This Week's Bulletin
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
March 12, 2006
Pastors: Anita Kehr and Dan Schrock
Phone: (574) 534-2398 e-mail: officeberkeyavenue.org
Lent 2: The AtonementGathering
We bring the sacrifice of praise
into the house of the Lord (repeat)
And we offer up to you the sacrifices of thanksgiving,
and we offer up to you the sacrifices of joy.
Welcome and Introduction of Guests
Songs of Praise: To God be the glory (WB 102)
Oh, how happy are they (WB 597)
Christ, we do all adore thee (WB 105)
Prayer of Confession (Leader reads plain text. Congregation and leader together read bold.)
In this season of waiting for resurrection
we seek to shed our darkness
and be transformed as a people of light.
Lord, strip away our masks of darkness.
We seek forgiveness
for forgetting our identity as your children.
As a result of our forgetfulness,
we have neglected, rejected, ignored and defiled
the relationships we hold with others.
Restore us, Lord, to relationships of wholeness.
We confess that we have closed our eyes
to the needs of our neighbors,
turned our ears from the cries of the helpless,
and pressed our lips against speaking your message of reconciliation.
Open our eyes, ears and lips, that we may share the fullness of life we receive from your sacrifice.
We recognize that through your sacrifice
we are claimed as daughters and sons of God,
and we extend this identity to those around us,
naming them as brothers and sisters in your church.
We long for renewed relationships, Lord, illuminated in the light of your resurrection.
Teach us to live more fully as your children,
freely loving and ministering to others as you showed us
in your life and sacrifice,
through the power of your Spirit.
Song of Assurance: What wondrous love is this (WB 530)
Children's Time Beth Berry, Leah Garboden
Scripture Reading: Romans 3:21-26
Doug Baker, Alana King, Justin Yoder
Sermon: ``Biblical Image of Atonement: Sacrifice''
Song of Response: I bind my heart this tide (WB 411)
Giving our Tithes and Offerings
Congregational Sharing Anita Kehr
Please pass the friendship registers.
Song of Sending: Heart with loving heart united (WB 420)
Worship and Song Leaders: Cindy Baker and Worship Team
Accompanist: Emily Grimes
Sound/Projection: Jonathan Williams
Usher: Bob Pflederer, Armand Martin
Visuals: Dee Albrecht and Dan Williams
Prayer of Confession: Elizabeth Miller
The Season of Lent:
In Western Christianity, Lent comprises the forty days preceding Easter (not counting Sundays). The forty days echo the forty days of the flood, the forty days spent by Moses and Elijah in the wilderness, Israel's forty years of wandering in the wilderness, the forty days that Ninevah had to repent, and the forty days of Jesus' temptation. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday with a reminder that we are mortal, humans fashioned from dust and returning to dust, and ends with Easter, a celebration of Jesus' resurrection and the promise of eternal life. Lent is a period of reflection, preparation, and often penitence and confession. For some people, Lent includes making a commitment of some sort, either to withhold from something or to begin to do something new and positive.
At Berkey Avenue this year, our Lent series will focus on the atoning work of Jesus Christ: How are we saved? The series looks like this:
Lent 1: An overview of three historic atonement theories
Lent 2: Biblical image of the atonement: Sacrifice
Lent 3: Biblical image of the atonement: Reconciliation
Lent 4: Biblical image of the atonement: Ransom/ Redemption
Lent 5: Biblical image of the atonement: Adoption
Lent 6: Biblical image of the atonement: Victory
We encourage you in this Lenten season to nurture your relationship with God through Jesus Christ and in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Spend time in Bible study, prayer, and contemplation. Consider the ways that you have been touched, healed, saved, reconciled through Jesus. Actively watch and listen for the ways that God continues to work in our world today. And then give thanks.
Childcare during worship is available for infants and toddlers (generally aged three and under) in the nursery on the right side of the hallway going back to Jubilee Hall.
Nurture Hour begins ten minutes after the end of worship.
Adult classes at BAMF are intergenerational and visitors are encouraged to attend the class of their choosing .
Groups 1 and 5 meet in the northeast corner of the meetingroom and engage in a sermon response discussion led by Kirk Stiffney and Trish Shenk.
Groups 3 and 6 meet in the northwest corner of the meetingroom and discuss The Ragamuffin Gospel, led by Joan Troyer and Dale Snyder.
Groups 2 and 7 meet in the southeast corner of the meetingroom and discuss articles from The Mennonite, led by Dan Nafziger, Dan Schrock, and Eric Hostetler.
Groups 4 and 8 meet in the library and discuss the sermon led by David Heusinkveld and David Shank.
Forgot your group number? Consult the sheet on the bulletin board by the mailboxes.
Children from kindergarten through fifth grade gather after worship for singing in ``Jubilee Hall'' (the large room north of the fellowship hall). Younger children may go directly to their classrooms.
¨ Infants and Twos meet in ``Cherub Corner.''
¨ Preschool meets in ``Gentleness.''
¨ First and Second Grades meet in ``Peace.''
¨ Third Grade meets in ``Forgiveness.''
¨ Fourth and Fifth Grades meet in ``Joyful.''
Youth: The JYF (grades 6-8) and the MYF (grades 9-12) meet in their classrooms off of Jubilee Hall.
If you are visiting today,
please pick up a copy of our newsletter in the fellowship hall.
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