May 8, 2016 ~ 10:30am
Seventh Sunday of Easter
The People of Peace Church
Doug Bowen-Bailey, ASL Interpreter
Laurie Berner, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Bright” by Echosmith sung by Rachel Peterson
Ringing of the Peace Bells and Candles Lit by Acolytes
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship Thom Schuman
We come to this place of prayer,
for here we can bring our hopes and dreams,
our hidden fears and the doubts we wear on our sleeves.
We come to this place of grace,
for here we learn compassion and joy,
and discover how deeply we are loved.
We come with these people called the church,
to be blessed by the variety of gifts,
to live as one for our God.
*Opening Hymn “Bring Many Names” (#11)
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 or ourselves. Forgive us, renew us and lead us, so we may delight in your will and follow in your ways. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Children’s Time Nathan Holst, Youth & Children’s Minister
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 Acts: Acts 16:16–34
Anthem “Bogoroditse Devo” (Hail Mary) by Rachmaninoff
God’s Word in the Gospel: John 17:20–26
Sermon “Breaking Chains”
Hymn “I Was Hungry” (#28 P&W Songbook)
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 “That Wasn’t Me” by Brandi Carlile
*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
*Closing Hymn “There is a Balm in Gilead” (#553)