This Week's Bulletin
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
December 13, 2009
Pastors: Anita Kehr and Dan Schrock
Phone: (574) 534-2398 e-mail:
Third Sunday of Advent
Lighting the God Candle Molly Heusinkveld, Lana Smucker
Song: O come, O come, Immanuel (verse 3 below)
O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer
our spirits by thine advent here.
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death’s dark shadow put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
Call to Worship:
Leader: We live in troubled times, waiting for God’s light to burst into our dark world.
Rejoice! God is coming in mercy to turn us around.
People: God takes away all judgments against us;
we no longer fear disaster.
God takes down oppressors
and lifts up the oppressed.
God restores our hearts and minds
and brings us home.
We await Christ’s coming with all our heart,
all our soul, and all our mind.
All: May we turn to God with prayer and thanksgiving. May we be ready to proclaim to all the good news of God’s grace. May we turn to others in generosity and sharing.
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven! (HWB 65)
Fling wide the door, unbar the gate! (HWB 186)
Rejoice, rejoice the Savior comes (inside back of bulletin)
Song: Maranatha, come (refrain only, hymnal pocket)
Candle Lighting Born Family
Song: Maranatha, come (refrain only, hymnal pocket)
Children’s Time Beth Berry
Keynote Text – Luke 3:7-18 Seth Krabill
Text of Hope – Isaiah 12:1-6 Morgan Short
Shout aloud and sing for joy Greg Smucker
Sermon: “Confessional Joy” Anita Kehr
Song: On Jordan’s banks the Baptist’s cry (HWB 183)
Litany of response (based on Zephaniah 3:14-20)
Leader: Lord, in this time of Advent, we celebrate your presence with us and long for your coming.
We rejoice that you do not forget us, but break into the confusion of our lives. You keep coming in mercy to turn us around.
People: Lord, help us in our turning around.
Help us repent and turn toward you.
Left: We confess that we have tried many paths and that our wandering has made us weary.
People: Guide us with your grace.
Right: Lord, in your loving kindness,
help us to fear no more.
People: Rejoice! Sing aloud! God forgives!
Left: We rejoice because God is in our midst,
turning us around and taking away our fear.
God rejoices over us with gladness;
God renews us with love.
Right: God saves the lame, gathers up the outcasts, and changes their shame into praise.
All: We rejoice in your plan of salvation.
You restore your people.
Lord, come to save us! Amen.
Special Music by our Children’s Choir
Pastoral Prayer Dan Schrock
Introduction of Visitors
(Please pass the friendship registers.)
Song: Joy to the world (HWB 318)
Worship Leader: Lois Mast
Song Leader: Paul Leichty
Accompanist: Patsy Sherer
Prelude: Smucker Family
Sound/Projection: Ben Buckwalter
Ushers: Dan and Matthew Williams
Bulletin Cover: Tavi Mounsithiraj
Quilt (as banner): Created by Roxanna Sommers; on loan from Malinda Berry
Visuals: Anne, Beth, and Malinda Berry
Pre-Service Slides: Phil Bauman
Advent Planning Committee: Beth Berry, Terri Plank Brenneman, Lori Good, Aaron Krabill, Paul Leichty (chair), John Rempel
Childcare is available for infants and toddlers in the nursery during worship.
Nurture Hour begins ten minutes after the end of worship. Re-gather in the meetingroom for these opportunities:
Please attend the intergenerational adult class of your choice:
* The Sermon Discussion Class led by David Heusinkveld and Kirk Stiffney meets in the northeast corner of the meetingroom.
* A women’s class studying the book, The Life You Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines of Ordinary People, meets in the Jubilee Hall after the children have finished singing.
* A long-term discussion-based group meets in the southeast corner of the meetingroom.
* The College-Age Class, led by Joe Liechty, John Roth, and Jan and Peter Shetler, meets in the library.
* Conversation about Mennonite World Conference and global
church relationships meets in the northwest corner of the meetingroom.
Children from preschool through fifth grade gather after worship for singing in the 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 the Nursery.
* The preschool class meets in “Joyful.”
* The primary class meets in “Peace.”
* The middler class meets in “Forgiveness.”
The JYF (grades 6-8) and MYF (grades 9-12) meet in their classrooms off of Jubilee Hall.
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