November 2, 2014 ~ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Penny Cragun, Lay Reader
Judy Hlina, Interpreter
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Worship Team: Jane Aas, Tim Carpenter, Ron Deters,
John Erickson, Dan Shepard, Dave Winchester
Prelude “Wayfaring Stranger” traditional American folk song
Greeting One Another
Celebrating Our Peace Community Garden – FEET Team
Ringing of the Peace Bells and Candles Lit by Acolytes
God is Revealed as We Gather
Choral Call to Worship “The Spheres” by Ola Gjeilo
(Lord have mercy; Christ have mercy)
Responsive Call to Worship
Grace to you all and peace from God
who is, and was, and is to come.
We give praise and thanksgiving for the lives of all the saints who have gone before us.
We give thanks for the lives of the saints that we have known and those known only to God.
We too are part of this community of saints.
May our worship together bless us and give us strength to live the way that Jesus taught.
*Opening Hymn “For All the Saints” (#299)
Silent Prayers of Confession
Sung Response “Christ Have Mercy” (#752)
Assurance of Pardon
Blessing of the Quilts from the Ties that Bind Project ~ Jo Johnson, Brendan O’Neil, and Angie Miller
Holy One, We give thanks for the variety of gifts these beautiful Quilts for the families of the Steve O’Neil apartments represent: donations of fabric and money;
the faithful people who cut the squares, design the patterns, sew the tops, iron the fabric, make backs
and fillers, tie and stitch the bindings.
We celebrate generosity.
We give thanks for the fellowship of all who worked together to make the Quilts, the laughter, the shared stories, the joy of crafting something with one’s hands and heart for families in our neighborhood.
We celebrate community.
We give these Quilts as a sign of God’s love and blessing for each family that receives one, trusting that their
Quilt will be a source of comfort and hope in the
midst of beginning a new life with a place to call home.
We celebrate hope in the midst of life’s trials.
Gracious God, Bless all who give and all who receive,
for we are sewn together in the unity of your love.
And may we follow Micah’s call to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you. Amen.
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in Revelation: Revelation 7:9-17
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12
Stewardship Video: “Blessed to Be a Blessing” created by Doug Bowen-Bailey
We Respond to God’s Presence
Remembering Those Who Have Died this Past Year
Song During Slide Show “Glory Bound” by the Whailin’ Jennys
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer by Jackie Falk, the Lord’s Prayer (with debts), and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory “Ghosts in the Graveyard” by Jeff Black
*The Thanksgiving “Doxology” (#780)
*Unison Prayer of Dedication
Bless these offerings, O God, returned to you. Multiply and use them to bring the word and the touch of Jesus to this place and throughout the world. Amen.
Sharing Communion Together
Words of Welcome
How good and right it is to praise you,
God who gathers us around this Table!
You open your mouth, and creation’s glory springs forth;
You appoint the stars to glitter in the night; You establish the waters to nourish the earth.
You shape us in your image, calling us to be your children, to live with you in peace and joy.
We join our voices with those who await us in heaven, as well as those here on earth, forever singing your praises:Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of parables and peace. All creation sings of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Words of Remembrance
We remember how on the night before his death Jesus gathered with those he loved to share one last meal. He took bread, blessed and broke it, and shared it with them, saying “This is my body, broken for you.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying “This is my life, poured out for all.”
Prayer of Consecration
At this Table of gentleness pour out your Spirit upon the cup and the bread and on the people you have gathered here. We open our hands for that Bread which, broken, can make us whole once more, that we might offer our lives for others.
As we would encourage others who are searching for your presence in their lives, we drink of the Spirit of Love, that we might serve you and all people.
Sharing the Bread and the Cup
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Holy God, nurtured and refreshed, we welcome all those you send our way. May we listen to their souls even as we tell our stories. And when we are all gathered together in your realm, we will praise you forever and ever, Holy One.
Song during Communion “You Won’t Relent” by Misty Edwards
*Closing Hymn “Oh When the Saints…” (insert)
*Postlude “I’ll Fly Away”