WORSHIP SERVICES

Orders of worship for recent and upcoming services

Celebration of Worship September 6, 2020

ORDER OF SERVICE

Centering chimes

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

Prelude

Call to worship

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

GOD WAS.

 

Here and now among us, beside us, enlisting the people of earth for the purposes of heaven,

GOD IS.

 

In the future, when we have turned to dust and all we know has found its fulfillment,

GOD WILL BE.

 

Not denying the world, but delighting in it, not condemning the world but redeeming it, through Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit,

GOD WAS.

GOD IS.

GOD WILL BE.

Green songbook #12 – O sing to the Lord (Cantai ao Senhor)

Welcome & prayer

Virtual Passing the Peace (break-out groups)

Purple Songbook #115 – Beauty for brokenness

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)

MCC video: Celebrating 100 years

Hymnal #493 – I heard the voice of Jesus say

Embodies scripture: Psalm 137 & Genesis 32:24-28

Stories of joys & laments during COVID-19

Embodied scripture: Psalm 130 & Matthew 28:1-6

Congregational sharing & prayer

Embodied scripture: Psalm 42-43 & Luke 5:17-26

Meditative music 
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 #71 – Joyful, joyful, we adore thee

Benediction


Worship Leader – Pastor Deb
Sharing – Pastor Michael

Hymns – Cindy Breeze
Prelude & meditation music – Kathy Springer
Children’s Storyteller – Kathy Anderson

Scripture – Embodies scripture participates: Rebecca Bare, Mary Biddle, Cindy Breeze, Chuck Gibson, Randy Nelson, Pastor Deb Sutter
Short stories on lament & joy during COVID – various people at FMC

Celebration of Worship August 30, 2020

ORDER OF SERVICE

Centering chimes

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

Prelude

Call to worship

Seekers of God, you are present and God is present.

Open your eyes to see anew.

 

Lovers of God, you are present and God is present.

Open your hearts to be touched anew.

 

Followers of God, you are present and God is present.

Open your mind to learn anew.

 

People of God, you are present and God is present.

Open yourself to be filled anew.

 

From Words for Worship 2 by Diane Zaerr Brenneman

Purple songbook #5 – Open my ears, open my eyes

Welcome & prayer

Virtual Passing the Peace (break-out groups)

Green Songbook #16 – Praise with joy the world’s Creator

Children’s story
– Song “Let the children come to me”
– TODAY is the final children’s offering to benefit the Randolph Street Community Gardens
– 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: Matthew 25:14-46

Sermon

Green songbook #30 – Jesus Christ is waiting

Congregational sharing & prayer

Meditative music 
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 #123 – Let us talents and tongues employ

Benediction


Worship Leader – Pastor Deb
Hymns – Pastor Deb
Prelude & meditation music – Pete Shungu
Children’s Storyteller – Cindy Breeze

Scripture Reader – Lynne Sancken
Sermon & sharing – Pastor Michael

Celebration of Worship August 23, 2020

ORDER OF SERVICE

Centering chimes

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

Prelude

Call to worship

Watch! Wait!  The day of God is at hand!

Like the bud on a tree, God’s possibilities are about to blossom!

Stay awake! The reign of God is near,

Watch and wait with hope.

May God bring justice to all people.

May God’s reign come on earth as in heaven. 

Green songbook #9 – Come, now is the time to worship

Welcome & prayer

Virtual Passing the Peace (break-out groups)

Hymnal #332 – Blessed assurance

Virtual backpack blessing

Children’s story
– Song “Let the children come to me”
– The children’s offering through August benefits Randolph Street Community Gardens
– 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: Matthew 24:32-35

Sermon

Purple songbook #118 – Keep your lamps trimmed

Congregational sharing & prayer

Meditative music 
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.

Words to the meditative music:
“Sleepers, wake!” A voice astounds us, the shout of rampart-guards surrounds us: “Awake, Jerusalem, arise!” Midnight’s peace their cry has broken, their urgent summons clearly spoken: “The time has come, O maidens wise! Rise up, and give us light; the
Bridegroom is in sight. Alleluia! Your lamps prepare and hasten there, that you the wedding feast may share.”

Work of the church

Hymnal #427 – You shall go out with joy

Benediction


Worship Leader – Pastor Deb
Music – Rafael Luquis
Prelude & meditation music – Pastor Deb
Children’s Storyteller – Mary Biddle
Scripture Reader – Karen McKenzie
Sermon & sharing – Pastor Michael