Service Recording: September 6, 2020
After the service, we will have Fellowship Time in a Zoom video conference. Details for joining will be shared via email and at the end of the live stream.
The Building is Closed and the Church is Open
While we have restricted access to the building, Peace Church is very much open to ministry—working to respond to our own congregation, as well as the needs of our neighbors and community. Please consider giving either to Peace Church general fund or the Gabriel Fund – which is used to meet the needs in the community.
We recognize that in this time, people’s financial situations may have changed. We ask you to prayerfully consider what you can give. If you use electronic giving, we thank you for your constancy of support. If you would like to give through our online form, we would be grateful. For all the contributions from our members and friends—whether financial, time, or prayer—we ask God’s blessings on those gifts that Peace Church may be healing balm in this time when we are living in our own Gilead.
September 6, 2020 ⁂ 10:30 am
The People of Peace Church
Tim Peters, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Jason Clifton, Guest Preacher
Maggie Fink, Karen Sheldon, Doug Bowen-Bailey, Interpreters
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “May the Long Time Sun” performed by Sara Thomsen & Paula Pederson
Announcements and the Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship written by Dr. Gary Boelhower
Come, People of God, to celebrate the rich diversity of God’s family.
We praise and thank you Creator God for loving us into existence as unique and particular human beings, each with our own talents, gifts, callings and passions. May we celebrate our differences and recognize our common humanity.
Come, People of God, to hear again God’s challenge to love without boundaries or limits.
We praise and thank you Mother, Father God for your overflowing and unconditional love. May we take up the challenge to reflect your love and care in our own humble service with hands and hearts open to all.
Come, People of God, to renew your commitment to be a caring community for all God’s family.
We praise and thank you Spirit of Love for calling us into community, for showing us through Jesus and your prophets and teachers how to wash each other’s feet. May we recommit ourselves to work for justice, inclusion and equity so that all God’s family may feel the embrace of community.
*Opening Hymn “De colores” (#402)
Prayer of Blessing by Rabbi David Steinberg, Temple Israel
Story for All Ages: Pride, Harvey Milk, and the Rainbow Flag
Song “A Place at the Table” Choral offering from First Lutheran
Ensemble: Brad Anderson, Michael Fuchs, Susanna Ojakangas, Liz Raduege; Susanna Ojakangas, flute; Karen Sande, piano
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 5:14–16
Special Music “Good News”
Sermon by Rev. Jason Clifton, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Solon Springs, Wisconsin
Hymn “You Are Salt for the Earth, O People” (#181)
We Respond to God’s Presence
A Moment for Reflection: “Bisexuality” Anna Wigren, UUCD
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayers, Pastoral Prayer by Rev. Charlotte Frantz
Sharing our Offerings for our Congregations & Together for Youth
Offertory “Rhapsody of Rest”
*The Thanksgiving “Take My Gifts” (#562, 1 vs)
*Prayer of Dedication
*Closing Hymn “In the Midst of New Dimensions” (#391, 1 vs)
*Benediction: Poem by Judy Chicago, read by Lon & Robin Weaver