WORSHIP SERVICES

Orders of worship for recent and upcoming services

Celebration of Worship April 18, 2021

ORDER OF SERVICE

Note: All hymns are from the new Voices Together hymnal

Centering chimes Lighting of the solidarity lamp
Symbolic of our Sister Church relationship with El Divino Redentor

Prelude – Take Up Your Spade by Sara Watkins

Call to Worship (Voices Together #884)

Leader: In the beginning, before time, before people, before the world began,

All:  God was.

 

Leader:  Here and now, among us, beside us, clearer than air, closer than breathing,

All:  God is.

 

Leader: In all that is to come, when we have turned to dust and human knowledge has been complete,

All:  God will be.

 

Leader:  Not despairing of earth, but delighting in it,
not condemning the world, but redeeming it through Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit,

All:  God was, God is, God will be.

 

Hymn #359 – Christ is Alive! Let Christians Sing

Welcome & prayer

Passing the peace (break-out zoom groups)

Hymn #44 – We Long to Know Her

Children’s story
– Song “Let the children come to me”
The children’s offering benefits Crisis Nursery in Champaign. The organization’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing 24-hour emergency care for children and support to families in crisis. Donations may be sent to the FMC office at any time or can be made online (select children’s offering in “To” box)

Scripture: Acts 17:16-34

Sermon

Hymn #422 – Called or Not Called

Congregational Sharing & prayer

Meditation music – Revelation Song (Digno y santo) from Voices Together #415
In the absence of a weekly offering collection, reflect on how you are practicing and receiving generosity. Consider giving to First Mennonite Church by mailing a check, giving through your bank, or giving online.

Work of the church
– Earth Week video

Hymn #353 – Now the Green Blade Rises

Benediction


Worship Leader- Pastor Deb
Prelude – Lincoln Morris
Meditation – Hilary Rhodes
Hymns –
Sarah Sutter Kaufmann and Deb Sutter
Children’s Story – Courtney Malcolm
Scripture Reader – Tom Anderson
Sermon & Sharing – Pastor Michael
Technician – Phil Martens

Celebration of Worship April 11, 2021

ORDER OF SERVICE

Note: All hymns are from the new Voices Together hymnal

Centering chimes Lighting of the solidarity lamp
Symbolic of our Sister Church relationship with El Divino Redentor

Prelude – Praise the Lord by Jay Beech

Call to Worship

One:  Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before Christ, our Redeemer.

Many:  Who was anointed by the spirit of God to bring good news to the poor.

 

One:  Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before Christ, our Redeemer.

Many:  Who was crucified by the keepers of order for heeding the summons of God.

 

One:  Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before Christ, our Redeemer.

Many:   Who baptizes us with the Holy Spirit for bringing the reign of God to earth.

 

All:  Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before Christ, our Redeemer!

Hymn #348 – Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain

Welcome & prayer

Passing the peace (break-out zoom groups)

Hymn #352 – This Joyful Eastertide

Children’s story
– Song “Let the children come to me”
The children’s offering benefits Crisis Nursery in Champaign. The organization’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing 24-hour emergency care for children and support to families in crisis. Donations may be sent to the FMC office at any time or can be made online (select children’s offering in “To” box)

Scripture: Acts 10:34-48

Sermon

Hymn #150 – Gentle God, When We are Driven

Congregational Sharing & prayer

Meditation music – Dona Nobis Pacem arr. by Hal Hopson
In the absence of a weekly offering collection, reflect on how you are practicing and receiving generosity. Consider giving to First Mennonite Church by mailing a check, giving through your bank, or giving online.

Work of the church

Hymn #740 – Spirit of the Living God

Benediction


Worship Leader- Pastor Deb
Prelude & Meditation – Kathy Springer
Hymns – Matt Yoder (Deb Sutter – piano)
Children’s Story – Bruce Miller
Scripture Reader – Judy Nafziger
Sermon & Sharing – Pastor Michael
Technician – Bharat Patel

Celebration of Worship April 4, 2021 (Easter)

ORDER OF SERVICE

Note: All hymns are from the new Voices Together hymnal

Centering chimes Lighting of the solidarity lamp
Symbolic of our Sister Church relationship with El Divino Redentor

PreludeEl Cielo Canta Alegria by Pablo Sosa

Call to Worship

One:    And while it was still dark, Mary found the light!

 

Many: The disciples came running, but they did not understand.

 

One:    Mary stood weeping and saw angels but did not recognize Jesus.

 

Many: But when Jesus calls our name, then we recognize the way, the truth, and the life.

 

One:    And then there was feasting! And there is feasting to come. God will make for all peoples a feast of rich food and well-aged wines and will wipe away tears from all faces.

 

Many: It will be said on that day, “This is our God for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice. There is peace by Jesus Christ.”

 

One:    Hold firmly to the good news, which you received, in which you stand, through which you are being saved.

 

All:      Let’s open the gates of righteousness to enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.

Hymn #565 – Christ is Alive and Goes Before Us

Welcome & prayer

Passing the peace (break-out zoom groups)

Hymn #346 – Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Affirmation of Faith

Many: Deep calls to deep. We give thanks from the depths of our hearts!

 

One:    Once weeping, now proclaiming: “I have seen the Lord!”

 

Many: Once famished, now feasting: “This is the God for whom we have waited!”

 

One:    Once divided, now convicted: “Jesus Christ is Lord of all!”

 

Many: We shall not die but we shall live and keep telling the deeds of the Lord.

 

One:    Deep calls to deep. You call to us from the depth of your love, O God. You have come to us in Jesus Christ.

 

Many: We answer your call to deep living!

Children’s story
– Song “Let the children come to me”
The children’s offering benefits Crisis Nursery in Champaign. The organization’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing 24-hour emergency care for children and support to families in crisis. Donations may be sent to the FMC office at any time or can be made online (select children’s offering in “To” box)

Scripture: Isaiah 25:6-9 & John 20:1-18

Sermon

Communion
– Gather bread/cracker and juice at home for the virtual celebration

Hymn #347 – I know that My Redeemer Lives

Congregational Sharing & prayer

Meditation music – Hallelujah, Salvation & Glory by Stephen Hurd
In the absence of a weekly offering collection, reflect on how you are practicing and receiving generosity. Consider giving to First Mennonite Church by mailing a check, giving through your bank, or giving online.

Work of the church

Hymn #341 – Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia!

Benediction & Virtual Hallelujah Chorus


Worship Leader- Pastor Deb
Prelude & Meditation – Pam Pena Martin & Pete Shungu
Hymns – Cindy Breeze, Pastor Deb & Andrea Welty Peachey
Children’s Story – Janet Liechty & Phil Martens
Scripture Reader – Keith Springer
Sermon & Sharing – Pastor Michael
Technician – Phil Martens