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…

Call to Worship: Psalm 16

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 16:7-11) We know that God is always with us, So we come this morning to remind ourselves that we are with God. In this time of worship, May our hearts be glad; May our souls rejoice; May our bodies rest secure. God shows us the path of life And…

Blog Catch-Up: New Liturgies and Other Stuff

Hello! My apologies for neglecting this blog for several weeks. I have been posting prayers and humor over at Rev. Gals, but haven’t been here for awhile. I’ve spent some time cleaning up the site this morning and have posted the Colored Pencil Prayers, Fruit of the Spirit retreat, and Holy Spaces retreat materials on…

Call to Worship: Ascension

This call to worship is based on Ephesians 1: 15-22. We come seeking a spirit of wisdom, A spirit of revelation. We come to know God, And to enlighten the eyes of our hearts. We come to be reminded of the hope to which God has called us, And the riches of God’s glorious inheritance.…

Psalm 150 Call to Worship

I’m trying something new for our call to worship this week. It’s kind of a do-it-ourselves call to worship. During the prelude, I will invite people to write a type of animal on a whiteboard at the front of the church. Then I will use these animals in the call to worship. (And Peace Mennonite…