August 15, 2021

CHURCH ON THE FARM

Sunday Worship, The Gift of Holy Moments

Prelude—CMCL Jazz Musicians

Lighting the Peace Lamp—

As Gunilla Norris has written: 

…love nourishes us. When it is in our lives, we can bear pain, confusion and even death. In this way, the food of the spirit – love – is linked with the food of the body – bread. Both are staples. They sustain us.

Gunilla Norris, Becoming Bread (Hidden Spring, 2003), p. xii (adapted) 

We gather together before God this morning for worship as part of this community. Meeting God. Meeting one another. We know that these are the essentials that sustain us and give us peace. 

Welcome/Call to Worship— Welcome to Church on the Farm! For those of you who have started attending more recently, it is a beloved CMCL tradition to worship here on a Sunday in August. After not being able to gather last summer, it is especially sweet to be able to be together again here this year! We are also glad to be with those joining the service by Zoom! A heartfelt thanks to all who helped make our gathering possible today. This morning we continue with our Sacred Summer series as we celebrate God’s gift of Holy Moments. With gratitude, we acknowledge the holy mystery of connecting with each other and the Divine – for our good and the good of the world.

Gunilla Norris writes about a midrash that tells us that:

“when the world was created God made everything a little bit incomplete. Rather than making bread grow right out of the earth, God made wheat grow so that we might bake it into bread. In this way we could become partners in completing the work of creation.”

Rituals of recognition. Repetition. Reverence. Receiving. These are ways we grow to know that we ourselves are integral parts of the whole. We, too, are manna.”

–Gunilla Norris, Becoming Bread, p. 29-30 (adapted)

With wonder at God’s loving work in and with us, today we pause to mark three holy moments in the lives of individuals and this congregation. Four people will be baptized. Five more will be joining CMCL by transfer of membership. And we will also be honoring nine senior youth who graduated this year. 

Thanks be to God!

Gathering Hymns—

Here in This Place, VT #10
O Blessed Spring, VT #522

Come and See— CMCL Jazz Musicians

Children’s Time— Susan Gascho-Cooke

Offering/Prayer—Thank you for your continued support of your congregation. Our budget supports our staff, our building, our congregational care, and our outreach commitments. We are grateful that this community can be a place to seek and give mutual aid and to reach out beyond our community, too. Thanks so much for being the church and giving to the work of the church.

Generous God,
  you gave us life;
  now we give our lives back to you.
We present ourselves:
  our work and play,
  our joys and sorrows,
  our thoughts and deeds,
  our gifts and resources,
  to be used by you
    for the sake of all people everywhere,
    through Jesus Christ.
Amen

  VT#365

Scripture—Matthew 3:13-17and Galatians 3:28

Baptisms— Jermel Laird, Dan Laubach, Zack Stoltzfus and Stock Weinstock

Song of Response— Halle, Halle, Halleluia, VT #752

Welcome New MembersJanet & Paul Allen, Bob & Margaret Bruckhart, and Maren Morgan

Song of Response— Halle, Halle, Halleluia, VT #752

High School Senior Recognition: Sydney Adams, Sophie Bergey, Alonso Borrero, Hannah Clatterbuck, Megan Esch, Raewyn Kraybill, Zach Penner, Mekai Robinson, Lucas Shumaker

Song of Response—Guide My Feet, VT #813

Sharing Time & PrayerPlease email your prayer requests or reflections this morning to susan@communitymennonite.org. They will be sent out by email by Monday morning.

Holy God,
We bring our spoken and unspoken prayers this morning.
In our concerns and in our choices – you are with us.
In our disappointments and in our joys – you are with us.
In our protesting and in our serving – you are with us.
Thank you for your loving presence and for the love of this community.
May we be part of your loving presence for one another and the world.
Amen

Announcements—

Sending Song— May the Peace of Christ be with you, VT #843

Benediction—

Go in peace. Christ is with you.
Thanks be to God!


Worship Leader: Leslie Homer-Cattell
Sermon: Susan Gascho-Cooke
Children’s Time: Susan Gascho-Cooke
Prelude: CMCL Jazz combo
Sound system: Daryl Snider
Tech host: Drew Brubaker