Mennonite Church USA has announced worship plans for MennoCon21, including a new morning Bible study and five evening worship services on the theme, #BringThePeace.
The Bible study and worship services will be available in real time to both online and in-person attendees of the July 6-10 convention in Cincinnati.
The five evening worship services will feature Mennonite pastors, leaders and educators sharing messages rooted in peace scriptures:
July 6: Lesley Francisco McClendon, senior pastor, and Caleb McClendon, assistant pastor of C3 – Calvary Community Church in Hampton, Va., will speak on “The Root of Peace,” based on scriptures in Genesis.
July 7: Meghan Good, teaching pastor of Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale, Ariz., will speak on “Jesus Is the Peace,” based on Ephesians 2:14-16.
July 8: Ana Hinojosa, immigration education coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee Central States in Brownsville, Texas, will speak on “Feel the Peace,” based on Mark 5:21-43.
July 9: Jon Carlson, lead pastor of Forest Hills Mennonite Church in Leola, Pa., MC USA board member and moderator-elect nominee, will speak on “Trust the Peace,” based on Matthew 27 and Psalm 22.
July 10: Glen Guyton, executive director of MC USA, will speak on “Bring the Peace,” based on John 15:12-17.
Each service will include a time of singing contemporary and traditional praise songs with a worship band led by Seth Thomas Crissman, educator, pastor and writer/musician with the Walking Roots Band.
Worship leaders are Chris Cox, youth and young adults pastor at C3; Hendy Matahelemual, associate pastor for community engagement with Mosaic Mennonite Conference; and Kay Schroeder, pastor of congregational life at Hesston Mennonite Church in Kansas.
The worship planning committee was led by Shannon W. Dycus, dean of students at Eastern Mennonite University.
“During the past several conventions, the delegate assembly held a morning Bible study that received high accolades,” said Scott Hartman, MC USA director of event planning. “Now, we are bringing this opportunity to all attendees.”
The Bible study will open with worship selections from the new Voices Together hymnal.
Safwat Marzouk, associate professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind., will speak on “Shalom Justice Amidst Pandemic and Racism.”
Registration is at convention.mennoniteusa.org/registration.