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Service Recording: May 23, 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.
May 23, 2021 ⁂ 10:30am
The People of Peace Church
Maggie Fink, ASL Interpreter
Phyllis Cook, Lay Reader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Sharon Dawson, Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
Rev. Sara Olson Dean, Guest Preacher
Prelude by Crystal Kaczmarczyk
Announcements and Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship
Leader: Powerful Spirit, strong Wind —
People: Stir us to new life and breathe hope into our despair.
Leader: Warming Spirit, dancing Flame —
People: Kindle joy within our hearts and fill us with courage.
Leader: Comforting Spirit, gentle Breeze —
People: Refresh our weariness and soften our grief.
Leader: Wise Spirit, blazing Fire —
People: Illumine our path and show us the way home.
Leader: Holy Spirit, soaring Dove —
People: Call us to worship and remind us that we are your people.
Opening Hymn “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” (#282)
Unison Prayer of Confession
Spirit of God: you know what lurks deep within us. We confess that we have not loved one another as Christ has loved us.
We are quick to find fault and spread gossip, sins that undermine your beloved community.
We have left the strangers and seekers among us feeling like outsiders.
We have been timid and half-hearted in proclaiming the good news of your love and shalom beyond these walls.
Source of Love: Show us another way.
On this day of Pentecost, we pray that your Spirit would set us free from all that binds us.
Set us free to be your church.
Renew a right spirit within us.
Remake us, again and again, to be your body for the world.
Assurance of Pardon
Story for All Ages by Sharon Dawson
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Gospel: John 20:19-22
God’s Word in the Epistles: Acts 2:1-4
God’s Word in the Prophets: Ezekiel 37:1-14
Sermon by Rev. Sara Olson Dean
Hymn “Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling” (#59)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, Lord’s Prayer, and Choral Amen
Spiritual Life: Gudrun Witrak and Susan Larson Kidd
Christian Ed: Penny Cragun and Sharon Dawson
Sharing our Offerings & Strengthen the Church Special Offering
*The Thanksgiving (Doxology)
*Prayer of Dedication
Closing Song “God, We Thank You for Our People” (#376)