May 24, 2020

Paying Attention to The Sure Thing

at home edition

First Mennonite Church
Sugarcreek, Ohio May 24

We believe in Jesus and take his life, teachings, death and resurrection as the model for how we live and the message we proclaim.
We seek to be a caring and discerning community,
the gathered body of Christ,
that welcomes all to join in worship, study, and service.
We embody God’s transforming and redeeming Spirit in the world through our prophetic witness and action.


Paying Attention to The Sure Thing


Welcome & Announcements:
Focus Statement:

“We cry out to you, My Lord and my God: Deliver us from the locked rooms of fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Transform us by your joy and peace that we may live with trust and confidence in you.”

Time of Meditation:
*Call to Worship:
L: Let us receive the message of God, which I have heard and declare unto you.
P: God is love; everyone that loves, is born of God and knows God.
L: God is light; in God is not darkness at all. When we walk in the light, we have fellowship with one another.
P: Let us declare the praises of God, who has called us out of darkness into this wonderful light and this fellowship of love.
*Opening Prayer:
Miraculous God, come to us now, even as your Son
came to those first disciples on the shores of Galilee. Speak your peace to our hearts. Touch us with your Holy Spirit. Reveal your word, that we may hear your
message this day, and live as your disciples in the days and years to come. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.

*Gathering Hymn:
“Here in this Place” Hymnal a Worship Book #6


Old Testament Reading: Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
1 Rise up, O God, and scatter your enemies. Let those who hate God run for their lives. 2 Blow them away like smoke. Melt them like wax in a fire. Let the wicked perish in the presence of God. 3 But let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in God’s presence. Let them be filled with joy. 4 Sing praises to God and to his name! Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds. His name is the Lord—rejoice in his presence!

5 Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—this is God, whose dwelling is holy. 6 God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

7 O God, when you led your people out from Egypt, when you marched through the dry wasteland, interlude 8 the earth trembled, and the heavens poured down rain before you, the God of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel. 9 You sent abundant rain, O God, to refresh the weary land. 10 There your people finally settled, and with a bountiful harvest, O God, you provided for your needy people.

32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth. Sing praises to the Lord. Interlude 33 Sing to the one who rides across the ancient heavens, his mighty voice thundering from the sky. 34 Tell everyone about God’s power. His majesty shines down on Israel; his strength is mighty in the heavens. 35 God is awesome in his sanctuary. The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. PRAISE BE TO GOD!

Congregational Prayers:
Closing Prayer:
Eternal God, to whom all may come through your Son, lay your healing hand upon all those who are sick. Make your loving presence known to those who are lonely. Give your strengthening power to those who are weak. May those who lack be filled, those who mourn be comforted, those who worry be calmed and those who seek forgiveness find it in Jesus Christ; through whom we pray. Amen.

Hymn of Praise:
“Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” Hymnal a Worship Book #71

~Hearing God’s Word~

Scripture: Luke 24:36-48
36 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, {Peace to you!” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubters arise in your hearts? 39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate before them. 44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.
Message: “A Sure Thing”—by Mike Gehman


*Hymn of Response:
“I Know Not Why God’s Wondrous” Hymnal a Worship Book #338

Offering Invitation & Prayer:
Generous God, you have given us life, a place to live in, and people to live with. Open our eyes to each other, and to all our brothers and sisters, especially the poor, the oppressed, the alienated. Make us humble enough to help and comfort them, so that a little of your love and justice and peace may to this place. We make bold to consecrate ourselves and our gifts to you and the service of others, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


*Sending Hymn:
“Blest are They” Sing the Journey #94

*Sending Words:
Step out into the world in humble confidence: there is nothing about to happen that God has not foreseen, and no situation where Christ will not be there ahead of you, preparing a place and an opportunity for you. Thanks be to God.

The peace of God, which goes beyond all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge of God, and of Jesus Christ, God’s Son. And the blessing of God all-loving, the Creator, Redeemer and Counsellor, will be with you now and always. Amen!


For the blessings of our God, and his Son, and his Spirit.
For the “Good Work” of Amy Stauffer-McNutt and Sue Stauffer. Spreading masks of love throughout the area and beyond.
For the love that is being spread in secret all around the world.

THE CHURCH PRAYS FOR___________________
*Let’s remember the family of Don Sprankle on his passing.
*Prayers for Jeanne Maurer as she steps into a new routine, a new journey. Cards are most welcome: Jeanne Maurer, P.O. Box 127, Walnut Creek, Ohio 44687
*Prayers for all peoples in distress over the quarantine time, and the uncertainty of what the “New Normal” will be.
*Prayers for our Mennonite Church organizations that are in financial distress.
*Prayers also for other non-profit organizations who are also in distress.
DeeDee and Mark Landes and their three children, serving through Mennonite Mission Network, left their home in Colombia two months early due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pray for the family as they give the early loss of relationships and as they begin to adapt to life in Kansas.
*Prayers for Faith and Learning-Lancaster (Pennsylvania) Mennonite School:
Pray for Lancaster Mennonite graduates who were scheduled to

celebrate commencement on Saturday. May they find joy in their accomplishments, and may God richly bless this next chapter in their lives.

Next Week’s Texts: Acts 2:1-21; or Numbers 11:24-30; Psalm 104:24-34, 35b (30) TLB; I Corinthians 12:3b-13; or Acts 2:1-21; John 20:19-23 or John 7:37-39
Harbor of Hope: This month is Laundry & Cleaning Supplies and is due on May 27th.
Mission Projects for May: Harbor of Hope: Laundry & Cleaning Supplies

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Learn, Pray, Join: “People of faith are well-positioned to respond to climate change injustices. We can carry the candle of hope in a world longing for light,” says Luke Gascho, executive director of Goshen College’s Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center. Read more:
Menno Snapshots: What if a loved one or I get sick and have to go to the hospital? Iris de León-Hartshorn, associate executive director for operations for Mennonite Church USA and a former chaplain, shares her views on how difficult end-of-life decisions can be “a time to love and honor our loved ones.” Read her blog here:

THIS WEEK_________________________________
May 25th Memorial Day
May 26th Brad Shupe has a Birthday
May 27th Harbor of Hope items due: Laundry & Cleaning Supplies
May 27th Worship Committee Meeting 2:00 p.m.
May 31st Bill & Jean Flinner’s Wedding Anniversary

UPCOMING EVENTS_______________________
June 3rd Leadership Team Meeting 7:00 p.m.
June 8th Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
June 14th Flag Day
June 24th Harbor of Hope items due: Cereal
June 26th Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
June 30th Homeless Shelter Meal 6:00 p.m.
July 4th Independence Day
July 12th Winklepleck Grove Service 10:00 a.m. hopefully
July 13th Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
July 22nd Harbor of Hope items due: Paper Products
July 24th Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
July 31-Aug. 1 Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale, Wooster, Ohio This event has been canceled with an online auction taking place Sept. 26th –Oct. 3rd.
Aug. 5th Leadership Team Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Aug. 10th Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
Aug. 26th Harbor of Hope items due: Soup-N-Mac & Cheese
Aug. 28th Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.

NEXT WEEK________________________________
Greeters:                                    Gene Miller, Janet Maust
Minister:                                     Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:                      April Shupe
Song Leader:                             April Shupe
Head Usher:                              Monk Yoder

CHURCH LEADERSHIP______________________
Pastor: Mike Gehman:
Pastor’s Hours: Wednesday 9:30a.m.-2:30p.m.
Secretary: Tally Maust
Phone: 1-330-852-2822
Website: http//
113 W. Main St. P.O. Box 250
Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681

Mike Keim:
Office Contact:
Linda Yoder:
Trustees Contact:
Jim Armstrong:
Mission Contact:
Reno Stevanus:
Secretary Contact: Jo Anne Pyle: