March 8, 2015 ~ 10:30am
Third Sunday of Lent
The People of Peace Church
Jill Pospisil, Lay Leader
Maggie Fink, ASL Interpreter
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells and Candles Lit by Acolytes
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship adapted from Thom Shuman
The morning stars profess God’s glory:
the waking birds harmonize a refrain of grace.
The sun warms us with God’s hope, the night sky whispers peace to our sleepy souls:
creation’s voice echoes continually in our hearts, reminding us of God’s steadfast love.
Our wisdom is shattered by God’s absurd love, God’s vulnerability strengthens our feeble faith:
God’s word places joy in our hearts and sends us out into the world to work for justice and peace.
*Opening Hymn “God of Grace and God of Glory” (#436)
Unison Prayer of Confession based on Psalm 19
With hearts of sorrow, we come before you, O God, to confess what you already know—we have failed to keep your laws. Again and again, we have followed our own will, rather than your holy and life-giving way for our lives.
Forgive us, O God, and cleanse us from hidden faults, that the words of our mouths, and the meditations
of all our hearts, may be acceptable to you, our Rock
and our Redeemer.
Assurance of God’s Love
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Hebrew Scriptures: Exodus 20:1-17
Anthem “Lead Me Home” by Stephen Paulus
Mark Hakes, soloist
God’s Word in the Gospel: John 2:13-22
Sermon “Centrifugal Force”
Hymn “Before Your Cross” (#191)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer by Jackie Falk, the Lord’s Prayer (with debts) and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory “Beautiful Savior”
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
*Closing Song “Guide My Feet” (#497)
*Candles Extinguished by Acolytes