Service Recording: August 2, 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.
The People of Peace Church
Cindy McLean, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Sam Black, Accompanist
Doug Bowen-Bailey, ASL Interpreter
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Softly and Tenderly”
Announcements and the Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
Choral Call to Worship “Sweet Hour of Prayer” (#505)
Responsive Call to Worship
All who are thirsty, come!
God is the fountain for our lives.
All who are hungry, come!
Jesus feeds us with goodness and love.
Rich and poor, young and old, neighbor and guest, come!
The Holy Spirit gathers everyone around the Table of Grace.
Opening Hymn “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” (#471)
Unison Prayer of Confession
We are sure we do not have enough to end hunger in our communities, Holy God. Forgive us that we forget that, by your presence and power, very little can do so much.
We believe we are the only ones who carry heartache around with us. Forgive us, Compassion’s Heart, that we do not see or embrace the despair of those around us.
We think we do not have the words with which to offer hope and healing to strangers. Forgive us, Welcoming God, for not having the courage to share your grace.
Words of Assurance
Story for All Ages
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Prophets: Isaiah 55:1–5
Special Music “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior”
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 14:13–21
Sermon “Picnic Promises”
Song “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (#506)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer and Choral Amen
Sharing Our Offerings
Offertory “Thank You Jesus”
The Thanksgiving “Doxology”
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God for all that love has done;
Creator, Christ and Spirit, One.
Prayer of Dedication
Sharing Communion Together (insert)
Hymn of Preparation “Let Us Break Bread Together” (#330)
Closing Hymn “All God’s Critters Got a Place in the Choir” (#20 P&W Songbook)
Postlude “I’ll Fly Away”
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