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.
Advent: What Are You Waiting For?
The church season of Advent is one unknown in secular society. The concept of deliberately waiting for Christmas to come is countercultural. If such waiting happens in our society, it’s not for lack of celebrating Christmas early. Most people wait only because time doesn’t move faster, and they have no choice. In the church we have a choice, and that’s why we build up to Christmas expectantly, not fully celebrating it right away. But even in this pattern, sometimes special opportunities make Christmas celebration the right thing to do. That is why we are excited about our special Christmas musical “Camel Lot”, which will be the main part of both worship services on December 15, providing a wonderful interlude within Advent for the children, youth and adults who are working so hard to prepare it for us!
This year’s theme for Sunday worship in Advent and Christmas plays on multiple meanings of that question, and multiple people to whom it’s addressed. Sometimes we ask, “What are you waiting for?” very earnestly of someone, because we don’t already know why they’re waiting. Sometimes we ask the question in anger or sarcasm, which basically means “Hurry up already!” In this season of waiting on God’s self-revelation through Jesus, the question in worship will first be directed toward God. It will then move to a question for us to reflect on individually, before, on Christmas Sunday, the question turns toward the congregation itself.
Here is a summary of elements to expect from December through Jan. 5:
12/1 Advent 1: Our Wait; Cindy Voth
12/8 Advent 2: Getting Ready While We Wait; Neil Amstutz
12/15 Advent 3: Kept Waiting by Fear; Waterford Christmas Musical
12/22 Advent 4: Worth the Wait; Katie Misz
12/29 Advent 5: Time to Get a Move On!; Terry Zehr