Service Recording: October 25, 2020
After the service, we will have Fellowship Time 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.
October 25, 2020 ⁂ 10:30 service
Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
The People of Peace Church
Karen Sheldon, ASL Interpreter
Cindy McLean, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
Prelude “Get Together” by the Youngbloods
Announcements and Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
*Responsive Call to Worship adapted from Thom Shuman
We are invited to share in Christ’s ministry of compassion.
We will widen our hearts so we might see God’s ever expanding family.
We are challenged to learn more about God each day.
We will open our minds so we might discern God’s dreams for us.
We are summoned to let the Spirit be planted within us.
We will deepen our souls so we might grow in love.
*Opening Hymn “I Will” (#7 P&W Songbook)
Unison Prayer of Confession adapted from Thom Shuman
God our healer, we stand on the edge of your promises and hopes, yet we cannot seem to let ourselves cross over into the life you intend for us as your people. We often care more about our own needs and desires than for the struggles of our neighbors; we judge or dismiss those who vote differently than us rather than compassionately seeking to understand the pain or complexity they might be facing. We give into pessimism, despair, or denial when our community needs us to embody deep love and justice. Forgive us, loving God. Renew our lives with your grace, restore our hopes with your vision of tomorrow, and refresh our spirits with your joy so we may once again commit to follow in your transforming ways.
Assurance of God’s Love
Story for All Ages Sharon Dawson, Children’s Ministry
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Epistles: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Special Music “Love is the More Excellent Way”
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 22:34-46
Sermon “Come back”
Hymn “Lord, I Want To Be a Christian” (#454)
Stewardship Mission Moment “Love of Creation” Bud Trnka
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Pastoral Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer (using debts), and a Choral Amen
Sharing of Our Offerings
The Offertory “The Three Great Loves”
Prayer of Dedication
“Jesus a New Commandment Has Given Us” (#389)