Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster

October 11, 2020

“Together We Are Whole,” by Pi Luna —

Prelude— “Asking for a Friend”, by Denison Witmer (Uncle Denny)

Lighting the Peace Lamp—As always, you are invited to light a candle or lamp in your own home as you read through this service.

As we light this lamp here on W. Orange St, and you light your lamps all over this county, we remember and acknowledge the Traditional citizens and caretakers of this land, and their continuing connection to this land, its waters and its culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

Susquehannocks, Piquaws, the Shawnese, the Conestogos, the Nantlcokes, the Ganawese, the Con-oise or Conoys, Mingoes, Minquays and the Delawares. These are just some of the names these peoples have claimed or been given.

May we remember and honor them and examine our ongoing role in the history of colonizing of this land not just on the day before Indigenous People’s Day, but every day.

May we be wiling to see what the light illuminates, painful as the truth may be.

Welcome— Good morning! Welcome to worship at CMCL on this crisp fall morning — whether you are reading along during our Zoom service, or reading through this order of worship on your own time. During October at CMCL, our worship theme is “Peacemakers of Faith in Politically Polarized Times.” As the U.S. Presidential election draws nearer, and the possibility of increased violence and unrest looms, we decided to give these four Sundays to praying/sharing/studying/discerning together how we can best be, and what we can best do, in these troubled times. This morning we will be hearing from four different CMCLers about their journeys of discernment around faith and political engagement. Marty Kelley, Ish and Mel Yoder Salim, and Jess King will be sharing during our usual sermon time. 

Call to Worship— 

God of the open road,
God of the twisting path,
God of the narrow and upward way,
your people are gathered for worship!
In this hour, give us provision for the journey,
courage and faith and compassion,
and endurance to face any hardship.
Open our eyes to see you walking beside us,
protecting us, encouraging us, loving us.
We pray this in the name of Jesus,
who moves us, Amen

  © Carol Penner,

Gathering Songs/Children’s Time— Protest Songs: This morning, the Clatterbuck family is bringing us our gathering songs and our Children’s time all wrapped in one!

Offering—Thank you for your continued support of your congregation. Many of you are giving at this time in so many creative ways. 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.

Scripture— John 8:1-11. Here we see Jesus as Protector, Intervener, and Active Bystander at a moment when a vulnerable person was endangered. Jesus stood between her and the stones that the crowd could legally have killed her with.

Reflections on Faith and Political Engagement by CMCLers — Marty Kelley, Jess King and Melanie Yoder Salim. I asked each of these CMCLers to share as part of our series this month — to ask them what has shaped their choices around faith and political engagement. These questions feel extremely important in this season where political choices carry such weight, and when violence threatens the democratic process, and threats of white supremacist violence are echoed from the highest offices. How do we respond as members of a historic peace church? What is our role, as individuals and as a congregation, when violence threatens others? Marty, Jess and Mel have all graciously agreed to share some of their story.

As we move into this time of hearing their reflections, hear the questions implied in this song, I Choose Love, by Mark Miller. In the midst of these times, I choose _______? In the midst of unrest and injustice and violence, we choose _______?

You can click on the link on Marty’s name to see her reflection. Jess and Melanie will be sharing live in the Zoom service.

Song of Response Stand By Me, performed by Tracy Chapmanwritten by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller

Communion Please gather your communion elements to share in communion together. May this communion help us remember Jesus, his life and teachings, his death and resurrection.
May it help us remember that we are the church, members of the body of Christ. (language for this communion service from Pastor Lee Lever, Austin Mennonite Church). 

Source of all hope and holiness,
we gather this morning to be church.
Bless those who are absent, but not from our hearts.
Bless those who are distant, but not from your love.
Bless each of us here that we may
          choose justice by your Spirit,
          draw kindness from the well of your mercy,
          and walk humbly in your path, O God.  AMEN.  (StJ #122)

“For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  
          Take and eat. (everyone eats)
In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 
          Take and drink. (everyone drinks)
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Welcoming God, who opens a door through this holy meal, may we see the place set for us so that , in turn, we may welcome others to your table. In the name of Jesus. AMEN.

Communion Response— I Bind My Heart This Tide, HWB #411, sung by CMCL on March 1, 2020

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

Sharing Time Prayer in Song— You’re Not Alone, Bryan Moyer Suderman, 2005, from MWC Peace Sunday materials.

Closing Hymn— For the month of October, we’ll be using “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” as our closing hymn. Sung by the St. James Compline Choir (used with permission of conductor William Wright). Thanks to CMCLers Beth Graybill and Stock Weinstock (and I think Maren Morgan, too!) for singing in this and sharing it with us!
          To see the singers as you listen, click here.
          To see the sheet music so you can sing along, click here.


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 of us,
Enable much by us,
Encourage many through us.

So, God, may we glorify you
As inhabitants of earth
And citizens of heaven.


Worship Leader: Susan Gascho-Cooke
Sermon: Marty Kelley, Jess King & Melanie Yoder Salim
Children’s Time: Malinda, Mark, Ashton & Hannah Clatterbuck
Tech Host: Adam Kehler