November 11, 2018

Seek Peace and Pursue It
Session 12:
Seek Peace For the Whole World

First Mennonite Church
Sugarcreek, Ohio November 11, 2018
Worship: 9:30-10:30
Fellowship Time: 10:30-11:00
Sunday School: 11:00-12:00

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.


Session 12:
Seek Peace For the Whole World


Ringing of the Bell:
Prelude: “Praise to the Lord”—arr. Winkworth
Welcome & Announcements:
Psalm Reading: Psalm 34:8-14
Focus Statement:

We are called to live into the peaceful future that God promises.

Time of Meditation: “He Lives”—arr. Ackley
*Call to Worship:
L: In the days to come, the mountain of God’s house will be established as the highest of mountains and raised above all the other hills; all nations will stream toward it.
P: Many people will come and say, “Come, let us climb God’s mountain; that we may be instructed in God’s ways and walk in God’s paths.” For out of Zion will go forth instruction, and the word of God from Jerusalem.
L: God will judge between the nations, and render decisions for many countries.
P: They will beat their nuclear bombs into plowshares, and their guns into gardening tools; nation will not raise weapons against nation, and never again will they train for war.
All: May we be co-creators with God in making that day a reality. May it begin today. Let us worship God!

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

Prayers for Peace with Youth: Lighting of the Peace Lamp
Passing the Peace: {Greet your neighbor in the name of Peace}
Congregational Prayers:
Ending Prayer:


“Comfort, Comfort, O My People” Hymnal a Worship Book #176

Scripture: Isaiah 2:1-5
Morning Message: “Hope in God’s Peace”—by Mike Gehman


Prayer of Confession:
L: Merciful God we mourn the violence and injustice that takes root in many forms and in many places far and near.
P: Merciful God, we thirst for your peace.
L: We recognize the roots of conflict in ourselves and our complicity in systems of power and control.
P: Merciful God, we thirst for your reconciliation.
L: We confess that stereotypes, envy, suspicion, and racism shape our perceptions and influence our actions.
P: Merciful God, we thirst for your truth.
L: We acknowledge that at times we fear our neighbors.
P: Merciful God, we thirst for your love.
L: We repent of the ways we contribute to suspicion, fear, and violence. Guide us as we affirm our calling as your peacemakers. Grant us courage to risk loving each of our neighbors at home and around the globe.
All: Satisfy our thirst by leading us to your living water. Amen.


Assurance of Pardon:

*Hymn of Response:
“O Healing River” Hymnal a Worship Book #372

Offering Invitation & Prayer:
Offertory: “Hymn of Joy”—arr. VanDyke

*Sending Hymn:
“God has Chosen Me” Sing the Story #114

*Postlude: “Master, Let Me Walk with Thee”—arr. Radden

*Stand if you are able:

Coffee and Fellowship: A very warm welcome to all who worshiped with us today. After worship you are invited to a time of fellowship in the Gathering Place just outside the sanctuary. This followed by Sunday School for all ages. Ask an usher for the location of classes.

We praise God for those who have gone before us, and what they have taught us.
*Nikki Bowers: T.J. is doing very well after his hip replacement. He is now in intense physical therapy to get ready for the next surgery November 13th.

A note of thanks to all who prayed, sent cards to
us during Tahn’s surgery and recovery.
Keo & Tahn Sixiengmay

*Julie Gerber: Keep Tahn Sixiengmay in your prayers as he is in a lot of pain after surgery.
*Julie Gerber: This Tuesday Nancy Yoder will be having surgery.
*Bertie Showers: Her brother Ken Mast will not be having surgery, prayers for continued healing and comfort.
*Bev McNutt: Her son Craig Warther is having more surgery on his eye,
*Sue Stauffer: Dorothy Schrock will be having surgery on Tuesday.
*MMN: Join Mennonite Mission Network in praising God for the joy Alisha and Joshua Garber find as they participate in the ministries of the Barcelona Mennonite Church and share the good news of Jesus with the wider community in Spain. Pray that they may find a balance between serving others and nurturing family relationships.
*Prayers for Faith and Learning-Bethel College: Join Bethel College community in prayer during the annual fall 24 Hours of Prayer today.

*Next Week’s Texts: Psalm 34; Zechariah 8:1-8
*Harbor of Hope: This month’s items are Canned Fruits and Veggies. They are due on November 14th.
*Deacon’s Fund & Kitchen Fund: We will be collecting monies for these two funds. Basket are at the back of the sanctuary or you can put your donation in the offering plate. Just make out your check to First Mennonite Church and then earmark it for either fund, Deacon’s or Kitchen or both. Thank you for your generosity.
*November Mission Projects: This month we will be collecting Mittens, Hats, Scarves, and Gloves for Share-A-Christmas on our Mitten Tree. Also we will be collecting Canned Fruits and Veggies for Harbor of Hope.
*Save & Serve: New volunteers welcome at Save & Serve. Whether it’s sorting, pricing or working at the cash register, volunteers are vital in helping our mission thrive and make a difference. Join the hundreds of volunteers who invest in our community. Come join us, build friendships, and support the work of MCC! Telephone Save & Serve at 330-674-1323 or stop by the store.
*30 Days of Gratitude Prayer Guide: On the table by the mailboxes are copies of a 30 day prayer guide. If you would like to participate just take one. Since we are approaching thanksgiving this might be a way to show God your thankfulness.
*Community Choir Practice: The combined community choir that will sing on Sunday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. for the annual Thanksgiving Service. The practices are at the United Methodist Church at 7:00 p.m. The Thanksgiving service will be at UCC Church.
*Greeters for 2019: There is a sign-up sheet on the table by the mailboxes for the year 2019. Greeters are the first people that visitors see when they come in the church, so they are a very important group of volunteers!

WORSHIP                                        9:30-10:30
Greeters:                                                Mike & Kristy Keim
Minister:                                                Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:                                 Bruce Stauffer
Song Leader:                                         April Shupe
Organist:                                                Margaret Cheslock
Pianist:                                                    Suzanne Stauffer
Head Usher:                                          Geoff Stevanus

Nov. 11th           Today is Veteran’s Day Thank you for your service
Nov. 12th           Amy Stauffer-McNutt has a Birthday
Nov. 12th          Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
Nov. 13          Community Choir Practice @ Sugarcreek UMC 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 14th       Harbor of Hope items due: Canned Veggies & Fruit
Nov. 14th       Morning Prayers in the library 9:00 a.m.
Nov. 14th       WIM Quilting 10am-4pm
Nov. 14th       Worship Committee Meeting 3:30 p.m.
Nov. 17th           Jim Armstrong has a Birthday
Nov. 18th        Pastor Mike Gehman will bring the message
Nov. 18th        Community Thanksgiving Service @ UCC Church at 7:00 p.m.

Nov. 19th        Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. Jeanne Maurer, leader
Nov. 22nd          Thanksgiving
Nov. 23rd      Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
Dec. 5th           Leadership Team Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 10th           Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
Dec. 10th        Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. Tally Maust , leader
Dec. 19th        Harbor of Hope items due: Spaghetti Sauce & Pasta
Dec. 24th        Christmas Eve Service 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 25th        Christmas Day
Dec. 29th        Congregational Reports are due
Dec. 28th        Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
Dec. 30th        Christmas Sunday
Dec. 31st            New Year’s Eve
Jan. 1st               New Year’s Day
Jan. 2nd          Leadership Team Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 5th           Onion Day
Jan. 6th           Epiphany
Jan. 14th            Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
Jan. 23rd         Harbor of Hope items due:
Jan. 25th         Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
Jan. 29th         Homeless Shelter Meal 6:00 p.m. Candlelighters in charge

Greeters:                                               Wayne & Dorothy Schrock
Minister:                                               Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:                                Kristy Keim
Song Leader:                                         April Shupe
Head Usher:                                          Geoff Stevanus

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

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