Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: April 5, 2020

Current church announcements are available here, including information about Holy Week and Easter worship opportunities.

You are invited to join us for sharing prayer concerns and conversation on Zoom each Sunday morning at 11. Simply click this link.

This worship image is a photograph by Doug Koch.

You are encouraged to enter into worship in an intentional way this morning. That might mean creating a special worship space in your home, lighting a candle, or simply closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths. Some of you might also appreciate having a knitting, coloring, or other project available as you listen to the audio parts of this service.

Prelude from Jim Krause

Scripture Reading from Piet Knetsch: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

Welcome from Pastor Joanna

During our in-person worship times, when I led the congregational prayer, I often began by thanking God for the privilege and joy it was to be worshiping together. I was sincerely grateful for that experience, and I never considered that our ability to worship physically together would be suspended in this way.

I miss you, my friends. I miss being with you in the flesh on Sunday mornings. I miss your non-computer-filtered voices and your handshakes (and your after-worship snacks).

And yet, still, it is a privilege and a joy to join with you in worship. Thank you for showing up with the church and for the church–in whatever ways you can. May the peace of Christ be with you.

Call to Worship

Let us give thanks to God, for God is good.
God’s steadfast love endures forever.
In the palm-waving crowd and at the foot of the cross,
God’s steadfast love endures forever.
In our moments of calm and joy, in our moments of panic and grief,
God’s steadfast love endures forever.
Let us worship our God in spirit and truth,
for God’s steadfast love endures forever.

Hymn: All Glory Laud and Honor (selected by Andrea)
Feel free to wave a branch, a coat, a scarf or whatever is at hand as you listen to this hymn–and sing along if you know the words.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIfG0ImgdWM&feature=youtu.be

Congregational Prayer:

How can we hold you in prayer  this week? Please consider sharing with the community by joining our 11:00 Zoom call, commenting below, or emailing Pastor Joanna.

You are invited to pray this prayer from pastor Jessica Cottrell:

As we follow you through the streets of Jerusalem,
we carry the prayers that we have for ourselves and for others.
We pray for our health care workers who are being stretched
to their limit by this health crisis named COVID-19.
We pray for nurses and doctors, for lab techs and pharmacists,
for the hospitality and cleaning staff of hospitals,
and all others who are making sure our health care system runs smoothly.
Grant them your courage and your strength.
We pray for those who are feeling alone and isolated
in this time of staying at home, of being physically distant.
We pray for those who have loved ones who are sick
and who cannot be with them at this time.
Grant them your compassion and your mercy.
We pray for parents and caregivers who find themselves at home
with their children all day, every day,
trying hard to figure out educational needs and calming anxiety and fears
that have arisen by the restrictions put in place.
We pray for teachers who are doing their jobs in new and challenging ways,
trying to nurture community, provide content, and calm anxieties.
We pray for our children who are wondering why they can’t see their friends or their grandparents or other family members,
who are missing birthday parties and school field trips,
who are worried and anxious and scared.
Grant them your peace and your comfort.
We pray for our leaders – city, state, and federal.
all who are being called upon to make unprecedented decisions
for the health and well being of their communities.
They are forging into an unknown future
and we pray that they know they do not walk alone.
We pray for those whose services have been deemed essential,
those who do not have the luxury to work from home:
the grocery store clerks, the truck drivers, the construction workers
the funeral directors, the mail and package delivery people,
and all others who are serving their communities.
Grant them your courage and your strength.
Loving God, as we walk with you into this week,
we bring before you all our prayers
that we name now in the silence of our hearts . . .
Merciful God, we bring all our prayers to you
trusting that you hear them and hold them in your love
we pray in the name of your Son,
Jesus the Christ, who taught us to pray:

Photo credit: Grace Harader-Ellett; bench painted by Mikayla Kaufman

Childrens Time from Melissa Atchison (who will be the sabbatical coverage pastor for PMC this summer) 

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urMGo3rhtvI&feature=youtu.be

Scripture Reading from Piet Knetsch: Matthew 21:1-11

Message from Joanna Harader
(Sermon manuscript can be read here.)

Link: https://youtu.be/Q37LGxHpS9c

Offertory Hymn: I want Jesus to Walk with me

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsLrtmIAaxU&feature=youtu.be

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).

Also, the Peace and Justice Committee invites you to share the unique ways you are serving others during this time of pandemic. These “mission moments” will be shared on our Living Peace page. Please email your contributions to Karen Brown (ksb10 at juno dot com). Our first sharing comes from Carola Ratzlaff.

Prayer: (Written by Joanna Harader and Jessica Cottrell)

God of the cross, tottering down the streets of Jerusalem on a donkey,
You are not the savior we expect.
Your power doesn’t look like the power we want our God to have.
Your wisdom makes no sense to us.
We are happy to join the crowd, waving branches,
but not so sure we want to follow you through this Holy Week:
into the temple courts
into the upper room
into the Garden of Gethsemane
to the high priest’s house,
to the assembly of elders,
to Pilate,
to Herod,
to the place of The Skull,
to the foot of the cross.
We need you to go with us on this journey.
Grant us clear vision,
Courageous hearts,
Persistent steps.

Benediction: Celtic Prayer

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUwn-r0mX5c

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: March 29, 2020

Our visual worship image is a photograph by Roger Martin.

You are encouraged to enter into worship in an intentional way this morning. That might mean creating a special worship space in your home, lighting a candle, or simply closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths. Some of you might also appreciate having a knitting, coloring, or other project available as you listen to the audio parts of this service.

Prelude from Ed Faris

Scripture Reading: John 11:1-45 (read by Rosie Claassen from The Message)

Welcome from Pastor Joanna:

This is the day that our God has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Whatever your day holds, I am so grateful you are choosing to spend part of it with Peace Mennonite Church in home-based worship.

Please note:

  • This week’s announcements can be found on our web site.
  • This Tuesday (March 31) is the deadline for regular PMC participants to fill out this brief survey.
  • You are invited to join us for sharing prayer concerns and conversation on Zoom each Sunday morning at 11. Simply click this link.
  • Feel free to share any prayer requests or reflections on the scripture in the comments section at the bottom of this post.

It is a privilege for us to worship together this morning–in spirit and in truth. May this time of worship soothe your soul and strengthen you for the days ahead. May the peace of Christ be with you.

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 130)

In the wilderness we cry out to our God.
In the wilderness our souls wait.
In the wilderness we hope in God’s word.
In the wilderness we know God’s steadfast love.
And so, in the wilderness, we worship together.

Hymn of Praise (chosen by Anne Bailey)

URL Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohxqPf-LyAo

Congregational Prayer:

How can we hold you in prayer  this week? Please consider sharing with the community by joining our 11:00 Zoom call, commenting below, or emailing Pastor Joanna.

As you pray, silently or aloud:

  • Give God thanks for what is good and beautiful in your life and in the world right now.
  • Pray for those who are struggling and suffering–include any prayer requests you know of from others in our church community and prayers for those impacted by COVID-19.
  • Pray for God’s wisdom and guidance in your life.
  • Conclude with the Lord’s Prayer.
Thinking of Michela, Joanna and Ryan’s exchange daughter, who arrived back home in Italy yesterday–and all people around the world struggling with the rapid spread of the Coronavirus. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYM_0V1qfxw)

Children’s Time from Melissa Atchison (who will be the sabbatical coverage pastor for PMC this summer) This video is for everyone–not just children.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIk0BrW3H00&feature=youtu.be

Scripture: Ezekiel 37:1-14 (Read by Rosie Claassen)

Reflection from Joe Casad:

You can read the manuscript of Joe’s reflection here.

Offertory Music from Ed Farris

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).

If you are able, please consider an additional contribution to help those in particular need right now. Some suggestions are:

  • Peace Mennonite Benevolence fund (mail to church or Roberta Renz, write “benevolence” in memo line)
  • For our LINK participation, we are contributing money to First Baptist Church who will provide sack lunches and water bottles for LINK guests. Online giving is here. (Select “operating fund” and write “LINK” in the notes box.) Or mail a check to: 1330 Kasold Drive, Lawrence, KS, 66049
  • Various community organizations including Family Promise.

Offertory Prayer:

God of the wilderness,
We give these offerings in gratitude,
rejoicing in the abundance of your gifts to us.
We give these offerings in faith,
trusting that you will provide for our needs.
We give these offerings in hope,
knowing you can use them to spread your love in this world.
And with these offerings, we give ourselves;
May we live with generous hearts, with open hands. Amen

Prayer Hymn: (selected by Anne Bailey; Choose one or both.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXS3L-sdfPA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIVY48x0syQ

Prayer:

God,
Death is all around us.
Of course death is not new,
but we feel it in new and difficult ways right now.
Breathe the breath of your Spirit
Into the dry places of our lives,
Into the wastelands of our hearts.
Breathe and fill us
With your love,
Your grace,
Your purpose,
Your Life.
Amen.

Closing Hymn (from Joe Casad)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta42xU2UXLA&feature=youtu.be

Benediction from Romans 8:38

Friends, may you hear and believe the Good News of the Gospel:

“Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: March 22, 2020

Our “front table” decoration from Gwen Wiens: Lenten Roses.
A prelude from our friends Chris and Christine Crouse-Dick.

Scripture Reading: Exodus 17:1-7, read by Joanna Harader

Welcome from Pastor Joanna:

Good morning, and welcome to our online worship order for Peace Mennonite Church (in Lawrence, KS). As we begin worship, I would like to note a few things:

  • This week’s announcements can be found on our web site.
  • The Justice Matters Solutions Briefing is being held on-line tomorrow night (March 23) at 6:30. You can register on Facebook, or email Anna Long (anna@justicemattersinkansas.org) to find out how to “attend.”
  • Regular PMC participants are asked to fill out this brief survey.
  • Please join us for sharing prayer concerns and conversation on Zoom each Sunday morning at 11. Simply click this link.
  • Feel free to share any prayer requests or reflections on the scripture in the comments section at the bottom of this post.
  • I encourage you to enter into worship in an intentional way this morning. That might mean creating a special worship space in your home, lighting a candle, or simply closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths.

During this time of physical separation, I am encouraged to know that we are joining together in spirit to continue our practice of worship. Thank you for being here. May you know the peace of Christ that surpasses understanding.

Opening Prayer

Holy One,
We cannot gather in person this morning, but we are gathered in spirit.
We come together in our uncertainty and our fear.
We come together in our determination and our hope.
We come together to worship you:
Our Creator and Sustainer,
The One who provides water from a rock
To quench our parched throats,
And living water from Jesus
To restore our weary spirits.
Let us know your presence with us
And our presence with each other
In this time of worship.
Amen.

Gathering Hymn: Jesus, Rock of Ages–from an album produced by some Mennonites in California to raise money for Mennonite Central Committee

Congregational Prayer

What would you like us to know about your life? How can we hold you in prayer  this week? Please consider sharing with the community in one of the following ways:

  • Go to the Zoom hangout at 11:00 to talk with others in the community.
  • Leave a comment on this blog post. (Note that this is a public page, so do not share anything that you do not want to be public.)
  • Share a comment in the “Friends of Peace Mennonite” Facebook group.
  • Send an email to pastor Joanna (PeaceMennoPastor@gmail.com) or your Ministry Team representative.
  • Call pastor Joanna or your Ministry Team representative. (If you do not have the phone number you need, email Joanna and she can share it with you.)

As you pray, silently or aloud:

  • Give God thanks for what is good and beautiful in your life and in the world right now.
  • Pray for those who are struggling and suffering–include any prayer requests you know of from others in our church community and prayers for those impacted by COVID-19.
  • Pray for God’s wisdom and guidance in your life.
  • Conclude with the Lord’s Prayer.

Scripture: John 4:5-42

You can listen to Joanna read the scripture while watching the youtube video. (Pro tip: mute the sound on the video.)

John 4:5-42, NRSV

Below is a meditation from Piet Knetsch.

If you prefer to read the meditation, please click here.

Spend some time in silence reflecting on the scripture and meditation. If you have thoughts to share, please post in the comments below.

Offertory Music: Shared by Anne Bailey

Offertory Prayer:

God of the wilderness,
We give these offerings in gratitude,
rejoicing in the abundance of your gifts to us.
We give these offerings in faith,
trusting that you will provide for our needs.
We give these offerings in hope,
knowing you can use them to spread your love in this world.
And with these offerings, we give ourselves;
May we live with generous hearts, with open hands. Amen

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).

If you are able, please consider an additional contribution to help those in particular need right now. Some suggestions are:

  • Peace Mennonite Benevolence fund (mail to church or Roberta Renz, write “benevolence” in memo line)
  • Bert Nash Homeless Outreach
  • For our LINK participation, we are contributing money to First Baptist Church who will provide sack lunches and water bottles for LINK guests. Online giving is here. Or mail a check to: 1330 Kasold Drive, Lawrence, KS, 66049

Prayer (by Rev. Michelle L. Torigian; shared at RevGalBlogPals)

God of this moment and the next –

The world is changing rapidly
and our leaders are giving us new instructions daily.

In our decision making,
remind us that taking a deep breath
and inhaling the Spirit’s peace
will help us to focus on you and your intentions.

As our minds get dizzy from the over abundance of information
and swim from the surrealism life now has to offer,
may your clarity direct our focus through the clouds and clowns.

May we listen for reason and push aside the eerie noises of self-interested voices.

We’re living in a time like no other.
As our emotions begin to burst forth from us, give us the comfort we need to see your peace.
And surround us with people who will help us find our grounding.

Amen.

Closing Hymn: “How Can I Keep from Singing” sung by Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus

Benediction from Julian of Norwich

“If there is anywhere on earth a lover of God is always kept safe, I know nothing of it, for it was not shown to me. But this was shown: that in falling and rising again we are always kept in that same precious love.”

My friends, be at peace.