fear, and let us love the living God.
And may we love each other with a sincere heart.
Sermon “Right Before Our Eyes”
Hymn “Amazing Grace” (#547)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Mission Moment “One Great Hour of Sharing” Tim Peters
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer
by Nathan Holst, the Lord’s Prayer, and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings & our Gifts for One Great Hour of Sharing
Offertory Meditation from “Thaïs” by Jules Massenet, Nathan Holst, violin
*The Thanksgiving (Doxology) (#778)
*Unison Prayer of Dedication
One Great Hour of Sharing, O Lord God, is our song and our hope. Bless these gifts to the service of Jesus who shines in our hearts and illuminates every corner of this world. Amen.
*Closing Song “I Can See Clearly Now” (#22 P&W Songbook)