June 21, 2020
Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster

Prelude for Father’s Day— This Is My Father’s World, played by Dean Clemmer                              

Welcome & Lighting of Peace Lamp 

This weekend marked the longest day of 2020 — the summer solstice. The spring and fall equinoxes are the days when light and dark come into balance. T’he summer and winter solstices mark the days of not of balance, but of greatest excess. The brightest day and the darkest night. This tumultuous time has sometimes felt like the longest of days have been alternating with the longest of nights all in the space of a week. God of balance, God of extreme,” stand us still” in the light of your sun, as the word “sol-stice” means. Help us find our firm footing in you, even as we struggle to stay upright on this swiftly tilting planet. As we light our peace lamps and home candles this morning, bathe us in your light, make us bringers of your peace.

This weekend was to have been Mennonite Central Committee’s national centennial celebration, which included 100 speakers representing MCC speaking in 100 churches in the Lancaster area. COVID-19 has changed that celebration, but the celebration continues virtually. CMCL is participating in the celebration this morning — but our speaker will be joining us by pre-recorded video. Click here to find out more about MCC and to read their 100 Stories for 100 Years.

Opening Prayer

Holy One,

We cannot gather in person this morning, but we are gathered in spirit.
We come together in our uncertainty and our fear.
We come together in our determination and our hope.
We come together to worship you:
Our Creator and Sustainer,
The One who provides water from a rock
To quench our parched throats,
And living water from Jesus
To restore our weary spirits.
Let us know your presence with us
And our presence with each other
In this time of worship.
by Joanna Harader, Peace Mennonite Church, Lawrence KS

Gathering Hymn— Lord, I Am Fondly, Earnestly Longing, by The Mennonite Hour Singers   (HWB #514)

Children’s Time Juneteenth for Mazie, by Floyd Cooper

Song— Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing, by Exigence Vocal Ensemble

Lift ev’ry voice and sing
‘Til earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the list’ning skies
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun
Let us march on ’til victory is won

For full lyrics, click here.

Offering Thank you for your continued support of your congregation. Our budget supports our staff, our building, our outreach commitments and our congregational care. We are grateful that church can be a place to seek and give mutual aid. Thanks so much for being the church, and giving to the work of the church. CMCL supports Mennonite Central Committee through budgeted giving every year. 

          O God, to those who have hunger, give bread,
          and to those who have bread, give hunger for justice. AMEN.     STS #150

Offertory The Road Is Not Easy— Daryl Snider

Sermon: Intro by Ron Byler, “The Touch of Jesus” by Gwen White, Ron Byler and Gwen White come to us from MCC (Mennonite Central Committee). 

Gwen White has served on the MCC U.S. board since 2008. She is Professor Emerita at Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania, where she created the doctoral programs in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2011. Earlier, she was chair of the Counseling Psychology department. She was on the faculty of Eastern University for 22 years. She has been director of Circle Counseling in Philadelphia since 1997.

White and her husband, Rod White, live in Philadelphia. They attend Circle of Hope, BIC church in the Philadelphia region, where Gwen is teaching pastor and Rod is development pastor.

Song New Moment (Novo Momento / Nuevo Momento / Dios hoy nos llama) Traditional song from Brazil, was sung at Mennonite World Conference 2015, sung by Daryl Snider

Sharing Time & Prayer  Please email your prayer requests and sharing news to Pastor Susan Gascho-Cooke at susan@communitymennonite.org. These will be shared during the live Zoom service, and included in the sharing concerns email sent out afterwards.

Fathering God,
On this Father’s Day, we pray for expectant fathers and for new fathers, that they may be full partners in caring for and raising their children.
We pray for fathers who have lost children, either in utero, through sickness, through war and violence, or through tragic accident.
We pray for fathers who are incarcerated; fathers who are trying to parent and protect in refugee camps; fathers who are separated from their children by borders and unjust laws.
We pray for fathers and children who have never met one another.
We pray for men who give of themselves not just through childbearing, but with their intellect, their skills, their gifts, and their physical abilities.
We pray for boys and men who struggle against a culture of toxic masculinity.
We pray for Black fathers in America, that their lives no more be cut short by unjust policing or any of the many lethal manifestations of racism.
We pray for those for whom Father’s Day is a day of mourning and sadness. 
And we give thanks for men who have been our fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, sons, husbands, life-partners, and friends.
                 (many of the above words were taken from Leah D. Schade’s
                 Father’s Day Prayer, June 20, 2020)

We also lift up all the prayer concerns that have been shared with us this week, and those that remain unspoken. Lord, in your mercy, and in our gratitude, hear our prayers.

Closing Hymn— God Be With You Till We Meet Again” by Anika and Landry Krebs

Note from Worship Committee: We plan to end all of our future worship services with this song, until such time as we can ALL gather and sing it together in person. **If your household would like to record yourselves singing this song, please send it our way!


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
Sermon: Gwen White
Children’s Time: Malinda Clatterbuck
Prelude & Offertory coordinator for June: Daryl Snider
Tech Host: Drew Brubaker