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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 At-Home Worship: May 31, 2020

Welcome to Pentecost Sunday with Peace Mennonite Church!

Butterfly Milkweed – Photo by Ken Ratzlaff

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

A reminder that our current church announcements are available here.

Prelude: Sara and Perry

Welcome from Pastor Melissa

I have been exceedingly blessed by this month at Peace as Sabbatical Coverage Pastor. Thank you all very much for sharing yourselves and your gifts that keep enhancing our worship and fellowship times! As we celebrate Pentecost today, I pray that the Holy Spirit will surprise you in whatever way you need surprising.

In my interview project earlier this year, there was strong evidence that you all hope to grow in numbers to include “as many as are meant to be here.” Pentecost is sort of Intro to Church Growth 101: The Holy Spirit Arrives! The only way any growth toward God’s Shalom happens is through the movement of the Holy Spirit! As you worship, I challenge you to consider: Where am I seeing the Holy Spirit these days? That answer is good news that someone else needs to hear, someone who may be meant to be here!

Scripture Reading: Rosie Claassen, Joel 2:23-32

Prairie Burn, Chase County – Photo by Ken Ratzlaff

Call to Worship: written by Christina Rossetti

As the Wind is your symbol, so forward our goings.

As the dove, so launch us heavenward.

As water, so purify our spirits.

As a cloud, so abate our temptations.

As dew, so revive our languor.

As fire, so purge out our dross. Amen.

Hymn and Congregational Prayer: Holy Spirit, Come with Power (Blue Hymnal: A Worship Book #26)

Our Lord’s Prayer: in Swahili, to remind us of all the languages in which followers of Jesus sing and pray around the world!

Children’s Time: Jenny Welch Buller

Hymn: Breathe on Me, Breath of God (Blue Hymnal: A Worship Book #356)

Scripture Reading: Rosie Claassen, Acts 2:1-21

Sermon

Hymn: Veni Sancte Spiritus (Come Holy Spirit). A version can be found in the Blue Hymnal: A Worship Book #298.

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 is a photo of Roger Gibson’s lettuce bed taken a little over a month ago. He has written the reflection here in response to the Peace and Justice Committee’s request for personal testimonies of how you are participating in God’s mission in these troubled times. (Go here for that invitation; you too could submit!)

“I’m just not that crazy about salad, but I grow lettuce anyway, and sometimes I eat it, and sometimes I sell it at the Farmers Market. That’s what I was going to do this spring—the selling part, I mean. And then Covid-19 presented itself just after I planted my seeds.
My growing of lettuce has become somewhat of a ritual, an annual exercise in humility and awe. I am somehow proud of it, even though the burying of a seed, the transplanting of a seedling, the harvesting of a whole, beautiful head has very little to do with me. I’m really just an interested front-row bystander who has an appetite for being amazed over and over again.
That a tiny sliver of seed can grow into a big, beautiful salad, night after night, just astonishes me and makes my thoughts turn to things holy and sacred and beyond my understanding.


I have raised two teenage boys by myself. At their ugliest, both boys have been hard to like, at times, and routinely turned up questions in my mind about love, too. Attempts to express my love for them were mostly irrelevant. But in both cases, along about their fifteenth or sixteenth year, the daily regimen of cooking a good evening meal stopped being the production and serving of nutrition and became, instead, the only remaining way I could think of to let them know that they were loved. And so I served them, mindful of Jesus who lovingly served the throng, and said a silent prayer that someday they could recognize my meal as symbolic of my desire to be in loving communion with them.

So, Covid-19, miracles in a seed, and the giving of food as an expression of love. All have been relevant as I have sought and found a place for my lettuce this year, given the late start of the Farmers Market. The Ladybird Diner, which happens to be owned and operated by a former fifth grade student of mine, serves 200 sack lunches everyday, and is handing out 10 Pantry Boxes every week to people who have lost their jobs or are otherwise in crisis because of the virus. And I am thrilled that the lettuce I have given is being distributed to those who are hungry this year. It’s a very small thing in the overall picture, like a lost seed in the dirt, but I’m
glad to have found a way, however small, to help.”
—Roger Gibson

Roger’s full grown lettuce!

Benediction

adapted from Sing the Story Worship Resources #195

Sending Song: Like the Murmur of a Dove’s Song, Twila Schmidt

Peace Mennonite At-Home Worship: May 24, 2020

Welcome to Worship with Peace Mennonite!

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

A reminder that our current church announcements are available here.

Plains Wild Indigo, photo by Ken Ratzlaff

Prelude – “Bird Song” sung by the Bonners

Welcome from Pastor Melissa:

Dear Lovers of God… that is what the name “Theophilus” means, the intended reader of the Acts of the Apostles. Today we enter into that book about the birth of the church. As Lovers of God, we have held on to Jesus in his resurrection appearances this month. Now we let go.

Thanks to everyone for sharing your cloud photos with us! God led the Israelites in a cloud. God met Moses on the mountain in a cloud. Jesus’ transfiguration was overshadowed by a cloud. Today we remember the ascension: Jesus leaves in a cloud!

Scripture Reading: Jill Allen

Call to Worship

We gather as pilgrims on a journey of faith.

We come seeking the cloud of your presence as we travel The Way.

We come seeking your pillar of fire to light our darkness.

Shine in our hearts, O God, with the light of your love.

Make your presence known through Jesus the Christ. Amen.

Hymnal: A Worship Book #661

Come for a bike ride and cloud tour with Thomas and Tara!

Congregational Prayer

You are invited to pray in song, as you listen or sing along. This performance of Healer of Our Every Ill by Marty Haugen, writer and composer, begins with a segment in which our response is: God of mercy, hear our prayer. Lyrics for the more familiar part are found in the Blue Hymnal: A Worship Book #377.

Our Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Time: Jenny Welch Buller

Hymn: Nothing is Lost on the Breath of God (Sing the Story #121)

Scripture Reading: Jill Allen

Sermon

Hymn: You’re Not Alone, from the Voices Together collection

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.

Offertory: The Camel played by Elinor, who received a top rating at the virtual middle school band solo festival with this piece!

Benediction

Peace Mennonite At-Home Worship: May 17, 2020

Jack in the Pulpit, Photo taken by Ken Ratzlaff

Welcome to Worship with Peace Mennonite!

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

A reminder that our current church announcements are available here.

Prelude

Accordian Crimes/Golden Ticket by Coreopsis (Lauralyn Bodle, Noah Musser, & Whitney Baker
Dakota Verbena, taken by Ken Ratzlaff

Welcome from Pastor Melissa:

We are happy you are worshiping with us today! We’ve been praying that “as many as are meant to be here” will join us for songs, prayers, and a message of thoughtful faith. I trust you will find beauty here, and feel at ease bringing questions and comments to the Zoom hour of fellowship or by writing them to us on our Facebook page. We share our hope in Christ and new life with you, wherever you are.

Scripture Reading: I John 3:1-7 (read by Melissa Atchison)

Call to Worship

Gathering Hymn: Jesus Stand Among Us

Congregational Prayer: (Based on Hymnal: A Worship Book #805)

God, we come before you with gratitude for the beauty of spring

and with sorrow for the massive suffering in the world.

We sorrow, but not as those who have no hope.

We grieve, but not as those who center their thoughts on death.

We sense loneliness, but not as those who are left alone.

We thank you that even in separation we experience love, peace, and hope.

We thank you that beauty can feed our souls.

Our help is in you.

Our hope is in your promise,

in Christ who taught us to pray…

Children’s Time: Jenny Welch Buller

Hymn: And Can It Be

Scripture Reading and Sermon: Piet Knetsch, Luke 24: 36-49

Hymn of Response: Thine Is the Glory, (Blue Hymnal: A Worship Book #269)

Thine is the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son!

Endless is the vict’ry thou o’er death hast won.

Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,

kept the folded graveclothes where thy body lay.

Thine is the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son!

Endless is the vict’ry thou o’er death has won.

Lo! Jesus meets us. Risen from the tomb,

lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom.

Let his church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,

for our Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting.

Thine is the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son!

Endless is the vict’ry thou o’er death has won.

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.

Do you enjoy cloud-gazing? Please take photos of clouds this week and email them to Pastor Melissa or the office to use in the service next Sunday.

Dave Mathis shares a request from our Justice Matters Team Leaders:

Sending Hymn: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (Blue Hymnal: A Worship Book #71), Bob and Melissa Atchison

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love.

Hearts unfold like flow’rs before thee, praising thee their sun above.

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away.

Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!

All thy works with joy surround thee, earth and heav’n reflect thy rays,

stars and angels sing around thee, center of unbroken praise.

Field and forest, vale and mountain, blooming meadow, flashing sea,

chanting bird and flowing fountain, call us to rejoice in thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever bless’d,

well-spring of the joy of living, oceandepth of happy rest!

Thou our Father, Christ our brother, all who live in love are thine.

Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the mighty chorus which the morning stars began.

Love divine is reigning o’er us, leading us with mercy’s hand.

Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife.

Joyful music lifts us sunward in the triumph song of life!

Benediction: Pastor Melissa

Enjoy this slide show of photos shared by Tara Heilke, British Columbia: “Here you go: three pictures of arrow leaf balsam root (AKA “Okanagan sunflowers”) on the mountain not far from our house, and a bonus shot of our Mother’s Day picnic site, in the hope that it will lure some of our Kansas friends up for a visit someday, when travel becomes a good idea again.”

We read the Gospels not merely to get a picture or an image or an idea of Christ

but to enter in and pass through the words of revelation

to establish, by faith, a vital contact with the Christ who dwells in our souls as God.

Thomas Merton