August 18, 2019 ~ 10:30am

The People of Peace Church
Maggie Fink, ASL Interpreter
Kelli Hallsten-Erickson, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson

Prelude           Dave Winchester, Rich Mowers, John Thorene, Jerry Siptroth, Ron Koivisto

Greeting One Another


Ringing of the Peace Bells

God is Revealed as We Gather

*Responsive Call to Worship                     by Thom Shuman

The One who commands the clouds calls us to be poured out for others.
We can, by faith, be the waters of peace which quench the fires of hatred.
The One who creates mercy and hope longs for a world of fair play and grace.
We can, by faith, let righteousness and justice be our constant companions.
The One who is with us in every moment  composes a love-song for our hearts.
We can, by faith, teach this song to everyone we meet.

*Opening Hymn “My Faith, It is an Oaken Staff”   (#418)

Unison Prayer of Confession                     by Thom Shuman

What more can we say, Expectant God, that you don’t know already? You long for justice for all people, but it is washed away by the flood of violence in our world. You hope that righteousness will walk with us, but you hear the clear cries of those we mistreat. You ask us to speak up for those in need, but we shut our mouths and turn away.

Forgive us, Righteous God. Have mercy when we do not bear the fruit we could. Even though we have not lived our faith to the fullest, may we receive the promises of hope and grace you have given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Assurance of God’s Love

Shhh, listen! Can you hear them? The saints of heaven—those who have gone on before us—are cheering us on
as we run toward the finish line of our faith.
Thanks be to God! The victory has already been won for us in Jesus Christ. We are forgiven. Amen.

Story for All Ages     Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister

Song   “Guide My Feet”   (#497)

God is Revealed in the Word

God’s Word in Hebrews:   Hebrews 11:29–12:2

Special Music

Sermon              “Cheering Sections”

Hymn    “For the Faithful Who Have Answered”   (#384)

We Respond to God’s Presence

Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Pastoral Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer (prayer #4 in P&W Songbook) and Choral Amen

Sharing our Offerings


*The Thanksgiving   “We Give You but Your Own…”   (#785)
*Prayer of Dedication
*Closing Hymn   “These Footsteps”   (#15 P&W Songbook)