Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: October 11, 2020

Welcome to worship with Peace Mennonite Church. If this is your first time worshiping with us, please watch this welcome video from our pastor.

Whether you are new to Peace or a regular participant, we are glad you are with us in worship and invite you to join us for our Zoom discussion and prayer time at 11:00 each Sunday morning.  Simply click this link. 

You are also welcome to join us for our Peace Pursuits Bible study and topic discussions on Wednesday nights. More church announcements are here.

A photo of Armstrong Lake from the Claassens

Prelude: This fun animation helps fill in the gap between last week’s story of the Passover and this week’s story of the Israelites worshiping the golden calf.

Welcome from Becky:

(See this web page for details about the bonfire and star party!)

Opening Scripture:

Call to Worship: from Sing the Journey #124

Gathering Hymn: All people that on Earth do dwell; Hymnal Worship Book #42

Congregational Prayer:
You are invited to offer your prayers to God. For what are you thankful this morning? What would you ask of God for yourself? Who do you know who needs God’s loving presence right now? What are your prayers for our community, our country, and our world?

Feel free to share your prayers with people around you, in the comments below, or on our Zoom call at 11 Sunday morning.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Experiencing the Story: from Jenny

Hymn: My song is love unknown, Hymnal Worship Book #235

Scripture Reading: Exodus 32:1-14

And the Hollywood version of the story:

Sermon from Joe Casad

Prayer Practice for the Week: PrayerDoodles

This exercise is inspired by the practices of Zen Doodling and Praying in Color. It can be an especially helpful prayer when there are lists running around in your head, when there is a situation weighing heavily on your heart, or when you just need to slown.

  • Use a black pen or pencil to draw a dot in each corner of your paper. Connect the dots with wavy lines to form a border.
  • Next, divide the framed area into several sections by drawing random lines within the frame.
  • Place a focus scripture, image, or thought in one of the sections near the center.
  • In the remaining sections of your doodle, write words, names, and/or phrases that reflect who/what you want to lift up in prayer. (For example, write “peace” in the center and fill in the other spaces with the names of people and situations for which you would ask peace.)
  • After you have written words in each section, begin coloring your prayer doodle one section at a time. You can color in an entire section, draw in a pattern, use multiple colors . . . anything you want.
  • As you color each section, offer the word(s) written there as a prayer to God. (See Pastor Joanna’s blog for pictures of an example.)
  • If you’d like, share an image of your prayer doodle on our church Facebook page.


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).

During October, the Mennonite Central Committee is celebrating its 100th anniversary.  With the motto “Relief, Development and Peace in the name of Christ,” MCC is our partner in reaching out to the world. Last Sunday, we viewed a video that told us the history of MCC.  Today, we look at more of the role of MCC in the Anabaptist world.  Next Sunday, we will show the relationship of MCC with Peace Mennonite in Lawrence.  (Contact Ken Ratzlaff if you have been involved with MCC!) Then we will join Anabaptist churches worldwide in an offering to further MCC’s work, touching lives of people uprooted by conflict and disaster and helping to build peace to families and communities.

You can give at any time to MCC directly, or by noting “MCC” on the memo line of your church offering check.

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.

Benediction: from Numbers 6:22-26

Closing Hymn: The Lord bless you and keep you, Sing the Journey #76

Upcoming Daily Scripture Readings:

  • Monday: Joshua 1:1-10, 6; 24:28-32
  • Tuesday: Judges 13:1-7, 24; 15:20-16:30
  • Wednesday: *1 Samuel 1:1-2:11
  • Thursday: 1 Samuel 3
  • Friday: 1 Samuel 9-10

*You can find the full list of Bible readings here.

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