May 17, 2020
Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster

Welcome

Peace Lamp Prayer

O God, who called all life into being,
the earth, sea and sky are yours.
Your presence is all around us;
every atom is full of your energy. Y
our Spirit enlivens all who walk the earth;
with her we yearn for justice to be done,
for creation to be freed from bondage,
for the hungry to be fed,
for captives to be released,
for your peace to come on earth!
Amen.

Sing the Journey #133

Song— “Jesus Stand Among Us” sung by Ron and Diane Umble, Hans and Kate Umble Smucker

Children’s Time— Malinda Clatterbuck

Offering— We are grateful 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. 

Offering Prayer

O Lord, open my eyes that I may see the needs of others
Open my ears that I may hear their cries;
Open my heart so that they need not be without succor;
Let me not be afraid to defend the weak because of the anger of the strong,
Nor afraid to defend the poor because of the anger of the rich.
Show me where love and hope and faith are needed,
And use me to bring them to those places.
And so open my eyes and my ears
That I may this coming day be able to do some work of peace for thee.
          – Alan Paton, South Africa, United Methodist Hymnal #456

Offertory Song— “All the Way My Savior Leads” by the quartet of Ken Nissley, Luke Good, Ron Umble and Leon Miller

Scripture— Psalm 22

To the leader: according to The Deer of the Dawn. A Psalm of David.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
   Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
   and by night, but find no rest.

Yet you are holy,
   enthroned on the praises of Israel.
In you our ancestors trusted;
   they trusted, and you delivered them.
To you they cried, and were saved;
   in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.

But I am a worm, and not human;
   scorned by others, and despised by the people.
All who see me mock at me;
   they make mouths at me, they shake their heads;
‘Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver—
   let him rescue the one in whom he delights!’

Yet it was you who took me from the womb;
   you kept me safe on my mother’s breast.
On you I was cast from my birth,
   and since my mother bore me you have been my God.
Do not be far from me,
   for trouble is near
   and there is no one to help.

Many bulls encircle me,
   strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
they open wide their mouths at me,
   like a ravening and roaring lion.

I am poured out like water,
   and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
   it is melted within my breast;
my mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
   and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
   you lay me in the dust of death.

For dogs are all around me;
   a company of evildoers encircles me.
My hands and feet have shrivelled;
I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me;
they divide my clothes among themselves,
   and for my clothing they cast lots.

But you, O Lord, do not be far away!
   O my help, come quickly to my aid!
Deliver my soul from the sword,
   my life from the power of the dog!
   Save me from the mouth of the lion!

From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me.
I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;
   in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
You who fear the Lord, praise him!
   All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;
   stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
For he did not despise or abhor
   the affliction of the afflicted;
he did not hide his face from me,
   but heard when I cried to him.

From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
   my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
   those who seek him shall praise the Lord.
   May your hearts live for ever!

All the ends of the earth shall remember
   and turn to the Lord;
and all the families of the nations
   shall worship before him.
For dominion belongs to the Lord,
   and he rules over the nations.

To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;
   before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
   and I shall live for him.
Posterity will serve him;
   future generations will be told about the Lord,
and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
   saying that he has done it.

Sermon— “Holding the life we are living before God and each other” by Leslie Homer-Cattell

CMCL Psalm

A Psalm of Lament and Hope- Elizabeth Nissley

Is there quiet in the Land? Is there hope for living?
No – the noise of pestilence afflicting many, bringing death, sobbing, gasps for air,
confusion, and fear.
No – the noise of anxiety of pounding hearts, of misinformation, of crowds threatening
with shouts and guns.
No – the noise of anger with black men being killed without reason, at incompetent
leadership, at the multiple injustices that have been part of our “normal”.
No – the noise of poverty, hunger, and inequality.
No – the noise of hatred, ignorance, selfishness, and narcissism.
Is there quiet in the Land? Is there hope for living?
Yes – in many loving connections with loved ones and friends.
Yes – in quiet meditation and imagining antibody production while confirmed to my
“cell,” knowing also the power of prayers of others.
Yes – in nature blooming, returning, and recovering as we humans take a break.
Yes – in leaders with decency, courage, compassion, tenacity and “lion heartedness.”
Yes – in finding grace around this moment, even in the cracks.
There is quiet in the land; There is hope for living.

Song “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go” by Claire Holley

Sharing Time & Prayer If you have a prayer concern, please email it to Pastor Malinda this morning, and these concerns will be shared with the congregation by Zoom this morning and by email later today.

O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us. May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all beings. Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world.  Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God, amen.               

-Richard Rohr

CMCL Helping Moments—Amani Kaufman

Announcements— Look for the Weekly Zoom small group gathering links in the same email with the Invitation to Worship Zoom link.

Song— God Be With You Till We Meet Again, sung by Ron and Diane Umble, Hans and Kate Umble Smucker, HWB #430

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, or if you’d like to spearhead any other tech-savvy/social-distance-respecting way of recording this song, we’d love to have different versions of this to listen to and sing-along-at-home to in the coming weeks and months.

God be with you till we meet again;
loving counsels guide, uphold you,
may the Shepherd’s care enfold you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
unseen wings, protecting, hide you,
daily manna still provide you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
when life’s perils thick confound you,
put unfailing arms around you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
keep love’s banner floating over you,
smite death’s threatening wave before you;
God be with you till we meet again.

  
Benediction

This day
may you know
this blessing
that gathers you in
and sends you forth
but will not
forget you.
O hear us
as this day
we say
grace;
this day
we say
grateful;
this day
we say
blessing;
this day
we release you
in God’s keeping
and hold you
in gladness
and love.

-Excerpt from “This Day We Say Grateful” by Jan Richardson

 


Worship Leader: John-Michael Cotignola-Pickens
Sermon: Leslie Homer-Cattell
Children’s Time: Malinda Clatterbuck
Prelude & Offertory: Ken Nissley, Luke Good, Ron Umble, Leon Miller
Zoom tech:  Drew Brubaker