Service Recording: February 16, 2020
February 16, 2020 ~ 10:30am
Sixth Sunday of Epiphany
The People of Peace Church
Ellyn Wiens, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
Sarah M. Greer, Guest Singer
Nicoshia Wynn, Guest Preacher
Prelude “Prayer to the One” by Sweet Honey in the Rock
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells and Candles Lit by Acolytes
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship ~Thom Shuman
When we seek justice for the other,
when we love kindness more than ever,
we live as God asks us to live.
When we walk humbly through life,
when we offer mercy to those who hurt us,
we are the blessing God hopes we will be.
When we are willing to look foolish by following Jesus,
when we choose weakness rather than power,
we reflect the One who is in our midst.
*Opening Hymn “Come, O Fount of Every Blessing” (#459)
Unison Prayer of Confession
What have we done to you, dear God? We dishonor you every time we treat another person with disrespect. We shatter your heart when we find it easier to break our word than to take the risk to keep it. And yet you are wise enough to forgive our foolishness; you are strong enough to overcome our weakness; you are loving enough to heal the hurt we cause. For this we give you thanks and walk forward in hope.
Assurance of Pardon
Story for All Ages Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 5:1–12
Special Music “Presence of Faith” by Libby Turner
Sermon “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” Nicoshia Wynn
Hymn “Standing on the Promises” (#33 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 “Oceans” by Crocker, Houston & Ligthelm
*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.
*Unison Prayer of Dedication
O God, please take these gifts and multiply them;
let them be a means to create the justice and peace
you long for in this world. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
*Closing Hymn “What a Fellowship” (#471)
*Postlude “God Bless the Child” by Herzog & Holiday