This Week's Bulletin
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
March 16, 2008
Pastors: Anita Kehr and Dan Schrock
Phone: (574) 534-2398 e-mail:
Lent 6: Into the Depths
Gathering in God's Power
Prelude: Quietly contemplate the images and reflect on Palm Sunday and Holy Week.
Gathering Hymn: To God, with the Lamb (WB 125)
Hymns: Open now thy gates of beauty (WB 19)
You are salt for the earth (WB 226)
Children's Story: Psalm 118 Hannah Heinzekehr
Hymn: Hosanna, loud hosanna (WB 238)
Confessing Our Sins
Leader: Save us, we implore you, O Lord!
People: Be gracious to us in our distress.
We are broken, washed up, wasting away.
Leader: Shine your face on us,
and save us in your steadfast love!
People: You are good, O God;
your steadfast love endures forever.
Leader: Thank you that you have answered us
and have become our salvation.
Hearing God's Word
Hymn: My dear Redeemer and my Lord (WB 547)
Scripture Reading Ron Good
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9
Gospel Reading: Matthew 21:1-11
Sermon: "A Reversal of Expectations" Elizabeth Miller
Have you been expecting the Kingdom of God?
When has its appearance surprised you?
Confessing our Faith
This is the frame of mind we want:
the same Spirit that was in Christ Jesus.
Though of God's own nature,
he didn't exploit equality with God.
Instead he emptied himself,
became a servant,
born in human likeness;
he humbled himself even to death on a cross.
Responding to God's Word
Hymn: My song is love unknown (WB 235)
Sharing Our Life
Pastoral Prayer Dan Schrock
Sending on God's Behalf
Welcome of Guests
Please pass the friendship registers.
Hymn: Jesus, help us live in peace (STJ 52)
Worship Leader - Christina Litwiller
Song Leader - Malinda Berry
Accompanist - Patsy Sherer
Prelude and Offertory - Greg Smucker
Sound/Projection - Ben Buckwalter
Ushers - Dan and Matthew Williams
Visuals - Laverne Nafziger, Tracy Thorne
Lent Planning Committee - Greg Smucker, Laverne Nafziger, Michael Sherer, Tracy Thorne, Anita Kehr
The bulletin cover is a simplified version of a woodcut by Robert Hodgell and is used with permission.
If you are visiting, you're welcome to pick up a newsletter on the literature rack.
Childcare during worship is available for infants and toddlers (generally ages 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. Please stay and enjoy coffee and conversation in the fellowship hall, and then gather in the meetingroom for these classes:
Adult classes at Berkey Avenue are intergenerational, and visitors are encouraged to attend a class of their choosing. :
¨ The College Age/Young Adult class, led by John and Ruth Roth and by Joe Liechty meets in the library.
¨ Sermon Discussion, led by David Heusinkveld and Dale Shenk, meets in the northeast corner of the meetingroom.
¨ Book study of Politics Under God by John H. Redekop, led by Daniel Grimes, meets in the southeast corner of the meetingroom.
¨ A long-term, discussion-based group meets in the northwest corner of the meetingroom.
¨ Bible Study class, led by David Shank, meets in Lois and Cindy's office.
¨ Lectio Divina class meets in Dan Schrock's office. (Please respect this group's desire for quiet prayer.)
¨ A membership exploration class, led by Anita Kehr and Dan Schrock, meets in the small room off Jubilee Hall, next to the MYF room.
Children from preschool 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 classroom (see the room assignments below).
¨ Infants and 2-year-olds meet in "Cherub Corner."
¨ Preschool (3- and 4-year-olds) meet in "Gentleness."
¨ Primary (kindergarten and first grade) meet in "Joyful."
¨ Middler I (second and third grades) meet in "Peace."
¨ Middler II (fourth and fifth grades) meet in "Forgiveness."
The JYF (grades 6-8) and the MYF (grades 9-12) meet in their classrooms off of Jubilee Hall.
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