Service Recording: February 23, 2020
February 23, 2020 ~ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Karen Sheldon, ASL Interpreter
Amy Sullivan, Lay Leader
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Greeting One Another
Health & Wellness Team Mission Moment (see insert)
Ringing of the Peace Bells and Candles Lit by Acolytes
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship adapted from Thom Shuman
On glory’s mountaintops of wonder and delight, we wait:
for God’s amazing grace to transform our shadowed lives.
In the valleys of everyday life where noise and concern can overwhelm us, we wait:
willing to simply be in God’s presence.
In the devouring fires of fear, in the mist of misguided living, we wait:
for the One who comes in love, to lead us down the paths of peace.
*Opening Hymn “We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding” (#182)
Unison Prayer of Confession
We may not actively conspire against you, Holy One, but we do make those choices which draw us away from you. We want to walk your path of justice, but we find ourselves going down trails which lead to trouble. We find it so easy to listen to the distractions of our culture, but we have trouble hearing your whispers of hope and healing.
Forgive us, Revealer of mystery and wonder. Call us to that discipleship that is found on mountaintops in your presence
and in the daily paths where you show us how to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you and one another.
Assurance of Pardon
Story for All Ages
Welcoming of New Members
We welcome you with joy in the common life of this church. We promise you our friendship and prayers as we share the hopes and labors of the church of Jesus Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit may we continue to grow together in God’s knowledge and love and be witnesses of our risen Savior.
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 17:1–9
Anthem “Ride the Chariot”
Sermon “Called to Transformation” Victor Adams with Kathy & Nathan
Hymn “I Will” (#7 P&W Songbook)
We Respond to God’s Presence
“Seminary Sunday” Mission Moment Silas Morgan from UTS
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Sung Prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, your light shines within us. Let not my doubts nor my darkness speak to me. Lord Jesus Christ, your light shines within us. Let my heart always welcome your love.
Pastoral Prayer and Jeshua’s Prayer (see insert)
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory “Naima” by John Coltrane
*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
*Closing Song “Amazing Grace” (#547)
*Postlude “I’ll Fly Away”