May 1, 2016 ~ 10:30am
Sixth Sunday of Easter
The People of Peace Church
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Blowin in the Wind” by Bob Dylan
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship
In this season with endings and new beginnings,
our God comes.
Come, Holy God, and fill us with your hopes for justice.
In this Spring season of delight and wonder,
our Savior comes.
Come, Companion of the poor, and challenge us to share in the gospel of welcome for all.
In these lengthening days with more time for reflection,
our Spirit comes.
Come, Preparer of the way, to take us by the hand to walk with our sisters and brothers down the path to service.
*Opening Hymn “This is the Day” (#84)
Unison Prayer of Confession
Most Merciful God, we confess that 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. Forgive us, renew us and lead us, so we may delight in your will and follow in your ways. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Epistles: Philippians 1:1–11
Anthem “Alleluia” by Randall Thompson
Sermon “Sharing in the Gospel” Rev. Tom Liddle
Hymn “Won’t You Let Me Be Your Servant?” (#539)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Prayers of Blessing for Tom, Monica, Amena, Hannah, & Simon
Song by Nathan Holst
Return with a spirit of service
Return with a spirit of healing
Return with a spirit of justice
We send you with a spirit of peace
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer by Jackie Falk, the Lord’s Prayer (with debts), and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory “Saving Grace” 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. Amen.
*Prayer of Dedication
Sharing Communion Together
Song during Communion “I Believe in You” by Bob Dylan
*Closing Hymn “God Be with You” (#81)
*Postlude “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” by Dave Clark Five