November 19, 2017

Montreat Sunday

10:20AM


Greet your neighbors–Pass Friendship Pad to others in your pew, and then pass it back.





Gathering


Welcome


Pastor Mindy

Montreat Moment


Logan Castro

Prelude

Montreat Slideshow


Procession

“Rise Up”

By Andra Day



Call To Worship

Logan Castro

L: Open your heart. Open your mind. Open your life.

P: To possibilities. To community. To presence. To peace.

L: Listen. Watch. Wait. Hope.

P: For voices long silenced. For hospitality graciously extended. For justice like and ever- flowing stream. For marginalizing oppression forever erased.

L: As Rahab welcomed strangers and offered safety and compassion.

P: We worship and together work for the Beloved Community of Peace here in this place and throughout the earth.

Opening Prayer

Logan Castro



*Hymn #15

“All Creatures of Our God and King”

*Call To Confession

Amanda Kavaja

*Prayer of confession

Amanda Kavaja

Challenging God, you created us in your image, but we do not see divinity in one another. We tarnish your reflection as we pursue our own interests, instead of stepping back to offer welcome and hospitality. We seek our own version of justice instead of loving our neighbors and our enemies, It is not just our choice of stress over belief, but the opportunities we miss to share comfort and faith. You are often not the first we choose, and we are often busy seeking to find our own lives rather than looking to follow you. Forgive us. Help us, O God, to do justice, to love mercy, and walk with us. Empower us with the courage to love with reckless abandon, Amen.

*Silent Prayer

“Sunrise to Sunset”

By Paul Wright

*Assurance Of Pardon

*Gloria patri #581

Children’s chat

Daniel DaRocha, George Kirvalidze, Stephen Skros





Hearing


Prayer For Illumination

First Lesson

Joshua2:1-21

Justin Hanley

Second Lesson

Colossians 3:12-17

Victoria Mancene

Sermon

“Missing Peace”

Peter Willoughby





Responding


*Hymn #623

“Peace Like a River”

*Affirmation Of Faith

Nicolette Mancine

We believe that this unity of the people of God must be manifested and be active in an variety of ways; in that we love one another; that we experience, practice and pursue community with one another; that we are obligated to give ourselves willingly and joyfully to be of benefit and blessing to one another; that we share one faith, have one calling, are of one soul and one mind; have one God and Father, are filled with the Spirit, are baptized with one baptism, eat of one bread and drink of one cup, confess one name, are obedient to one Lord, work for one cause, and share one hope.

Offering



Offertory

“With My Own Two Hands”

By Jack Johnson

*Doxology #606

“Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow”

Responsive Prayer of Dedication

Lucas DaRocha

What more can we offer, Gracious God, than our finances, our resources, our time, our talents, our lives?

Each gift on its own doesn’t amount to much, but in community we offer these gifts in response to your tremendous abundance.

Together, this beloved community offers you all of this and our love, and our offering becomes more, not simply added together but somehow multiplied in its usefulness.

Bless these gifts, and with the addition of our blessing, may abundance fill to overflowing the grace, mercy, peace, and love given for the glory of your name and the service of your children. Amen.

Prayer of God’s People and the Lord’s Prayer

Alyssa Molnar


Sending


*Hymn #300

“We are One in the Spirit”

*Benediction

Postlude

“Love Makes the World Go Round”

By Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda


*Those Who Can, May Stand