September 7, 2014 ~ 10:30am
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
The People of Peace Church
Maggie Fink, Interpreter; Mike Schrage, Lay Reader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director; Jackie Falk, Preacher
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude by our Worship Team: Jane Aas, Tim Carpenter, Ron & Sam Deters, John Erickson, Dave Winchester
Slide Show: Summer 2014 Activities
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
Dedication of the Praise and Worship Songbook
Choral Call to Worship “Sanctuary” (page 14, P & W Songbook)
*Responsive Call to Worship adapted from Thom Shuman
God has called us to this place. What do you see?
We see people who model for us, God’s joyous and forgiving embrace of all people.
God has brought us to this place. What do you hear?
We hear God’s hope that we are able to see each person as our sister or brother.
God has challenged us to open our lives and hearts to others. What will you do?
We will do only one thing: welcome everyone in God’s name!
*Opening Hymn “This is the Day” (#84)
Unison Prayer of Confession based on Psalm 119:33-40
Forgive hearts consumed with selfish gain. Turn our hearts toward love for others. Forgive eyes gazing at lifeless things of this world. Turn our eyes toward your presence, your action, within us and around us. Forgive hands that push people away. Turn our hands to welcome the stranger, the outcast, and the enemy. Forgive feet kicking up dust on dead-end roads. Turn our feet onto your path of righteousness and life. By the grace of the forgiving, transforming One—Jesus Christ—forgive us, turn us, O God.
Assurance of God’s Love
Children’s Time: presentation of Bibles to children in Kindergarten
Order of Affirmation of Licensure and Installation to
Licensed Ministry of Jackie Falk
Unison Response from Congregation: We, the members of Peace, receive Jackie Falk as our licensed minister for the Ministry of Faith Formation, promising to labor with her in the ministry of the gospel and to give her due honor and support. We gather with her and with the United Church of Christ as a sign of our mutual ministry in Christ’s name.
Presentation of Gifts
Hymn “Thuma Mina” (Send Me, Lord) (#360)
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20
Anthem “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me”
Sermon “And it’s too beautiful to miss. Don’t miss it.”
Hymn “All My Days” (see insert)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer,
the Lord’s Prayer (with debts), and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory “I Can Tell We are Gonna Be Friends” by Jack Johnson
*The Thanksgiving (#778)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God for all that love has done;
Creator, Christ, and Spirit, One.
*Prayer of Dedication
Sharing Communion Together
Our vision is to be an accessible, open and affirming community growing in Christian faith, committed to peace and justice, and reaching out in healing love to all of creation, including all people, respecting and valuing the diversity of people’s sexual orientation, race, culture, gender, age, opinions, and physical and mental abilities.
Sharing of the Bread and the Cup “Gravity” by John Mayer
*Closing Hymn “Sweet, Sweet Spirit” (#293)
*Benediction & Postlude