Order of Worship
February 25, 2018
GOD GATHERS US
Music for Reflection and Praise
Welcome (please pass the friendship books)
Call to Worship:
Come, sons and daughters of Abraham and Sarah,
nations born of barren lands,
you who stand here because of promises fulfilled,
come and worship your God.
We were born through the faith of our ancestors,
just as our faith will give life to future generations;
even as we hope against hope,
we come to worship our God.
Welcome home, children of God.
Welcome to this house of God.
Hymns: #2 STJ (green) Hamba nathi (Come, walk with us)
Between Me & You (Moyer Suderman)
Sharing with the children
Child Dedication: Evelyn Mae Eigsti, daughter of Rick & Renee
Congregational response: HWB #791
Hymn of response: #521 HWB (blue) Come, thou fount
Prayer of Confession
God of our ancestors and our descendants,
promising Abraham and Sarah children at their age just seems mean.
For them to believe that promise sounds foolish--
almost as foolish as expecting that same faithfulness from us.
That was then, this is now.
We are not used to waiting.
If something we want takes too long,
we itch to move on to the next thing,
even when waiting is important.
Forgive our impatience
and refusal to believe in what we cannot see.
Build in us the willingness
to hope against hope.
Help us to value and contribute
to a future yet unseen.
Instill in us a faith to inspire future generations.
Words of Assurance
I will always keep the promise I have made to you and your descendants, because I am your God and their God.
GOD SPEAKS TO US
Scripture reading: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Message: Seeds of Hope
Hymn: #483 HWB (blue) O God, who gives us life
Sharing and Prayers of the People
Offering our gifts
Prayer of Thanksgiving
GOD GOES WITH US
Sending song: #16 STS (purple) Peace before us (vs. 1-4)
Music for Reflection/Offertory Tony Brenneman
Worship Leader Terry Zimmerly
Song Leader Nathan Swartzendruber
Scripture Readers Isaac & Emily Hooley
Children's time Michelle Miller
Proclaimer Karen Martens Zimmerly
Ushers Diane Funk & Earl Gingerich
Haley, Brynn Miller
Toddler Care* Fred & Sarah Gingerich
Greeters Donna Beth & Paul Wiebe
Larry & Shirley Oswald
Sound John Yutzy
Librarian Deb Loss
Bulletin Art Mark Gingerich
Tapestries Steve Valenta