October 29, 2017 ~ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Joan Peterson, Lay Leader
Maggie Fink, ASL Interpreter
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
Prelude “Dreamin” by Amos Lee
Sarah M. Greer, Dave Winchester, Ian Connell, Matt Prois
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells and Lighting of Candles
God is Revealed as We Gather
Choral Call to Worship “Halfway Around the World”
*Responsive Call to Worship (Adapted from Thom Shuman)
We are invited to share in Christ’s ministry of compassion.
We will widen our hearts so we might cradle
the lost among us.
We are challenged to learn more about God each day.
We will open our minds so we might discern God’s dreams for us.
We are summoned to let the Spirit be planted within us.
We will deepen our souls so we might grow in love.
*Opening Hymn “I Woke Up This Morning” (#85)
Unison Prayer of Confession (Adapted from Thom Shuman)
As you know, God our healer, we stand on the edge of your promises and hopes, yet cannot seem to let ourselves cross over into the life you intend for us.
We seek praise from our families, yet are unable to tell them how much we love them; we care more about our needs and desires than for the struggles
of our neighbors; we think more about the trash we read and see than focusing on the Spirit of wisdom.
Forgive us, Everlasting God. Renew our lives with your grace; restore our hopes with your vision of tomorrow; refresh our spirits with your joy which comes to us new in each moment in the gift of Jesus. Amen.
Assurance of God’s Love
Story for All Ages
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 22:15-22
Anthem “Be the Light”
Sermon “Layers of Love” (Read the Sermon)
Hymn ”I Want Jesus to Go with Me” (#490)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Pastoral Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer (using debts), and a Choral Amen
Stewardship Moment “Journey of Generosity”
Sharing of Our Offerings
The Offertory “O-o-h Child” by the Five Stairsteps
*The Thanksgiving “We Give You but Your Own” (#785)
*Prayer of Dedication
*Closing Hymn “I Will” (#7 P&W Songbook)