Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: July 12, 2020

We will have a communion service together on Zoom at 9 a.m. Sunday, July 12. All are welcome. Bring your own bread and beverage. Click here to join.

Welcome to Peace Mennonite Church! We are glad you are with us in worship and invite you to join our Zoom discussion and prayer time at 11:00 each Sunday morning.  Note that this time on July 12 will begin with a brief congregational meeting. 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.

Photo credit: Roger Martin

Prelude: You might recognize this song from Sara, Perry, and Piper Bonner from several weeks ago. Grace has put the music together with pictures of our church gardens. This is the video we have shared with Western District Conference for the upcoming Assembly.

Welcome from Pastor Joanna

Passing the Peace: Please take a moment to share a word of greeting in the comments below. We’d love to know who is sharing in this worship experience.

Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34 (read by Dave Mathis)

Call to Worship:

Gathering Hymn: Come and See (Sung by Sara and Perry Bonner) #20

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.

Consider using this information to create a breath prayer that you can pray throughout your week.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Children’s Time with Anne Bailey

Scripture Reading: Acts 10: 9-23 (read by Dave Mathis)

Hymn: Here I am Lord (sung by Sara and Perry Bonner) #385

Sermon: Where we don’t want to go

Resources referenced in sermon:

Reflection Time : Here I am Lord (sung by Sara and Perry Bonner) #385

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.

The Peace and Justice Committee wants to remind everyone that they are collecting Service Stories to share with the congregation. We know Mennonites tend to be humble, so if there is someone you would love to hear from, feel free to nominate them! Someone from the P&J Committee will follow up! (Committee members: Karen Brown, Ken Ratzlaff, Barbara Yoder, Susan Reiger, and Roger Gibson.)

Benediction:

Closing Hymn: New earth, Heavens new (sung by Sara and Perry Bonner) #299

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: July 19, 2020

Welcome to worship with Peace Mennonite Church. 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.

Photo by Doug Koch

Prelude:

Welcome from Pastor Joanna

Passing the Peace: Please take a moment to share a word of greeting in the comments below. We’d love to know who is sharing in this worship experience.

Scripture Reading: Psalm 67 (Read by Jill Allen)

Call to Worship from Psalm 67:

Gathering Hymn:

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: sung by Thomas Heilke

Children’s Time from Jenny Welch Buller

Hymn:

Scripture Reading: Acts 14:8-20 (Read by Jill Allen)

Sermon from Thomas Heilke

Hymn of Reflection:

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.

Benediction: [Music]

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: July 5, 2020

Welcome to worship with Peace Mennonite Church. 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.

Twila Schmidt sent in this picture of the praying woman statue in front of the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum. She is wearing her face mask!

Prelude: from Elinor

Welcome from Pastor Joanna

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 43:15-21 (read by Joni Fornelli)

Call to Worship:

God makes a way,
So we study God’s word.

God provides a path,
So we pray for God’s guidance.

God is about to do a new thing,
So we act with God for good in the world.

God gives springs in the desert,
Water in the wilderness,
So we take this time to worship our God.

Gathering Hymn: I sing the mighty power of God (Hymnal, A Worship Book #46) from Anne Bailey

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:

Children’s Time: A song from Norah!

Scripture Reading: Acts 9:1-19 (read by Joni Fornelli)

Sermon from Katie Hobson and Dave Mathis

Prayer Hymn: I need thee every hour (Hymnal, a Worship Book #555)

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).

Mennonite Church USA has launched a new Justice Fund that will “support MC USA churches that are actively involved in dismantling racism, addressing police brutality, reimagining policing in our society, or combating poverty.” Read more and find out how to donate here.

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

Benediction: from Colossians 1:9-12
Cross made for Joanna by Tara Heilke

May you be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives fully pleasing to God, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from God’s glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to God, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints. 

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: June 28, 2020

Welcome to worship with Peace Mennonite Church. We are glad you are with us in worship. You are also invited to join us Wednesday night at 7:30 on Zoom to discuss Ta-Nehisi Coates’ article “The Case for Reparations.

Engraving of the stoning of Stephen by Jan Luyken from Martyrs Mirror

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

Our current church announcements are available here.

Prelude: from Ed Farris

Welcome from Pastor Joanna

Thank you for being here–wherever here is for you.
Thank you for taking the time to worship with the people of Peace Mennonite Church.

We remain together in spirit and together in purpose during this time when we are not physically together for worship.

Whether you join us every week or have stopped by for the first time, welcome. Welcome to Peace. Welcome to worship.

Scripture Reading: Psalm 31:1-5; 15-16; read by Jenny Welch Buller

Call to Worship: (Photo of wildflowers on the church grounds)

Gathering Hymn: “We are people of God’s peace” from Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (#407 in Hymnal a Worship Book–verse two not in hymnal)

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 University Mennonite Church and Mennonite Central Committee

Children’s Time

Scripture Reading: Acts 6:8-10, 12; 7:1-2a, 51-60; 8:1a
Read by Jenny Welch Buller and Ben Buller

Sermon by Joanna Harader

Resources referenced in the Sermon:

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).

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: It is well with my soul

Benediction:

Photos of our church wildflowers from our neighbor (with the dog), Matt Whitesell

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: June 21, 2020

Welcome to worship with Peace Mennonite Church. We are glad you are with us in worship and invite you to also join us for our Peace Pursuits Bible study and topic discussions on Wednesday nights at 7:30. This week we are on week 2 of our Acts Bible study.

Scroll through the pictures below to see the instruments Peace Mennonite people use to praise God.

“Praise God with the lyre; make melody to God with the harp of ten strings.” ~Psalm 33:2

You are invited to join us for sharing and prayer on Zoom each Sunday morning from 11-11:45. We’d love to see you!  Simply click this link. 

Our church announcements are available here.

Prelude: “Sailor’s Wife” performed by Whitney Baker’s group, Coreopsis

Welcome from Pastor Joanna

“Let your steadfast love, O God, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” (Psalm 33:22) These are words I want to carry with me into the coming week–to take comfort in God’s enduring love and to live with hope.

With all that is going on in the world, it can be difficult to remember that God’s love and hope are with us–all the time. Joining with others in worship is one spiritual practice that helps me keep God and God’s love centered in my life. So I thank you for being part of this worship experience. And I pray that your participation in worship will help you live more fully into God’s steadfast love and hope in the coming week.

Welcome, my friends, to worship.

Photo by Grace Harader-Ellett

Scripture Reading: Psalm 33 (Read by Cheryl Harader)

Call to Worship: (based on Psalm 33)

God loves righteousness.
So let us seek to live in right relationship with God, with each other, and with creation.
God loves justice.
So let us notice the unjust structures in our world and work to dismantle them.
God fashions the hearts of all people.
So let us open our hearts to be shaped by the power of the Holy Spirit.
God observes all our deeds.
So let us follow the path of Jesus faithfully.
God’s steadfast love is upon us.
So let us hope in God.
Let us worship our God.

Gathering Hymn: Over my head (Sing the Journey #18)
Selected by Andrea Zuercher; we think this might be a Mennonite camp.

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?

You might enjoy getting some paper and markers (or pencils or crayons) and praying in color.

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: This is a video a colleague of Joanna’s made. (Go ahead. Follow along with the motions as you are able. Nobody is watching. 😉

Children’s Time

Hymn: In Christ there is no East or West (Hymnal a Worship Book #306)

If you would like to have a hymnal at home, please contact Pastor Joanna and the Worship Committee will get one to you soon!

Scripture Reading: Acts 6:1-7 (Read by Cheryl Harader)

Sermon

Resources referenced in the sermon:

Reflection Time: “Say a Prayer” from one of Grace and Joanna’s favorite musicals, Memphis

Offering our Money

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 need to adjust your pledge amount for this year, please let Roberta know.

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.

Offering our Efforts: Service Story from Ken Ratzlaff

Ninemile Creek meanders through Lansing Correctional Facility, and on a ridge, the old limestone buildings of the East Unit became the home of an inmate choir in 1995. Elvira Voth, after a distinguished choral career in Alaska, retired to the KC area and saw the need for arts activities for inmates. The East Hills Singers were born and are now 25 years old.

Inmates in minimum security join community volunteers to prepare for two concerts a year outside the prison walls. The inmates have an opportunity for a positive accomplishment in singing and a window into the outside. Their partners, many of whom come from Rainbow Blvd
Mennonite and Southern Hills Mennonite, are also given the opportunity to sing and to join the relationship. Inmates introduce the music in the concerts and often tell of what the relationships mean to them. Some who are released to the area later become community volunteers themselves.

During each choir season, volunteers rehearse bi-weekly on Mondays in Shawnee Mission, and the men in blue rehearse weekly in Lansing. I and my friend, Bob Franz, choose to go to the Lansing rehearsals.

In December, the minimum security population was moved into new, but very cramped, quarters, where the flu already spread like wildfire in January. So the choir is shut down by the covid crisis and may be difficult to get started again. But when we do return, we will be looking for more volunteers, men who enjoy singing and will support the inmates. The virus crisis shut the choir down at what would have been an exciting time. My fellow baritone, Daniel Ramos, had just been released and was looking forward to joining on the volunteer side. We were all excited about going to Europe virtually, singing the “Prisoner’s Chorus” from Beethoven’s Fidelio for an innovative New York opera company. When we restart is anyone’s guess. I’m looking forward to the restart, and I’m sure that our EHS colleagues are as well.

See this web page for more service stories. If you would like to share about a way you are seeking to serve others, please email Karen Brown.

Benediction:

May God bless you and keep you.
May the very face of God shine on you and be gracious to you.
May God’s presence embrace you and give you peace.

Closing Hymn: My Soul Cries Out (Sing the Story #124)
“A cry from Mennonites across the US for an end to white supremacy and police brutality against our siblings of color. This virtual hymn sing project has been a labor of love.”

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: June 14, 2020

Welcome to worship with Peace Mennonite Church. We are glad you are with us in worship and invite you to also join us for our Peace Pursuits Bible study and topic discussions on Wednesday nights. This week (June 17) we will discuss the film Just Mercy.

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity” Psalm 133:1~Peace Mennonite Church, July 2018

You are invited to join us for sharing and prayer on Zoom each Sunday morning at 11.  Simply click this link. The structured discussion and prayer time will last 30-40 minutes and you are welcome to stay on Zoom after that for informal conversation.

There are some exciting things going on at Peace Mennonite! Check out our current church announcements here.

Prelude:

Welcome from Pastor Joanna

Thanks so much for joining with Peace Mennonite in worship today. Whether you are a regular Peace attender or a friend from far away or new to our community, we are happy for you to be part of this virtual worship experience.

Over the summer we are journeying through the book of Acts and thinking about what it means to be church. I know this web page doesn’t look much like the form of church worship we are used to, but I am convinced that we can be present with God and present with each other in many different ways–including through a web page. So let us worship together in spirit and truth.

Scripture Reading: Psalm 133, read by Piet Knetsch

Call to Worship: What is Anabaptist Worship?

Gathering Hymn: The Church’s One Foundation (#311 in Hymnal, A Worship Book)

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:

Children’s Time
Here’s a sweet video I found. I imagine many of you adults will want to sing along as well.

Scripture Reading: Acts 4:31-5:11, read by Piet Knetsch

Sermon

Offertory Music: Hine Ma Tov

Offering our Money

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 anyone needs to adjust their pledge due to COVID-19, please contact Roberta Renz.

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.

Offering our Efforts

The Justice Matters team leaders wanted to share this exciting news from last Monday’s celebration: Peace Mennonite won the award for the highest percentage participation in the petition signature pledge drive. A number of Peace people equal to 98% of our average worship attendance texted “democracy” to 33777 and pledged to sign a petition–when it becomes available–to put the bond to finance the proposed jail expansion on the ballot. Good work, everyone! (For more information about the petition, see this video.)

Closing Hymn: Now go in peace (#74 in Sing the Journey)
–Sung by Philip Kendall

Benediction:

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: June 7, 2020

Welcome to worship with Peace Mennonite Church. This morning we begin our “Being Church” series as we journey through the book of Acts.

Photo credit: Roger Martin

You are invited to join us for sharing and prayer on Zoom each Sunday morning at 11.  Simply click this link. The structured discussion and prayer time will last 30-40 minutes and you are welcome to stay on Zoom after that for informal conversation.

There are some exciting things going on at Peace Mennonite! Check out our current church announcements here. And join us for our Peace Pursuits Bible studies and topic discussions each Wednesday night at 7:30.

Prelude: “Glory” sung by John Legend (with footage from the movie Selma.)

Welcome from Pastor Joanna

Hello, everyone! It’s been a blessed and busy week back “in the office.” I’m so glad to hear that you had a good month of May with Pastor Melissa. I love her dearly and knew that you would, too. Active Peace Mennonite folks should have received an email Tuesday night with my Zoom sabbatical report. I’m especially excited about the Peace Pursuits series that I planned during May and I look forward to meeting with you all each Wednesday night for Bible study and topic discussions.

It has been a heavy news week as we continue to wrestle with systemic racism, mourn the murder of George Floyd, and lament police violence against peaceful protesters. I invite you to bring all of your grief, confusion, and anger into this time of worship and let God be with you in the midst of it all.

Let us breathe together and pray together: Kyrie Eleison, God have mercy.

Scripture Reading: Psalm 143:7-10 (Read by Katie and Grace)

Call to Worship:

God, we have questions.
Answer us quickly.
God, we are overwhelmed.
Our spirits fail.
Do not hide your face from us.
But let us hear.
Let us hear.
Let us hear of your steadfast love.
Let us trust.
Let us trust in you.
Let us learn.
Teach us the way we should go.
For to you we lift up our souls.
Save us.
Lead us.
Shelter us, O God.

Gathering Hymn: “I owe the Lord a morning song” (#112 in Sing the Journey)
–all four parts sung by Philip Kendall (a friend from Pink Menno/Chicago Community Mennonite Church)

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:

Children’s Time with Pastor Joanna

Hymn: “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (#579 in Hymnal a Worship Book)

Scripture Reading: Acts 3:1-12a; 4:1-4 (Read by Katie and Grace)

Sermon

*Content Warning: This sermon contains brief footage from Jay Yoder of violent police actions during protests in Pittsburgh, PA. There is nothing graphic–no blood and nobody is killed. But the images are disturbing. If you prefer to skip this footage, you may begin at the 4:03 mark.

Lament By Kayla Berkey

“They have treated the wound of my people carelessly,
saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace.” (Jeremiah 6:14)

Oh Holy One, how long will we grieve death,
how many more breaths will these cycles of violence steal from sacred black lives?
Hear our cries.
We grieve for George Floyd.
We grieve for Breonna Taylor.
We grieve for Tony McDade.
We grieve for Ahmaud Arbery.
We grieve for Dion Johnson.
We grieve for Nina Pop.
We grieve for Sean Reed.
We grieve for each sacred person whose name we have come to know
through the unspeakable grief and injustice of their death.
We shudder at the inhumanity, at how many precious lives have been taken.
We grieve the ache of every person who bears this pain
and holds fear for their lives deeply in their bodies.

We lament the loss of these holy lives.
We lament officers and politicians encouraging, “peace, peace,” when there is no peace.
We lament the absence of justice.

Awaken us to any false declarations of “peace, peace,” that cover over violence.
Awaken us to the violence of this country’s status quo.
Awaken us to the urgency of overturning the tables of injustice.

Awaken us who are white women to the reality of our ongoing history
of complicity with anti-black racism done in our name.
Expose us where we are most deeply shaped by a racist system
so that we can name it in ourselves and never stop working to dismantle it.

Holy Spirit, come with fire that burns away silence and complacency.
Move us beyond saying ‘peace, peace.’
Help us shape our words into stones with weight that we use, in community,
to build the long path to justice, to peace.

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.

This week we especially lift up Family Promise for your prayers and contributions. This is currently the only organization in Lawrence serving families in need of shelter. (The Willow and the Lawrence Community Shelter are not taking families at this time.)

Benediction:

May the wind of the Spirit startle your senses and blow through your life.
May the fire of the Spirit scorch your complacency and light your way.
And may the blessing of the Holy One—Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer—rest with you now and forever more. Amen.

Sending Hymn: “Praise God from Whom” (#118 in Hymnal, A Worship Book)

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: April 26, 2020

A reminder that our current church announcements are available here.

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 minutes, and then leave the zoom call open for more informal conversation afterwards.

Opening Worship Image:

Fabric art piece “Matthew 28:11-20” by Tara Heilke. The original is on its way to us for use as a pulpit cloth when we again gather in our building!

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.

Welcome from Pastor Joanna

Blessings to each of you on this holy day. We are once again “gathering” for worship on line, and it looks like we’ll be worshiping together in this manner for another month or so. While I miss the in-person connections, I am also grateful for the ways we are able to include such a diversity of voices and gifts in our home-based worship services.

Many of you know that the church is granting me a sabbatical for the month of May. Peace Mennonite participants will receive an email with more information this coming week. It was a joy for me to work with Melissa Atchison, who will serve as our sabbatical coverage pastor, on the sermon for this service. I know you will have a good month with her pastoral leadership and I look forward to joining you again in June.

Scripture Reading: Psalm 8 (read by Jenny Welch Buller)

Hymn of Praise: How Majestic is Your Name

Call to Worship

God’s name is majestic.
God’s earth is a wonder.
Every star in the sky,
every fish in the sea,
every beast of the field,
is created and cared for by the Holy One;
each person on this planet
is held in God’s loving embrace.
Let us worship God with joy and praise!

Congregational Prayer

You are invited to spend some time in prayer, giving thanks for the joys in your life and asking God’s presence, peace, and guidance for yourself and others.

Consider lighting a virtual prayer candle on the Gratefullness web site. Simply click “begin” and follow the instructions. When you enter the information for your candle, type “PMC” in the “name or initials” box. Then, if you would like to see candles that other people from Peace have lit, go to the “view candles” page and type “PMC” into the “search candles” box at the top.

Conclude with the Lord’s Prayer

Hymn: Great is thy Faithfulness (from Plains Mennonite Church)
(#327 in Hymnal a Worship Book, verses 1 and 3)

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father.
There is no shadow of turning with Thee.
Thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Chorus:
Great is Thy faithfulness. Great is Thy faithfulness.
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided.
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide.
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.

Scripture: Matthew 28:11-20 (read by Jenny Welch Buller)

Sermon: Peace Mennonite pastor, Joanna Harader, and Peace’s sabbatical coverage pastor, Melissa Atchison, recorded a dialog sermon over zoom last week. We hope you enjoy their conversation about the conclusion of Matthew’s Gospel.

Music for Prayer and Reflection:
Mariah Kaufman sent this piece to us and shares: “This is a piece that the Goshen College Chamber Choir took on tour last spring. I wasn’t part of the choir, but I went along as orchestral accompaniment and this is a piece that has stuck with me. “

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.

Sending Hymn: The Love of God
Sung by acapella group Sons of the Day, which was started by two Eastern Mennonite College alumni several years ago. (The arranger and lead singer is Matthew Hunsberger.)

Benediction: from Joanna

Beautiful dogwood tree blooming on church grounds! (Photo credit: Roger Gibson)

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: April 19, 2020

A reminder that our current church announcements are available here,

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

Caravaggio, “The Incredulity of St. Thomas”(1601-1602)

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 Joni Fornelli: Anna Visa

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9

Welcome from Pastor Joanna

Welcome! And thank you for joining us for worship. You probably know that last Sunday was Easter. I hope you were able to find new and meaningful ways to celebrate the resurrection.

The good news is that this Sunday is also Easter! On the liturgical calendar it’s called the Second Sunday of Easter. The celebration of Jesus’ resurrection is a season for the church–not just one day. And maybe this year, more than others, we need to celebrate all seven Sundays of the Easter season. One of my friends commented recently that Easter this year feels like “a slow burn.” However Easter is feeling for you, I pray you experience the warmth and light of the resurrection as you join in worship.

Call to Worship (from 1 Peter 1)

We rejoice because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
We rejoice because God has given us a birth into a living hope.
We rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy
as we praise and worship God today.

Hymn: Come ye joyful raise the strain

Come, ye faithful, aise the strain of triumphant gladness;
God has brought his Israel into joy from sadness.
Loosed from Pharoah’s bitter yoke Jacob’s son’s and daughters;
led them with unmoistened foot through the Red Sea waters

‘Tis the spring of souls today; Christ has bust his prison,
and from three days’ sleep in death as a sun has risen;
all the winter of our sins, long and dark is flying
From his light, to whom we give Laud and praise undying

Now the queen of seasons bright with the day of splendor,
with the royal feast of feasts comes its joy to render;
Comes to gladen faithful hearts who with true affection
welcom in unwearied strains Jesus’ resurrection

Music: GAUDEAMUS PARITER; Johann Horn, ca. 1495-1547; guitar acc. copyright 1990 OCP

Congregational Prayer:

Feel free to share your prayer joys and concerns in the comments below, on our Zoom call at 11, or with Pastor Joanna by phone or email.

Holy God, Resurrected and Resurrecting One,
Hear our prayers today as we are separated in body but united in spirit and united by your Spirit.

We give you thanks for the joy of music, the beauty of spring, the kindness of friends. We give you thanks for these things in our lives . . .

We pray your healing presence be with those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit: for those infected with Covid-19; for those with other physical ailments; for those struggling with depression, anxiety, and other troubles of the spirit right now. We offer these names to you in prayer . . .

We pray your strength, protection, and encouragement be with those working with the public during this time: medical workers; food service workers; those serving at food banks, soup kitchens, and shelters; postal and delivery people. We pray for these people helping our community through their work . . .

We pray your comfort for those who are grieving: for those who are mourning the death of a loved one; for those who have lost jobs; for those who have had to cancel anticipated plans; for students who have lost their concerts, plays, sports seasons, graduation ceremonies; for grandparents who have temporarily lost the ability to be physically present with their grandchildren. We offer these names to you in prayer . . .

Thank you, God, for hearing our prayers. We offer now the prayer that Jesus taught his followers to pray:

Prayer Hymn: Jesus Help us Live in Peace (sung by Joni Fornelli)

Scripture Reading: John 20:19-31

Message from Joanna Harader

Music from Joe Casad and Susan Rieger: “By the Mark” by Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings

Thoughts from our Justice Matters Team: Dave Mathis, Roger Gibson, and Susan Rieger

–Update on efforts to end homelessness from Anna Long (Justice Matters staff)

If you are or know a landlord who might be willing to rent to someone in need, text “landlord” to 202-410-4202.

–Update on efforts to promote alternatives to incarceration from Dave Mathis: Click here— and text “democracy” to 33777

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).

The Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale in Newton was scheduled for this weekend. Even though we were not able to gather, we can still support the important work of MCC. You can donate through the church or directly on the MCC website.

Offertory Prayer:

God of Resurrection, may the gifts we give–our work for justice, our contributions to worship, the money we share– be used to bring renewed life in our world: hope to the despairing; joy to the depressed; peace to the dismayed; love to all of your children, everywhere.
We give these offerings to you in the name of your Son, the Resurrected One, Jesus. Amen.

Benediction from Twila Schmidt: The Lord bless you and keep you

Our “Nehemiah Wall”–names of those who planned to go to the Nehemiah Assembly! Even though we can’t gather on Monday, we can still join the work for justice in our community. (Photo credit: Grace Harader-Ellett)

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: April 12, 2020–Easter Sunday!

Friends, it is Easter Sunday. Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed!

A reminder that our current church announcements are available here,

We will gather on Zoom for a special Easter communion service at 9:30 a.m. (Please have bread and beverage ready.) And you are invited to join us for sharing prayer concerns and conversation on Zoom each Sunday morning at 11. For both gatherings,  Simply click this link.

Remember this banner that Anne helped us create together for Ash Wednesday?

It has been transformed into a beautiful Easter celebration!

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: “Hallelujah, The Great Storm is Over” from Melissa and Bob Atchison

Scripture Reading from Jill Allen: Jeremiah 31:1-6

Welcome from Pastor Joanna

Good morning. What a joy it is to worship together this Easter Sunday–even if we are physically separate as we worship. I’m excited for all of the music in this service and look forward to singing Easter hymns with Mennonites from across the US and Canada. (The fact that they won’t be able to hear me singing is just an added bonus!)

I know that many things in our lives and our world are difficult right now. I pray this time of worship grounds you in the hope and joy that we know as followers of Jesus Christ, the Resurrected One.

Call to Worship

The earth is shaking. Are angels descending?
The tomb is before us. Is the stone rolling back?
It’s bright as lightening, blinding as the sun reflecting off of snow.
Of course we are afraid. But we need not tremble.
We need not become like the dead.
Because the tomb is empty and we are called
first to worship, then to go with joy and tell the good news!

Hymn: Christ the Lord is Risen Today
You are invited to sing along with these Mennonites from Vancouver, B.C. (#280 in the blue Hymnal: A Worship Book)

  1.  Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!
    All creation join to say, Alleluia!
    Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
    Sing, O heav’ns, and earth reply, Alleluia!
  2. Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
    Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
    Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
    Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!
  3. Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
    Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
    Dying once, he all doth save, Alleluia!
    Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!
  4. Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
    Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
    Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
    ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!
  5. King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia!
    everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
    Thee to know, thy pow’r to prove, Alleluia!
    thus to sing and thus to love:Alleluia!

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. (New Zealand version is below.)

Hymn: Thine is the glory
You are invited to sing along with these Mennonites from across the United States and Canada. (#269 in Hymnal: A Worship Book; note that the words being sung are somewhat different from those in the hymnal.)

Children’s Time: Instead of doing something for children this week, we get to hear one of our beloved children, Norah, sing “Jesus Loves Me”!

As an added bonus, watch Norah blow bubbles!

Scripture Reading from Jill Allen: Matthew 28:1-10

Hymn: Low in the grave he lay
You are invited to sing along with these Mennonites from across the United States and Canada. (#273 in Hymnal: A Worship Book)

(Text by Robert Lowry, 1874)

  1. Low in the grave he lay, Jesus, my Savior!
    Waiting the coming day, Jesus, my Lord!
  2. Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus, my Savior!
    Vainly they seal the dead, Jesus, my Lord!
  3. Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus, my Savior!
    He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!

Chorus: Up from the grave he arose, with a mighty triumph o’er his foes!
He arose a victor from the dark domain,
and he lives forever with his saints to reign!
He arose! He arose! Alleluia! Christ arose!

Message from Joanna Harader

Time of Reflection: You are invited to spend a few moments considering today’s scriptures, music, and message as you view the slide show below of flowers that people have shared.

Music: The Lord is Risen Indeed!

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 note that Western District Conference has established a “Hope Fund” to provide financial assistance to WDC congregations and their people. You can donate through Peace Mennonite by writing “Hope Fund” in the memo line of your check or give directly to Western District:  Make contributions to Western District Conference designated “Hope Fund” online (Click on “Donate to WDC”) or by sending a check to PO Box 306, North Newton, KS 67117.  

Prayer:

God of this Easter morning,
In our grief, grant us comfort;
In our confusion, grant us clarity;
In our fear, grant us peace;
In our silence, grant us voices to proclaim the Good News of the Resurrection:
Death has been swallowed up in the life of Christ.
Let us live into Christ’s abundant life–
wholly forgiven; wholly free. Amen

Benediction: “Praise God from Whom” sung by the Peace Mennonite congregation on Easter Sunday (April 20) 2014; with benediction from Joe Casad.

The front table with our cross and the beautiful Easter cloth made by Tara Heilke. (Photo credit: Grace Harader-Ellett)