Easter Calls to Worship

Originally posted on Spacious Faith:
With Matthew  28:1-10 The earth is shaking.Are angels descending?The tomb is before us.Is the stone rolling back?It’s bright as lightening, blinding as the sun reflecting off of snow.Of course we are afraid.But we need not tremble.We need not become like the dead.Because the tomb is emptyand we are calledfirst to…

Small Easter

Originally posted on Spacious Faith:
? OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A few years ago I audited a class at St. Paul seminary on “Preaching and the Short Story.” There was a story on the syllabus with “Easter” in the title, and I kept thinking I should read that before I wrote my Easter sermon. So this…

The Palm Sunday Crowd and the Good Friday Crowd

As we move from Palm Sunday to Good Friday, a lot of people wonder how the “Hosanna” of Palm Sunday gave way to the “Crucify him!”of Good Friday. How did the crowd go from praising Jesus to condemning him, all in a matter of days? Well, it didn’t. Because we are talking about two different…

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.…

Opening Prayer for Remote Worship

Here is our opening prayer for Peace Mennonite’s home-based worship this week. You can find the full worship service on the church web site. (Note that, while we are using the Lectionary, we are somehow on the wrong week.) Holy One, We cannot gather in person this morning, but we are gathered in spirit. We…

Morning Prayer Invitation

Updated March 22, 2020 Since many of us are spending more time at home and less time gathered in community than usual, I want to again invite you to join me for morning prayer at 8:30 (Central Time) each Tuesday and Thursday morning. You can find more information, a link to the Zoom meeting, and…

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…