November 20, 2016 ~ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Judy Hlina, ASL Interpreter
Hope Connell, Lay Leader
Wendy Durrwachter, Pianist
Rev. Sara Lund, Guest Preacher
Prelude “Sarabande” by Fisher Tull played by Wendy Durrwachter & Brad Bomardier
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells & Lighting of Candles by Acolytes
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship
Let us gather together in thanksgiving to God.
For God has made us and this earth which gives us nurture.
Let us gather together in gratitude for one another.
For we are the bearers of God’s blessing and love for the earth and her people.
Let us praise God, let us join hands, let us reach out in care and courage
so that the goodness of life may be for all God’s children.
*Opening Hymn “Come, O Thankful People, Come” (#422)
Responsive Prayer of Confession
Our Creator, you have made an intricate and diverse world,
and set us to cultivate it reverently and responsibly:
Forgive us when we forget our connection with all of creation.
Our Creator, you have made a world of abundance and intend for us to share so that all may have their “daily bread”:
Forgive us when we lose the sense of hospitality and community.
Every day and all day let us celebrate your goodness:
Forgive us when we fail to turn to you in prayer.
Every day and all day let us shape our very lives by focusing our minds on what is beautiful:
Forgive us when we forget that you make all things possible.
Assurance of Pardon
Story for All Ages Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in Acts: Acts 17:16–23 (page 129)
Anthem “Draw the Circle Wide”
God’s Word in the Epistles: I John 1:1–4 (page 224)
Sermon The “Unknown” Benefactor
Sacred Dance “I Just Want to Thank You Lord” ~Gaither Susan Ranfranz & Annette Strom
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer (with debts) and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings “Beau Soir” by Debussy
*The Thanksgiving “For the Fruit of All Creation” (#425)
*Unison Prayer of Dedication
With thanksgiving and joy, we have returned to you a portion of the blessings you have given to us. Bless us and our gifts for your purposes.
*Closing Hymn “Now Thank We All Our God” (#419)
*Postlude “Rondo Allegro” by Beethoven