Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: April 18, 2021

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

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. Please note that this morning (April 18) we will have an abbreviated sharing time followed by our quarterly congregational meeting.  Simply click this link. We also invite you to our Wednesday night gatherings at 7:30.

Worship Images: first four from Elinor and the last one from Whitney

Prelude: The Lord is Risen Indeed, Voices Together #357

Welcome and Call to Worship: Voices Together #851

Opening Scripture: Deuteronomy 1:9-13

Gathering Hymn: Could it Be That God is Singing, Voices Together #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.

And in yet another week of violence in our country, we offer prayers for peace:

Holy and loving God,

We cry “Peace, peace!” but there is no peace.
Hear our cries, O God.

Hear our cries for those wounded, traumatized, grieving
in the wake of forty-five mass shootings in the United States in the past month:
Indianapolis, Pensacola, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Chicago, Wichita, Seattle, Memphis, Fort Worth,
Milwaukee, Detroit, Birmingham, Dallas, Cleveland, Boulder, Philadelphia, Atlanta,
and towns whose names we’d never know except for the tragedies on the news.

Hear our cries for those wounded, traumatized, grieving
in the wake of police violence:
for those impacted by the trial of the officer who killed George Floyd;
for the renewed grief and outrage in the community after the murder of Duante Wright;
for the family, the friends, the neighbors of Adam Toledo, 13, shot dead;
for those who have come before and those fearful they will be next.

God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Hear our prayer and guide our feet in the path of your justice–
the justice that will lead to true peace.

Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Hymn: Now the Green Blade Rises, Voices Together #353

Scripture Reading: Acts 6:1-8

Sermon from Rev. Megan Ramer, pastor of Seattle Mennonite Church

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.

Closing Hymn: The Great Storm is Over

Benediction:

Upcoming Daily Scripture Readings:

  • Monday: *Acts 8:1-8, 26-40
  • Tuesday: Acts 9:1-19, 32-43
  • Wednesday: Acts 10
  • Thursday: Acts 12:1-19
  • Friday: Acts 14:8-28

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

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