Churches celebrate World Communion Sunday together

Several Ohio Conference congregations celebrated World Communion Sunday on Oct. 7 with the Akron Swahili Community Church. Central Christian School in Kidron hosted the joint worship service, which was followed by a meal. Photos by Diane Hostetler. For more information about this gathering, see the Daily Record  report at http://bit.ly/2018WorldCommunionSunday.

Central Mennonite hosts worship workshop

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Central Mennonite Church in Archbold hosted the “Enhancing and Equipping for Worship” workshop Oct. 5-6. Rachel Miller Jacobs, associate professor of congregational formation at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, was the featured speaker. About 30 people participated in this event, which included break-out workshops on music, art in worship, and several other topics. The event was supported by…

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Register for ‘Enhancing and Equipping for Worship’

Enhancing and Equipping for Worship” is coming to Central Mennonite Church Oct. 5-6. This event featuring speaker Rachel Miller Jacobs from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, will include a variety of workshops. Register by Sept. 15 to receive the regular registration price, $20 per person. The registration fee is waived for participants ages 20 and under. For more…

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Central Mennonite to host worship workshop

Save the date: Oct. 5-6, 2018, Central Mennonite Church in Archbold is hosting Rachel Miller Jacobs for a one-and-a-half-day workshop titled “Enhancing and Equipping for Worship.” Break-out workshops, worship, food, and fellowship are planned for this educational and inspirational experience for worship leaders and planners, lay persons and pastors. Brochures will be available in August. The Worship Ministry Team at…

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MennoMedia to publish Voices Together song collection

The new worship and song collection for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada will be called Voices Together. The new hymnal will be available in fall 2020 in a variety of formats. Read the full news release from MennoMedia at http://bit.ly/MennoMediaVoicesTogether.

CommonWord offers lectionary resources

Does your congregation follow the common lectionary in your worship services? Are you looking for worship resources related to lectionary scriptures? CommonWord, a worship resource website offered by Mennonite Church Canada and Canadian Mennonite University, has an online lectionary worship calendar at https://www.commonword.ca/Content/revised-common-lectionary. The calendar has links to resources related to lectionary texts. Some resources may be downloaded for free,…

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Advent At Home guide is for families

Central Plains Mennonite Conference and www.AnabaptistFaithFormation.org are offering a free, downloadable guide for family worship during Advent written by Elsie Rempel. This resource, titled Yes! Let it Be!, is designed for parents to use at home with their children. For use between Dec. 3 and Jan. 6, the worship guide includes a daily Bible reading, short litany, songs, hands-on activities and…

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Congregations invited to regional hymn sings

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HARRISONBURG, Virginia — The Mennonite Worship and Song Committee, working under the name Resonate Team, has invited congregations to hold a “Great Day of Singing” this fall and has scheduled a series of 10 regional hymn sings. Two of these regional events will be held in Ohio: Oct. 8, 9:30 a.m. — Oak Grove Mennonite Church, Smithville, Ohio, led by…

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Worship is formation — formation is worship

By Ellen Nussbaum Members of Oak Grove Mennonite Church (Smithville) and Sonnenberg Mennonite Church (Kidron), having discovered a common interest in exploring training and resources for leading congregational worship, came together to plan a Worship Resourcing Seminar. It was held on Saturday, May 6, at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church. Sixty-three participants gathered from 16 different Ohio Mennonite congregations. Participants included youth,…

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Worship habits which form us

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At the May 6 Worship Resourcing Workshop, speaker Rachel Miller Jacobs described three types of worship habits which form us. Worship practices for the individual level of habitus formation include 1) Physical: silence/stillness/contemplation–learning to listen for God’s voice, learning to wait for God’s initiating action; 2) Intellectual: Bible study/reading; 3) Spiritual: individual prayer, self-awareness; and 4) Emotional: attitude of attentiveness. …

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Rachel Miller Jacobs leads Worship Resourcing Seminar

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Sixty-three people from 15 congregations participated in the Worship Resourcing Seminar at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church on May 6. This event was co-sponsored by Sonnenberg Mennonite Church and Oak Grove Mennonite Church in Smithville with additional financial support from the Ohio Conference.

Seminar to focus on worship

Are you interested in deeper, more meaningful worship experiences in your congregation? Sonnenberg Mennonite Church in Kidron will host a worship resourcing seminar on Saturday, May 6. This seminar, featuring speaker Rachel Miller Jacobs, will provide participants with practical training, resources and theological teaching for planning and leading worship. Rachel Miller Jacobs is an assistant professor of congregational formation at…

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Worship resourcing seminar coming this spring

Sonnenberg Mennonite Church in Kidron will host a worship resourcing seminar on Saturday, May 6. Primary speaker for the day will be Rachel Miller Jacobs, assistant professor of congregational formation at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. In addition to her work as a professor, Rachel Miller Jacobs is a spiritual director. She was the resources coordinator for Leader,…

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Worship resourcing seminar coming to Kidron

Sonnenberg Mennonite Church in Kidron will host a worship resourcing seminar on Saturday, May 6. Primary speaker for the day will be Rachel Miller Jacobs, assistant professor of congregational formation at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. The day also will include workshops. The seminar is for people of all ages, but especially for young adults (high school and…

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Wooster Mennonite to host worship event

Wooster Mennonite Church, 1563 Beall Ave., Wooster, will host a worship event Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The WHY Worship Event will focus on the theme “Worship How-Tos for You.” The day will include time for participants to worship together as well as take part in workshops. Four workshops are planned: Worship through Prayer led by…

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How We Worship – World Communion Sunday

Beech Mennonite Church in Louisville observed World Communion Sunday on Oct. 4. The children learned about places all over the world that were celebrating communion along with us; different types of bread reminded us of the many different traditions around the world; we circled the sanctuary to receive communion; and we heard the Lord’s Prayer in German and Spanish in…

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How We Worship – FMC

On Sunday, August 23, Friendship Mennonite Church in Bedford Heights, Ohio, celebrated a “World Conference Sunday” during our worship service. Several of our church members and attenders were able to attend the July 2015 Mennonite World Conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and were eagerly anticipating the chance to share these experiences with the congregation. The worship service had several elements: an…

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3 Things I Loved About MWC

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by Dan King Pastor, Beech Mennonite Church Thanks to my church Beech for allowing me (and 14 others) to attend the unforgettable MWC in PA.   Here were my top 3 things I loved most about MWC. The worship. Singing praises to God in many languages, in an arena with 7,000 plus, gave us a very real foretaste of John’s vision…

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