2011 Mennonite Heritage Sunday: Heritage Received and Heritage Given

2011, 3 pp
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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