Sunday, February 14, 2021
Jazz Sunday

Used with permission: “The Sound of Love, #1,” Heather Polk,

all music by CMCL Jazz Ensemble from previous Jazz Sundays

Prelude — Welcome, by John Coltrane

Lighting the Peace Lamp — This Little Light of Mine,
                                                    images of some CMCL Jazz musicians 


     Welcome to worship this morning at Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster. As always: welcome those who are reading this, welcome those who are watching this, welcome those who are listening to this. 
     This morning we continue our long-standing tradition of incorporating the music of Jazz into our worship on the Sunday before Lent begins. Ryan Kauffman once again has chosen the music — all of which was performed by Ryan and other CMCL musicians in Jazz Sundays previous. This morning we will also be sharing communion, as it is the second Sunday of the month. And this morning we celebrate and bid farewell to Malinda Clatterbuck in her role as pastor her at CMCL. 
     May our worship and our fellowship be just as tangible symbols of love this morning as any valentine or chocolate or bouquet of roses.

Call to Worship— VT #882

We are people who must sing to you,
     for the sake of our very lives.
You are a God who must be sung by us,
     for the sake of your majesty and honor. 
And so we thank you,
     for lyrics that push us past our reasons,
     for melodies that break open our givens,
     for cadences that locate us home,
     beyond all our safe places,
     for tones and tunes that open our lives beyond control
          and our futures beyond despair.
We thank you for the long parade of mothers and fathers
     who have sung you deep and true;
we thank you for the good company
     of artists, poets, musicians, cantors, and instruments
     that sing for us and with us, toward you.
We are witnesses to your mercy and splendor;
     we will not keep silent…ever again. Amen. 

Gathering Songs—

If You Believe, STJ #32, arr. Ryan Kauffman
When the Saints, trad., arr. Ryan KauffmanChildren’s Time Gathering SongJazz version of Come and SeeHWB #20, arr. Ryan Kauffman

Children’s Time “On Love & Loving”, Malinda Clatterbuck

Offering —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.

Blessed are you, O God,
     and maker of all things.
Through your goodness
you have blessed us with good gifts:
     our selves, our time
     and our possessions.
We receive these gifts in gratitude
     and offer them to the world
     with your love,
through the one who gave himself for us,
     Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen

—VT #1019

Song— Dear Lord, by John Coltrane

Scripture— Lectionary Psalm 50:1-6, The Inclusive Testament

YHWH our God speaks
and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun
to its setting.
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God shines forth.
YHWH comes and won’t be silent;
a devouring fire goes before God,
while storms rage all around.
God summons heaven and earth
to the trial of God’s people:
“Gather to me my faithful ones,
who make their covenant with me by sacrifice!”
The heavens affirm God’s justice
because it is God who is the judge!

Song— Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, by Josef Zawinul

MLK Reading—On Martin Luther King Day I always like to include his words from the opening address of the Berlin Jazz Festival in 1964:

God has wrought many things out of oppression. He has endowed his creatures with the capacity to create—and from this capacity has flowed the sweet songs of sorrow and joy that have allowed man to cope with his environment and many different situations.

Jazz speaks for life. The Blues tell the story of life’s difficulties, and if you think for a moment, you will realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph. This is triumphant music.

Modern jazz has continued in this tradition, singing the songs of a more complicated urban existence. When life itself offers no order and meaning, the musician creates an order and meaning from the sounds of the earth which flow through his instrument.

It is no wonder that so much of the search for identity among American Negroes was championed by Jazz musicians. Long before the modern essayists and scholars wrote of racial identity as a problem for a multiracial world, musicians were returning to their roots to affirm that which was stirring within their souls.

Much of the power of our Freedom Movement in the United States has come from this music. It has strengthened us with its sweet rhythms when courage began to fail. It has calmed us with its rich harmonies when spirits were down.

And now, Jazz is exported to the world. For in the particular struggle of the Negro in America there is something akin to the universal struggle of modern man. Everybody has the Blues. Everybody longs for meaning. Everybody needs to love and be loved. Everybody needs to clap hands and be happy. Everybody longs for faith.

In music, especially this broad category called Jazz, there is a stepping stone towards all of these.
Song New Redemption Song, by Linford Detweiler (Over the Rhine), vocals by Daryl SniderLord, we need a new redemption song
Lord, we’ve tried, it just seems to come out wrong
Won’t You help us please, help us just to sing along
A new redemption song, a new redemption song

Lord, we need a new redemption day
All our worries keep getting in the way
Won’t You help us please, help us find the words to pray
To bring redemption day, to bring redemption day

Lord, we need a new redemption song
Lord, we’ve tried, it just seems to come out wrong
Won’t You help please, help us just to sing along
A new redemption song, a new redemption songCommunionVT #936, Introduction to Communion

At the table of Christ,
we eat this bread and drink this cup
      to remember the life and death and resurrection of Jesus,
      to be united with Christ and with out another as the church,
and to look toward a time when all will be one.
As we eat and drink with thanksgiving,
Jesus Christ is present with us
and we are empowered by the Spirit
to follow Jesus’ way of love
      as the body of Christ,
      broken and blessed for the world.

VT #937, Preparation for Communion — Pledge of Love

as we gather to eat the bread and drink the cup,
let us respond with the pledge of love.

Will you love God before all things,
in the power of God’s living Word,
and join yourself to God’s way?
By the grace of God, I will.

Will you love and serve our neighbors,
and lay down your life through the power of Jesus Christ,
who laid down his life for us?
By the grace of God, I will.

Will you support and challenge one another,
speak and hear the truth,
cease what causes harm to our neighbors,
and do good to our enemies?
By the grace of God, I will.

May the Spirit of God
who calls the church to Christ’s Supper
give us the grace, strength and patience
to live this pledge of love.

Song— Letter From Home, by Pat Metheny, arr. Bob Curnow,
                   art by Crescentia Volz

VT #946, Communion Prayer
In deep gratitude
for this moment,
this meal,
these people,
we give ourselves to you.

Send us 
to live as changed people
because we have shared the Living Bread
and cannot remain the same.

Ask much of us,
expect much from us,
enable much by us,
encourage many through us.

So, God, may we glorify you
as inhabitants of earth
and citizens of heaven. Amen.
Sharing Time—  Email your prayer requests or reflections to They will be sent out by email by Monday morning. 

Blessing for Malinda Clatterbuck
This blessing was written at the time of Chris Hoover Seidel leaving her position at CMCL of Director of Christian Education, and we offer it again to Malinda as she leaves her position at CMCL. As is the MCUSA denominational and ACC conference recommendation and common practice for pastors when they leave a leadership position, Malinda will step back from CMCL attendance for one year.

We thank God today for your presence and work here at CMCL.
Your love, insight and advocacy for our children and youth,
have changed, and will continue to change, us, 
spiritually and institutionally.
We ask God’s blessing on the ministry you have done here,
and on the callings you pursue as you leave.

Remember that the ground under your feet 
will always hold you
Remember that the deep wells of wisdom within you 
will never run dry
Remember that the red-hot fire for justice within you
will never burn out
and remember that you are only ever one deep breath away 
from all you know and love, 
and from the God who loves and sustains you.

May you find joy and fulfillment 
in the possibilities before you. 
May you be nourished and sustained 
by the love and gratitude of all who have known you 
and will come to know you.
In the name of Jesus your Brother, 
Spirit your Advocate and Comforter, 
and God-Who-Is-Love

                         last stanza adapted from UUA “Ritual for a Retiring Minister”

We thank you for helping us nurture our children and families.
For helping us maintain and broaden our Safe Church policies.
For your voice on issues of justice and inclusion.
Your presence among us has enriched our community of faith
Our prayers and gratitude, love and light go with you.

Congregational Response, adapted from HWB

Go in love,
for love alone endures.
Go in peace,
for it is the gift of God.
Go in courage,
for we cannot go where God is not.

Sharing Prayer— VT #990

Between the words,
beaneath the words,
beyond the words,
may God meet you 
in the places
where the words cannot go.

(silence)Closing HymnGod Be With You, HWB #430, Jazz Sunday Version, arr. Ryan Kauffman

Benediction— HWB #764 (adapted)

Go in love,
For love alone endures.
Go in peace,
for it is the gift of God.
Go in courage,
for we cannot go where God is not.

 Worship Leader: Susan Gascho-Cooke
Music selected and introduced by: Ryan Kauffman
Art for “Letter From Home”: Crescentia Volz
      Tim Baum
 — oboe, tenor saxophone
      Dean Clemmer — bass
      Grant Huddle — drums
      Raj Iyengar — trombone
      Ezra Kauffman — drums
      Ryan Kauffman — alto saxophone, flute
      Chris Loser — drums
      Joe Michaels — bass
      Larry Penner — piano
      Kirk Reese — piano
      Daryl Snider — soprano saxophone, vocal
      Kate Umble Smucker — trumpet
Tech Host: Adam Kehler