October 27, 2019 ~ 10:30am

The People of Peace Church
Maggie Fink, ASL Interpreter
Sharon Kirtley, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
Rev. Kathryn Nelson

Prelude       “Beaumont Rag” and “Done Gone” Mia Kraker, violin

Greeting One Another


Ringing of the Peace Bells and Candles Lit by our Acolytes

God is Revealed as We Gather

*Responsive Call to Worship                       Thom Schuman

This is the day God has made:
a day for praise and prayer; a day for gratitude and generosity.
This is the time God has given us:
a time for singing and silence; a time for speaking and listening.
This is the life to which God calls us:
a life of humility and service; a life of faith and trust.

*Opening Hymn   “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” (#439)

Unison Prayer of Confession                       from UCC Worship Ways

Loving God, we know that in every generation you call forth prophets to proclaim your word. We give you thanks that you are still speaking even today. Your Spirit inspires the young to see visions of a new creation and elders to dream of a time not yet known.

Yet we confess that we fail to hear your voice when it comes from an unexpected place. Convinced that we are right, we miss the Good News of your reconciling love. Forgive us, God. Restore us with humility and awaken us anew to your presence and your promise.

Sung Response    “Christ Have Mercy”   (#752)

Assurance of God’s Love

Story for All Ages

Celebrating the Baptism of Olivia Grace Johnson

Hymn     “Amazing Grace”     (#547)

God is Revealed in the Word

God’s Word in the Prophets:    Joel 2:23–32

Anthem     “Pie Jesu” by Gabriel Fauré

God’s Word in the Gospel:     Luke 18:9–14

Sermon     “Just Worship”

Special Music     Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 by J. S. Bach   Lydia Kraker, cello

We Respond to God’s Presence

Stewardship Mission Moment    Veronica & Nathan Langer

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

Sharing our Offerings

Offertory   “Sicilienne” by Gabriel Fauré

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

*Unison Prayer of Dedication

Loving God, we give thanks for the visions and dreams that you share with your people. We offer these gifts in response to your abundant blessings and ask that you use them to share your good news with all the world. Amen.

*Closing Hymn  “Now Thank We All Our God” (#419)


*Postlude   “The Rocky Road to Dublin”