November 15, 2020

Children of the Light

At-Home Service
First Mennonite Church
Sugarcreek, Ohio November 15, 2020

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.


Children of the Light


Welcome & Announcements:
Focus Statement:

In I Thessalonians 5:5 it says, 5 you are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.

*Call to Worship:
L: Wake up, O First Mennonite people!
P: True evangelical faith cannot lie sleeping
It clothes the naked, it comforts the sorrowful,
It shelters the destitute, it serves those that harm it,
It binds up that which is wounded.
It has become all things to all people

(moments of silence for meditation)

All: Let us rise up in true faith, and shine the light of love to the world this day!
*Opening Prayer:
L: In the darkness of uncertainty, when we don’t know what to do, when decisions are hard to make, light up our darkness.
All: Christ be our light.
L: In the darkness of our anxiety when we are worried about the future when we don’t know where to turn, light up our darkness.
All: Christ be out light.

L: In the darkness of our despair, when life seems empty, when we feel there is no future worth seeking, light up our darkness.
All: Christ be our light.
L: Lord Jesus, you are the light of the world; where there is oppression, injustice, and poverty, light up our darkness.
All: Christ be our light. Amen.

*Gathering Hymn:
“Christ be Our Light” Sing the Journey #54

~Prayer & Praise~

Scripture: Psalm 123
1 I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven. 2 As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he shows us his mercy. 3
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us, for we have endured no end of contempt. 4 We have endured no end of ridicule from the arrogant, of contempt from the proud.

Prayers of the Congregation:
Closing Prayer:
Creator of Light, thank you for gathering us to this place of worship in the light of this day. Scatter darkness from our hearts and minds. May your light comfort the hearts and minds of all who grieve this day. . . May your light heal the minds and bodies of all who struggle with illness. . . May your light illumine the hearts and minds of all who serve devotedly in the name of Christ. . . Send forth your light of healing, and peace into all the world, we pray, in the name of Jesus, the light of the world. Amen.

Hymn of Praise:
“Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise” Hymnal a Worship Book #70

~Hearing God’s Word~

Scripture: I Thessalonians 5:1-11

The Day of the Lord
Now brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

4But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Message: “Be Ready”—by Mike Gehman


*Hymn of Response:
“Come! Walk in the Light” Sing the Story #10

Responsive Reading:
L: Let us receive the message of God, which I have heard and declare unto you.
P: God is love; every one 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.
All: let us declare the praises of God, who called us out of darkness into this wonderful light and this fellowship of love.


*Sending Hymn:
“This Little Light of Mine” Hymnal a Worship Book #401

L: God is light,
All: and in god there is no darkness at all.
L: God is light;
All: let us walk in the light as God himself is in the light.
L: God is light.
All: Let us go be a light to those who are in darkness.

THE CHURCH GIVES THANKS______________________
For the beautiful Sunday and for worshipping with CMF on ZOOM.
Amy Stauffer-McNutt:
Thankful for the get-away weekend at Camp Friedenswald with Greta.
Sue Stauffer:
That Rebecca Cahill’s numbers are going down in her cancer journey. Also she made the drive to Houston and back safely.
Sharon Di Santo:
Bev McNutt got to join us today on ZOOM worship with the help of her daughter, Sharon De Santo. Bev was having a good day at the “Miller Pavilion” in the Cleveland Clinic.
Bertie Showers:
Received a letter from grandson Michael, and he is doing well. Dan and Susan are coming for a visit. Michael invited Bertie to Thanksgiving.

THE CHURCH PRAYS FOR__________________________
Vi Yoder:
Prayers for Carol Yoder and family. Carol’s mother Ruth Sparin passed away last Saturday, October 31st.
Jean Flinner:
Prayers for all the residents at Walnut Hills Community, 40 cases of COVID-19 and at this time 8 deaths.
Ed Diller:
Prayers for all who are involved with Ten Thousand Villages, as the Christmas season is upon us. And remember Ten Thousand Villages for your gift giving.
Dan Hostetler:
Dan’s mother JoAnne, has had another fall, and is now in a nursing facility. Prayers of healing for JoAnne and comfort for the family.
Sue Stauffer:
Prayers for Dan Yoder as he is falling often and Nancy having to call the emergency squad to lift him.
Julie Gerber:
Her brother in-law Benji, is home from the hospital from COVID-19. Sister Judy is still in the hospital but is improving. Prayers of continued healing.
April Shupe:
Prayers for Pat Wengerd who has moved to Hospice House. Prayers of comfort for Pat and her family as her journey is nearing its end.
Jean Flinner:
Her niece Carol McCoy, has colon cancer and is in need of prayers of healing and comfort, also her family at this time.
Dan Hostetler:
Dan’s sister Patty, has been diagnosed with uterine cancer. Prayers of healing and comfort for Patty and family.
Mennonite Mission Network’s Colorado Springs Service Adventure unit helps extend the ministry of Beth-El Mennonite Church through building relationships in the community. Pray for Elyse Burton as she helps families who are homeless and for Makenzie Shelman as she works with people with disabilities. Pray also for unit leader Cindy Headings.
Prayers for Mennonite Education-Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas:
Pray for Dan Wassink at the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at BC as he hosts—virtually—the second offering in
KIPCOR’s annual film series this afternoon. Kraybill Mennonite School, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania: Pray that God will create hearts of thankfulness for all the blessings we have: health, safety, food and family.

Next Week’s Texts:
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 95:1-7a (2) CEV; Psalm 100; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46
Harbor of Hope: This month the items are Canned Fruits & Veggies and are due on Wednesday, November 18th.
Mission Projects for November:
Harbor of Hope, Share-A-Christmas (Mittens, Hats, Scarves)
Mitten Tree:
Normally we would be collecting Hats, Scarves, and Mittens this month for Share-A-Christmas. But Share-A-Christmas has asked that because of the COVID-19 pandemic that we donate cash and they will
distribute the hats, scarves, and mittens. So make your check out to First Mennonite and put share-A-Christmas on the memo line so Bruce will know where to forward your donation.
A Couple of Corrections to the Revised Directory:
Cross out the P.O. Box 122 from Bertie Showers and Shupe’s addresses. And Amy Stauffer-McNutt’s cell phone # is: 340-243-4485 thank you, Tally

THIS WEEK________________________________________________
Nov. 16th Candlelighters 7pm
Nov. 17th Jim Armstrong has a Birthday
Nov. 18th Harbor of Hope items are due: Canned Fruits & Veggies
Nov. 18th Morning Prayers in the library 9:00 a.m.
Nov. 19th Worship Committee Meeting
Nov. 22nd Nikki Bahler has a Birthday

UPCOMING EVENTS______________________________________
Nov. 26th Happy Thanksgiving
Nov. 27th Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
Dec. 2nd Leadership Team 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 7th Candlelighters 7p.m.
Dec. 15th Harbor of Hope items due: Spaghetti Sauce & Pasta
Dec. 24th Christmas Eve Service
Dec. 25th Christmas Day
Dec. 29th Homeless Shelter Meal 6:00 p.m.

NEXT WEEK_________________________________________
Minister: Mike Gehman
Worship Leader: Tally Maust
Song Leader: April Shupe

CHURCH LEADERSHIP______________________________
Mike Gehman:
Pastor’s Hours:
Wednesday 9:30a.m.-2:30p.m.
Tally Maust
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:
JoAnne Pyle: