Congregational Blessing

 
Perfect love casts out fear.
 
May God build First Mennonite Church with
Structures of Love.
 
Structures of FEAR   Structures of LOVE
make demands - invite participation
tell and sell - listen, consult, and pray
lord it over others - regard each person equally
compete - cooperate
manipulate - wash feet
seek to win - seek peaceful resolution
threaten to reject - accept other's freedom to say no
seek to control - seek to include
avoid conflict - risk conflict to arrive at peace
overrule minorities - seek Spirit-led consensus
rigidly hold to the standard - reach for new leadings of the Holy Spirit
 
 
 
"Structures of Fear - Structures of Love" from Moderator Ron Kennel's
address to the Iowa-Nebraska Conference in annual session
on August 3, 1984.