Sunday Worship – 9:30 – 10:30
Lent-Easter 2018 – “Courage to Covenant”
February 14 marks the beginning of the Lenten season with Ash Wednesday. Come worship with us during our series during Lent as we consider the theme of covenant. Throughout the Bible and in our own experience, promises are made and broken. The covenants that God makes with the people of God provide hints at the nature of the relationship intended between God and creation, as well as guidelines for how we are to relate to God and to one another. Join us as we worship the Promise Keeping God, and consider our own commitments to God, each other and the rest of creation.
Lent 1 – February 18 – Jessica Miller, preaching – Courage to Covenant with Creation
Focus Statement: An everlasting covenant is made between God, people, and every living creature. God’s intention for relationship with the earth is inclusive and expansive, yet in our narrow-mindedness, we often exclude. How are we invited to understand that all are included in God’s covenant?
Texts: Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10, 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15
Lent 2 – February 25 – Wayne Nitzsche, preaching – Courage to Covenant with Future Generations
Focus Statement: God’s covenants and promises are not just for our ancestors, or for us, but also for our descendants. Although God is able to fulfill what has been promised, our human ways sometimes interfere. How might our actions and attitudes have a negative impact on future generations?
Texts: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38
Lent 3 – March 4 – Jessica Miller, preaching – Courage to Covenant with Wisdom
Focus Statement: We are in a relationship with God whose foolishness is wiser than human wisdom. Seeking God can help us discern when rules need to be followed and when our rules become unhealthy and create unnecessary barriers between us.
Texts: Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22
Lent 4 – March 11 – Wayne Nitzsche, preaching – Courage to Covenant through Difficulty
Focus Statement: In our polarized society it is easy to neglect our need for self-reflection and allow our own opinions to create barriers between us and those with whom we disagree. What are the things we don’t want to see that prevent us from covenanting with each other?
Texts: Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21
Lent 5 – March 18 – Wayne Nitzsche, preaching – Courage to Covenant with All People
Focus Statement: In Christ, God’s covenant is extended beyond the direct descendants of Abraham, drawing all people to a relationship with God and with each other.
Texts: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33
Palm Sunday – March 25 – Wayne Nitzsche, preaching – Courage to Covenant through Theological Diversity
Focus Statement: The crowds, as informed by Scriptural teaching, have certain expectations of the coming Messiah that come between their understanding and Jesus’ lived experience, which defies their expectations. What does our reading of Scripture lead us to believe, and how might our encounters with Jesus challenge our expectations?
Texts: Psalm 118:1-2; 19-29; John 12:12-16
Easter Sunday – April 1 – Jessica Miller, preaching – Courage to Celebrate Together
Focus Statement: In Christ, God’s promise and God’s love have broken down the walls. Let us celebrate that there is nothing between us!
Texts: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; John 20:1-18
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.