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Celebration of Worship July 4, 2021

Theme: Working Within Our Limitations

 

ORDER OF SERVICE

Note: All hymns are from the new Voices Together hymnal

PART 1: ONLINE

Centering chimes

Lighting of the Solidarity lamp
Symbolic of our Sister Church relationship with IELEDIR (formerly EDR)

Prelude- End of the Tunnel by Pete Shungu

Hymn #764: Oh, for a Thousand Tongues

Welcome & prayer

PART 2: BREAK INTO SMALL GROUPS
(in-person & zoom)

Responsive Reading (#1043 Voices Together)

Leader: Some trust in governments and some in borders,

 

ALL: but we trust in God, who invites all people to live in peace.

 

Leader: For the earth belongs to God, and all creation is in God’s care:

 

ALL: land and waters, plants and animals, sky and soil declare the hospitality of God.

 

Leader: The world belongs to God, and all who live in it.

 

ALL: We belong to one another as siblings, all of us children of God.

 

Leader: With gratitude for the home God has made for us on this planet, we pray:

 

ALL: Send your Holy Spirit to strengthen our resolve to strive for communities
where foreigners become neighbors and strangers become friends.

 

Leader: Revive our desire for the reign of Christ, who releases prisoners and liberates the oppressed, who frees the world from greed and proclaims God’s peace.

 

ALL: Make justice roll down like a river and righteousness flow like an everlasting stream. Amen.

Scripture Reading: Mark 6:1-13 & 2 Corinthians 12:2-10

Sharing in Small Groups
– Note: Please text Pastor Deb items to share with the entire congregation later in the service, or be prepared to type them into the zoom chat during sharing time.
(Pastor Michael is away this Sunday, July 4)

PART 3: ONLINE (all on zoom)

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)

Sermon

Meditation Music – Lean on Me by Bill Withers
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.

Sharing & Prayer

Work of the Church

Hymn #849 – We, Your People, Sing Your Praises

Benediction


Worship Leader- Chuck Gibson
Prelude – Pete Shungu (trumpet & piano) & Kevin King (saxaphone & flute)
Meditation – Pete Shungu (trumpet) & Pam Pena Martin (piano)
Hymns – Cindy Breeze
Children’s Story – Bruce Miller

Sermon &  sharing – Pastor Deb Sutter
Technician – Bharat Patel

Celebration of Worship June 27, 2021

ORDER OF SERVICE

Note: All hymns are from the new Voices Together hymnal

PART 1: ONLINE

Centering chimes

Lighting of the Solidarity lamp
Symbolic of our Sister Church relationship with IELEDIR (formerly EDR)

Prelude

Hymn #809: Sing a New World into Being

Welcome & prayer

PART 2: BREAK INTO SMALL GROUPS
(in-person & zoom)

Responsive Reading (from Psalm 30 and 130 and Lamentations 3)

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end. 

They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Sing praises to the LORD, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name. 

For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning. 

 If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?

But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his Word I hope.

My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.

You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.

O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever.

Scripture Reading: Mark 5:21-43

Sharing in Small Groups
– Note: Please text Pastor Michael or Deb items to share with the entire congregation later in the service, or be prepared to type them into the zoom chat during sharing time.

PART 3: ONLINE (all on zoom)

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)

Sermon

Meditation Music – Introspection by Harold K Marks (arranged by Vernon Lane)
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.

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

Menno Mugging for Amanda Heinsman & Matt Klopfenstein

Sharing & Prayer

Work of the Church

Hymn #644 – Healer of Our Ev’ry Ill

Benediction


Worship Leader- Pastor Deb Sutter
Prelude – Lincoln Morris
Meditation – Jan Kellogg
Hymns – Pastor Deb
Children’s Story – Courtney Malcolm

Sermon &  sharing – Pastor Michael Crosby
Technician – Phil Martens

Celebration of Worship June 20, 2021

ORDER OF SERVICE

Note: All hymns are from the new Voices Together hymnal

PART 1: ONLINE

Centering chimes

Lighting of the Solidarity lamp
Symbolic of our Sister Church relationship with IELEDIR (formerly EDR)

Prelude

Hymn #286: Fierce Raged the Tempest

Welcome & prayer

PART 2: BREAK INTO SMALL GROUPS
(in-person & zoom)

Responsive Reading (Psalm 107:1-3; 23-32; Inclusive Bible)

Give thanks for YHWH’s goodness; God’s love endures forever!”

 

Let these be the words of YHWH’s redeemed, those redeemed from the oppressor’s clutches,

 

those brought home from foreign lands, from east and west, from northern lands and southern seas.

 

Some went down to the sea in ships, plying their trade across the ocean; they too saw the works of YHWH, the wonders that God worked on the Deep!

 

God spoke and raised a storm wind, lashing up towering waves. 

 

Flung to the sky, then plunged to the depths, in the ordeal their courage melted away.

 

They staggered and reeled like drunkards with all their skill adrift.

 

Then they called to YHWH in their trouble, and God rescued them from their sufferings, reducing the storm to a whisper until the waves of the sea were hushed;

 

Overjoyed with the calm, they were brought safe to the port they were bound for.

 

Let them thank God for this great love, for the marvels done for all people.

 

Let them praise God in the congregation of the people and give praise in the Council of Elders.

Scripture Reading: Job 38:1, 4-11 & Mark 4:35-41

Sharing in Small Groups
– Note: Please text Pastor Deb items to share with the entire congregation later in the service, or be prepared to type them into the zoom chat during sharing time. (Pastor Michael is away in June 20)

PART 3: ONLINE (all on zoom)

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)

Sermon

Meditation Music – I Sing Praises by Kristy Rice
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.

Sharing & Prayer

Work of the Church

Hymn #680 – Calm Me, Lord 

Benediction


Worship Leader- Pastor Debra Sutter
Prelude – Lesley Deem
Meditation – Kristy Rice
Hymns – Matt Yoder
Children’s Story – Pastor Michael
Crosby
Sermon, sharing and announcements – Pastor Debra Sutter
Technician – Bharat Patel

Celebration of Worship July 4, 2021

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Celebration of Worship June 27, 2021

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Celebration of Worship June 20, 2021

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