Worship

At the heart of Waterford Mennonite is worship. We gather every Sunday morning to worship with joy-filled sharing of gifts, wisdom and life experiences that represent the full diversity of the congregation, all to the glory of God. An intentional effort is made to blend worship and music styles, mixing hymns and choruses, instrumental and vocal, lively and contemplative. We value the God-given gifts of all ages and work diligently at their discernment, practice and growth. Drawing upon scriptural themes, we include visual arts, drama, and other art forms to further our praise of God in our worship services.

If you would like to be involved in worshiping with us at Waterford Mennonite Church come to one of our two services and become an active part of our community praising God.

Current Series

For Such a Time As This

During Advent and Christmas we are in a time of watching, waiting, preparing, and expecting.

This year we will continue to follow the assigned Narrative Lectionary texts which will lead us in new ways through the familiar season as we dwell with new scripture texts. The theme for this year is taken from Advent 2 and the reading from Esther: “For Such A Time As This.” Each week we will hear the stories and words from Habakkuk, Esther and Isaiah as well as the stories of Matthew. Together we will see again the ways the birth of Jesus makes this a time for vision, action, promise, light, and celebration.

Throughout Advent and Christmas we will include a range of special elements within our worship service. Please be in touch with JD Smucker to sign up for the Christmas Orchestra for December 11. Everybody’s Christmas Pageant will take place during our morning worship on December 18. We will be engaging in a participatory retelling of the Christmas story. If you would enjoy being a reader for the pageant or having a special part, sign up at the participation station and plan to be at one rehearsal on Saturday, December 17 at 9:30 a.m. with a potluck lunch to follow. All ages are invited to join the fun. In addition, each week of Advent will feature a bulletin cover designed by someone from the congregation. We are grateful for the myriad of ways the congregation shares their diverse gifts!

Within the week of Christmas we will also be having a Longest Night Service and fellowship on Wednesday, December 21. This year, we will take cues from our Scandinavian sisters and brothers: we will find hope together on the longest night by practicing winter coziness. We will begin our night of coziness at 5:15 sunset for a worship experience in the sanctuary for all ages. The service will make space for a wide range of emotions. Following worship, we will have dinner and games from 6:00 – 8:30 hosted by Mark and Krista Daniels. Wear your comfy clothes, cozy socks, and come find rest for your weary souls. Then on Christmas Eve everyone is invited to a Christmas Eve Candle Lighting service in our sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. We will sing our way through the Christmas story as we join Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds with a “Time to Watch.” Then we will gather on Christmas morning to celebrate the arrival of the Prince of Peace, the Light of the World, Emmanuel – God with us! All are invited to bring their favorite Christmas breads and sweet rolls and gather for a time of fellowship from 9:30-10:30 a.m., followed by worship at 10:45.

We welcome you on this journey of Advent as we once again prepare to fully welcome and celebrate the arrival of Emmanuel. Yes, now is the time!

Date

Theme

Preacher

Special Elements

11/27

Time for Vision – Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:2-4; 3:17-18

Deron Bergstresser

 

12/4

Time for Action –
Esther 4:1-17

Cindy Voth

 

12/11

Time for All –
Isaiah 42:1-9

Ursula Hess, Participant in the Journey Program

Christmas Prelude Orchestra

12/18

Time to Watch –
Luke 2:1-14

None

“Everybody’s Christmas Pageant”

12/25

Time for Dreaming – Matthew 1:18-25

Deron Bergstresser

Worship at 10:45 a.m.; fellowship hall with breakfast breads 9:30-10:30 a.m.

1/1

Time to Remember – Matthew 1:1-17

Cindy Voth

 

1/8

Time for Seeking – Matthew 2:1-12

Deron Bergstresser

 


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