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Service Recording: January 31, 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 31, 2021 ⁂ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
John Pokrzywinski, Lay Reader
Maggie Fink, ASL Interpreter
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
Rev. Greg Briggs, Interim Minister
Announcements and Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
Responsive Call to Worship
God is awe-inspiring, more wondrous than the depths of space,
God is the Creator of the Universe, beyond our understanding.
God is Almighty, powerful and amazing,
and God is also in the stillness, the Spirit moving in the breeze.
God is far beyond our comprehension,
yet God knows each of us, and God is made known to us.
We worship God, though we do not fully understand now,
we know that God is still being revealed to us, through us, and in us.
God is here, among us now, wherever we are gathered.
Listen to the movement of the Spirit, and follow Christ our Lord.
Opening Hymn “De colores” #402
Unison Prayer of Confession
Almighty One, we confess that we have placed limits on You. We’ve tried to fit you into a box of theology, a box of polity and rules, a box of limited human understanding. You’ve broken the world, even the universe, open to us again and again, but still we try to be gatekeepers. O forgive us, our human, faulty selves, for not listening to You, for not comprehending, for not simply sitting in Wisdom’s understanding and contemplating Your teaching. Forgive our selfish impulses to try to rein You in and put harmful limitations on others. Call us into Your deeper ways of understanding, and may we truly love one another and love You, for this is what You have commanded. In the name of Wisdom, in the name of Jesus, in the name of the Spirit among us, we pray all things. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Story for All Ages by Sharon Dawson, Children’s Ministry
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Letters: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
God’s Word in the Gospel: Mark 1:21-28
Special Music “ Ubi Caritas” by Ola Gjeilo
Sermon “Freedom, Responsibility, Authority” by Pastor Greg
Hymn “We Are Your People” #309
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer by Nathan Holst, the Lord’s Prayer and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
The Thanksgiving “Doxology”
Prayer of Dedication
May these gifts we offer demonstrate that we recognize your claim upon us, Divine Creator. Use them so your grace, your love, and your hope may be shared with everyone who needs them. Amen.
Closing Song “God of Grace and God of Glory” #436
Choir Quartet: Cathy Ameel, Gudrun Witrak, Susan Larson Kidd, and Kirby Wood