Sunday, February 7, 2021

Introducing Voices Together

Prelude — “We Come,” #225, by Jim Croegart, performed by Kim Thiessen, from CD, “The Light Shines,” 2003, c/o

Lighting the Peace Lamp — VT #867, read by three CMCL households: Chynaah Maryoung-Cooke, Henry Biedrzycki and Valerie Evans, and Jose Borrero and Lucyann Boll-Borrero

I will light a light
in the name of the Maker,
who lit the world
and breathed the breath of life for me

I will light a light 
in the name of the Son
who saved the world
and stretched out his hand to me.

I will light a light
in the name of the Spirit,
who encompasses the world
and blesses my soul with yearning.

We will light three lights for the Trinity of love:
God above us,
God beside us,
God beneath us;
the Beginning,
the End,
the Everlasting One.


     Welcome to worship as Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster this winter morning! Whether you are reading these words on a screen or a printed-out page, or hearing them over Zoom: you are part of the gathering this morning. 
     This morning we continue with the fifth of six Sundays highlighting music. We highlighted favorite hymns of CMCLers for three Sundays. Then last Sunday and today we are introducing music from the new hymnal. And next Sunday is Jazz Sunday! It might seem like an odd time to feature music — when we cannot sing together. I think it’s safe to say, though, that music has been for many of us an even more powerful force in our lives than ever this year. We honor the writers and makers of music, and the Great Maker of Music. 
     This morning Beth Graybill has again coordinated with a number of CMCL musicians to choose songs from the new hymnal to highlight. You’ll hear an introduction to each new song. I’ve chosen prayers from the new hymnal, as well. In addition, Jan Protopapas will share about a story about a favorite old hymn, since we didn’t have a chance to include her in the first three weeks in January.
     Without further ado, let us begin our morning with prayer:   

Call to Worship— VT #857

Holy God,
you call us together
     to reflect on your Word
     and our life in your world.
Be with us now
     as we sing and pray together,
that we may hear your voice
     and understand your way.
This we pray
     through Jesus, the Christ. Amen.

Gathering Songs—

Brenda Sauder introduces Nathan Grieser’s song, Together, VT #189

Together, VT #389

Beth Graybill introduces VT #274, See Whose Glory Fills the Skies

VT #274, See Whose Glory Fills the Skies
 Children’s Time Gathering SongCome and See, VT #282

Children’s Time 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.

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 #1015

Song— Karen Shenk-Zeager introduces Kwake Yesu nasimama/(Here on Christ the Rock I will Stand), VT #159Kwake Yesu nasimama/(Here on Christ the Rock I will Stand), VT #159
Scripture— Lectionary Psalm 147:1-11, 20c, The Inclusive Testament

How good it is to praise our God!
How pleasant and how fitting to sing God’s praise!
YHWH rebuilds Jerusalem,
and gathers Israel’s exiles.
God heals the brokenhearted,
and binds up their wounds.
God knows the number of the stars 
and calls each one by name.
Great is YHWH, and might in power;
there is no limit to God’s wisdom.
YHWH lifts up the oppressed,
and casts the corrupt to the ground.

Sing to our God with thanksgiving;
sing praise with the harp to our God —
who covers the heavens with clouds
who provides rain for the earth
who makes grass sprout on the mountains
and herbs for the service of the people,
who gives food to the cattle,
and to the young ravens when they cry.
God does not thrill to the strength of the horse,
or revel in the fleetness of humans.
YHWH delights in those who worship with reverence
and put their hope in divine love.


Jan Protopapas introduces and plays I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

Dean Clemmer introducing VT #612, When Pain or Sorrow/Hold On

When Pain or Sorrow/Hold On, VT #612

Sharing Time—  Email your prayer requests or reflections to They will be sent out by email by Monday morning. 

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

VT #990

Sharing Response Song—Ellen Hollinger Kanagy introduces Healer of our Every Ill, VT #644

Healer of our Every Ill, VT #644, sung by CMCL on April 8, 2018
Closing Hymn“Kirisuto no heiwa ga (May the Peace of Christ be with you),” VT #843 (Marcy Hostetler directing at Menno World Conf in PA in 2015, Ryan and Christy Heatwole Kauffman and Daryl Snider are musicians)Benediction— VT #1056

God dearly loves us,
     and through Christ left us an example,
          that we might follow in his footsteps.
Christ is the light
     that has come into the world;
may God grant that this light
     shine around you,
and that you walk in it. Amen.

 Worship Coordination for Jan 31 & Feb 7: Beth Graybill & Susan Gascho-Cooke
Worship Leader: Susan Gascho-Cooke
Introduction of new hymns: Beth Graybill, Ellen Hollinger Kanagy, Jan Protopapas, Brenda Sauder
Tech Host: Ken Nissley