May 5, 2019 ⁂ 10:30am

Third Sunday of Easter

The People of Peace Church
Judy Hlina, ASL Interpreter
Kelli Hallsten-Erickson, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Sara Olson Dean

Prelude: “Constellations” by Jack Johnson

Greeting One Another


Ringing of the Peace Bells and Candles Lit by Acolytes

God is Revealed as We Gather

*Responsive Call to Worship

Come and worship, all you who love and serve the Lord:
outsiders and insiders, old-timers and new-comers,
the young, old and the in-between.
Come as you are, for this is God’s house:
a house of prayer for all people,
and God welcomes each one who comes.

*Opening Hymn:    “I Woke Up This Morning”   (#85)

  1. Woke up this morning…
  2. Singing and praying with my mind…
  3. Standing and marching with my mind…
  4. Serving and loving with my mind…

Responsive Prayer of Confession   (Rev. Teri Peterson)

God, we want so badly to do what is right.

In our zeal we forget to listen for your voice, forging ahead on our own way since we cannot imagine another. We close our eyes to your image shining in the faces of the wrong people. We close our ears to your word coming from those with whom we disagree. We close our hearts against those who are different. Instead we offer advice, or ultimatums, or patronizing help, when what you desire is relationship, compassion, and justice.

~ a time for silent reflection and prayer~

Forgive us, O God.

Heal our hard-heartedness. Shift our thinking. Open our eyes. Turn us to follow your way.   Amen.

Assurance of God’s Love

Story for All Ages        Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister

God is Revealed in the Word

Scripture Reading:   Acts 9:1-20

Sermon   “I Saw the Light”   Rev. Sara Olson Dean

Anthem:  “Road Home” by Stephen Paulus   Cathy Ameel, soloist

Mission Moment:   Cindy Macaulay & Molly Watson

Shared Ministry Celebration:    Bringing Our Gifts Forward

Hymn:   “These Footsteps”    (#15, P & W Songbook)

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

Offertory:   “Long Time Sun”

*The Thanksgiving

Hope in the God who reigns above,
Who holds us all in steadfast love,
Whose Spirit blows across the earth,
Preparing us for second birth.

*Prayer of Dedication

Sharing Communion Together

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.

Music:   “Sunshine on My Shoulders” by John Denver

*Closing Hymn:   “I Can See Clearly Now”   (#22, P & W Songbook)


*Postlude:   “Dear Prudence” by Lennon-McCartney