College Mennonite Church, 6/10/2012

Merle Sommers

Merle Sommers was the song leader of the morning.  It’s a shaky likeness, but his friends in Goshen and Sarasota will be able to recognize him.  The songs he chose were appropriate to the theme related to Ruth and Naomi.




Rosemary Widmer

Rosemary Widmer told the story of Ruth and Naomi and other stories to the children.  They were given left-over scraps from last week’s Bible School and encouraged to use their creative imaginations during the sermon to make something from the scraps. This is what children do who live in poverty.



John Yoder

Daniel Yoder, Pastor of Youth and Young Adults. was the preacher of the morning.  He used chapter one of Ruth as a basis for his message.  He used volunteers to do a readers theatre to read the chapter. He encouraged us to live in hope.



Each Sunday morning the congregation is singing a song by John Bell titled “There is a Line of Women” that begins with Eve and runs throughout the Old Testament.

The song says they “took on powerful men, defying laws and scruples to let live life again . . .”



After the morning meeting, a small group meet during the Christian Education time.  We call ourselves Borderland.   It is a safe group in which we may share our latest reading, doubtful thoughts, and faith.  On this particular morning we were moved by deep feelings of gratitude for the group and its place in church.




About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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