October 18, 2020

JoAnne Pyle’s Grandies apple picking

First Mennonite Church
Sugarcreek, Ohio
October 18, 2020
At home edition

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.


He Hideth My Soul in the Cleft of the Rock

Welcome & Announcements:
Focus Statement:

“In the One who healed the sick and fed the hungry, we view the footprints of God. In the One who forgave sinners and befriended outcasts, we find evidence of how God acts in a broken and hurting world. Indeed, through the One who died in our stead—taking upon weary shoulders the burden of life at its lowest ebb—we are finally shown all that we ever could hope to bear: the hidden backside of God stretched out upon a lonely cross”. (Robert S. Crilley)

Time of Meditation:
*Call to Worship:
L: Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord our God and King! Glorious and powerful is the God of all creation!
P: In reverent awe, we gather to worship our God.
L: The Lord our God is King and the Just Judge of all things for all eternity, all people and all places.
P: In reverent awe, we gather to praise our God.
L: The Lord our God is King and the Forgiving God! ‘Fairness’ and ‘Justice’ are the names of our God.
P: In reverent awe, we gather to worship God, within the light of God’s holiness, justice, mercy and love. Amen.
*Opening Prayer:
There is none like you Lord! Such splendor and strength! May all the earth sing to you: the families of the nations, the fish of the sea, the fields brimming with crops, and the forests fill with creatures. May your whole creation become a chorus whose song
is you. May my voice join creation’s chorus in praising you today. Amen.

*Gathering Hymn:
“God is Here Among Us” Hymnal a Worship Book #16


Old Testament Reading: Psalm 96:1-9 (ERV)
96 Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole world sing to the Lord! 2 Sing to the Lord and praise his name! Tell the good news every day about how he saves us! 3 Tell the nations how wonderful he is! Tell people everywhere about the amazing things he does. 4 The Lord is great and worthy of praise. He is more awesome than any of the ‘gods.” 5 All the “gods” in other nations are nothing but statues, but the Lord made the heavens. 6 He lives in the presence of glory and honor. His Temple is a place of power and beauty. 7 Praise the Lord, all people of every nation; praise the Lord’s glory and power. 8 Give the Lord praise worthy of his glory! Come, bring your offerings into his courtyard. 9 Worship the Lord in all his holy beauty. Everyone on earth should tremble before him.
Congregational Prayers:
Closing Prayer:
Forgive us, O God, when we stumble in the darkness, and turn away from your face. Strengthen us to walk in your brightness and live in your ways. Enlighten the shadows that keep us from growing in your love and light. Shower us with your grace, that we might shine as your people upon this earth. Amen.

Hymn of Praise:
“O Worship the King” Hymnal a Worship Book #66

~Hearing God’s Word~

Scripture: Exodus 33: 12-23 (ERV- Easy-to-read version)
12 Moses said to the Lord, “You told me to lead these people, but you did not say who you would send with me. You said to me, ‘I know you very well, and I am pleased with you.’ 13 If I have really pleased you, then teach me your ways. I want to know you. Then I can continue to please you. Remember that these people are your nation.” 14 The Lord answered, “I myself will go with you. I will lead you.” 15 Then Moses said to him, “If you don’t go with us, then don’t make us leave this place. 16 Also, how will we know if you are pleased with me and these people? If you go with us, we will know for sure. If you don’t go with us, these people and I will be no different from any other people on the earth.” 17 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will do what you ask. I will do this because I am pleased with you and because I know you very well.” 18 Then Moses said, “Now, please show me your Glory.” 19 Then the Lord answered, “I will show my love and mercy to anyone I want to. So, I will cause my perfect goodness to pass by in front of you, and I will speak my name, Yahweh, so that you can hear it. 20 But you cannot see my face. No one can see me and continue to live.” 21 Then the Lord said, “Here is a place for you to stand by me on this large rock. 22 I will put you in a large crack in that rock. Then I will cover you with my hand, and my Glory will pass by. 23 Then I will take away my hand, and you will see my back. But you will not see my face.”
Message: “A Partial View”—by Mike Gehman


*Hymn of Response:
“In the Rifted Rock I’m Resting” Hymnal a Worship Book #526

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 come to this place. We make bold to consecrated ourselves and our gifts to you and the service of others, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


*Sending Hymn:
“What Wondrous Love is This” Hymnal a Worship Book #530

*Sending Words:
L: Growing God, we have known your presence.
P: We have lived in your love.
L: Show us your glory.
P: Reveal you glory in us.
L: We will carry your glory from here.
P: We will show it to all your children. Amen.

For worship at the Pavilion behind the Fire Station, where we can be safe and apart and still worship together.
Thank God, for the wonderful color of the trees this fall! He does have the best crayon box!

THE CHURCH PRAYS FOR__________________
Julie Gerber:
Prayers for Clare Blauch’s family, he died on Friday. Prayers of comfort at this time.
April Shupe:
Prayers for April’s friend, Patt Wengerd, she had a heart attach and had surgery to put a stent in all the while battling ALS. Patt is at home and is on oxygen.
Dan Hostetler:
Dan asks prayers for his mom JoAnn Yukman, and prayers for his sister Patty who is having some minor surgery on Wed. Mom will be going home on Tue. But one of us needs to stay with her for the near future until we can work out better plans.
Mennonite communities in Guatemala are suffering from COVID-19, many people have died. Deb Byler of Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for all, but especially for the pastors who pray with sick people. Pray for wisdom and God’s protection so pastors can care for others without exposing themselves to the disease.
Prayers for Mennonite Education-Eastern Mennonite University:
Pray for those participating in EMU’s virtual homecoming events are inspired to work for a better world. Shalom Christian Academy, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania: Pray that parents of athletes will be receptive to and respectful of spectator restrictions. Pray that athletes will stay healthy so that we can continue the season.
Please pray for the congregations in the Atlantic Coast Mennonite Conference, who will be gathering via video conference for their annual assembly on Oct. 24-25

Next Week’s Texts: Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18; Psalm 1; Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17; I Thessalonians 2:1-8 (4); Matthew 22:34-46
Harbor of Hope: This month’s items are: Laundry & Cleaning Supplies, and are due on October 21st.
Mission Projects for October: Harbor of Hope
Anabaptist World: Is the new publication that combined The Mennonite with Mennonite Weekly Review. I got the email to renew our group subscription, if you would like to renew or if you would like to start a new subscription just let me know by October 25th. The price of a subscription is $54.00 per year. Tally
Rejoice Magazine: Also it is time to renew your Rejoice magazine, if you would like to continue or if you would like to start just let me know by October 25th. I have not yet seen how much the subscription is yet for this coming year. Rejoice is a daily devotional magazine written mostly by Mennonite ministers. Tally
New Address: Jim and Suzie Armstrong have moved to their new place and here is their new address: Jim & Suzie Armstrong, 2143 Prysi Rd. NW, Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681
MC-USA-#MennoCon21: In his blog, “Sharing our stories at Mennonite conventions,” Curt Weaver, pastor of children and youth at Portland (Oregon) Mennonite Church, compares the Mennonite convention to a family reunion, where deeper, intergenerational and faith formative conversations happen. Read more at https://www.mennoniteusa.org/mennocon-stories

Service at the Pavilion: Next Sunday, October 25th, starting at 10:00 a.m. we will meet for worship at the Pavilion behind the Fire Station.
MC-USA-Learn, Pray, Join: What does radical hospitality mean? Pastor Ulises Arenas of Iglesia Buenas Nuevas in San Juan, Texas, demonstrates the challenges immigrants face through three stories from his own South Texas community and asks us to dig deeper(más allá) to find understanding and answers. Read his blog, “Think ‘más allá’ about the immigrants in your midst,” here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/mas-alla
MC-USA-Learn, Pray, Join: Richard R. Aguirre, an administrator at Goshen College, talks about the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Latinos and challenges Mennonites to do more to help immigrants and refugees stay healthy and safe. Read his blog, “Like Good Samaritans, we must help immigrants through COVID-19,” here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/immigrants-covid-19

WORSHIP                                   9:30-10:30___        ___
Greeters:                                    April Shupe, Tally Maust
Minister:                                    Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:                     Bruce Stauffer
Song Leader:                             April Shupe
Organist:                                    Margaret Cheslock
Pianist:                                        Suzanne Stauffer
Head Usher:                               Jim Armstrong

THIS WEEK____________________________
Oct. 19th Tom Agler has a Birthday
Oct. 19th Candlelighters 7pm, Janet Maust leader
Oct. 20th Hannah Gehman has a Birthday
Oct. 21st Harbor of Hope items due: Laundry & Cleaning Supplies
Oct. 21st Jon Gerber has a Birthday
Oct. 21st Jaden Murphy has a Birthday (sweet 16)
Oct. 23rd Vi Yoder has a Birthday
Oct. 23rd Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.

UPCOMING EVENTS______________________
Nov. 2nd Candlelighters 7pm Julie Gerber
Nov. 3rd Election Day
Nov. 4th Leadership Team 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 16th Candlelighters
Nov. 18th Harbor of Hope items due: Canned Fruits & Veggies
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
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____________________________
Greeters:                             Lizzie Keim, Bertie Showers
Minister:                              Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:               April Shupe
Song Leader:                      April Shupe
Head Usher:                       Jim Armstrong

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: