October 19, 2014 ~ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Holly Bowen-Bailey, Lay Reader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Caravan” by Duke Ellington
Tom Wilkowske, Dan Shepard, Dave Winchester,
Jessica Olson, Kirby Wood, Mina Hubert, Dale Shimmin
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
Responsive Call to Worship
“…It was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
On this Children’s Sabbath, we gather to praise God who created every wonderful child.
“People were bringing little children to Jesus in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ And he took them up in his arms, laid hands on them, and blessed them.”
We gather to follow Christ who cherished the children others would keep away.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
We gather to be moved by the Spirit that we might be partners in the end of oppression. Come, let us worship God — Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit!
*Opening Hymn “O for a World” (#575)
Unison Prayer of Confession from the Children’s Defense Fund
God of all, we confess that we love too few and too little. We fail to glimpse your image in each and every youth and child.
O God, in your tender mercy, Open our eyes to see every child and youth as a reflection of you. Open our hearts to cherish each child as we would love our own. Open our mouths to speak your word of justice to protect youth in harm’s way.
Assurance of God’s Love
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Hebrew Scriptures: Isaiah 43:1-7
Anthem “Pie Jesu” by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Jennifer Graupman-Campbell & Gudrun Witrak, soloists
Sermon “Precious in God’s Sight…”
Song “I Will” (#7 P&W songbook)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Mission Moment Kirby Wood & Naomi Christensen
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer by
Jackie Falk, the Lord’s Prayer (with debts), and Choral Amen
Sharing Our Offerings
Offertory “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder
*The Thanksgiving “Thank You Jesus”
Mark Hakes, soloist (with choir and congregation)
*Prayer of Dedication
*Closing Hymn “Go, My Children, with My Blessing” (#82)