May 3, 2015 ~ 10:30am
Fifth Sunday of Easter
The People of Peace Church
Karen Sheldon, ASL Interpreter
Betty Greene, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “From this Valley” by the Civil Wars
Jane Aas, Ron & Sam Deters, John Erickson, Nathan Holst,
Tim Carpenter, Dave Winchester, Dan Shepard
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 Erice Fairbrother
We gather as people of the Way
leaving well-worn paths that have brought us this far
to find new directions, discover new stories.
Daring to explore different horizons and new truths.
On the Way, life meets us, hungry for justice and peace
the Spirit calls us to see, to hear, and to act, finding new words
and the courage to speak
*Opening Hymn “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love” (#498)
Unison Prayer of Confession
Most merciful God, 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. Have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and follow in your way. Amen.
Assurance of God’s Love
Celebrating the Baptism of Andrew Flottum
Song “Jesus Loves Me”
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Prophets: Jeremiah 22:1–3
Excerpt of “They Have Threatened Us with Resurrection”
by Guatemalan poet Julia Esquivel
Anthem “When We Live in Jesus”
“Portraits of Resilience – In Resistance to Injustice”
Special Music “God is in the Roses” by Rosanne Cash
We Respond to God’s Presence
Welcoming of New Members
We welcome you with joy into the common life of this church. We promise our friendship and prayers as we
share the hopes and labors of the church of Jesus Christ.
By the power of the Holy Spirit may we continue to grow together in knowledge and love.
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer,
the Lord’s Prayer (with debts) and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory “Little Bit of Love” by John Cruz & Jack Johnson
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
Communion Service (see insert)
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.
Liturgist 1: At the Passover meal, Jesus took the bread, and he blessed it. As a Passover meal, he would have offered this Hebrew blessing:
Blessed Are You, Adonai our God, Eternal One, Sovereign of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the earth for our sustenance.
Liturgist 2: Then Jesus said—as he broke the bread—“This is my body, which is broken for you”. Breaking the bread was an action parable illustrating Jesus’s own willingness to be broken for the sake of justice. He asked of his followers: You, also, do this in remembrance of me.
Liturgist 1: The ancient Hebrew word remembrance did not mean “think about something from the past.” It meant, “Act in my behalf.”
Right Side: God of Oppressed people, when You remembered Israel in the escape from slavery, You did more than recognize their plight: You acted on their behalf.
Left Side: Jesus asked us to act in his behalf—as his feet, and hands, and voice—when he is not physically amongst the people. He asked us to be willing to be broken for the sake of justice, peace, and a compassionate world.
Song: “Peace Will Surely Come”(Chorus Only, #13 P&W Songbook)
Liturgist 1: After supper Jesus took the cup, the cup of the Passover which recalls us to our covenant with God and to the tasks that await us in achieving God’s vision of a just world.
Liturgist 2: Jesus blessed the cup, offering this
Blessed Are You, Adonai our God, Eternal One,
Sovereign of Existence, who creates the fruit of the vine.
Liturgist 1: In ancient Hebrew, to share a cup meant to accept one’s destiny as a person of God; it was a sealing of a covenant with others. Back then people did not put their hands over their hearts to take a vow. Instead they drank from a common cup. Drinking from a common cup that had been blest was a most solemn commitment—very much like First Nations peoples sharing a Peace Pipe.
Liturgist 2: Jesus said: “This cup is the cup of the new covenant which is consecrated by the shedding of
Right Side: God of Justice, Jesus recalled and affirmed Jeremiah’s prediction: someday there will be a new covenant written not on stone, but on the hearts of
Left Side: This was the Passover cup by which first century Jews recommitted their lives to justice, and to Your vision of Peace on Earth. Eternal One, in sharing
a cup we also recommit our lives.
Unison: Holy God, we drink of this cup in remembrance of Jesus. We seal this covenant with Christ, with You, with each other.
Distribution of the communion elements
God of all that lives, we will be the concrete expression of Your love, Your compassion, Your passion for justice. We will be the body of Christ. Amen
[Communion liturgy by Keith Roberts]
Song during Communion “Spring Winds” by Ron Deters
*Closing Hymn “Community of Christ” (#314)
*indicates “please stand