Sunday Worship – 9:30 – 10:30

Advent, Christmas and Epiphany 2017/18

During this Advent season we will be inviting worshipers to make our prayer the prayer of Mary when she responds to the angel’s annunciation that she will bring forth a child who will be the Christ. She says: “Yes! Let it be!” Mary is giving voice to a an active commitment, a strong desire to be a part of God’s plan. We might use the colloquial phrase: “Bring it on!” Each Sunday we will express a variant of this sense of prayerful desire to participate in God’s activity in our world. Come worship with us, and may we be able to say: “Yes! Let it be!”

Advent 1, December 3: “Let it be!” – Wayne Nitzsche, preaching 

Focus statement: “We awaken to God’s purpose, which begins in darkness – whether seed in the ground, child in the womb, or new self in the soul. We are shaking, fearful, and resistant, yet we call upon God to tear open the heavens and be present with us in our uncertainty.”

Texts: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7; Mark 13:24-37

Advent 2, December 10: “Let it be so!” – Wayne Nitzsche, preaching 

Focus statement: “We long to be comforted, we long for change. Moving from uncertainty and fear, we call upon God to make things ready – the mountains leveled, the paths made straight, our hearts prepared.

Texts: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalms 85:1-2, 8-13; Mark 1:1-8

Advent 3, December 17: “Let it be whole!” – Wayne Nitzsche, preaching 

Focus statement: “Rejoicing in God’s comfort, we catch God’s vision of shalom. We choose to join the Spirit that is already at work restoring creation.

Texts: Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11; Psalm 126; John 1-6-8, 19-28

Christmas Eve, Advent 4, December 24: “Yes! Let it be now!” – Jessica Miller, preaching 

Focus statement: “Infused with God’s vision, we proclaim with confidence, “Let it be with us according to your word.”  

Texts: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Luke 1:46b-55; Luke 1:26-38

Sunday after Christmas, December 31: “Yes! Let it be new!” – Wayne Nitzsche, preaching

Focus statement: “We marvel at the vastness of God’s plan. We celebrate in exuberant praise what God has done and will continue to do.”

Texts: Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 148; Luke 2:22-40

Epiphany Sunday, January 7, 2018 – Wayne Nitzsche, preaching 

Focus statement: “Drawn by the light, we like the magi, are sent forth in new directions. We are empowered to be God’s illuminating presence in the world. Arise, shine, for the mystery of Christ has been revealed!”

Texts: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7; Matthew 2:1-12

What can I expect when I come to visit?

You might wonder what to expect when coming to a worship service at our church. These Questions and Answers may help you feel more comfortable so you can enter into the worship of God.

Q – What happens when someone visits for the first time?

A – You will be warmly and personally greeted. We will not introduce you during the service so as not to put you on the spot. We’d like you to sign our guest book so we can be in touch with you.

Q – What should I wear?

A – Most persons are dressed in casual clothes. Jeans and shorts are OK, as are ties and skirts. The majority of persons are somewhere in the middle.

Q – What’s your worship service like?

A – You might say we are “structured yet casual”. You can count on a Biblical emphasis, a lot of congregational participation, and relevant themes. We work hard at being “visitor-friendly” when matters pertaining to the Mennonite church are introduced. We love to sing. Preaching is centered in scripture. We have a time for sharing and we provide a coffee time following the service.

Q – Do I have to be a Mennonite to visit, or become involved at Perkasie Mennonite Church?

A – Not at all. Some of us are not life-long Mennonites, some of us are. It doesn’t matter. You can read more about our history.

Q – How do you follow up with visitors?

A – We will contact you to thank you for visiting. After that, we’ll take our cues from you. We neither want to smother you with unwanted attention, nor ignore you.

After you worship with us we’d love to hear from you. Let us know about your experience. We learn and grow through experience.