October 15, 2017 ~ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Ellen Shelhon, Lay Leader
Doug Bowen-Bailey, Interpreter
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Soulshine” ~ Allman Brothers
Leon & Miles Rohrbaugh, Tom Wilkowske, Daniel Pospisil, Dan Krause
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells and Lighting of Candles
God is Revealed as We Gather
Choral Call to Worship “Heaven Help us All” ~ Ray Charles
sung by Regina Laroche
*Responsive Call to Worship Thom Shuman
Here in this place, with these people,
we come to worship the living God.
In you, O God, we hope; in you, Creator of love, we live.
Here in this sacred space, in these very moments,
we are invited to the Table of Joy.
In you, Christ of the Way, we rejoice;
in you, dear Brother, grace is as near as your heart.
Here on this day of gentleness and beauty,
we are filled with the peace of God.
In you, O Spirit, we find our path;
in you, Teacher of hope, we learn to serve.
*Opening Hymn “I Woke Up This Morning” (#85)
Unison Prayer of Confession adapted from Thom Shuman
You would call us to your feast, Inviting God, but our busy lives keep us from responding. You remember every word we utter, every prayer we whisper, but we forget all the little ways you care for us. You would make your gentleness known through us, but we lash out in anger and fear toward others.
Forgive us, God of all hope. Help us to follow Jesus so we can live in your way. Through him, we can learn the dreams you have for us. With him, we can open our arms and embrace all the people we meet.
Assurance of God’s Love
Story for All Ages Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Psalms: Psalm 23
Anthem “Prayer of St. Francis” by William Beckstrand
God’s Word in the Hebrew Scriptures: Isaiah 25:1–12
Reflection “The Feast” Regina Laroche
“Bountiful” by Peter Mayer
Hymn “My Shepherd is the Living God” (#247)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Pastoral Prayer with Sung Refrain of “Heaven Help Us All”, the Lord’s Prayer (using debts), and a Choral Amen
Stewardship Moment “Journey of Generosity”
Dick and Linda Goese
Sharing Our Offerings
The Offertory “Brother”
*The Thanksgiving “Doxology” (#780)
*Prayer of Dedication
*Closing Hymn “Lord, Make Me More Holy” (#75)
*Postlude “Shine” by Mondo Cozmo