Sermons

 

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Essentials: Hope, Peace, Joy, Love, Immanuel, Epiphany

Prelude

Welcome 

Land Acknowledgement 

Call to Worship

VT 281 | Joyful Is the Dark

Advent Candle Lighting 

Children’s Time 

Offering/Dedication and Pastoral Prayer

VT 240 | Joy to the World 

Scripture | Isaiah 12:2-6

Special Music 

O Come, O Come, Immanuel | Jacqui and Ryan Hoke 

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear | Joel Call, Tom Blosser, Steve Rolfe, Karl Helmuth

Mary had a Baby | Phil Hart and friends 

Children’s Christmas Program | Acts of Angels

VT 412 | My Soul Cries Out 

Scripture | Philippians 4:4-7

Special Music

Still, Still, Still | Abbie Miller, Katie Graber, Ivan and Nina Graber-Nofziger, Karl Helmuth

Silent Night | Katrina and Matthew Brown 

O Holy Night | Debra and Galen Martin, Sarah Martin 

VT 229 | Unexpected and...

 

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Sermon | Peace and release 

Texts: Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 3:1-14

Speaker: Joel Miller

 

It’s the second Sunday of Advent and the candle of peace has been added to the candle of hope.  For those of us who identify as Mennonite, or at least Menno-curious, this is a familiar theme. Mennonites have long believed that peace and peacemaking, rather than being an optional extra for Christian living, is essential to the gospel itself.  Jesus models for us the kind of peaceful humanity we both aspire toward and can never quite reach.  A peace-centered faith has all kinds of implications in how we relate with our militarized national government, the international community, and immigrants and refugees who enter our country; where we invest money; advocacy for ending the death penalty; our relationship with creation and our neighbors and ourselves.  Kind of everything.  We believe in...

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ADVENT 1 | Essentials: Hope, Peace, Joy, Love, Immanuel, Epiphany

Speaker: Mark Rupp

Texts: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Luke 21:25-36

Sermon text:

Sing a Song of Hope Once More

Some birds sing when the sun shines bright
Our praise is not for them
But the ones who sing in the dead of night,
We raise our cups to them...
Some flowers bloom where the green grass grows,
Our praise is not for them.
But the ones who bloom in the bitter snow,
We raise our cups to them.

These are lyrics from the final number of the musical Hadestown, which my husband and I had the opportunity to see a few weeks ago.  The show is a modernized retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.  Instead of...

 

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Gathering with Gratitude

Prelude

Welcome 

Land Acknowledgement 

Call to Worship

Peace Candle 

VT 806 | Called by Earth and Sky

Giving From Our Abundance

Scripture | Litany of Thanksgiving

Children’s Time 

Offering for Clintonville Resource Center

Offering/Dedication Prayer

Sharing Our Stories

VT 419 | Great Is Thy Faithfulness | v.1

Gratitude Reflection | Mary Yoder 

VT 419 | v.2

Gratitude Reflection | Kyle Kerley

VT 419 | v.3

Gratitude Reflection | Ruth Leonard

Silent Reflection

VT 114 | Nun danket alle Gott (Now Thank We All Our God)

Sharing of Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer 

Leaving with a Thankful Heart

Passing the Peace

Extinguishing the Peace Candle 

Announcements  

VT 436 | O Lord My God/How Great Thou Art

Benediction

Christian Education | 11:00 am

Thanks to everyone who helped lead today’s service

Reflections | Mary Yoder, Kyle Kerley, Ruth Leonard

Worship Leader | Lavonne van der Zwaag

Music coordination | Katie Graber

Musicians | Amy Glick, Katie...

 

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Sermon: Under the Protective Veil 

Texts: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Romans 8:38-39

Speaker: Joel Miller

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, writing in the middle of the 20th century, made the bold statement that “the Bible is more concerned with time than with space.” He pointed out that while the religions of the ancient world tended to locate the deity in particular places – “mountains, forests, trees or stones,” a shrine, a sacred image -  that the Jews experienced God as primarily present within history, within time:  deliverance from Egypt, the giving of the Torah at Sinai, Sabbath which he called “a cathedral in time.”  Heschel wrote: “The higher goal of spiritual living is not to amass a wealth of information (or things), but to face...

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