Peace Mennonite At-Home Worship: May 17, 2020

Jack in the Pulpit, Photo taken by Ken Ratzlaff

Welcome to Worship with Peace Mennonite!

You are invited to join us for sharing and prayer on Zoom each Sunday morning at 11.  Simply click this link. This morning the Worship Committee plans to have some structured sharing and prayer time for the first thirty or forty minutes, and then leave the zoom call open for more informal conversation afterwards.

A reminder that our current church announcements are available here.

Prelude

Accordian Crimes/Golden Ticket by Coreopsis (Lauralyn Bodle, Noah Musser, & Whitney Baker
Dakota Verbena, taken by Ken Ratzlaff

Welcome from Pastor Melissa:

We are happy you are worshiping with us today! We’ve been praying that “as many as are meant to be here” will join us for songs, prayers, and a message of thoughtful faith. I trust you will find beauty here, and feel at ease bringing questions and comments to the Zoom hour of fellowship or by writing them to us on our Facebook page. We share our hope in Christ and new life with you, wherever you are.

Scripture Reading: I John 3:1-7 (read by Melissa Atchison)

Call to Worship

Gathering Hymn: Jesus Stand Among Us

Congregational Prayer: (Based on Hymnal: A Worship Book #805)

God, we come before you with gratitude for the beauty of spring

and with sorrow for the massive suffering in the world.

We sorrow, but not as those who have no hope.

We grieve, but not as those who center their thoughts on death.

We sense loneliness, but not as those who are left alone.

We thank you that even in separation we experience love, peace, and hope.

We thank you that beauty can feed our souls.

Our help is in you.

Our hope is in your promise,

in Christ who taught us to pray…

Children’s Time: Jenny Welch Buller

Hymn: And Can It Be

Scripture Reading and Sermon: Piet Knetsch, Luke 24: 36-49

Hymn of Response: Thine Is the Glory, (Blue Hymnal: A Worship Book #269)

Thine is the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son!

Endless is the vict’ry thou o’er death hast won.

Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,

kept the folded graveclothes where thy body lay.

Thine is the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son!

Endless is the vict’ry thou o’er death has won.

Lo! Jesus meets us. Risen from the tomb,

lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom.

Let his church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,

for our Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting.

Thine is the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son!

Endless is the vict’ry thou o’er death has won.

Offering

You are invited to mail your financial contributions to the church (615 Lincoln St., Lawrence, KS, 66044) or to the home of our treasurer, Roberta Renz (address in the church directory).

See the “How and Where to Give” section of our announcements page for information on giving to other organizations who need funding at this time.

Do you enjoy cloud-gazing? Please take photos of clouds this week and email them to Pastor Melissa or the office to use in the service next Sunday.

Dave Mathis shares a request from our Justice Matters Team Leaders:

Sending Hymn: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (Blue Hymnal: A Worship Book #71), Bob and Melissa Atchison

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love.

Hearts unfold like flow’rs before thee, praising thee their sun above.

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away.

Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!

All thy works with joy surround thee, earth and heav’n reflect thy rays,

stars and angels sing around thee, center of unbroken praise.

Field and forest, vale and mountain, blooming meadow, flashing sea,

chanting bird and flowing fountain, call us to rejoice in thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever bless’d,

well-spring of the joy of living, oceandepth of happy rest!

Thou our Father, Christ our brother, all who live in love are thine.

Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the mighty chorus which the morning stars began.

Love divine is reigning o’er us, leading us with mercy’s hand.

Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife.

Joyful music lifts us sunward in the triumph song of life!

Benediction: Pastor Melissa

Enjoy this slide show of photos shared by Tara Heilke, British Columbia: “Here you go: three pictures of arrow leaf balsam root (AKA “Okanagan sunflowers”) on the mountain not far from our house, and a bonus shot of our Mother’s Day picnic site, in the hope that it will lure some of our Kansas friends up for a visit someday, when travel becomes a good idea again.”

We read the Gospels not merely to get a picture or an image or an idea of Christ

but to enter in and pass through the words of revelation

to establish, by faith, a vital contact with the Christ who dwells in our souls as God.

Thomas Merton