October 4, 2015 ~ 10:30am
World Communion Sunday
The People of Peace Church
Betty Greene, Lay Leader
Maggie Fink, ASL Interpreter
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Heaven When We’re Home” by Wailin’ Jennys
Jane Aas, Ron Deters, John Erickson, Tim Carpenter
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
Choral Call to Worship “Prayer Song” by Ron Deters
*Responsive Call to Worship adapted from Thom Shuman
From north and south, from east and west, we come:
God’s people called to the Table where simple grace nourishes us.
From down the street to across town, or over the bridge:
God’s people are called to community, where we live and serve one another.
From little ones with sippy cups to elders with overflowing hearts:
God’s people are called to witness to God’s hope,
to offer peace to a shattered world.
*Opening Hymn “Sing of Colors” (#402)
Responsive Prayer of Confession from South Africa
For our failure to feel the sufferings of others, and our tendency to live comfortably with injustice,
God forgive us.
For the self-righteousness which denies guilt, and the self-interest which strangles compassion,
God forgive us.
For our failings in community, our lack of understanding,
We ask your mercy.
For the times when we are too eager to be better than others, when we are too rushed to care, when we are too tired to bother, when we don’t really listen, when we are too quick to act from motives other than love,
God forgive us and by your Holy Spirit make us new.
Assurance of God’s Love
Celebrating the Baptism of Tor Jorde
Song “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Epistles: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10
God’s Word in the Gospel: Mark 14:22-26
Anthem “Ubi Caritas” by Maurice Duruflé
Where charity and love are, God is there.
Christ’s love has gathered us into one.
Let us rejoice and be pleased in Him.
Let us fear, and let us love the living God.
And may we love each other with a sincere heart.
Sermon “Taken, Blessed, Broken, Shared” Sarah Holst
Hymn “Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ” (#347)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Pastoral Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer (using debts), and a Choral Amen
Sharing of Our Offerings and Gifts for Neighbors in Need
The Offertory “God Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts
*The Thanksgiving “Doxology” (#780)
*Prayer of Dedication
Sharing the Lord’s Supper
Come, for the Meal is Ready!
Christ invites us all to this Holy Feast.
As we gather this morning, we remember our sisters and brothers from above and below the equator, from the North and from Down Under, from every time zone around the globe.
As today’s sunlight inches across land and sea,
Christians gather to celebrate their place in God’s family.
All are invited and all are welcome. Come, for the meal is ready!
Loving and gracious God who summons galaxies into being,
we give thanks and blessings to you. We bless you for our world.
The diversity of our planet amazes us, from the prairies and pampas of the Americas, to the dusty deserts of Africa and Asia, from the majestic mountains of Europe, to the vast outback of Australia.
We give you thanks for the multiplicity of humanity with our complexity of color and culture yet called into oneness-of-being through Christ. With many tongues, yet with one voice, we honor you saying: Holy, Holy, Holy, god of love and majesty, the whole universe speaks of your Glory, O God most high. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of our God. Hosanna in the highest!
Loving and gracious God who surrounds creation with abundant love, we give thanks and blessings to you. We bless you for your love, made known to us through Jesus, which reassures and reconciles us to you, to ourselves and to one another. As Christ is our light to you, may we be light and love to others. Amen.
Blessing of the Elements
God, may this bread connect us more closely with you and with our neighbors near and far. Bless this bread, we pray.
May this fruit of the vine remind us of the inter-connectedness of people around the world. Bless this cup, we pray. May this simple meal bring us into union with you, your people and your world, united in the One Body of Christ.
Sharing the Gifts of Bread and Cup
Song during Communion “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor
*Closing Hymn “Blessed Be the Tie that Binds” (#393)