Fellowship Church of the Brethren Fiftieth Anniversary

A Call to Worship with Music - This Is the Year of Jubilee

Responsive Call to Worship

Leader:  50 years ago, a few families decided to start a new church.
All:  God called them to take a risk.
Leader:   The church was built on relationships.
All:  Relationships with God and one another.
Leader:  We continue the work to which we were called.
All:  To love, to serve, to grow, and to evangelize.
Leader:  We are the Fellowship Church of the Brethren.
All:  We are the Fellowship Church of the Brethren.   Continuing the work of Jesus - Peacefully, simply and together.
 
Opening Prayer
 
40th Anniversary Video
 
Beginning of Worship Service
Betty Miller and Margie
 
Julanne Sauser  Reflection Video
 
Debbie Miller Reflection Video
 
Michael Staubs Reflection Video

Scripture Reading - Leviticus 25:10-13 (Easy to Read Version)

You will make the 50th year a special year.  You will announce freedom for everyone living in your country.  This time will be called 'Jubilee.'   Each of you will go back to your own property.   And each of you will go back to your own family.
The 50th year will be a special celebration for you.   Don't plant seeds, don't harvest the crops that grow by themselves, and don't gather grapes from the vines that are not trimmed. 
That year is Jubilee.   It will be a holy time for you.   You will eat the crops that come from the field.  In the year of Jubilee, you will go back to your own property.

Meditation by Roger Templeton - "Knowing Our Purpose"

Paul Tells Agrippa He Has a Purpose 
In Acts 26:6 Paul Tells King Agrippa that he has a purpose
He said, "I stand here on trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our ancestors."
He tells Agrippa the following:
Acts 26:13-18 (International Standard Version)         
On the road at noon, O King, I saw a light from heaven that was brighter than the sun.  It flashed around me and those who were traveling with me.  "All of us fell to the ground, and I heard a voice asking me in the Hebrew language, 'Saul!  Saul!  Why are you persecuting me?  It is hurting you to keep on kicking against the cattle prods.' 
"I asked, 'Who are you, Lord?' 
"The Lord answered, 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.  But get up and stand on your feet, for I have appeared to you for the very purpose of appointing you to be my servant and witness of what you have seen and of what I will show you. 
I will continue to rescue you from your people and from the gentiles to whom I am sending you.  You will help them understand and turn them from darkness to light and from Satan's control to God, so that their sins will be forgiven and they will receive a share among those who are sanctified by faith in me.' 

Fifty Years Ago

Fifty Years Ago, a few families, like Paul, also had a God given purpose.  They decided to start a new church.   God called them to take a risk and blessed them for doing so.   Fellowship Church of the Brethren exists today because of the risk that was taken. 
This fellowship of brethren and sisters in Christ followed through to build on their relationships with God and with each other.  They built on those relationships and went on to reach others in the community with His message.
Jesus appeared to Paul for the specific purpose of appointing him to be his servant and a witness of what he saw and what he was about to see.  
He has also called his people at Fellowship Church of the Brethren to share the light of his message in Martinsburg, WV.
Jesus told Paul, "I will continue to rescue you from your people and from the gentiles to whom I am sending you.  You will help them understand and turn them from darkness to light and from Satan's control to God, so that their sins will be forgiven and they will receive a share among those who are sanctified by faith in me."
We at Fellowship Church of the Brethren also have a God given purpose -- a mission to help unchurched folks see the light offered by Christ in the darkness of this world. 
Like Paul, our calling is one with promise.  We need to remain faithful and not lose sight of our purpose.