March 10, 2019 ~ 10:30am

The People of Peace Church
Karen Sheldon, ASL Interpreter
Ann Carlander, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
Rev. Kathryn Nelson


Greeting One Another


Ringing of the Peace Bells and Candles Lit by Acolytes

God is Revealed as We Gather

*Responsive Call to Worship        adapted from Thom Shuman

Jesus began his ministry to the world,
led by the Spirit into the wilderness.
As we begin our Lenten journey, let us be led by the Spirit, even into the uncomfortable places.
In those forty days, and in that place, Jesus was faced with hunger, doubt and temptation.
As we seek to follow Jesus, we would be led, even into the uncomfortable choices.
Jesus left the wilderness, faithful and obedient to God,
rejoicing in the One in whom he trusted.
As we continue on our path to faithfulness,
we will be led by our Christ, rejoicing in our God

*Opening Hymn  “Just As I Am”       (#207)

Unison Prayer of Confession         adapted from Ted Loder

Catch us in our anxious scurrying Lord and hold us in this Lenten season. Hold our feet to the fire of your grace and make us more attentive to our own mortality that we may begin to die now to those things that keep us from living fully with you and with our neighbors: to grudges and indifference; to certainties that smother possibilities; and to our fear of dying someday that eats away the wonder of this day and the adventure of losing our lives in order to find them in you.    

Assurance of Pardon

Story for All Ages

Children’s Choir    “Magic Penny”   Susan Larson Kidd, director

God is Revealed in the Word

God’s Word in the Hebrew Scriptures: Deuteronomy 26:1–11

Anthem     “The Spheres” by Ola Gjeilo

(Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy)

God’s Word in the Gospel:  Luke 4:1–13

Sermon     “Wilderness Companions”

Hymn   “O God, How We Have Wandered”   (#202)

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


*The Thanksgiving   “What Shall I Give?”   (#18 P&W Songbook)

*Prayer of Dedication

*Closing Hymn  “Standing On the Promises”   (#33 P&W Songbook)