February 9, 2020 ~ 10:30am

Fifth Sunday of Epiphany

The People of Peace Church
Judy Hlina, ASL Interpreter
Veronica Gaidelis-Langer, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
Rev. Kathryn Nelson

Prelude  “I Hear a Call” by Tony Arata   performed by Ryan Lane

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

Called to be light,
we would carry God’s hope into the shadows of the world.
Called to be salt,
we would enhance the lives of those around us with joy.
Called to live in God’s reality,
we would welcome everyone as sisters and brothers in faith.

*Opening Hymn   “You Are Salt for the Earth, O People”   (#181)

Unison Prayer of Confession

We admit, Holy One, how in superstition, we will throw salt over our shoulders, but find it hard to flavor a world made bland by indifference. We dim our gifts to save our energy, instead of shining as long as we can in society’s shadowed corners. Forgive us, and have mercy, Holy One. By your grace, heal our brokenness, so we might fix the shattered hopes of your world. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Story for All Ages

Song    “This Little Light of Mine”

God is Revealed in the Word

God’s Word in the Prophets:   Isaiah 58:1–9

Anthem   “How Can I Keep from Singing” arr. by Quartel

God’s Word in the Gospel:   Matthew 5:13–20

Sermon     “Salt and Light”

Hymn   “Community of Christ”    (#314)

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     “Kaleidoscope” by Ryan Lane

*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   “We Are Marching in the Light of God”   (#526)


*Postlude   “Headed to Jerusalem” by David Olney