March 8, 2020 ~ 10:30am

Second Sunday of Lent

The People of Peace Church
Karen Sheldon, ASL Interpreter
Ellyn Wiens, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
Rev. Kathryn Nelson

Prelude          Romance #1 by Robert Schumann

Greeting One Another


Ringing of the Peace Bells

God is Revealed as We Gather

Choral Call to Worship   “Prayer Song”   (#27 P&W Songbook)

*Responsive Call to Worship         adapted from Thom Shuman

In this season of discipleship, God calls us to journey
into that unknown, yet strangely certain, country called faith.
On sleepless nights, in fear’s shadows, we toss and turn with doubt’s questions, hoping, like Nicodemus,
to find Jesus and to listen willingly to his responses.
Reluctant to deny ourselves, convinced that everything, every thing, depends on us, we struggle to affirm, as Paul did, that everything, every thing, is in God’s hands,
and we can let go of all to which we cling.
In this season of discipleship, we long to follow Jesus,
wherever he may go, wherever he may lead.

*Opening Hymn   “Sweet, Sweet Spirit”   (#293)

Unison Prayer of Confession

You know how easily we slip off the paths of discipleship. We try to control the Spirit so she blows when we choose and works according to our directions. Forgive us, and fill us with new faith, Keeper of all hearts. If we will but listen to you, we will know your way, a way of love for the whole world. Amen

Assurance of Pardon

Story for All Ages

Celebrating the Baptism of Jaxon Lee Pluntz-Kinney

Song          “Jesus Loves Me”

God is Revealed in the Word

God’s Word in the Psalms:   Psalm 121   (page 704)

Anthem     “I Will Lift Mine Eyes” by Jake Runestad

God’s Word in the Gospel: John 3:1–17

Special Music   Sons de guérison     Melanie Sever, flute

Sermon    “Born Again and Again and Again and…”

Hymn        “Spirit of the Living God”      (#283)

We Respond to God’s Presence

Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer, and Choral Amen

Sharing our Offerings

Offertory     Sonata for Flute, mvt 3, by Prokofiev

*The Thanksgiving     “Doxology”  (#780)

*Prayer of Dedication

*Closing Song   “Every Time I Feel the Spirit”   (#282)