October 6, 2019


World Wide
Communion

First Mennonite Church
Sugarcreek, Ohio October 6, 2019
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.
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We seek to be a caring and discerning community,
the gathered body of Christ,
that welcomes all to join in worship, study, and service.
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We embody God’s transforming and redeeming Spirit in the world through our prophetic witness and action.

THE CHURCH WORSHIPS TOGETHER_______________

What are we waiting for?
World Wide Communion

~Gathering~

Ringing of the Bell:
Prelude:
“Give Me Jesus”—arr. Mary McDonald
Welcome & Announcements:
Focus Statement:

We cry out to God to break into our lives with a new light and a new hope. We ask the question, God what are you waiting for?

Time of Meditation: “How Can I Say”—V. Michael McKay, Sing the Story #117 (The congregation can follow along with the words in their STS books)
*Call to Worship:
L: Oh God, our God, we cry out to you.
P: Asking, will your kingdom of peace be established on this broken earth?
L: Are you coming to intervene, to make whole your divided creation?
All: God, what are you waiting for?
*Prayer:

*Gathering Hymn:
“Blessed Jesus, at Your Word” Hymnal a Worship Book #13

~Praising~

Psalm Reading: Psalm 122, The Living Bible
Congregational Prayers:
Ending Prayer:
Offering Invitation:

Offering Hymn:
“Lord, Thou Dost Love” Hymnal a Worship Book #387

~Hearing God’s Word~

Scripture: Romans 13:11-14, The Living Bible
Message: “Awake, Ready, and Waiting”—by Mike Gehman

~Responding~

Responsive Reading:
Leader: The word of the Lord has been established for us.
People: Come, let us walk in the word of the Lord.
Leader: The Lord has come to teach us God’s ways.
People: Come, let us walk in the way of the Lord.
Leader: The Lord has come to bring peace to all nations.
All: Come, let us walk in the peace of the Lord.

~Communion~

Confession:
Leader: Forgive me, Lord, for not expecting you,

People: even when you have told me that you are coming.
Leader: Forgive me, Lord, for being asleep,
People: even when you have asked me to wait for you.
Leader: Forgive me, Lord, for my carelessness,
People: when all you have asked of me is to care.
Leader: Forgive me, Lord, for failing to see you,
People: when your face is so obvious.
(silence)
Leader: Blessed be our God, who invites us to walk in the light of the Lord!

Hymn:
“Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness” Sing the Story #1

Communion Invitation:
Mike: Come, you who hunger, filled with wanting and waiting.
Tally: Come, you who thirst for the peace of Christ.
All: Come to the table of the Lord.
Mike: Come, not because you are worthy to sit at Christ’s table.
Tally: Come because you are willing to serve at Christ’s side.
All: Come to the table of the Lord.
Mike: For the Lord our God has gathered us here and Jesus the Christ is our Host.
Tally: Come, you who are blessed; Come, you who are broken.
All: Come to the table of the Lord.

All come forward to receive the elements:
As Sue plays “Let Us Break Bread Together”—arr. Mark Hayes

Hymn:
“Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ” Sing the Story #123

~Sending~

*Sending Words:

*Sending Hymn:
“Put Peace into Each Other’s Hands” Sing the Journey #87

*Postlude: “I’ve Got Peace Like a River/Standin’ in the Need of Prayer”—arr. Mary McDonald

*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.

THE CHURCH GIVES THANKS________________________
For the opportunity to gather together and sing praises to our Lord.
*Bruce Stauffer: Praise that our community can come together and be a witness to a larger world.
*Bertie Showers: Her brother in-law Jim Knox is slowly getting stronger and improving.
*MMN: Kate Widmer is preparing for ministry in France through Mennonite Mission Network. Pray that Kate will be guided by the Holy Spirit in language learning and building relationships as she assists at Paris Mennonite Center and serves alongside La Praire Mennonite Church in community outreach programs in Montbeliard (Alsace region).
*Prayer for Faith and Learning-Peace Academic Center, Kykotsmovi, Arizona: Pray for teachers, administrators, staff and students at Peace Academic Center (formerly Hopi Mission School) as they re-open and continue to build programs and capacity. Give thanks especially for the pre-K abd kindergarten students who began classes this fall.

THE CHURCH PRAYS FOR______________________________
*Jeanne Maurer: Prayers for son Craig he is not eating and has no appetite. Also prayers for her daughter in-law Julie who is recovering from dental surgery.
*Barb Debord: Prayers for the family of Ed Butler who recently passed away.
*Julie Gerber: Continued prayers for Nancy Yoder who is recovering from surgery.

FMC LIVES IN DICIPLESHIP TOGETHER____________
Next Week’s Texts: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12
Harbor of Hope: This month’s items are Laundry & Cleaning Supplies. They are due on October 23rd.
Mission Project for October: Harbor of Hope: Laundry & Cleaning Supplies; Homeless Shelter Meal Oct. 29th 6:00 p.m. the whole church is in charge.
Save & Serve: Annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet, Monday, October 14th, 6:00 p.m. at the Carlisle Inn of Walnut Creek. The program features Les Gustafson-Zook, storyteller, musician, and bike mechanic. Les is a long time Mennonite Central Committee worker, and currently serves in constituent relations with MCC Great Lakes. To register for the banquet, call Save & Serve at 330-674-1323. Volunteers truly are the hands and feet of the ministry of Save & Serve!
Election Day Meal: The sign-up sheet for volunteers is on the table in front of the mail boxes. So please sign-up if you are able.
Central District Conference: We are excited to meet for our 2020 annual meeting at Oak Grove Mennonite Church in Smithville, Ohio. We count it a blessing and a joy to have the opportunity to meet together with the congregations in CDC East and to get to know you better. Although we are months away from the actual meeting date (June 25-27), it is time to begin thinking about how the meeting will be shaped and what we will need to make it happen. All of the planning will need to be done by March 15 in order to allow time for building the publication and registration details. Registration for the event opens May 1.

In order to spread the joy and responsibility of hosting, we are asking that each congregation appoint one person who will work with Doug to help plan worship. The person should be experienced in helping to plan worship services. Pastors are especially welcome and encouraged to serve on the Worship Planning Committee.

In addition, we are asking for the following. This should not be the same person as the one helping with worship planning.

**First Sugarcreek: Ice Cream Social – one person to coordinate the ice cream social on Thursday night.

Anyone who feels led to volunteer please see one of the Leadership Team members before October 15.

*Mennonite Disaster Service: The Eastern Ohio/NW Pennsylvania Unit of Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) would like to thank individuals and congregations for their generous support of the Boots, Buckets, and Barrows fundraiser presented by Ted & Co at Central Christian School on September 21st. The event raised over $10,000.00 to support disaster relief and recovery efforts in Ohio. Please keep disaster victims and agencies providing long term recovery assistance in your prayers.

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

THIS WEEK______________________________________________
Oct. 7th Candlelighters 7:00 p.m., JoAnne Pyle leader
Oct. 9th Morning Prayers in the library 9:00 a.m.
Oct. 9th WIM Quilting 10am-4pm

UPCOMING EVENTS____________________________________
Oct. 14th Columbus Day
Oct. 14th Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 16th Worship Committee 2:00 p.m.
Oct. 21st Candlelighters 7:00 p.m., Jeanne Maurer
Oct. 23rd Harbor of Hope items due: Laundry & Cleaning Supplies
Oct. 23rd Soup-N-Salad Supper 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Oct. 25th Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
Oct. 29th Homeless Shelter Meal 6:00 p.m. Whole Church
Nov. 4th Candlelighters 7:00 p.m., Tally Maust
Nov. 5th Community Election Day Meal
Nov. 6th Leadership Team Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 11th Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
Nov. 18th Candlelighters 7:00 p.m., Janet Maust
Nov. 20th Harbor of Hope items: Canned Veggies & Fruit
Nov. 22nd Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
Nov. 28th Thanksgiving Day


NEXT WEEK____________________________________________
Greeters:                       Lizzie Keim, Bertie Showers
Minister:                       Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:         April Shupe
Song Leader:                April Shupe
Head Usher:                  Jim Armstrong

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

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