Service Recording: January 3, 2021
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.
January 3, 2020 ⁂ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
Rev. Greg Briggs, Interim Minister
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude Fantasy Op. 73 by Robert Schumann Frost Bowen-Bailey, horn
Announcements and Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
Choral Call to Worship “Prayer Song” (#27 P&W Songbook)
Ron Deters, Ian Connell, John Erickson, Jane & Peter Aas
Responsive Call to Worship from UCC Worship Ways
The Star still beckons. We follow the Light that was before,is now, and ever will be.
We seek the Light’s ancient wisdom.
The Star still beckons. We seek the Light that is God’s continuing gift.
We live into the Light’s new wisdom.
We awake to the Light in our world, emerging anew each day.
We seek to share this wisdom, nurtured in the Light over Bethlehem’s cradle.
*Opening Hymn “Arise, Your Light Has Come” (#164)
Prayer of Confession from UCC Worship Ways
Sometimes we feel lost and even consumed by darkness. We wonder if we are loveable. Our actions dim the value
and worth of others, and ourselves. (The leader lights the candle)
But in Christ, God has given us a new Light, kindling unconditional love for us, and showing us a well-lit path to wholeness and forgiveness. Thanks be to God.
Story for All Ages Sharon Dawson, Children’s Ministry
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 2:1–12
Special Music “Guiding Light” by Foy Vance
Sermon “Home by Another Way”
Hymn “These Footsteps” (#15 P&W Songbook)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Pastoral Prayer by Nathan Holst, the Lord’s Prayer (with debts) and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory “A Higher Place” by Tom Petty
*The Thanksgiving (Doxology)
*Prayer of Dedication
Sharing Communion Together
Hymn of Preparation “We Are People on a Journey” (#340)
Special Music During Communion “Light On” by Maggie Rogers
Closing Hymn “I Am the Light of the World” (#584)