November 10, 2019 ~ 10:30am

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

Prelude     “Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven”  by Wendy Durrwachter, based on a poem by W. B. Yeats

Greeting One Another


Ringing of the Peace Bells and Candles Lit by Acolytes

God is Revealed as We Gather

Choral Call to Worship “Praise the Lord” (Trad. Cameroon melody)

*Responsive Call to Worship
The God who is greater than we will ever understand,
is humbled to become one of us.
The God who is more loving that our hearts dare imagine,
gives us more grace than we ever realize.
The God who is wiser than we will ever know,
teaches us to love all of God’s children.

*Opening Hymn “To You, O God, All Creatures Sing” (#17,1–4)

Unison Prayer of Confession            Thom Schuman
We are so easily confused by what the world tells us, Watching God, that we forget the stories of faith we heard as children. We are so fearful of tomorrow, we are not aware of your Spirit with us today. We are so busy wondering ‘what if?’ or ‘suppose?’ that we cannot hear the promises you whisper to us.

So once again, Gracious God, have mercy on us. You know our hearts so well—touch them with your grace. You see our deepest fears—heal them with your peace. You hear our secret longings—speak to them of your hope. This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Assurance of God’s Love

Story for All Ages    “Thank You for this Day O God”

God is Revealed in the Word

God’s Word in the Psalms: Psalm 145:1–5, 17–21

Anthem  “I Go To the Rock”

God’s Word in the Epistles: 2 Thessalonians 2:1–5; 13–17

Sermon     “Holding on to Faith”

Hymn “We Are Not Our Own”     (#564)

We Respond to God’s Presence

Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer,
the Lord’s Prayer (with debts) and Choral Amen

Stewardship Mission Moment   Kelly Grgas & Charla Buxbaum-Grgas

Dedication of Our 2020 Financial Pledges

Song     “What Shall I Give”  (#18 P&W Songbook)

Unison Prayer of Dedication
Bless these gifts, gracious God, and bless all those who will be served because of them. We bring our promises of giving for 2020 because we hope for a stronger church, a more compassionate world, and a time of greater peace. You show us the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy.

Sharing our Offerings

Offertory   “In Need of Breath” by Craig Hella Johnson based on a poem by Hafiz

*The Thanksgiving     “Take My Gifts”  (#562, 1 vs)

*Prayer of Dedication

*Closing Hymn   “God, We Thank You for Our People”   (#376)