This week we will have the joy of hearing from one of our graduates---Emma Magyarics! Emma graduated high school this Spring and she is joined by her family to talk to us about her experience and what she's looking forward to. This is an annual tradition that we wanted to still observe and though it's not the same as being "in the house" I do hope you can celebrate along with the Magyarics family and reach out to them as you feel led!
Today we will have music from Adam and some special music from Pam Auble. Communion is led by Tim & Drema Herron and BE SURE to check out some of Dottie's wonderful art pieces at the end of the service during the benediction. We are blessed by all these offerings! :)
The direct service link: https://youtu.be/mSjSZylxjGY
I will open the Zoom room at 9:15ish if you want to join us then. If not, stop by at 10:30am for our Fellowship Hour. If you come at 9:30, we'll watch the service live and take communion together! Hope to see you there! Here is the link:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/633945472?pwd=NVRYSnd4RG96dUFNL3lQSmNwQzYwUT09
Remember too that there will be a MCCC Board Meeting at noon. Join us if you want to get up to date on what is happening at MCCC. Email Chad or Cathy Ausperk for details.
God's blessing and peace!
Pastor Chad and Pastor Sarah
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Mantua Center Christian Church
MCCC Home Worship
Order of Worship
- Welcome to Worship
- Today you can gather
- A candle and match
- Bread and Juice (if desiring communion)
GREETING & CALL to WORSHIP - CHAD
Good Morning Church! The Grace and Peace of the Risen Christ and the Power of the Holy Spirit be with you. Welcome to worship this week with the Mantua Center Christian Church. Together...we are a community seeking to have Open Minds, Open Hearts, and Open Arms so we can be Christ’s hands and feet in the world. REMEMBER
Today we are observing an annual tradition in our church, just a little differently. Every year we like to celebrate our graduating seniors and this year we are lifting up Emma Magyarics. Emma has gone to MCCC her whole life and we’ve had the joy of seeing her grow up in our church. Today we’ll hear from her, her mom and dad, and her brother about what its been like graduating in this time and what joys and memories she’s taking with her. I know you’ll be blessed by what they have to say.
Today we might remember all our graduates and anyone who is going on a new adventure amidst all the uniqueness that is 2020. Let’s lift them up, celebrate with them, and offer God’s blessings as they seek new beginnings in their lives. The God we know in Jesus Christ always calls us to Hope and New Life
So lets get our hearts and minds ready for worship. Let’s lay aside whatever has been dragging us down this week. Take a deep breath. With God’s help to ready ourselves to receive the Good Word that God has for us this day. Let’s worship the Lord…
OPENING SCRIPTURE - Jeremiah 29:11-13 - Read by Emma
MOMENT with ALLY
HYMN - How Great Thou Art vs. 1-2
PASTORAL PRAYER - Sarah Smith
Lady Wisdom, you reveal the power of living and loving restoratively. In a world that prizes competition, control, and greed, you help us choose another way. A strange way. A new law that lifts the marginalized and humbles the proud. A way of love, mysterious and inviting. For this and all the ways we are made alive in you, we pray.
Spirit of Truth, come and search our hearts. What attention might our souls need? Where there is resentment building, pain unaddressed, or unresolved conflict still weighing heavy, tend to our needs. Guide us in your wisdom as we seek healing and repair. Help us to support one another in the sacred labors of nurturing love from within, we pray.
Holy Wonder, the gift of your law is balm to our souls. You illuminate the possibilities of radical love within and around us. You turn us from patterns that replicate pain and violence and point us in directions that free and uplift. For this guidance, we pray.
In this midst of our messy lives, we bring our sufferings and our offerings to you and pray: “Here we are. Here is what we have. Here are our hearts, our bodies, our commitments.” We know through your grace, this is enough. We are enough. We ask for your assurance, Sweet Mother, this day.
SPECIAL MUSIC - Pam Auble - Sanctuary
MORNING MESSAGE - Celebrating New Beginnings
Final - Interview with Emma and Fam - June 28, 2020
Chad’s TOP TEN
Senior Sunday 2020 - Emma Magyarics
Pastor Chad's Top 10 - Softball and Camp Edition in honor
10. Be Coachable
Every hitter and pitcher has their own way of doing things, but you should never be too prideful to ask for or receive help and guidance. Gather mentors around you who you trust and can lead you in the right direction
9. More Than Yellow Meal
Yellow Meal (chicken strips, corn, and macaroni n cheese) is great at camp but is obviously not an everyday meal. Build good food and health habits right from the start to keep your mind, body, and spirit sound! Who knows maybe they’ll have a fruit cart!
8. Be Prepared
Softball Coach Lisa Fernandez said, “We’re prepared, and we’ve done everything we can to prepare for this moment in time. That’s what confidence is all about. Keep that solid work ethic and keep after it.
7. Remember God’s Forgiveness
Making mistakes and learning in the moment requires us to remember forgiveness. Not just for others, but also for yourself. God is always there with open arms
6. You Represent more than yourself
You’ve always been more than a member of a team with a name and symbol on the jersey. But you are also a Magyarics, a member of Mantua Center, and a baptized child of God. Remember that wherever you are.
5. Shoddish to the Left, Shoddish to the Right
Whatever your next steps are, don’t be afraid to try something new. Every year, new campers are hesitant to join the dance, but eventually most find their way. Be adventurous and try new things.
4. No Two Pitches are the Same:
Sara Ann Nielsen said “Life will always throw you curves, just keep fouling them off, the right pitch will come and when it does be prepared to run the bases.” You have been persistent, overcome a lot, and have dealt with your own struggles in life. Expect that, embrace that, and keep being persistent through it.
3. Lord, Prepare Me to be a Sanctuary
Don't forget to find your sanctuary. A place to prepare your heart and mind to be who God has called you and created you to be. Attend to your spiritual life.
2. Beloved Community
When Camp was founded, Harold Munroe wanted the grounds to be a place where the beloved community can be built. But not just to be held at camp...but everywhere we go. Be the Change you want to see in the world. Serve and help others.
1. My God and I
Remember, God is the Author of Life and the Ground of our being. Again, Jeremiah reminds us, “11For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” Always remember God loves you and walks with you everywhere you go.
Congratulations Emma and know Mantua Center is proud of you. Let’s pray together…
Gracious God, we do pray your blessing on Emma and all the graduates during this time. For all those young people that are grieving lost experience, but looking forward with hope to new ones. Bless each of them and their families as they navigate this time of change and transformation. Thank you for always being our light at the end of our tunnel, for giving us hope in new beginnings, and walking beside us the whole way. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
HYMN - All things Bright and Beautiful (all verses)
Meditation and Prayer - Tim & Drema Herron
Words of Institution - Chad Delaney
BENEDICTION - Sarah Smith
Thank you for joining us this week at Mantua Center Christian Church! We know that time is precious and are blessed that you could join us specifically this week as we celebrated our graduates and the community of the church.
Speaking of community, when is the last time you talked to your prayer partner? To a loved one that sits on the North or south side of the sanctuary? Maybe today would be a good day to check in on them if you haven’t.
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