WORSHIP SERVICES

Orders of worship for recent and upcoming services

Celebration of Worship September 27, 2020

SEASON OF CREATION: RIVER


ORDER OF SERVICE

Centering chimes

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

Prelude  “Gigue from Bach’s Cello Suite”

Call to worship

We invite the rivers to worship with us:
the Boneyard, the Salt Fork,
and all the rivers that flow to the sea.
We invite the streams to sing:
perch, sunfish, and flashing bass,
trout streams and gleaming fountains.
We invite the fauna to praise God with us:
loon, heron, and mallard duck,
dragonflies and sleepy tortoises.
We join with the waters in praising God:
waterfalls singing upstream
and ripples dancing at the river mouth.
We celebrate the song of the river!
Sing, river, sing!

Green songbook #15 – Santo (Holy)

Welcome & prayer

Virtual Passing the Peace (break-out groups)

Hymnal #229 – Lord, you have come to the lakeshore

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)

Creation Testimony – “RIVER” by Megan Cox

Scripture – 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 & Revelation 22:1-5

Sermon – Doo unto Those Downstream as You’d Have Those Upstream Doo unto You

Hymnal #323 – Beyond a dying sun

Congregational sharing & prayer

Meditative music – “River” by J Szymko, performed by Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica (permission granted by J. Szmko)
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

Purple songbook #30 – Will you come and follow me?

Benediction


Worship Leader & Sharing – Pastor Michael
Sermon – Sarah Nahar

Hymns – Rafael Luquis
Cello Prelude – John Trimmer
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editation music – Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica
Children’s Storyteller – Tammie Bouseman

Scripture – Emerson Nafziger

 

 

Celebration of Worship September 20, 2020

SEASON OF CREATION: WILDERNESS


ORDER OF SERVICE

Centering chimes

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

Prelude  “Swing low, sweet chariot”

Call to worship

We gather in the name of the Creator, the fountain of life,the name of Christ, the pulse of life,and the name of the Spirit, the breath of life. Amen.

Holy! Holy! Holy!Earth is filled with God’s presence.

Be still and feel the presence of God,the presence pulsing, pulsing through Earth, be still and feel the pulse of God.

Be still and hear the Spirit of God,the Spirit breathing, breathing through Earth, be still and hear the breath of God.

Be still, behold the glory of God, the glory filling, filling this Earth. Be still, behold the face of God

Green songbook #2 -Hamba nathi (Come walk with us)

Welcome & prayer

Virtual Passing the Peace (break-out groups)

Song – Before the waters nourished earth

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)

Creation Testimony – “WILDERNESS” by Bonnie Schneider (Baggins)

Scripture – Jeremiah 4:23-28; Romans 8:18-27

Sermon

Green songbook #25 – When long before time

Congregational sharing & prayer

Meditative music  “He’s got the whole world in his hands”
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
– FMC Food pantry – Reba King

Song – Known or unknown

Benediction


Worship Leader – Pastor Deb
Sermon & sharing – Pastor Michael

Hymns – Pastor Deb
Prelude – Pam Pena Martin (piano), Pete Shungu (trumpet)
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editation music – Pam Pena Martin (piano), Mary Krick (flute)
Children’s Storyteller – Janet Liechty

Scripture – Janet Elaine Guthrie

 

 

Celebration of Worship September 13, 2020

LANDSEASON OF CREATION: LAND


ORDER OF SERVICE

Centering chimes

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

Prelude  “Holy Ground”

Call to worship

We invite the land to worship with us:
wildflowers and mysterious mushrooms, swirling grasses and goldenrods.
We invite the farmlands to sing with us:
wheat fields, orchards, and vineyards, hay fields, gardens, and wetlands.
We join with all the fauna of the fields in praising God:
horses, sheep, and cattle, grass snakes and grasshoppers, eagles and crows.
We invite the ground to stir deep below:
life-giving microbes restoring the soil, beetles and worms preparing our food.
We celebrate the song of the soil!
Sing, soil, sing!

Green songbook #18 – Over my head

Welcome & prayer

Virtual Passing the Peace (break-out groups)

Hymnal #160 – God created heaven & earth

Children’s story
– Song “Let the children come to me”
– NEW Children’s offering,  September – February, will benefit Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in two ways: 1) To purchase supplies to help finish 5 comforters that the FMC quilting group is giving to MCC and 2) direct contributions to MCC as it celebrates its centennial year in 2020. Contributing to the comforter project and MCC will support displaced people around the world. Since 1920, MCC has shared God’s love and compassion by responding to basic human needs; comforters are one tangible sign of God’s love. 
– 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)

Creation Testimony – “LAND” by Lincoln Morris

Scripture – Psalm 139:7-10; Luke 10:25-29

Sermon – “Humans are nature”
      Guest preacher Rev. Brian Sauder, Faith in Place Executive Director

Hymnal #299 – New earth, heavens new

Congregational sharing & prayer

Meditative music  “As the deer”
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 #434 – Thuma mina

Benediction


Worship Leader – Pastors Michael and Deb
Sharing – Pastor Michael

Hymns – Andrea Welty Peachey
Prelude & meditation music – Jan Kellogg
Children’s Storyteller – Sharon Monday

Scripture – Laura Brenneman Fullwood
Sermon – Brian Sauder