Call to Worship: Psalm 33

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 33, New Jerusalem translation) Sing to God a new song! The faithful love of God fills the earth. By the word of God the heavens were made. By the breath of God’s mouth, the stars formed.The faithful love of God fills the earth. God collects the waters of the…

Extending the Table

At Peace Mennonite, we have been using the Narrative Lectionary this past year, which means we have the summer “off” to figure out our own worship themes. We’re kicking of the summer with “Extending the Table,” a 5-week series looking at meals in the Bible–and thinking about how we, as a church, can be more…

Advent Blessing: Peace

It seems that most blessings are for peace(if not love, or faith, or some other such vague ideal)–A few words to calm you down and get you out the door.But this is not that kind of a blessing.It will not make everything OKOr pretend you can escape trouble—for yourself or for this world. This blessing…

A Prayer for Pentecost- May 31, 2020

This prayer is by my fellow Mennonite pastor, Mark Schloneger. Much thanks for his permission to post it here. Creator of our first breath, Sustainer of our next breath, Redeemer of all deep breath, We remember those who are finding it hard to breathe. We remember those who have died, those who are suffering, and…

Thoughts from a Virtual Church Visitor: Welcoming and Gathering

So far on my mini-May-sabbatical I’ve engaged with about twenty different church worship services: emailed services, live-streamed services, pre-recorded services, Zoom services. Lots of them have been Mennonite, but I’ve also hung out with some Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Disciples of Christ, and non-denominational folks. In my first post about this experience, I suggested some ways to…

A Prayer from the Valley

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

Peace Mennonite Home-Based Worship: March 15, 2020

Welcome from Pastor Joanna Hello, everyone. I would like to extend a warm and contagion-free welcome to you all. For those of you who are regular Peace Mennonite participants, I am sorry to not be seeing you in person this morning. For those of you who are Peace Mennonite friends from afar, I’m grateful for…