Sharing of the Peace
Hospitality, Community and Graced Dependence
Each week we invite the community to join in a time of sharing the Peace of God with those around them. For millennia the Church has believed that the Sharing of the Peace is more than a simple greeting and rather is an actual blessing upon that person. A common blessing follows, “Peace be with you!” with the response, “And also with you!”
Call to Worship
How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty. His righteousness never fails. He causes us to remember his wonderful works. How gracious and merciful is our Lord. He provides food for those who fear him, he remembers his covenant forever. - Psalm 111v2-5
The prayer of confession invites us to speak words that are remarkably honest about our own sin - words that do not come naturally in our relationship with God or with our fellow human beings. A full prayer of confession acknowledges that our sin is more than an isolated example of bad judgment. We are sinful people, and we live in need of a Savior. Our confession also acknowledges that sin infects not just ourselves - but also societies, institutions, and all of creation. Along with the confession of personal sins, we confess our participation in the structures and institutions in which evil persists.
Merciful God, we confess that 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 and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen. - The Worship Sourcebook
Along with the confession we receive the assurance of God’s grace. The good news of the gospel is that in Christ we are forgiven! The announcement of this truth is one of the most beautiful moments in worship.
Hear the good news!
There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
For the law of the Spirit has set you free from the law of sin and death.
Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation.
The old life has gone; a new life has begun.
God Almighty has revealed to us in Christ that we are LOVED, FORGIVEN, and at PEACE.
Scripture Reading | Hebrews 13v1-14
Sermon | Sharing of the Peace
The Lord Jesus, on the night of his arrest, took bread, and after giving thanks to God, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.” Every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the saving death of the risen Lord until he comes.
I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. - Ephesians 3v17-19