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Order of Worship for Sunday, September 23, 2018

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.

The 2018 theme for ‘Peace Day’ is, “Right to Peace –

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70.”

This theme connects deeply to God’s dream for all humanity as it lifts up the vision that everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. These elements build the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

The ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. To read the entire declaration go to:

http://www.standup4humanrights.org/en/declaration.html

Gathering Music    Guitar Selections

Sharing Time

Faith Formation Connection Experiment Question – Week #16

Would you rather lead or follow and why?

. . . a time of greeting and sharing those things which inform who we are as a community of faith and how God is moving among us. You are invited to welcome visitors, share joys, prayer requests, and announcements.

Focusing Music    “Just a Closer Walk With Thee”    – arr. Arthur Frackenpohl

Call to Worship

One:

What are the things that make for peace

All:

can we become a channel of God’s peace

How can we bring love where there is hatred

How can we give pardon where there is injury

One:

Where there is doubt, let us practice faith and action

All:

Bringing hope where there is despair

Bringing light where there is darkness

 Bringing joy where there is sadness

One:

Let us never seek so much

All:

To be consoled, as to console

To be understood as to understand

To be loved as to love with all our souls

One:

Let us seek the things that make for peace

*Opening Song    “This Is My Song” (Hymn of Peace)    Insert

Invitation to Give

Giving Music    “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”    – arr. M. Thompson

Giving Blessing

Message in Music      “Do Not Leave Your Cares At the Door”

Poem by Norman V. Naylor – Adapted by Elizabeth Alexander

Do not leave your cares at the door. Do not leave them there when you come into this place. Be open to forgiveness and transformation – Come on in; you are welcome here;

And do not leave your cares at the door.

Bring your pain and sorrow and joy, there’s a place for them upon the altar of life.

Be open to forgiveness and transformation – Come on in; you are welcome here;

And do not leave your cares at the door.

This is a place of grace, of losing and finding the way upon the winding road, meeting and parting, stumbling and starting over. Every journey is sacred here, even yours.

Do not leave your cares at the door. Do not leave them there when you come into this place. Be open to forgiveness and transformation – Come on in; you are welcome here;

And do not leave your cares at the door. AMEN

Children’s Story                                                                                                        

Following story:  Childcare provided – infant thru K-garten – Education Building

Prayer Song    “Put Peace Into Each Other’s Hands”    Insert

Responsive Prayer of Confession

One:  O God of peace,

All:  you know us from before we were formed in our mother’s womb.  Forgive us when we only have good intentions and do not commit ourselves to concrete action for peace and justice.

One:  Grant that our actions and our words may always promote peace.  O God of justice,

All:  you judge our human race with mercy.  Forgive us when we allow your image in us to be marred as we remain passive in the face of so much violence and exclusion.

One:  Grant that our actions and our words may always promote peace.  O God of love,

All:  you have created humankind to be one great family.  Forgive our inability to be reconciled with others, our dear ones and our enemies.

One:  Grant that our actions and our words may always promote peace.  O God of grace,

All:  you have given us the gift of speech to be an instrument for change.  Forgive us for the times when we have spoken too hastily without thinking of the consequences, or have remained silent out of fear or indifference.

One:  Grant that our actions and our words may always promote peace.  O God of life,

All:  you have placed us on this earth to tend and watch over it. Forgive us if we have failed to care for your world, to protect nature, the home you have given us, the home of our ancestors and of our descendants.  Help us to promote life and seek peace.

One:  Grant that our actions and our words may always promote peace.    “Imagine Peace” WCC 07/08

Scripture Focus    James 3: 13 – 4: 3, 7-8a

But the wisdom from God is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield,

full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.

Message    “Do anything that makes the world a more peaceful place”

U.N. General Secretary Antonio Guterres    — Kathryn Whitacre

*Sending Song    “Peace Be Still, and Know That I Am God”    Insert

*Sending Words

*Sending Music