Worship Sunday, March 28, 2021

Prayer for Peace & Lighting of Peace Candle 

Christ, you wept over a city. We are in deepest despair. As we weep over the dead and injured

killed by guns, in anguish, we recognize the blood stains of hatred. We hear the sounds of fear,

the echoes of gunshots — once again, once again.


Christ, you came to bring us peace. We turn to you in overwhelming sorrow. How can

we end this nightmare of violence? How can we build a world of inclusion, of

solidarity? Give us the grace to reflect deeply and to work ceaselessly to heal the

hearts; to stop the guns; to cherish all God’s children.


Christ, you endured violent suffering to bring us light. We pray for the dead, may they

rest in peace. We pray for the wounded, may they find healing. We pray for our

nation, may we end the hate. We pray for our global family, may we learn we are one.

Amen.                                                                                       -Social Justice Resource Center

O Lord, Hear My Prayer Voices Together (VT) 685  

Call to Worship    VT 862

You who open doors and dismantle barriers, open our hearts to praise you, that we might live the full truth
of who we are, that we might live as neighbors and friends, no longer strangers and enemies; open our hearts to the transforming power of your love, that we might forgive and reconcile, making peace and learning war no more, that we might be your people, one body in one Spirit, to tell your grace to all the world. We pray in the name of the One who walked among us as brother and friend. Amen.

-Scott Haldeman (USA), © 2012 W. Scott Haldeman

Opening Hymn    Hosanna, loud hosanna VT 313

Sharing & Prayer (from Thursday’s email announcements)

Add your own prayers.

God of the journey, we dwell in your Presence through the abundance of  your steadfast love. Receive these words of joy and gratitude. (God of life . . . we give you thanks.)

God of the wilderness, in the morning we plead our case to you. Receive our prayers for those we love and for this beloved world. (God, in your mercy . . . hear our prayer.)

Blessing of the Offering

Children’s Story

Scripture        Mark 10:35-45; John 13:12-17

Mark 10:35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” 39 They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”

41 When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. 42 So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43 But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

John 13:12 After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. 14 So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. 16 Very truly, I tell you, servants[a] are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. 17 If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

Sermon   “Laying aside hate”            Pastor Rose Marie (see attachment to email)

Hymn of Response      Will you let me be your servant   VT 778

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.


Mayken Boosers (present-day Netherlands), 1564; adapt. Mennonite Worship and Song Committee, 2019