Service Recording: June 2, 2019

June 2, 2019 ~ 10:30am

Graduation Sunday

The People of Peace Church
Judy Hlina, ASL Interpreter
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
Rev. Kathryn Nelson

Prelude     “The River” by Garth Brooks
played by Jane Aas, Dave Winchester, Ian Connell, John Erickson

Greeting One Another


Ringing of the Peace Bells

God is Revealed as We Gather

*Responsive Call to Worship

This is the Day that Our God has made!
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
We gather to give God thanks for our life together as a congregation and to celebrate with our high school graduates and their families.
This is the day our God has made!
Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

*Opening Hymn     “This is the Day”   (#84)

Silent Prayer of Confession and Assurance of God’s Forgiveness

Litany of Thanksgiving—Recognizing Those Who Served Our Congregation this Past Year

For this year of work and service,
O God, we give you thanks.

For those who provided leadership on our Coordinating Council and all the various teams and committees, we give you thanks. For meetings and meals shared, for the building of our sanctuary space, for decisions made and actions taken, we give you thanks.

For staff, who have supported and encouraged our ministry together, we give you thanks, O God. For your faithfulness and your presence with us as we move through all the seasons of our church year together, we give you thanks.

Moderator and Congregation:

For Summer’s playful pace with Vacation Bible School, Fenske camping trip, the Work Camp in Philippi, West Virginia, and picnics.

For Autumn’s ingathering with the return of Church School,
kids’ choir and yoga, confirmation, youth group, Bible studies,
and choir.

For Winter’s time of a Christmas Pageant and a Cantata created about sanctuary, for Winter Camp at Wolf Ridge, for hearing again a modern prophet’s dreams of justice, and our Cabaret.

For Spring’s Confirmation Sunday, Men’s and Women’s Retreats, and Rummage Sale.

For Easter morning and ongoing songs of hope and praise, even
in the midst of grief with so many funerals.

For all these moments, times in our shared life, we give you thanks and praise.

For all the ways in which this congregation has reached out to each other and the wider community—through Chum and the Gabriel Project, in support of our mission partners, Tom and Monica Liddle, through advocacy and compassion, we give you thanks.

For all this and much more,
we give you thanks and praise, O God.

Story for All Ages

Celebrating with Our High School Graduates

Giving of Blankets

Children of God, you are wrapped in loving arms of family and friends. May these blankets, that represent the continued love and support from your homes and this congregation, remind you of God’s love which surrounds you now and in all the days to come. Blessings to each of you at this landmark in your lives.

Slide Show and Song   “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts

God is Revealed in the Word

God’s Word in the Gospel: John 17:13–21
read by Adrianna Hudyma

Anthem   “Music of Living” by Dan Forrest

Thoughts on Being Sent Out into the World
Abbie Amundsen, Axel Aas, Megan Daniluk, Brita Mowers

Special Music     Jazz Suite No. 2, Movement 1 by Glenda Austin
played by Gabriel Ehlers-Nelson

We Respond to God’s Presence

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.

Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer and Choral Amen

Sharing our Offerings


*The Thanksgiving   “Take My Gifts”   (#562, 1 verse)

*Prayer of Dedication

Celebrating Communion Together

Welcoming to the Table

Words of Remembrance

We remember how Jesus spoke of a new reality he called the realm of God, already among us yet coming in ever greater fullness, creating communities of justice, love and peace.
We remember how he spoke in parables about a lost coin,
a lost child, and a sheep that strayed, in order to proclaim God’s inclusive love for all people.
And we remember our tradition over the ages…How, in a meal with his disciples, Jesus took bread in his hands, blessed it, broke it, and shared it with them: “Take this my body, broken for you.”
After the meal, he poured a cup of wine: “This is the cup of the new covenant which is poured out for all.”

Unison Prayer of Consecration

Holy One, we take this bread and cup, breaking it and pouring it out, that through your Spirit they will be shared among us as equals, binding us to you and one another. May this bread and cup nourish and sustain us on our life’s journey:transforming, and empowering us, as we continue to follow in your way.

Sharing Communion Together

After Communion

Bind us together, Enfolding God, as those who feel your love under our feet, your holy ground wherever the
journey takes us.

Liturgy adapted with permission from Revd Rex A.E. Hunt, The Uniting Church of St James Curtin, ACT

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 identity, age, opinions, and physical and mental abilities.

Song During Communion  “Every Long Journey” by Ann Reed

*Closing Hymn   “You Walk Along Our Shoreline     (#504)


*Postlude   “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” ~ Dave Clark Five