May 7, 2017 ~ 10:30am
Fourth Sunday of Easter
The People of Peace Church
Judy Hlina, ASL Interpreter
Lori Seele, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Have You Ever” by Brandi Carlile
Jane Aas, Ron Deters, Dave Winchester, Ian Connell, John Erickson, Tim Carpenter
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells and Lighting of Candles by Acolytes
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship
Shepherd God, you make life flourish from the inside out.
You refresh us with your spirit of living water.
You give us places of safe sanctuary, time to catch our breath,
and send us rejoicing in the right direction again.
Even when the way goes through the darkest valley,
you go before and beside us, to lead and to comfort us, and
we need not be afraid, not even of death.
You prepare for us a meal of reconciliation to share with all, and our relationships overflow with blessing for being at your table.
Surely your goodness and mercy go wherever we go, and there is no place in the world where we are not with you.
*Opening Hymn “My Shepherd Is the Living God” (#247)
Unison Prayer of Confession
The wrong paths to foolish lives and repeated mistakes? We know all too well where they are, Gate of our lives. Stirring up the waters with trouble comes all too easy to us, we confess. Forgive us. May our hearts overflow with hope, as you anoint us with healing oil. May we share from our abundance with all who hunger for life. May we follow Jesus Christ to the places of service and life with you forever.
Assurance of Pardon
Story for All Ages
Welcoming of New Members
We welcome you with joy in the common life of this church.
We promise you 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 God’s knowledge and love and be witnesses of our risen Savior.
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Psalms: Psalm 23 (page 633, black hymnal)
Anthem “The God of Love My Shepherd Is” by Thomas Tallis
God’s Word in the Gospel: John 10:1–10
Sermon “The Voice”
Hymn “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” (#252)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer by
Nathan Holst, the Lord’s Prayer (with debts) and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory “Simple” by k.d. Lang
*The Thanksgiving (Doxology)
*Prayer of Dedication
Sharing Communion Together
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 identity, age, opinions, and physical and mental abilities.
Song During Communion “Before the Deluge” by Jackson Browne
*Closing Hymn “God is My Shepherd” (#479)
*Postlude “Dear Prudence” by The Beatles