Focus for worship this week is God’s generosity, with Pastor Nathan preaching from 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 on A Fair Balance. Press here to access the service.
BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
July 26, 2020
Prelude—Verlene Garber, organ; Caleb Garber
Welcome and Lighting the Christ Candle—Dawn Yoder Harms
Call to worship and Prayer—Dawn Yoder Harms
Children’s conversation—Esther Kreider Eash
Scripture—2 Corinthians 8:7-15—Dawn Yoder Harms
Sermon—A fair balance—Nathan Koontz
Hymn of response—Take my life—HWB 389
Prayers of God’s people—Dawn Yoder Harms
Sabbatical Blessing—Patty Shelly, Church Board
David Linscheid, Staff Congregation Relations Committee
Sending hymn—The Lord lift you up—STJ 73
Audio visual technician: Ben Lichti
Esther Kreider Eash
Dawn Yoder Harms
John Mark Koontz
Pastor Dawn Yoder Harms will be on sabbatical from July 27 to October 26.
A Litany of Sending and Blessing
Adapted from a work by Rev. Bart Kelso
Patty: We bring before you, Holy One, our sister in Christ and our pastor, Dawn Yoder Harms. We send her on sabbatical with our earnest prayers, asking your blessing upon her, and upon this congregation that she serves.
All: Guide her steps, O God. May she know your accompanying presence on her journey, and find you waiting for her, welcoming her.
Dave: May Dawn enjoy, in these weeks away, a release from responsibilities, a childlike curiosity, and a thorough refreshment of body, mind and spirit.
All: “Come to me,” says Christ, “all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest, … for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28 and 30)
Patty: Grant to her, gracious God, times of reading, times of play, times of deep contemplation, of rich conversation, of both leisurely dreaming and focused reflection. And enable her to gaze in wonder at the beauty of your creation.
All: “O Lord, our sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:1). “O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.” (Psalm 104:24)
Dave: Hear your servant when she prays to you, Holy God. Help her to worship you freely, whether in your community or in solitude, joy or sorrow, in strength or in weakness. Watch over her, and draw her close to you.
All: “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness. Come into God’s presence with singing.” (Psalm 100:1-2). “I will sing of loyalty and of justice. To you, O Lord, I will sing.” (Psalm 101:1).
(Here let us offer individual prayers, aloud or silently)
All: We now seek Dawn’s counsel and blessing, as well as yours, O God.
Dawn: Beloved, hear these words from Paul, to Christ’s people in Corinth. Let them be my word to you as well as God’s: “Finally brothers and sisters, goodbye. Be cheerful. Keep things in good repair. Keep your spirits up. Think in harmony. Be agreeable. Do all that, and the God of love and peace will be with you for sure. The amazing grace of the Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.” (1 Corinthians 13:11 and 14, The Message).