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