Sermons

Order of Worship | August 1 | Cultivating Beloved Community 

Prelude

Welcome 

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge we are gathering on land where Miami, Osage, Shawnee, and other Indigenous peoples have lived and labored, fought, and loved. We continue to work and pray for justice and conciliation.      

Call to Worship

We join today with those worshiping all over the world, especially those in Thailand, Sudan and Colombia.

Some gather outdoors, some in churches, some at home.

We gather because here we find the one who gives us hope.

Hope for healing, hope for unity.

We gather under the banner of Beloved Community

Because all are children of the one who loves us.

We gather protected by vaccines, masks and distance.

We gather so that we can feel close to each other.

We are here because we have struggled with our own endurance.

In the end, we have been blessed with strength and hope.

We have...

 

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Moving Toward Transformation

There is a practice that I’ve experienced as part of Mennonite circles that I am not sure whether it is unique to us or not but which I find to be an interesting one.  That practice is sometimes called a “listening committee,” and it functions during bigger gatherings or meetings by appointing a few representatives who listen diligently and take note of what they hear.  Then at the end of the gathering, this listening committee gives its report with each person offering a recap of the things they heard during seminars, worship services, or even personal conversations that they found to be meaningful or important.  Different than official minutes for the meeting, these reports attempt to capture something deeper. Sometimes there is an attempt to synthesize these snippets into underlying themes, but often the report is simply a series of snippets in a sort of poetic list that offers brief glimpses into the experience that...

 

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Order of Worship | Christian Nationalism

Prelude | Terzetto Op. 74 for Two Violins and Viola, in C major, Movement I. Allegro ma non troppo by Antonín Dvořák. | Performance: Elizabeth Martin, violin 1; Marisa Tayal, violin 2; Gabriel Cassell Ramirez, viola.

Welcome 

VT 36 | Let us build the house  vs 1, 4, 5 | Debra Martin, Sarah Martin, Tom Blosser, and Galen Martin, vocals; Debra Martin, guitar.

Land Acknowledgement 

We acknowledge we are gathering on land where Miami, Osage, Shawnee, and other Indigenous peoples have lived and labored, fought, and loved. We continue to work and pray for justice and conciliation.      

Call to Worship

VT 592 | How Firm a Foundation | Sung by Debra Martin, Sarah Martin, Tom Blosser, and Galen Martin

Peace Candle 

Children’s Time 

Offering/Dedication Prayer 

Special music | Prelude Cello Suite 2 in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. | Performance: Sarah Martin, cello.

Scripture | Luke...

 

The video above includes the full service, except for the time for sharing.

Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained through One License with license A-727859.

Order of Worship | Christian Nationalism

Prelude

Welcome 

Land Acknowledgement 

We acknowledge we are gathering on land where Miami, Osage, Shawnee, and other Indigenous peoples have lived and labored, fought, and loved. We continue to work and pray for justice and conciliation.      

Call to Worship

Peace Candle 

VT 416 | Beyond a Dying Sun | Performance: Harrisonburg Mennonite Church

Children’s Time 

Offering/Dedication Prayer

VT 308 | How Can We Worship Caesar's Cross | Voices Together Recording

Scripture | Acts 17:16-28

Sermon | How do you talk with terrorists? On Christian nationalism and idolatry 

Silent Reflection

VT 705 | For the Healing of the Nations | Sung by Phil Yoder

Sharing of Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer 

Passing the Peace

Extinguishing the Peace Candle 

Benediction 

Announcements 

Cookie Time | 11:00 am via Zoom

Thanks to everyone who helped lead today’s service

Sermon: Janna Hunter-Bowman

Worship Leader: Kerry Strayer

Music coordination: Phil Yoder

Children’s Time: Mark Rupp

Scripture Reading:...

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