May 12, 2019 ⁂ 10:30am

Fourth Sunday of Easter

The People of Peace Church
Karen Sheldon, ASL Interpreter
Laurie Berner, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister


Greeting One Another


Ringing of the Peace Bells and Candles Lit by Acolytes

God is Revealed as We Gather

*Responsive Call to Worship

Today God gathers us in to remind us who we are:
We are children of God who live the way of love
in all we do.
Come all and find rest in the still waters of this place.
See, there is life beyond the ways of death:
We open our hearts to feel the wonder of God’s dream
being born again in each of us.

*Opening Hymn    “Mothering God”   (#467)

Unison Prayer of Confession

Source of life, we confess that despite our best efforts to be a loving, nurturing, and affirming people, we often fail to love each other into our full humanity.
We feel helpless in the face of oppression, of messages of shame or self hatred that make their way into our hearts. Help us forgive ourselves when our best does not seem enough, and guide us toward collective healing through your persistent love. Amen.

Assurance of God’s Love

Story for All Ages   Kelli Farell, Children’s Ministry Coordinator

God is Revealed in the Word

God’s Word in the Hebrew Testament:   Exodus 1:15-17

Anthem    “23rd Psalm” by Bobby McFerrin

God’s Word in the Gospel:    Matthew 19: 13-15

Sermon   “Mothering Into Community”   Nathan Holst

Hymn:   “I Will”    (#7, P & W Songbook)

We Respond to God’s Presence

Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer
by Rev. Sara Olson Dean, the Lord’s Prayer (with debts), and Choral Amen

Sharing our Offerings

Offertory   “The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel

*The Thanksgiving

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

*Closing Song   “Jesus is Love”

Jesus is love this I know
For my people show me so
Little ones to love belong
Born in us, this love is strong
Yes, love is with me (3X)
Oh everywhere I go