Welcome to Worship – Restoration is Near!
You are welcome to join us for our Sunday am worship at 9:30 am. We begin a new “Church Year” on November 27 as we usher in the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany season from November 27-January 8, 2023. During Advent we prepare for the birth of Jesus, in spite of the fact that Jesus has already been born. Advent is the practice of the “in between.” “In between” the first coming of Jesus, and anticipating that Jesus comes again into our world in waiting and our engagement. This years theme: “Restoration is Near!” It wouldn’t take long to generate a whole list of what needs to be restored in our world. We might also ponder what needs to be restored in our personal lives? How might we cooperate with the Spirit to bring about that restoration so we may experience the fullness of joy in the celebration of Christ being born among us again.
November 27 – Advent 1 – Restoration is Near – “Watch – The Day is Almost Here” – Pastor Jessica Miller, preaching – Isaiah 2:1–5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11–14; Matthew 24:36–44
December 4 – Advent 2 – Restoration is Near – “Prepare the Way of the Lord” – Pastor Wayne Nitzsche, preaching – Isaiah 11:1–10; Psalm 72:1–7, 18–19; Romans 15:4–13; Matthew 3:1–12
December 11 – Advent 3 – Restoration is Near – “Tell What You Hear and See” – Pastor Jessica Miller, preaching – Isaiah 35:1–10; Psalm 146:5–10; James 5:7–10; Matthew 11:2–11
December 18 -Advent 4 – Restoration is Near – “Do Not Be Afraid” – Pastor Wayne Nitzsche, preaching – Isaiah 7:10–16; Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19; Romans 1:1–7; Matthew 1:18–25
December 25 – Christmas Day – Restoration is Near – “Sing for Joy: Your God Reigns” Isaiah 52:7–10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:14, (5–12); John 1:1–14. This will be a Zoom only service. You may wish to consider inviting someone into your home who does not have internet access and worship and fellowship together. – no sermon –
January 1, 2023 – Christmas 1 – Restoration is Near – “God Comes to Us in All Our Distress” Isaiah 63:7–9; Psalm 148; Hebrews 2:10–18; Matthew 2:13–23 – Pastor Wayne Nitzsche, preaching
January 8, 2023 – Epiphany Sunday – Restoration is Near – “The Manifold Wisdom of God be Made Known” Isaiah 60:1–6; Psalm 72:1–7, 10–14; Ephesians 3:1–12; Matthew 2:1–12 – Pastor Jessica Miller, preaching.
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.