October 7, 2018

Seek Peace and Pursue It
World Communion Sunday
Session 8:
Seek Peace and Know God’s Blessing

First Mennonite Church
Sugarcreek, Ohio October 7, 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 8:
Seek Peace and Know God’s Blessing


Ringing of the Bell:
Prelude: “Praise Him”—arr. Parks
Welcome & Announcements:
Focus Statement:

Jesus teaches that those who live lives of peace are blessed by God. On this day we celebrate our oneness in Christ, the Prince of Peace, in the midst of the world we are called to serve—a world ever more in need of peacemaking.

Psalm Reading: Psalm 34:4-8, 14, 19-20
Time of Meditation: “Trust in Jesus”—arr. Hughes
*Call to Worship:
L: Let us gather with the faithful from every nation, race, people, and language, to worship the God made known to us in Christ Jesus.
P: To God, the ruler of the universe, and to Jesus the Lamb be blessing and honor, glory and might forever and ever.
L: Let us gather in God’s presence, singing songs of praise and joy, with the people of God in every place and time.
P: Holy, holy, holy, great God of Hosts! The whole earth is full of God’s glory.
All: Glory be to God most high!

*Gathering Hymn:
“You are Holy” Sing the Story #34

Prayers for Peace with Youth: {Central America}
Passing the Peace:

{Greet your neighbor in the name of peace}

Congregational Prayers:
Ending Prayer:


“Dona Nobis Pacem” Hymnal a Worship Book #346
Sung as a Round

Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12
Message: “Kingdom Living, a Different Way”—by Mike Gehman


Prayer of Confession:
L: Gracious God, we come before you to confess that we have not fully lived out the folly of the gospel. You call those who are poor in spirit “blessed,”
P: yet we often place our own desires over the needs of others.
L: You call those who are mourn “blessed,”
P: yet we insulate ourselves from the pain that surrounds us.
L: You call those who are meek “blessed,”
P: yet we struggle mightily to appear strong and superior.
L: You call those who thirst for righteousness “blessed,”
P: yet sometimes we just want to take the easiest path.
L: You say, “Blessed are the pure in heart,”
P: yet our hearts are pulled in many directions.
L: You say, “Blessed are the peace makers,”
P: yet we fail to live in peace with those closest to us, and we are too often silent about the waring ways of our nation.
All: Forgive us, O God.
Words of Assurance:

Responsive Reading for Communion Service

L: Let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker,
P: the one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in us all.
L: We are children of God through faith in Christ Jesus,
P: so there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for we are all one in Jesus Christ. Therefore, let us keep the feast.
L: Is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?
P: Is not the cup of thanksgiving a participation in the blood of Christ?
All: Because there is one loaf, we who are many, are one body; for we all partake of the one loaf. In Christ, we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all others. Therefore, let us make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
L: Bless this bread and drink, and let it inspire us to imitate Jesus’ choice to lay down everything, even his life, to hold your love and welcome out to all. May this communion be ours to enact with all followers of Christ in the world wide Church. Fill us, Lord, with your Spirit, and with your joy. Make us one body, one light, one united witness. To the glory of your Name we ask it. AMEN. Please come forward at this time and receive communion.

{Congregation comes forward to partake in communion}

*Hymn of Response:
“Come Thou Fount” Hymnal a Worship Book #521

Offering Invitation & Prayer:
Offertory: “I Heard the Voice of Jesus”—arr. Dykes

*Sending Hymn:
“We will Walk with God” Sing the Journey #78

*Postlude: “To God be the Glory”—arr. Doane

*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 God’s help when we have conflict.
*Sue Stauffer: Praise that Tim Sewell got a good report from the doctors and that the mass is not anything to worry about.
*Darcy Miller: Praise that the cancer her cousin Karen has was not as bad as expected.

THE CHURCH PRAYS FOR______________________________
*Darcy Miller: Prayers for our churches and the broader church in these turbulent times.
*Dan Hostetler: Nancy Yoder is in the hospital.
*Julie Gerber: Prayers for the people of Indonesia who are experiencing earth-quakes and tsunamis.
*Bertie Showers: Prayers for her brother Ken Mast he had a bad fall on his knees.
*Janet Maust: Is having a scope of her heart done on Thursday morning.
*Tally Maust: Prayers for Gene Miller who has pneumonia.
*Bill Flinner: Prayers for Aunt, Lola Miller, she is in hospice care at 102 years young. Lola has since passed away, Prayers are needed for the family at this time.
*MMN: Tomorrow is Indigenous Peoples Day. Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for the descendants of White settlers to understand their complicity in the oppression of the original inhabitants of this land. Pray also for mission workers who support marginalized people groups in reclaiming their land, their language, and their dignity.
*Prayers for Faith and Learning-Goshen (Indiana) College: Pray for all involved in the production and in the audience of the Goshen College Peace Play.
*MC-USA: Prayers are requested for the MC USA Constituency Leaders Council as they gather in Chicago, Illinois on October 11-13.

*Next Week’s Texts: Psalm 34:1-3, 8-14; Mark 12:28-34
*Harbor of Hope: This month’s items are Laundry and Cleaning Supplies and are due on October 24th.
*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.
*October Mission Project: Socks and Underwear for Share-A-Christmas. We will be collecting this month underwear and socks for school age children all sizes. Then the items will be distributed through Share-A-Christmas. There is a box on the Harbor of Hope table/Christmas paper wrapped to put your donations in. Also there will be a Hunger Walk And the Homeless Shelter Meal on October 29th @ 6:00 p.m., the whole church is in charge.
*Community Arts Council: Is having a Chicken Barbeque. The sign-up sheet is on the table by the mailboxes. Pick-up date is Friday, October 12 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The price is $7.00/half.
*Remembrance Sunday: Will be on November 4th. There is a sign-up sheet for those you would like to remember this year.
*MC-USA: Dear Mennonite Church USA constituency, Through the proposed merger of The Mennonite, Inc. (TMI) and Mennonite World Review (MWR), Mennonite Church USA will lose its official media platform (both print and digital) dedicated to MC USA voices and news. The merged organization will function as an independent editorial voice serving a variety of Anabaptist communities including MC USA, but without organizational ties to any particular Anabaptist denomination. Read more background information and Frequently Asked Questions here: http://mennoniteusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Merger-FAQ-_-Final.pdf Through this survey, the Executive Board and staff are seeking input from the broader church as we navigate the merger process and discern our communication needs moving forward. Please complete the survey at the following link no later than October 29th.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TMIdissolution There are also paper copies you can fill out on the table by the mailboxes.
*Community Election Meal: Our church is to furnish 10 pies for the Election Day dinner. The sign-up sheet is on the table by the mailboxes. Also there will be a sign-up sheet to work at the dinner that day. The proceeds from this dinner will be going to local charities. Yum! I can’t wait for the sauerkraut & pork.

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

THIS WEEK____________________________________________
Oct. 8th              Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 9th            Swiss Festival Committee Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 10th          Morning Prayers in the library 9:00 a.m.
Oct. 10th          WIM Quilting 10am-4pm
Oct. 10th          Worship Committee Meeting 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 12-14       Men & Boys Retreat @ Camp Friedenswald
Oct. 14th          Pastor Mike Gehman will bring the message

UPCOMING EVENTS___________________________________
Oct. 15th          Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. Sue Stauffer, leader
Oct. 24th         Harbor of Hope items due: Laundry & Cleaning Supplies
Oct. 24th         Soup-N-Salad Supper 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Oct. 26th        Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.
Oct. 30th        Homeless Shelter Meal 6:00 p.m., Whole Church
Nov. 5th          Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. JoAnne Pyle, leader
Nov. 6th          Community Sauerkraut & Pork Supper First UCC 11:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 7th          Leadership Team Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 12th          Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
Nov. 14th        Harbor of Hope items due: Canned Veggies & Fruit
Nov. 19th        Candlelighters 7:00 p.m. Jeanne Maurer, leader
Nov. 22nd      Thanksgiving
Nov. 23rd      Senior Breakfast @ Dutch Valley 9:00 a.m.

NEXT WEEK____________________________________________
Greeters:                              Keo Sixiengmay, Keutmy Phoutharath Minister:                              Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:               Nikki Bowers
Song Leader:                       April Shupe
Head Usher:                        Jim Armstrong

CHURCH LEADERSHIP_________________________________
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
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