September 30, 2018

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Seek Peace and Pursue It 7:
Seek Peace within the Broader Church

First Mennonite Church
Sugarcreek, Ohio September 30, 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.


Seek Peace within the Broader Church


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

God calls us to come together and seek the Holy Spirit when there are disagreements within the broader church.

Psalm Reading: Psalm 34:1-3, 14
Time of Meditation:

“What a Friend We Have in Jesus”—arr. Converse

*Call to Worship:
L: We come together as the family of faith.
P: We assemble to honor the living God.
L: Through Christ we become God’s holy household.
P: In Christ we are bonded together to be God’s people.
L: Our worship is united into oneness by the Holy Spirit.
P: In communion with the Holy Spirit, let us celebrate our unity.

*Gathering Hymn:
“Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him” Sing the Journey #3

Prayers for Peace with Youth: {Lighting the Peace Lamp}
Passing the Peace to each other:
{Greet your neighbor in the sanctuary in the name of Christ}
Congregational Prayers:
Ending Prayer: A prayer for peace: written by Angelica Dawson MCC British Columbia

L: Our Father in Heaven, holy is your name. . .
P: We come to you, in awe of your holiness, in awe that you long for us to come to you, bringing our deepest prayers before you.
L: Your Kingdom come. . .
P: Reveal your Kingdom to us. Give us the courage to be ambassadors of justice and mercy, peacemakers here and around the world.
L: Your will be done on earth as in heaven. . .
P: Show us anew how to act justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with You, our God.
L: Give us this day, our daily bread. . .
P: Feed the hungry, Lord, and for those of us who have enough to eat, give hunger for justice, for mercy and for peace.
L: And forgive us our trespasses. . .
P: Forgive us our ignorance, our selfishness, and our inability to see the neighbor far away, the stranger near at hand.
L: As we forgive those who trespass against us. . .
P: Break our hearts, Lord, as your heart is broken. Fill our hearts with mercy and compassion for all, regardless of race or creed or religion.
L: Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. . .
P: Keep us from the fear that hinders us from loving our enemies; help us seek truth beyond the mass media; delivers us from mistrust and hatred.
L: For Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever. . .
All: You are God, holy and just, loving and merciful. Help us to love others as you have first loved us. Help us to shine a light on the injustices in our world. Help us to be perfect as you are perfect. Bring your peace to our hearts, to our minds, to our world. AMEN


“The Church’s One Foundation” Hymnal a Worship Book #311 vs. 1,2,5

Scripture: Acts 15:1-35
Morning Message: by Darcy Miller


Prayer of Confession:
L: Holy One, we come to you as part of the body of Christ. Hear our confession.
P: We belittle those who disagree with us and seek the company of those who agree with us.
L: We believe that our way is right and their way is wrong.
P: We fail to have the patience, the energy, the courage, the faithfulness, to seek your way, forgive us.
All: God of peace, forgive us.
Assurance of Pardon:

*Hymn of Response:
“For Christ and the Church” Hymnal a Worship Book #416

Offering Invitation & Prayer:
Offertory: “Gracious Spirit, Dwell with Me”—arr. Leatherman

*Sending Hymn:
“God be with You” Hymnal a Worship Book #430 v.1

*Postlude: “God is Here Among Us”—arr. Hughes

*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.

For God’s help when we encounter our enemies.
*Mike & Kristy Keim: Thankful for a lovely wedding reception and their church family.

THE CHURCH PRAYS FOR___________________
*Sue Stauffer: Prayers for Tim Sewell a mass was found on his liver.
*Bev McNutt: Prayers for her son Craig Warther who’s pain and swelling in his eye is getting better. Bev will be staying with him this week.
*Bill Flinner: Tabatha has pneumonia. Other family members also have coughing and sinus. They decided to keep their germs to themselves.
*Bertie Showers: Her grandson Michael, is able to get his license back. Pray that God would provide the money to pay court costs and renew his license in North Carolina.
*MMN: Mennonite Mission Network’s Service Adventure unit in Anchorage, Alaska, is made up of Brayden Thomas, Jasmin Tente, Jessica Porr, Max Janzen, and leader Monica Miller. Pray for them as they help expand the ministry of Prince pf Peace Mennonite church.
*Prayers for Faith and Learning-Quakertown (Pennsylvania) Christian School: Pray for the new school year, that students, families, teachers and staff would be blessed and feel God’s presence every day.

*Next Week’s Texts: Psalm 34:4-8, 14, 19-20; Matthew 5:1-12
*Harbor of Hope: 42 containers of Peanut Butter & Jelly were sent to Harbor of Hope on Wednesday. Thank you for your generous contributions. 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.
*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.
*September 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.
*Save & Serve: The Annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet is Monday, October 8, 6:00 p.m. at the Carlisle Inn of Walnut Creek. The program features Ron Byler, the executive director of Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Volunteers are invited to come enjoy a meal, fellowship with other volunteers, as well hear stories of the work of MCC. To register, call Save & Serve at 330-674-1323.

WORSHIP                                       9:30-10:30__               _ _
Greeters:                                                  Bev McNutt, Bertie Showers
Guest Minister:                                     Darcy Miller
Worship Leader:                                   Jean Flinner
Song Leader:                                          April Shupe
Organist:                                                 Margaret Cheslock
Pianist:                                                     Suzanne Stauffer
Head Usher:                                           Monroe Yoder

THIS WEEK_______________________________
Oct. 3rd              Morning Prayers in the library 9:00 a.m.
Oct. 3rd              WIM Quilting 10am-4pm
Oct. 3rd              Leadership Team Meting 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 5th                 Margaret Cheslock has a Birthday
Oct. 5th                 Tahn Sixiengmay has a Birthday
Oct. 7th              Mike Gehman will bring the message

UPCOMING EVENTS________________________
Oct. 8th                 Community Arts Council 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 10th             Worship Committee Meeting 3:30 p.m.
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:                                                 Lizzie Keim, Jeanne Maurer
Minister:                                                 Mike Gehman
Worship Leader:                                  Tally Maust
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
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