November 23, 2014 ~ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Gretchen Karstens, Lay Leader
Karen Sheldon, Interpreter
Wendy Durrwachter, Pianist
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Gathering Music by Sara Thomsen
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
Lighting of Candles by the Acolytes
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship adapted from Thom Shuman
Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.
We glorify our God with songs of thanksgiving and joy.
God has done great things for us, filling us with grace.
God fed our ancestors in the wilderness, God clothes us with hope.
We will offer our hearts to God, always saying ‘Thank you!’ to the One who loves us.
We will sing our praises as we worship together.
*Opening Hymn “Come, O Thankful People, Come” (#422)
Unison Prayer of Confession adapted from Sheri Brown
Most Merciful God … for as far and wide as we have scattered this week, and for the scattering of others we have caused, take not your presence from us. But seek us out now and gather us in – we who are lost and we who have strayed, we who are hurting and we who have caused hurt, we who are weak and we who have weakened others – and set us right again. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Children’s Time “We’re Swimming in the Same Soup” The Peace Puppets
God is Revealed in the Word
Anthem “For the Beauty of the Earth” John Rutter
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 25:31–40
Sermon “My Zip Code is Killing Me”
Renee Van Nett, Doug Bowen-Bailey, and Louise Anderson
from the Health and Wellness Table, Intro by Lyn Clark Pegg
Song “I Was Hungry” Sara Thomsen (see insert)
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
Offertory “Will You Harbor Me”
Sara Thomsen, Paula Pederson, Gudrun Witrak
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.
*Unison Prayer of Dedication Ted Loder
We praise you, Glorious One, for what has been and is and will ever be; for galaxy upon galaxy, mass and energy, earth and air, sun and night, sea and shore, mountain and valley, root and branch, male and female, creature upon creature in a thousand ingenious ways, two-legged, hundred-legged, smooth, furry, and feathery, bull frogs, peacocks, and people. Bless this offering and be with all the brave, the lonely, the asking, the sharing. Amen.
*Closing Hymn “Now Thank We All Our God” (#410)