Service Recording: November 15, 2020
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.
November 15, 2020 ⁂ 10:30 am
The People of Peace Church
John Pokrzywinski, Lay Leader
Doug Bowen-Bailey, ASL Interpreter
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? ~ Mary Oliver
Announcements and Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
Responsive Call to Worship (based on Psalm 90)
O God, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.
For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night.
You sweep them away; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning.
In the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.
So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.
*Opening Hymn O God, Our Help in Ages Past (#25)
Unison Prayer of Confession
Holy One, we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. Forgive us, renew us and lead us, so that we might delight in your will and follow in your ways. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Story for All Ages Sharon Dawson, Children’s Ministry
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Psalms: Psalm 90:1–6, 12
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 25:14–30
Sermon “Extravagant Opportunity”
Hymn “What Shall I Give” (#18 P&W Songbook)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Dedication of Our Financial Pledges for 2021 (insert)
Song and Video “Three Great Loves”
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer by Nathan Holst, the Lord’s Prayer (Prayer #8, P&W Songbook), and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
*The Thanksgiving “Doxology”
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God for all that love has done;
Creator, Christ and Spirit, One.
*Unison Prayer of Dedication
God, whose giving knows no ending, we offer up the treasure that you have entrusted to us; we offer up the skills and time that you have graciously given to us; we offer up ourselves in service and praise. Amen.
*Closing Hymn “These Footsteps” (#15 P&W Songbook)