Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: October 18, 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.

Hannah and Elkanah, the Winchester Bible, 12th century.

Prelude: My Soul Proclaims

Opening Scripture: Luke 1:46-55

Welcome from the Wise Women

Call to Worship: I invite you to close your eyes and listen to this call to worship from Pastor Joanna.

Gathering Hymn: Praise, I will praise you Lord, Hymnal Worship Book #76

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: from Dominican Sisters Retreat, March 1993, Great Bend, Kansas; read by Piper and Perry

Hymn: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise, Hymnal a Worship Book #70

Bridging the Gap: From Exodus to 1 Samuel

Sermon with Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 1:9-2:10

(Here is the link to the interview with Wendsler Noise, Sr.)

Prayer Practice for the Week:
This week’s practice is to offer prayers of lament. Share all of your grief, anger, and confusion with God. Speak it, sing it, write it . . . or simply feel it in your heart.

I share (with permission) a poem written by my friend (and pastor of McPherson Mennonite Church):

Lament

O God –
You spoke a word and the earth was formed,
 mountains rose and the rains came.
You parted the Red Sea,
 provided food and water where there was none.
You healed the sick, the lame,
 brought people to life from the dead.
O God, you are capable of any wonders
Yet I remain childless.

You gave Sarah a child in her old age,
children to Hannah and to Elizabeth.
You opened the wombs of Rebekah and Rachel
Yet I remain childless.
Am I not of equal value in your sight to any of these?

O God, reach down to me in my sorrow
Reach down to me in my anger
Reach down to me in my pain
And heal the brokenness of my heart.

—Rose Marie Zook Barber 1999

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).

This week we conclude our celebration of Mennonite Central Committee’s 100 year anniversary. You are invited to join Anabaptist churches worldwide in an offering to further MCC’s work. You can give to MCC directly, or by noting “MCC” on the memo line of your church offering check. The video below was created by Ken Ratzlaff and shares about Peace Mennonite’s connection to MCC.

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.

Sending Hymn: Come, we that love the Lord, verse 4; Hymnal Worship Book #14

*Led by Pax Ressler at a Mennonite Church USA inclusive worship service

Benediction:

Upcoming Daily Scripture Readings: Week of October 19

  • Monday: 1 Samuel 15-16
  • Tuesday: 1 Samuel 20
  • Wednesday: 1 Samuel 25
  • Thursday: 2 Samuel 1:1-15; 2:1-7; 5:1-5
  • Friday: *2 Samuel 7:1-17; 11

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


Want more worship? Joanna led mid-week vespers for Plymouth Congregational Church this week. It’s a lovely, brief, service of music, scripture, prayer, and reflection.

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