February 17, 2019 ~ 10:30am


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

Prelude   “Isn’t It a Pity” by George Harrison   sung by Sarah M. Greer

Greeting One Another


Ringing of the Peace Bells and Lighting of Candles by Acolytes

God is Revealed as We Gather

*Responsive Call to Worship         from UCC Worship Ways

Jesus, healer, draws crowds poor and rich, fragile, troubled, hope-filled:
He heals them all.
Jesus, teacher, draws crowds of neighbors and foreigners, the pious and the curious:
He teaches them all.
Jesus, leader, draws crowds hoping for a rallying cry, a slogan, a catchphrase of power:
He surprises them all with beatitudes instead.

Let us welcome the One who leads us deeply into the generous power of the Reign of God, where healing, wisdom, and blessing await!

*Opening Hymn   “You Are Salt for the Earth, O People” (#181)

Unison Prayer of Confession

Holy One, forgive us and shake up our lives so that we may enter Your reign of beatitudes, where the poor are fed, the excluded are welcomed, the sorrowing consoled and the lost find a home among us. In your holy name
we pray. Amen

Assurance of Pardon

Story for All Ages

Song by Kids’ Choir                    directed by Susan Larson Kidd

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.

God is Revealed in the Word

God’s Word in the Prophets:  Jeremiah 17:5–10

Anthem     “Who Can Sail Away”

God’s Word in the Gospel: Luke 6:17–26

Special Music    “So” by Tracy Chapman

Sermon       “On the Level”

Hymn    “Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit”     (#180)

We Respond to God’s Presence

Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer,
the Lord’s Prayer (prayer #8 P&W Songbook), Choral Amen

Sharing our Offerings

Offertory  “If Only You Knew” by Sarah M. Greer

*The Thanksgiving   “We Give You but Your Own”   (#785)

*Prayer of Dedication

*Closing Hymn  “Lead Us From Death to Life”   (#581)


*Postlude  “Love’s in Need of Love Today” by Stevie Wonder