Service Recording: December 6, 2020
After the service, we will have Adult Forum 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.
December 6, 2020 ⁂ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Our 2020 Confirmands
Doug Bowen-Bailey, ASL Interpreter
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Give Yourself to Love” by Kate Wolf performed by Ron Deters, Ian Connell, Sam Deters
Greetings and Announcements
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
Lighting of our Advent Wreath ~ The Candle of Peace
Song “Awake, Awake and Greet the New Morn” (#107, vs 2)
*Responsive Call to Worship Leader: Ellie Evenson
The journey of faith is a journey through life. We are pilgrims, travelers, making our way. We sojourn on the pathway of the saints. We walk the same highway and follow the same landmarks which led them.
But for each generation, in each place and time, and for each seeker who travels this way, the road seems different.
Today we celebrate tomorrow’s leaders, the heroes of a history yet to be made. We hold out our hands to them and beckon them to join us on the journey.
As they walk beside us, we may tell them our stories, but we may not tell them the way. We can tell them of our questions, but the answers must come from within their own hearts.
We celebrate a new generation of faith, a new branch with its leaves about to blossom.
Let us make a place for them and let them know that the family of Christ is their family too. Let us worship God together.
*Opening Hymn “Amazing Grace” (#547)
Story for All Ages Puppet Show by Ahnnali Lindgren
Song “Go Tell it On the Mountain” (#154)
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Prophets: Micah 6:8 read by Owen Kellner
God’s Word in the Gospels: John 15: 9–15 read by Danica Mark
Special Music by Tyler Stark
Reflections on God by Owen Kellner, Makoto Sudoh, Danica Mark, Tyler Stark, Andre Good
Special Music by Andre Good
Reflections on Jesus by Elliott Dean, Ellie Evenson, Anika Pfau, Mary Karstens, Mark Kaczmarczyk
Paintings of the Holy Spirit with piano music (June: Barcarolle by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky) played by Mark Kaczmarczyk
We Respond to God’s Presence
The Rite of Confirmation
Promises of the Confirmands
Blessings by the Parents (recorded prior to this service)
Song “Love Calls” by Nathan Holst
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer (using debts), and a Choral Amen
Sharing Our Offerings
*The Thanksgiving “Take My Gifts” (#562, 1 verse)
*Prayer of Dedication
*Closing Song “Lean On Me” (#23 P&W Songbook)
*Postlude “Soulshine” by the Allman Brothers