September 18, 2016 ~ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Karen Sheldon, ASL Interpreter
Phyllis Cook, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude played by Peter Farell, Ian Connell, Andy Fena, Jim Larson, John Erickson, Mark Johnson, Nathan Holst
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
Choral Call to Worship “Sweet Hour of Prayer” (#505)
*Responsive Call to Worship adapted from Thom Shuman
We gather together to celebrate the joy in our lives.
God’s love fills our hearts to overflowing with joy.
We gather, in God’s presence, to find comfort and hope for our pain.
God’s grace wipes our tears and knits our souls back together.
We gather together, in God’s presence, to worship God.
May God be with us in all our praying and our living.
*Opening Hymn “Standing in the Need of Prayer” (#519)
Invitation to Silent Prayer “Praying” by Mary Oliver
It doesn’t have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones; just pay attention, then patch a few words together and don’t try to make them elaborate, this isn’t a contest but the doorway into thanks, and a silence in which another voice may speak.
Time of Silence
Story for All Ages
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Prophets: Jeremiah 8:18–9:1
Anthem “I’ll Fly Away”
God’s Word in the Epistle: I Timothy 2:1–7
Sermon “Prayerful Living”
Hymn “There is a Balm in Gilead” (#553)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Recognizing the Staff of Peace United Church of Christ
Special Music by Beth Bartlett
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayers, Pastoral Prayer,the Lord’s Prayer (prayer #8 in P&W Songbook), and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
*The Thanksgiving “We Give You but Your Own” (#785)
*Prayer of Dedication
*Closing Hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (#506)