October 8, 2017 ~ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Penny Cragun, Lay Leader
Judy Hlina, ASL Interpreter
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
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Prelude: Liechtensteiner Polka, played by Mike & Diane Swanoski
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells and Lighting of Candles by Acolytes
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship written by Rev. Charlotte Frantz
We gather here on sacred ground:
Sacred because here Spirit touched the lake and breathed life into rocks.
Sacred because here native peoples lived in harmony with the land.
Sacred because here immigrants found new community.
Sacred because here we mark seasons: spring and autumn, planting and harvest.
Sacred because here we celebrate birth and growing,
maturity and aging, beginnings and endings and a
continuity of generations.
We gather here on sacred ground.
*Opening Hymn “We Cannot Own the Sunlit Sky” (#563)
Responsive Prayer of Confession Rev. Charlotte Frantz
We come to you, Great Spirit, Holy God, a community brought together from diverse backgrounds. Some of us carry a memory of long ago settlements and life disrupted by invaders from the east. Some of us carry stories of selling and buying and hard labor and hatred. Some of us carry a vague discomfort about our immigrant background and the cost of establishing our communities in this place. It is hard to acknowledge these memories, stories, and discomforts. We cannot express to you or to each other these sentiments for which we have no words.
Forgive us, Great Spirit, Holy God. Forgive our willingness to be content with good intentions. Forgive our reluctance to listen closely to each other. Heal us, we pray. Heal our hearts, heal our lives, heal our community. Amen.
Assurance of God’s Love
Story for All Ages
Children’s Choir “Small World” directed by Susan Larson Kidd
Celebrating the Baptism of Natalie Liles
Song: “Lean on Me” (#23 P&W Songbook)
Welcoming of New Members
We welcome you with joy in the common life of this church. We promise you our friendship and prayers as we share the hopes and labors of the church of Jesus Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit may we continue to grow together in God’s knowledge and love and be witnesses of our risen Savior.
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Psalms: Psalm 19
God’s Word in the Hebrew Scriptures: Micah 6:8
Anthem: “Lead Me Home” by Eric Barnum Sharon Kirtley, solo
Sermon Professor Tadd Johnson
Hymn “Song of Micah” (#26 P&W Songbook)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Pastoral Prayer by Nathan Holst,
the Lord’s Prayer (using debts), and Choral Amen
Sharing of Our Offerings
*The Thanksgiving “Doxology” (#780)
*Prayer of Dedication
*Closing Hymn “Touch the Earth Lightly” (#569)
*Postlude: “The Happy Wanderer”