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Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: September 20

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.

The ‘neon” sedum in Judy and John’s yard!

Prelude: “Madame Maxwell,” performed by Coreopsis: Lauralyn Bodle, Noah Musser, and Whitney Baker

Welcome from Sonja Kaufman

*If you need a mask (or a few) please contact Pastor Joanna. Sonja has been very generous with her donation!

Opening Scripture:

Call to Worship: by Kace Leetch

God of the covenant,
As you promised Abraham descendants as numerous as the stars, you have also promised us that we might live under those stars as your people, faithful and loved. Show us how to live as your people, and how to nurture all your children with whom we share the same canopy of sky night after night. Amen.

Gathering Hymn: Obey My Voice, Hymnal Worship Book #163

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.

This week, I invite you to pray for the Western District Conference Israel-Palestine Task Force. (Also consider attending their webinar on Monday, September 21, at 7 p.m. You can register here.)

The Lord’s Prayer: in Arabic

Hymn: We walk by faith, Hymnal Worship Book #570

Sermon and Scripture Reading from Piet Knetsch (Genesis 15:1-6)

Experiencing the Story: from Jenny

Prayer Practice for the Week: Star Gazing!
With gratitude to Becky Janzen for the guidance and photo below.

The planets Saturn and Jupiter have been hanging around in the southern skies for months now. In fact, they will still be observable when we have our bonfire, scheduled for October 17. Just look south on any clear night this week! Jupiter is white and the brightest object in the southern sky. Saturn is to the left of Jupiter a few degrees, dimmer than Jupiter. The red star Antares in the constellation Scorpius is starting to set in the western sky. On Sunday night, a fairly new crescent moon will be setting in the west. Each night it creeps eastward about 15 degrees, so that by Thursday, the now half-full moon will be very near Jupiter and Saturn. The photo (attached) shows the line-up about 8:30 pm, but the trio will be visible at dark and marching slowly westward all evening. The “cloudiness” in the photo between the moon and Antares is actually the Summer Milky Way. You would need to be in dark skies to see it well. Other than the moon’s position, which changes nightly, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible just like the photo all week and into the fall.

And if the skies do not cooperate for your outdoor viewing pleasure next week, then you can flee the earth with a virtual version of the cosmos instead. These images of the wondrous objects in our nighttime (and daytime) heavens were captured by the winners of the 2020 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition. 

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: God be with you ’till we meet again, Hymnal Worship Book #430

Benediction: from Genesis 21: 15-21

Upcoming Daily Scripture Readings:

Week of September 21

  • Monday: Genesis 29:14-30:24
  • Tuesday: *Genesis 37
  • Wednesday: Genesis 41
  • Thursday: Genesis 42-43
  • Friday: Genesis 44-45

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

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: September 13, 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 couple of weeks ago, Gwen told us about the flamingos a friend had sent to their yard as a fundraiser for The ARC of Douglas County. Here are some photos she shared of the masked birds!

Prelude: “A Place in the Choir” sung by Celtic Thunder
Photos from many different Peace Mennonite participants
Video by Grace Harader-Ellett

Welcome from Matt Schwabauer

Opening Scripture:

Call to Worship:

We believe God still creates–
We want to see more clearly.
We believe God still speaks–
We want to listen more carefully.
We believe God still guides–
We want to walk more faithfully.
We believe God still breathes life into the world–
We want to inhale more deeply.
May this be a time of seeing, hearing, walking, breathing.
May this be a time of true worship. Amen.

Gathering Hymn: All things bright and beautiful (lyrics on video)

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.

This week, we invite prayers for all affected by the wildfires in the west. You may wish to watch this video footage as you offer prayers for those whose homes are threatened and destroyed, those living within the thick cloud of smoke, those risking their lives to fight the fires. God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer: in German

Experiencing the Story: with Jenny
(If you would like to borrow some wooden figures to play along with upcoming Bible stories, just let Pastor Joanna know.)

Hymn: God created heaven and earth (lyrics on video)

Scripture Reading: Genesis 2:4-7, 15-17; 3:1-19
*You can read the text for yourself or listen to Joanna read from Barbara Yoder’s garden.

Sermon from Pastor Joanna, from Roger and Barbara’s lovely patio
(Watch for their cat, Sabrina. She was very interested in the sermon.)

(A manuscript version of this sermon is available on Joanna’s blog.)

Prayer Practice for the Week: As we consider the stories of creation from Genesis, I offer these suggestions from Patrice (earlier shared for our spring retreat):

On your own, go to a natural area and ask for God’s presence and guidance. If you wish, you may refer to the following suggestions, or just be part of the natural world in that area, and open to what you can learn.

Things to look for:
Look for signs of regeneration – how is God’s grace expressed in nature?
Many of us have experienced disruption of things we had planned to do. Can you see signs of how nature deals with change?

Questions to consider:
Is the social isolation we now experience part of an extended Sabbath? Are we, as a part of nature, experiencing rest from our usual frantic activity?
Can this time of rest be an opening to changing our economy from extractive industries to supporting sustainable, renewable ways of living?
In the words of Sarah Augustine: How can we cooperate with the spirit of life?

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).

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.

Many of you have donated to the Western District Conference Hope fund. One of the churches to receive money from this fund was Iglesia Menonita Comunidad de Vida in San Antonio, Texas. Blanca Vargas shares how they were able to use the money they received:

  • A family was saved from being evicted from their apartment, suspension of utility services and loss of their vehicle, by catching up on their delinquent credits.
  • The pastoral family received relief from their economic situation with a month’s mortgage, while they were able to rent the house that was being used for the services of the local community.
  • A woman victim of domestic violence who fled her home with her three children to save her life, received support to buy some clothes and gasoline for her vehicle. She was able to dress decently and go out to get a job.
  • The leftover money is being used to help with food to people who are still in need.

God bless those who had this initiative of sharing and those who continue to contribute to nurture this fund!

Offering our Efforts

Peace Mennonite has been invited to co-sponsor a “Resolution for Repentance and Transformation.” Joanna shares a bit about the resolution in this video.  You can read the resolution here. And for more background, please see this report from the Advisory Group on Membership Guidelines. 

We will meet together on Zoom next Sunday, September 20, at 11:45, to seek consensus.

Closing Hymn: For the fruit of all creation
Words are in Hymnal A Worship Book #90 (different melody)

Benediction:

Upcoming Daily Scripture Readings:

Week of September 14

Monday: Genesis 12
Tuesday: Genesis 13-14
Wednesday: *Genesis 15
Thursday: Genesis 16-17
Friday: Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-21; 22:1-18

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: September 6, 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. 

Note that we will begin our time together this morning with a blessing for those who are starting school.

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

Sculpture: “Driftwood 9” by Bert Haverkate-Ens

Prelude: “Gloria” by Vivaldi

Welcome from Rob and Rosie

Opening Scripture and Call to Worship:

(One of you took this photo several weeks ago when Pastor Melissa collected cloud images for worship. If it’s yours, let me know and I’ll give you photo credit!)

Gathering Hymn: I sing the mighty power of God (Hymnal 46)
–Led by Anne!

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.

I hope you can join us at 11:00 on Zoom (9/6/20) as we offer a prayer of blessing for those beginning a new (and stressful) school year.

This week you are invited to pray for Casa del Alfarero, a Mennonite Church in Pasadena, Texas. (Even if you don’t understand Spanish, you can still sense the joy and love in this video from pastors Alberto and Aurora Parchman.)

The Lord’s Prayer: Song version led by Thomas

Children’s Time: with Carola with her grandchildren

Hymn: Christ the Lord is Risen Today (Hymnal 280)

Scripture Reading: Acts 28: 1-10, 16, 30-31 (read by Ryan)

Sermon

(You can read a manuscript of this sermon on Pastor Joanna’s blog.)

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).

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

A significant way that Peace Mennonite lives out the “work for justice” aspect of our mission statement is by participating in Justice Matters. You are all encouraged to join an upcoming “house” meeting to engage in meaningful conversation with others from the church around significant issues in our community. You can sign up here and watch the video invitation from our team leaders below!

Note that each meeting will have basically the same content. We hope you will sign up for the one that works best with your schedule (and/or offers the most enticing food option).

Sending Hymn: You shall go out with joy (Hymnal 427)

Looking Ahead and Benediction:

Scripture Readings for the Week of September 7
(*indicates reading we will focus on next Sunday)

Monday: Genesis 1:1-2:3
Tuesday: *Genesis 2:4-3:24
Wednesday: Genesis 4
Thursday: Genesis 6:9-8:22
Friday: Genesis 9; 11:1-9

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: August 30, 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 can find worship playlists for previous weeks on the “At-Home Worship” web page.

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

“Anemone at Rest”: Photo credit: Roger Martin

Prelude: “Say I Do” by Dan Newton; performed by Coreopsis: Lauralyn Bodle, Noah Musser, and Whitney Baker

Welcome from Dave and Cheryl

Opening Scripture: Psalm 57:1-3, 10-11 (read by Piet)

Call to Worship:

As we begin worship today, it is our joy and privilege to welcome Carola Ratzlaff into membership at Peace Mennonite Church. The Wise Women welcomed her in person at their gathering on August 27. You are invited to watch the video and join in the congregational response, which is printed below the video.

“Reception of new members” #794 in Hymnal, a Worship Book

Congregational Response: We freely receive you, even as Christ has received us. We open ourselves to fellowship with you in worship, study, service, and discipline. We pledge our willingness to give and receive counsel, to offer and accept forgiveness in the redeemed community. We joyfully accept you as a partner, both in the care of our spiritual family, and in our mission to the world.

Gathering Hymn: “Spirit of the living God” (Hymnal #349)

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.

This week we offer prayers of thanksgiving for Melissa Atchison, who served as our sabbatical coverage pastor for part of the summer. She graduated from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary!

The Lord’s Prayer: from Dominican Sisters Retreat, March 1993, Great Bend, Kansas; read by Piper and Perry. You welcome to chose a part and read along.

Our Father / Our Mother
Who art in heaven / Who are in all the earth
Hallowed be thy name / Holy is your truth
Thy kingdom come / May your wisdom come
Thy will be done, on earth /Your circle be one uniting
as it is in heaven / as it is on earth
Give us this day our daily bread / Give us today a nurturing spirit
And forgive us our trespasses / Heal through us
as we forgive those who trespass against us / as we ourselves are healed
Lead us not into temptation / Lead us into Fullness of life
But deliver us from evil / And liberate all that is good
For thine is the Kingdom, For the Wisdom,
the power and the glory / the Presence and the Goodness are Yours
Now and forever Amen.

Experiencing the Story: (Time for children and grown-ups)

This video can help you imagine what it was like for Paul in the storm. His boat didn’t look like this, but the waves probably did!


The two videos below give good historical and geographical information about Paul’s journey to Rome. The first video covers Acts 27:1-12, which leads up to today’s reading. The second video covers the reading for today.

Hymn: “Great is Thy faithfulness” (Hymnal #327)

Scripture Reading: Acts 27:13-15, 21-25, 27, 33-35, 39-44 (read by Piet)

Sermon: Weathering the Storm

Reflection and Response:

One way we at Peace Mennonite seek to make the “storms” people in our community face less severe is by participating in the work of Justice Matters. Please sign up to attend one of four scheduled house meetings. And stay tuned for a video invitation next week.

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).

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 Rosie and Rob Claassen

Rosie and Rob are long time volunteers who put in many hours of service in different places.  One of those volunteer jobs has taken them to Shipshewanna, Indiana to host guests at Menno-Hof Amish Mennonite Visitors Center.  They managed the cash register and took people on tours.  While the center is closed during the Covid 10 emergency,  when open it provides the history and information for guests from many places especially Canada.They have reported over a million guests and volunteers in the past. Shipshewanna (editor note: I love that name) is the home of the third largest Amish community in the world.  Volunteers will be needed for 2021 when they reopen.

From Rosie: I hope this doesn’t sound like we are “tooting our horn” about all the volunteer work Rob and I have been involved in through the church here as well as when we were in Nebraska:

~Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS): clean up after tornados in NE;
~Working with Men’s Brotherhood at Beatrice.Mennonite Central Comm. (MCC)
~”Coins That Count” collection for MCC
~Making food items for the annual MCC sales.
~10,000 Villages (when there was a store here in Lawrence)
~Social Comm. at church:
~Prepare meals for the infirmed from church, making casseroles for LINK, making mashed potatoes for LINK’s Thanksgiving dinner!
~My years in Beatrice included: Sunday School teacher & Superintendent, VBS teaching & Supt., Deacon for 11 years; pastor search committee, church chair and secretary., Shepherd Group leaders (small groups)
~Mennonite Mission Network (MMN)
~Menno-Hof in Shipshewana, IN
~Trustee: Rob served many years in this capacity.
~We both enjoy singing in the choir here as well as in Beatrice.

We give credit for our “service minds” to our parents. They had great influence on us to do what we can by volunteering where needed. 

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.

Closing Hymn: “Alleluia, the Great Storm is over” (Sing the Journey #71)
Sung by Melissa and Bob Atchison

Benediction:

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: August 23, 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 found by Wilma Gates

Prelude: from Twila

Welcome from Katie and Norah

Scripture Reading: Psalm 27:1-5, 11-14 (read by Jenny)

Call to Worship: based on Psalm 27

Gathering Hymn: Teach me, O Lord (Hymnal a Worship Book 487)

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.

This week, I invite you to learn about–and pray for–Beatrice Mennonite Church.

The Lord’s Prayer: in Spanish

Children’s Time with Jenny

Hymn: My hope is built on nothing less (Hymnal Worship Book 343)

Scripture Reading: Acts 26: 19-29 (read by Jenny)

Sermon

(You can read a manuscript version of the sermon here.)

Prayer:

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:

Sending Hymn: A wonderful Savior is Jesus (Hymnal a worship book 598)

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: August 16, 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.

A beautiful day at the dog park (photo credit: Joanna Harader)

Prelude: “Devil in the Strawstack” by Meg Grey; performed by Coreopsis: Lauralyn Bodle, Noah Musser, and Whitney Baker

Welcome from Pastor Joanna and baby Camilla

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: Daniel 3:8-18 (Read by Cheryl Harader)

Call to Worship: “Poem for Flora” by Nikki Giovanni

Gathering Hymn: Don’t be afraid (Sing the Journey #105); sung by Perry, Piper, and Sara

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.

This week, I invite you to learn about–and pray for–our Western District Conference Resource Library:

The Lord’s Prayer: Artwork by Joanna Pinkerton (Feel free to print and color!)

Children’s Time with Pastor Joanna

Videos for kids:
–Some Sesame Street videos about children with parents who are incarcerated (for younger children)
Audio and video stories about youth encounters with police in Chicago (for older children and teens)
–The VeggieTales version of the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

Music: “Didn’t my Lord deliver Daniel”

Scripture Reading: Acts 16:16-34 (Read by Cheryl Harader)

Sermon: Those of you paying close attention might have realized that we are actually moving backwards in Acts–from chapter 19 last Sunday to chapter 16 this week. Today’s passage was originally scheduled for August 2, which ended up being the date of our conference-wide worship service. I felt like this passage from Acts 16 was an important one to go back to as we think about the broader themes of Acts and what it means to be church.

Further Considerations:

  • Consider what limits your freedom to follow the way of Jesus. How can you move closer to Christ and farther away from what binds you?
  • Explore the resources on our Pacifism and Power web page. Join in the discussion about prison abolition on August 26.
  • Catch Joanna during her office hours this week (see announcements) to talk more about these issues and share your perspective.

Prayer Hymn: I bind my heart this tide (Hymnal, Worship Book #411)

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.

In addition to offering financial support, the Justice Matters team leaders invite you to offer some of your time to attend a Zoom “house” meeting in September and help Peace Mennonite live out our stated mission to “work for justice.” Please sign up for a group here. Contact Dave Mathis, Susan Rieger, or Roger Gibson with questions.

Benediction:

Sending Hymn: I’ll fly away (Sung by Sara and Perry)

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: August 9, 2020

Welcome to worship with Peace Mennonite Church. We are glad you are with us in worship. This morning we will have a congregational meeting during our regular sharing time. All are invited to join us on Zoom at 11:00.  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.

Gathering Hymn: What is this place (Hymnal a Worship Book #1)

This video is from the inclusive worship service at the Mennonite Church USA Assembly in 2013. Joanna was one of the preachers at this service.

Welcome from youth and mentors

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: Ecclesiastes 5:10-17 (Read by Rosie)

Call to Worship: from Pastor Joanna

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.

This week, you are invited to pray for Austin Mennonite Church:

The Lord’s Prayer: version by Parker Palmer

Children’s Time: Here is a song from Norah and Matt

Hymn: Will you let me be your servant (Hymnal a Worship Book #307)

Scripture Reading: Acts 19:23-41 (read by Rosie)

Sermon from Rob Blum

You have two options to view Rob’s talk. You can watch the full version which is 35 minutes and contains a lot of good historical, geographical, and biblical background and context for today’s scripture, or a shorter edited version (17 minutes) more focused on this morning’s text in particular.

Edited Version:

Full Version:

Reflection Time

This week (August 6 and 9) marks the 75th anniversaries of the US bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I invite you to listen to this music, offered by Jim Krause. It is a Japanese song about grief. You may want to look at the English translation as you listen.

Prayer by Jemma Allen (from RevGalBlogPals)

For the hibakusha,
the survivors of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
we pray:
Peace, peace, peace!

For all those affected by nuclear testing
we pray:
Peace, peace, peace!

For our earth, and the places polluted
by nuclear weapons, nuclear testing,
nuclear waste
we pray:
Peace, peace, peace!

For the leaders of the world,
for military strategists,
for leaders of industries that profit from weapons manufacture
we pray:
Peace, peace, peace!

For our world
riven by conflict,
we pray:
Peace, peace, peace!

That seeds of fear and mistrust might wither
And love and justice flourish,
That swords will be beaten into ploughshares
we pray:
Peace, peace, peace!

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).

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: My Shepherd will supply my need (Hymnal a Worship Book #589)

Benediction: from Pastor Joanna

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: July 26, 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 credit: Roger Martin

Prelude from Ed Farris:

Welcome from Joe Casad and Susan Rieger

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: Deuteronomy 10:12-19

Call to Worship: You are invited to get comfortable, perhaps close your eyes, as you listen to this call to worship.

Gathering Hymn: The love of God (Sing the Journey #44)

Congregational Prayer:
This is a time to offer prayers to God. What joy, what beauty, what gratitude fills your heart? 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.

Over the next several weeks, we will share videos from Western District Conference about various ministries and other churches of our conference. This week, please pray for the Church Planting Commission:

The Lord’s Prayer:

Children’s Time: A short tour of our church grounds and building

Hymn: Marvelous grace of our loving Lord (Hymnal Worship Book #151)

Scripture Reading: Acts 15, The Message version

Sermon from Pastor Joanna

Spend a few minutes in silent 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.

Closing Hymn: They’ll know we are Christians

Benediction:

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

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:

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