WORSHIP SERVICES

Orders of worship for recent and upcoming services

Celebration of Worship January 24, 2021

Building the Kingdom;
the World is
About to Turn

ORDER OF SERVICE

Centering chimes

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

Prelude – Holy (Santo)

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 65)

Happy are those drawn close to the Creator God:
those who dwell in the courts of divine justice,
who wake with joy in the morning of God’s hope,
who feast on the nourishment flowing from the good earth,
who rest at night safe in the protection of the Spirit.

Happy are those drawn close to the Creator God:

the Deliverer
who sets the mountains firmly in their resting place,
who wakes and sets the sun to shouts of joy,
who breathes the roiling seas to life
and plows the furrows of the earth with a hand
and sends the rain to water parched land
and weary people
and anxious spirits.

Happy is the good earth of the Creator God:

whose crown is the bounty of creation,
whose paths overflow with a rich harvest,
whose untilled meadows overflow with abundance,
whose hills are clothed with rejoicing,
whose fields are covered with a wild grace,
whose valleys are blanketed with sweet sustenance.

Let all the earth shout with joy!

Happy are those drawn close to the Creator God.

Voices Together #30 – Jesus calls us

Welcome & prayer

Virtual Passing the Peace (break-out groups)

Voices Together #209 – We dream of a turning

Children’s story
– Song “Let the children come to me”
– The Children’s Fall/Winter offering benefits Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) as it celebrates its centennial year in 2020. All households are invited to set out a basket and gather an offering weekly. Donations may be sent to the FMC office at any time or can be made online (select children’s offering in “To” box)

Scripture – Psalm 65:5-12, 1 Corinthians 7:29-31and Mark 1:14-20

Sermon

Voices Together #412 – My soul cries out

Congregational sharing & prayer

Meditative music –
Angels Unaware
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

Voices Together #809 – Sing a new world into being

Benediction


Prelude &Meditation – Kathy Springer
Worship Leader & Sharing – Pastor Michael
Hymns – Matt Yoder
Children’s Storyteller – Cindy Breeze
Scripture – Matt Klopfenstein
Sermon – Sarah Lake Rayburn

 

Celebration of Worship January 17, 2021

God heard… God remembered… God saw… God took notice…

ORDER OF SERVICE

Centering chimes

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

Prelude – Steal away (traditional African American Spiritual)

Call to worship (based on Psalm 146)

CALL TO WORSHIP

Sisters and brothers, rejoice.

We live sustained by God’s presence and love.

Thanks be to God.

As we mourn the wounds of God’s children,

God weeps with us.

As we give thanks for brothers and sisters who have lived in faith,

God gives thanks with us.

As we struggle for justice,

God struggles with us.

As we strive for peace,

God strives with us.

As we work to build the beloved community,

God works with us.

As we offer our gifts to all,

God blesses us.

Sisters and brothers, rejoice.

Sustained by God’s presence and love, we worship God.

Black songbook #1 – Light dawns on a weary world

Welcome & prayer

Virtual Passing the Peace (break-out groups)

Green songbook #109 – There is more love somewhere

Children’s story
– Song “Let the children come to me”
– The Children’s Fall/Winter offering benefits Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) as it celebrates its centennial year in 2020. All households are invited to set out a basket and gather an offering weekly. Donations may be sent to the FMC office at any time or can be made online (select children’s offering in “To” box)

Scripture – Exodus 2

Special music – Medley from “Hidden in the Bulrushes: Miriam, Woman of God” written by Cindy Breeze & Pastor Deb (2004 FMC youth musical)

Sermon

Hymnal #372 – O healing river

Congregational sharing & prayer

Meditative music –
We shall overcome
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

Hymnal #579 – Lift every voice and sing

Benediction


Prelude & Worship Leader – Pastor Deb
Hymns & special music – Cindy Breeze
Children’s Storyteller – Tammie Bouseman
Scripture – Bob King
Sermon & sharing – Pastor Michael

Meditation music – Pete Shungu

Celebration of Worship January 10, 2021

Theme: “Thank God for the midwives”

ORDER OF SERVICE

Centering chimes

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

Prelude – Joyful, joyful, we adore thee by Beethoven (arr. Helvetic)

Call to worship (based on Psalm 146)

CALL TO WORSHIP

Come let us praise our God.
We will praise the Lord as long as we live.
We will sing praises to our God our whole life long.
Do not put your trust in worldly monarchs,in whom there is no help.
Happy are those whose help is in the God of Jacoband the God of Jesus,
Who made heaven and earth; who keeps faith forever;
who brings justice for the oppressed;who sets the prisoners free.
The lord will reign forever.
Let us together praise our God.

Hymnal #76 – Praise, I will praise you Lord

Welcome & prayer

Virtual Passing the Peace (break-out groups)

Purple songbook #124 – My soul cries out

Children’s story
– Song “Let the children come to me”
– The Children’s Fall/Winter offering benefits Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) as it celebrates its centennial year in 2020. All households are invited to set out a basket and gather an offering weekly. Donations may be sent to the FMC office at any time or can be made online (select children’s offering in “To” box)

Scripture – Exodus 1

Sermon

Hymnal #483 – O God who gives us life

Congregational sharing & prayer

Meditative music –
A resting place (Norwegian melody) arr. Jay Rouse
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

Green songbook #49 – Rain down

Benediction


Prelude & Meditation music – Jan Kellogg
Worship leader – Pastor Deb
Hymns – Andrea Welty Peachey
Children’s Storyteller – Rebecca Bare
Scripture – Greg Sancken
Sermon & sharing – Pastor Michael