October 22, 2017 ~ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
John Pegg, Lay Leader
Doug Bowen-Bailey, Interpreter
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Sonata #2” by Biber played by Eli Bissonett
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells and Lighting of Candles
God is Revealed as We Gather
Choral Call to Worship “Gloria in Excelsis” by Vivaldi
*Responsive Call to Worship
We belong to God.
God’s stamp is on our lives.
God’s love and compassion is built into us.
God’s mercy and hope flow through us.
Let’s celebrate the powerful presence of God.
Let’s rejoice in all the opportunities God
gives us to serve.
*Opening Hymn “God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending” (#565)
Unison Prayer of Confession
Patient God, we are so easily distracted from what
you would have us be and what you would have us do. We allow ourselves to be claimed by the angry and hurting world as though we bore a stamp reflecting the hostility. You remind us that, from the beginning, your love has been available to us. Forgive us when we so easily turn toward ignorance and greed as ways of living in the world. Heal our wounded souls. Challenge us to be your people, strengthened and empowered to be those who bring hope through our words and actions. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen
Assurance of God’s Love
Story for All Ages
Celebrating the Baptism of Nikolai Hanka
Song “Borning Cry” sung by Barb Hanka
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Hebrew Scriptures: Exodus 33:12-23
Anthem “Et In Terra Pax” by Vivaldi
(and on earth, peace to all people)
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 22:15-22
Sermon “Flipping Coins”
Hymn “Take My Gifts” (#562)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Pastoral Prayer by
Nathan Holst, the Lord’s Prayer (using debts),
and a Choral Amen
Stewardship Moment “Journey of Generosity” Mike Schrage
Sharing of Our Offerings
The Offertory “Vocalise” by Rachmaninoff
*The Thanksgiving “We Give You but Your Own” (#785)
*Prayer of Dedication
*Closing Hymn “These Footsteps” (#15 P&W Songbook)
*Postlude “Sonata in e minor” by Mozart