2011 Mennonite Heritage Sunday:
Heritage Received and Heritage Given
Online Resource Series - Multiple Formats
These worship resources have been designed to assist
Mennonite congregations in planning worship for Heritage
Sunday. The focus of this denominationally recognized
Sunday is on the spiritual heritage of the church. We consider
how God has been present in our heritage personally,
congregationally, regionally, denominationally, or in the
wider Anabaptist/Mennonite Communion. When we take
time to recite the actions of God in our lives and in the life
of our church it moves us to praise God with thankfulness
and gratitude. Such reflection also reacquaints us with the
shadow sides of our heritage. When we take time to reflect
and confess to God what hasn’t or isn’t going right, we bring
our laments to the right place, the presence of God. In that
presence we are led to discover new ways of making things
right. Such heritage-focused praise and lament affirms the
faithfulness of God and deepens our faith roots.
But Heritage Sunday is not only for looking back. The true gift of looking back involves sifting the past and selecting the best to carry forward as heritage. The song, “In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree” (Hymnal Worship Book 614) celebrates the heritage we have received, but also hints at the heritage we pass on to succeeding generations. This year’s Heritage Sunday invitation is as follows: celebrate what you have received and plan what younger generations will receive from you.
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