Lent-Easter 2021 – “Deep Calls To Deep”
The church year includes a period leading up to Easter called “Lent.” During this season we will “dive” into our faith to discover stories, songs, and promises that call us to identify what is essential, what really matters, who we are at our core, and God’s invitation to us to be in touch with the “deep” connection to God and to each other and our world. The theme comes from Psalm 42:7. God calls out from a deeper place than the areas we usually think or plan and control. The call echoes in a deep place within us as well, a place were words of love spoken to Jesus at his baptism dwell: “You are my beloved; with you I am well pleased.” Live deeply into this throughout Lent, and come explore and go deeper with us – even in a virtual world. The link to our weekly Zoom service is below.
Lent 1 – February 21 – “Deep in the Sea: Called to deep relationship” The voice of God pierces the deep, calling us to deep relationship. With the floodwaters behind us and the waters of baptism holding us, our relationship with God establishes our identity with other people and the world we live in. – Pastor Wayne Nitzsche, preaching.
Lent 2 – February 28 – “Deep in the woods: Called to deep commitment” We are transformed by God as we follow God’s voice calling us to a deep commitment. Even when our path leads deep into unfamiliar woods, we have as we lose ourselves we are found. No sermon – storytelling by PMC folks
Lent 3 – March 7 – Deep in the changing sky: Called to deep wisdom” In the patterns and glory of God’s creation, and in God’s commandments and promises, we are called to obtain deep wisdom. God’s wisdom undermines our assumptions and takes us deeper than our efforts can lead us. Pastor Wayne Nitzsche, preaching.
Lent 4 – March 14 – “Deep in the wilderness: Called to deep healing” The wilderness confronts us with our vulnerability and exposes our wounds and our needs. We are called to deep healing by trusting in God, who calls us in love. Pastor Jessica Miller, preaching.
Lent 5 – March 21 – “Deep in the earth: Called to deep growth” Like a seed that falls deep into the dark, rich earth, we are called to deep growth, releasing our attachments that prevent us from bearing and offering fruit. Pastor Wayne Nitzsche, preaching.
Lent 6 – Palm Sunday – “Deep in the current: Called to a deep hope” As we follow Jesus into Holy Week, we sense the rush of the crowds and seek the deep, steady current of God’s steadfast love, calling us to deep hope in the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Lectio Divina group reflection.
Easter Sunday – April 4 – “Deep in the feast: Called to deep living – “We have seen the Lord! A rich feast has been prepared for all peoples on the mountain of God. Like Mary, Jesus calls us each by name into abundant life. Pastor Wayne Nitzsche, preaching.
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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.