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Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: November 29, 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. 

More church announcements are here.

Peace Mennonite’s 2018 Advent table

Advent Package Unpacking!

*Just a few notes:

  • Sorry the bag crinkling is so loud!
  • We have not yet received our new hymnals. Once they arrive, we will get them distributed to those of you who bought your own copies and to those who want to borrow a church copy.
  • If you are missing something from your Advent package that you would like to have, please let Joanna know.

Prelude: Where you Are by Rich Mullins

Welcome and Candle Lighting from Sara and Piper
(Be sure to watch all the way to the end.)

Opening Scripture: Luke 23:1-5

Call to Worship: Adapted from Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum Liturgy Resource Toolbox

On the International Day of Solidarity with Palestine, we gather in the name of Jesus Christ who is our peace and has broken down the dividing wall that is the hostility between us.

We gather to remember those who are displaced and dispossessed as a result of an illegal occupation, and we pray for their hope in your love and your justice.

We gather to remember all those who suffer under wars and conflict and to invite all people of goodwill to join in prayer for justice, peace, and reconciliation.

We gather in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land, longing with them for the time when nothing will separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Gathering Hymn: “Praise the One who breaks the darkness” Sing the Story #1

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 encourage you to pray for Palestine using the Sabeel Waves of Prayer web site.

The Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic from Palestine

Hymn: Fling wide the door, unbar the gate; Hymnal Worship Book #186

Scripture Reading: Daniel 6:6-27

Sermon: Hope in God, Not Empire

(You can find a text version of the sermon on Joanna’s blog.)

Note: I chose not to post the maps I referred to in my sermon because I learned that they are not completely accurate. Like I said, the conflict is complicated and difficult to summarize. Regardless of the critiques about certain maps that are circulating, it is true that the Israeli military continues to destroy Palestinian property and seize Palestinian land.

Resources related to the sermon:

Song for Reflection: Little Drummer Boy (filmed in Bethlehem)

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: Rejoice, rejoice, the Savior comes; Sing the Story #4

Benediction:

Upcoming Daily Scripture Readings:

  • Monday: Hosea 1
  • Tuesday: Hosea 11:1-11; 14
  • Wednesday: Joel 1
  • Thursday:* Joel 2
  • Friday: Joel 3

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

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: November 22, 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.

“Fall Leaves on Birch Bark” by Sonja Kaufman

Prelude: O Love, that will not let me go

Welcome:

Opening Scripture:

Call to Worship: This call to worship is in honor of International Transgender Day of Remembrance, which was this past Friday, November 20.

Gathering Hymn: Come ye thankful people, come (Hymnal Worship Book #94)

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 people of Central America who have been battered by hurricanes Eta and Iota over the last couple of weeks.

MCC asks for support for Central American hurricane recovery. Not one, but two hurricanes within two weeks have caused extensive flooding in Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Hurricanes Eta and Iota have destroyed crops and forced people from their homes. MCC is working with churches and community organization to provide emergency food, hygiene supplies and cleanup support. Join us as we help these communities recover. You can donate online, by phone (888) 563-4676 or by mail at MCC, 21 S. 12th St., PO Box 500, Akron PA 17501.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Artwork by Joanna Pinkerton.

Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 36:1-8, 21-23, 27-28; 31:31-34

Hymn: Trust and Obey (Hymnal Worship Book #544)

Sermon:

Prayer Practice for the Week: Observing Transgender Day of Remembrance

From Elle Magazine:

“It’s only November, yet 2020 is the deadliest year on record for the transgender community.

“November 20, is Transgender Day of Remembrance. The observance grew out of a vigil for Rita Hester, a member of the Boston LGBTQ+ community who worked locally on education around trans issues and nurtured many of the city’s LGBTQ+ youth. She was killed in her home on November 28, 1998, a few days shy of her 35th birthday. Twenty-two years later, her murder has not been solved.

“This year, at least 34 transgender or gender non-conforming people have been murdered by violent means in the United States. This number is likely higher; victims are, to this day, often misgendered in local police statements and media reports, which can delay awareness of deadly incidents. The majority of these victims, like Hester, were Black transgender women living at the intersection of racism, homophobia, and transphobia.”

I invite you to pray this prayer, written by Rabbi Reuben Zellman, an openly transgender rabbi:

God full of mercy, bless the souls of all who are in our hearts on this Transgender Day of Remembrance. We call to mind today young and old, of every race, faith, and gender experience, who have died by violence. We remember those who have died because they would not hide, or did not pass, or did pass, or stood too proud. Today we name them: the reluctant activist; the fiery hurler of heels; the warrior for quiet truth; the one whom no one really knew.

As many as we can name, there are thousands more whom we cannot, and for whom no prayers may have been said. We mourn their senseless deaths, and give thanks for their lives, for their teaching, and for the brief glow of each holy flame. We pray for the strength to carry on their legacy of vision, bravery, and love.

[You can find a list of trans people killed in 2020 on the Human Rights Campaign website.]

And as we remember them, we remember with them the thousands more who have taken their own lives. We pray for resolve to root out the injustice, ignorance, and cruelty that grow despair. And we pray, God, that all those who perpetrate hate and violence will speedily come to understand that Your creation has many faces, many genders, many holy expressions.

Blessed are they, who have allowed their divine image to shine in the world.

Blessed is God, in whom no light is extinguished.”

(from QSpirit.net)

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: Be thou my vision (Hymnal Worship Book # 545)

Benediction:

Upcoming Daily Scripture Readings:

  • Monday: Daniel 2
  • Tuesday: Daniel 3
  • Wednesday: Daniel 5
  • Thursday: *Daniel 6
  • Friday: Daniel 12

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

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: November 15, 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.

Prelude: Heilig, Heilig, Heilig

Opening Scripture:

Call to Worship: from Psalm 105

Gathering Hymn: Let all mortal flesh keep silence; Hymnal Worship Book #463

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 Peace Mennonite Church in Dallas, TX.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Bridging the Gap:

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8

Hymn: Here I am, Lord; Hymnal Worship Book #395

Sermon: Pain that is Grace

Music for Meditation:

Prayer of Confession:

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: Holy, Holy, Holy; Hymnal Worship Book #120
West Coast Mennonite Men’s Chorus

Benediction:

Upcoming Daily Scripture Readings:

  • Monday: Jeremiah 1
  • Tuesday: Jeremiah 18
  • Wednesday: Jeremiah 29:1-14
  • Thursday: *Jeremiah 31
  • Friday: *Jeremiah 36

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

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: November 8, 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.

Photo credit: Judy Johnson

Prelude: Amazing Grace

Opening Scripture:

Call to Worship: Prayer by Isaac Villegas, read by MC USA Executive Director, Glen Guyton

(Call to Worship text can be found here.)

Gathering Hymn: There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy (words on screen)

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 First Mennonite Church in Beatrice, Nebraska.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Hymn: What does the Lord require of you? (Sing the Story 54)

Scripture Reading: Jonah 3

Sermon

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

Prayer Practice for the Week: Hold on to joy!

  • Remember that “joy is an act of resistance”!~ Toi Derricotte
  • Think of something that will bring you joy and make a plan to do it this week. Put it on your calendar!
  • Listen to and sing this song throughout the week:

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:

Upcoming Daily Scripture Readings: Week of November 9

  • Monday: *Isaiah 6
  • Tuesday: Isaiah 8:11-9:7
  • Wednesday: Isaiah 9:1-10:4
  • Thursday: Isaiah 11-12
  • Friday: Isaiah 25:1-12; 26:1-4

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

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: November 1, 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.

In observance of All Saints Day, remembering those who have died.

Prelude: When the Saints Go Marching In from the Howard Gospel Choir

Welcome from Ken Lohrentz:

Opening Scripture:

Call to Worship:

Like Elijah, we rely on God for nourishment.
Like the widow, we trust in God to sustain us.
Like the unnamed son, we are held in love by the people of God.
Like so many throughout scripture and through the ages,
            We come to God in our hunger, in our despair, in our pain,
            Seeking provision, hope, and healing.
As we come to God in worship
We know God is already with us.

Gathering Hymn: For all the saints
Hymnal Worship Book, #636 verses 1, 4, 6, 7, 8
(Those who prefer to sing all the verses with organ and choir can go to this link.)

There are still a few slots available to walk the Peace Mennonite labyrinth on November 1. You can sign up here.


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 Iglesia Menonita Monte Horeb in Dallas, Tx.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Bridging the Gap:

Scripture Reading/Experiencing the Story: 1 Kings 17:1-16
Read by Jenny

Sermon from Pastor Joanna

Hymn: Great is thy faithfulness, Hymnal Worship Book #327 (lyrics on video)

Prayer Practice for the Week:

Friends, this week I invite you to pray your way through election day–and beyond.

  • For those on Facebook, there will be readings posted on the Peace Mennonite Facebook page throughout the day to help us stay focused on God. (Readings provided by pastor Melissa Florer-Bixler.)
  • We will gather for a brief 20 minute prayer service on Zoom at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3.
  • If you cannot join us at 5, you are encouraged to go through the prayer service (from Shalom Community Church) on your own any time that is convenient for you.

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: from Romans 8: 38-39

Sending Song:

Upcoming Daily Scripture Readings: Week of November 2

  • Monday: Jonah 1
  • Tuesday: Jonah 2
  • Wednesday: Jonah 3
  • Thursday: Jonah 4
  • Friday: Catch-Up Day!

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

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: October 25, 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.

Our church bonfire! October 17, 2020.

Prelude: Seize the Whole of Life, from Twila

Welcome from Wilma:

Opening Scripture:

Call to Worship: Be Still

Gathering Hymn: What is this place, Hymnal Worship Book #1

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 First Mennonite Church of Hutchinson, KS.

The Lord’s Prayer: sung by Thomas Heilke

Experiencing the Story: from Jenny

Hymn: Hail to the Lord’s anointed
(words with different music in Hymnal Worship Book #185)

Sermon with Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 7: 1-17

*You can read the sermon manuscript on Pastor Joanna’s blog.

Prayer Practice for the Week:

Reflect on what God has done in your life. This would be a good week to talk with people who have been an important part of your life; to look through old pictures and/or journals. What memories help you realize God’s presence with you in the past? What hope do these memories offer for the future?

I also encourage you to sign up for a time to walk the church labyrinth next Sunday for All Saints Day.

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: Standing on the Promises (Lyrics in video)

Benediction: Jesus, now lead on.

Upcoming Daily Scripture Readings: Week of October 26

  • Monday: 1 Kings 1:28-2:12
  • Tuesday: 1 Kings 9:1-9; 11:41-43
  • Wednesday: *1 Kings 17
  • Thursday: 1 Kings 19
  • Friday: 2 Kings 2

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

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: October 18, 2020

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

Whether you are new to Peace or a regular participant, we are glad you are with us in worship and invite you to join us for our Zoom discussion and prayer time at 11:00 each Sunday morning.  Simply click this link. 

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

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

Prelude: My Soul Proclaims

Opening Scripture: Luke 1:46-55

Welcome from the Wise Women

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

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

Congregational Prayer:
You are invited to offer your prayers to God. For what are you thankful this morning? What would you ask of God for yourself? Who do you know who needs God’s loving presence right now? What are your prayers for our community, our country, and our world?

Feel free to share your prayers with people around you, in the comments below, or on our Zoom call at 11 Sunday morning.

The Lord’s Prayer: from Dominican Sisters Retreat, March 1993, Great Bend, Kansas; read by Piper and Perry

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

Bridging the Gap: From Exodus to 1 Samuel

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

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

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

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

Lament

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

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

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

—Rose Marie Zook Barber 1999

Offering

You are invited to mail your financial contributions to the church (615 Lincoln St., Lawrence, KS, 66044) or to the home of our treasurer, Roberta Renz (address in the church directory).

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

See the “How and Where to Give” section of our announcements page for information on giving to other organizations who need funding at this time.

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

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

Benediction:

Upcoming Daily Scripture Readings: Week of October 19

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

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


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

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: October 11, 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 photo of Armstrong Lake from the Claassens

Prelude: This fun animation helps fill in the gap between last week’s story of the Passover and this week’s story of the Israelites worshiping the golden calf.

Welcome from Becky:

(See this web page for details about the bonfire and star party!)

Opening Scripture:

Call to Worship: from Sing the Journey #124

Gathering Hymn: All people that on Earth do dwell; Hymnal Worship Book #42

Congregational Prayer:
You are invited to offer your prayers to God. For what are you thankful this morning? What would you ask of God for yourself? Who do you know who needs God’s loving presence right now? What are your prayers for our community, our country, and our world?

Feel free to share your prayers with people around you, in the comments below, or on our Zoom call at 11 Sunday morning.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Experiencing the Story: from Jenny

Hymn: My song is love unknown, Hymnal Worship Book #235

Scripture Reading: Exodus 32:1-14

And the Hollywood version of the story:

Sermon from Joe Casad

Prayer Practice for the Week: PrayerDoodles

This exercise is inspired by the practices of Zen Doodling and Praying in Color. It can be an especially helpful prayer when there are lists running around in your head, when there is a situation weighing heavily on your heart, or when you just need to slown.

  • Use a black pen or pencil to draw a dot in each corner of your paper. Connect the dots with wavy lines to form a border.
  • Next, divide the framed area into several sections by drawing random lines within the frame.
  • Place a focus scripture, image, or thought in one of the sections near the center.
  • In the remaining sections of your doodle, write words, names, and/or phrases that reflect who/what you want to lift up in prayer. (For example, write “peace” in the center and fill in the other spaces with the names of people and situations for which you would ask peace.)
  • After you have written words in each section, begin coloring your prayer doodle one section at a time. You can color in an entire section, draw in a pattern, use multiple colors . . . anything you want.
  • As you color each section, offer the word(s) written there as a prayer to God. (See Pastor Joanna’s blog for pictures of an example.)
  • If you’d like, share an image of your prayer doodle on our church Facebook page.

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).

During October, the Mennonite Central Committee is celebrating its 100th anniversary.  With the motto “Relief, Development and Peace in the name of Christ,” MCC is our partner in reaching out to the world. Last Sunday, we viewed a video that told us the history of MCC.  Today, we look at more of the role of MCC in the Anabaptist world.  Next Sunday, we will show the relationship of MCC with Peace Mennonite in Lawrence.  (Contact Ken Ratzlaff if you have been involved with MCC!) Then we will join Anabaptist churches worldwide in an offering to further MCC’s work, touching lives of people uprooted by conflict and disaster and helping to build peace to families and communities.

You can give at any time to MCC directly, or by noting “MCC” on the memo line of your church offering check.

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: from Numbers 6:22-26

Closing Hymn: The Lord bless you and keep you, Sing the Journey #76

Upcoming Daily Scripture Readings:

  • Monday: Joshua 1:1-10, 6; 24:28-32
  • Tuesday: Judges 13:1-7, 24; 15:20-16:30
  • Wednesday: *1 Samuel 1:1-2:11
  • Thursday: 1 Samuel 3
  • Friday: 1 Samuel 9-10

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

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: October 4, 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.

Sharing a fond memory from pre-COVID days!

Welcome from Andrea Zuercher

This Sunday, October 4, is World Communion Sunday. While we are not gathering as a congregation to share in Communion this week, I invite you to keep in mind the Christians around the world who are sharing in worship and communion.

Prelude: “How Great is Our God”

Opening Scripture: Luke 24:14-20 (read by Pastor Joanna)

Call to Worship: from Cathy Kowley

Gathering Hymn: Guide me, O thou great Jehovah, Hymnal Worship Book #582
(Note that the song ends a minute before the video ends–you can stop after the 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:

Experiencing the Story: from Jenny

Hymn: Go down, Moses (sung by Louis Armstrong; artwork by Nina Paley)
–This song is not in our hymnals, but you can still sing along with the chorus: “Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt land. Tell old Pharaoh: Let my people go.”

Sermon and Scripture Reading:

You can read a text version of the sermon on Joanna’s blog.

Time for Reflection and Prayer: from Jill Allen

Prayer Practice for the Week: Action for those who are Egypt-weary

Want to put some of the thoughts from Joanna’s sermon into practice this week? Download the document below for ideas on how to appreciate concrete tasks, share, build community, mark time, be ready for God’s future, and remember that we are God’s people. Let’s take care of ourselves and each other!

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 brings relief, development and peace efforts in the name of Christ, sponsored by Anabaptists around the world.  This month, MCC celebrates its centennial, and we will be focusing on MCC, culminating in a special offering on October 18.  You can give at any time to MCC directly, or by noting “MCC” on the memo line of your church offering check. This week’s video will help us learn of the legacy of MCC.

See the “How and Where to Give” section of our announcements page for information on giving to other organizations who need funding at this time.

Closing Song: “The Gift of Light” by Joy Zimmerman
(Joy is a Kansas City-based singer/songwriter that Joanna has worked with in the past. She’s a beautiful person who writes beautiful music.)

Benediction: from Joy’s song

Upcoming Daily Scripture Readings:

Week of October 5

  • Monday: Exodus 13:17-14:31
  • Tuesday: Exodus 16
  • Wednesday: Exodus 19-20
  • Thursday: *Exodus 32:1-33:6
  • Friday: Exodus 40

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

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: September 27, 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.

It’s our new–stocked–little free pantry! Photo credit: Becky Janzen.

Welcome from Anne Bailey

Prelude: “Jacob and Sons” from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Opening Scripture:

Call to Worship: from Sarah Agnew

Gathering Hymn: O Thou in Whose Presence, Hymnal Worship Book #559

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 Eden Mennonite Church in Moundridge, KS.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Hymn: What Wondrous Love is This; Hymnal Worship Book #530

Bridging the Gap: From Abraham to Joseph

Note: Grace asked me why there were 13 children listed. Dinah is Jacob and Leah’s daughter–so she didn’t get to be head of a tribe. (That’s a sermon for different day.)

Experiencing the Story: Jenny offers a lively version of the first part of today’s scripture reading from the Shine On story Bible. You can also read the full passage: Genesis 3-8, 17-22, 26-34.

Sermon and Scripture: Genesis 50:15-21

For the text version of this sermon, see Joanna’s blog.

Prayer Practice for the Week: Genealogy

Where is God in your family story? Spend some time exploring your family tree and thinking about the faith (or lack of faith) of your ancestors. What stories have been passed down through the generations? How are you sharing your faith with future generations?

If you are fortunate enough to have parents, grandparents, or even great grandparents still living, this would be a great week to call and talk with them!

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).

Please note that our Little Free Pantry is now up and running! You are invited to share non-perishable food, toiletries, COVID supplies (masks, hand sanitizer), and school supplies. (See the announcements for more specific suggestions.) You can leave supplies in the pantry or contact Joanna to arrange for drop-off or pick up at another location.

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: Guide My Feet, Hymnal Worship Book #546

Benediction:

Upcoming Daily Scripture Readings:

Week of September 28

  • Monday: Exodus 1:8-2:10
  • Tuesday: Exodus 3:1-4:17
  • Wednesday: Exodus 5:1-6:13
  • Thursday: Exodus 7:14-10:29
  • Friday: *Exodus 11:1-12:42

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