June 7, 2020: Trinity Sunday

Preparing for Worship

Today is Trinity Sunday. This is the Sunday set aside in the church calendar to celebrate God as one God in three Persons, everlasting love in eternal relationship, united yet diverse, one yet many. How do you understand the Trinity? How do you experience God as “one yet many,” or as “everlasting love in eternal relationship”? How do you experience this in your life, in the church, in creation?

This is also our Sunday School Wrap-Up service. This is the day when we celebrate our students and honour our teachers in all our Christian Education programs from preschool to adult. We recall all that we have learned together in this (peculiar!) year of discipleship in the way of Jesus. Our songs this morning are special “Sunday School Songs,” some of those regularly sung during the children’s Sunday morning singing time.

Welcome to our worship service “together apart”!

Call to Worship

Dianne H. calls us to worship together: “May the Lord give strength to God’s people! May the Lord bless God’s people with peace!”

Songs of Praise

We start our singing this morning with a Joel K. special, written for a post-Easter time such as we are in. Join in singing Beach Breakfast Blues, a song based on John 21:1-14, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K.

Sunday School start-up way back in September!

We were out in the boat
Fishing all night (x2)
When the sun came up,
Not a single bite

Heard a voice from the beach
Saying “Caught any yet? (x2)
Here’s something to try
Try moving your net”

When we counted the fish
There was a hundred and fifty three (x2)
Musta been every fish
In the Sea of Galilee

Couldn’t believe our eyes
Thought we were wrong in the head (x2)
But when we got to the shore
It was Jesus, not dead

The last time we saw him
He was up on the cross (x2)
Now here he is with us
Saying “Pass the tartar sauce”

Now join in singing Wings of an Eagle, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K. Please follow the lyrics below.

As we hope in the Lord we will gain our strength
We will run for miles we will stand up straight
We will not grow weary we will not grow faint
On the wings of an eagle we will rise

On the wings of an eagle we will rise
On the wings of an eagle we will rise
For our hope is found in the power of God
On the wings of an eagle we will rise
On the wings of an eagle we will rise

For the Lord who is God calls His people home
Not to be afraid as we journey the road
Hand in hand we’ll be walking with the Lord our God
On the wings of an eagle we will rise

Let’s continue singing with this declaration of faith and hope in praise of God: Not Be Shaken, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K. Please follow the lyrics below.

I will declare my choice to the nations
And I will shout for joy in the congregation
I will worship God (worship God)
All my days

Those who love the Lord are satisfied
Those who trust in Him are justified
And I will serve my God (serve my God)
All my days

When the nations crumble
The word of the Lord will stand
Kings may rise and fall
His love will endure
Though the strong may stumble
Oh the joy of the Lord is strength
To my soul
I will not be shaken
I will not be moved
I will not be shaken

Offering

Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries even though we are not meeting in person. You can mail a cheque to the church office. You can contact the church office or Randy S. and he will come pick it up. Also, you can donate as a bill payment if you have an Access Credit Union account, either in person at the credit union or online. For online giving in this way, please see the information here.

Sunday School Celebration

We want to give a big THANK YOU! to our Christian Ed committee, our Sunday school superintendents, our wonderfully amazing teachers and songleaders, and Kristy and our youth sponsors for their ministry among us during this past year. Even though it was disrupted by COVID-19, we had so many good experiences together with lessons learned and relationships nurtured—much of which has continued on even through our time of physical separation. Listen to this special thank you from some of our children and youth (wait for it… wait for it…):

This is also a milestone year for two of our Sunday school students. Watch as Charlie K. receives his Grade 1 Bible and Sam K. receives his Grade 6 Bible. (You might want to turn up the volume a bit for this one.)

Community Life & Prayer

Thanks to Irene & Randy S. for planting flowers around our church building!

For announcements related to our church community, please see the eBulletin emailed to those on the church email list. You can also stay updated by checking the church Facebook page and this website.

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • Those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, both directly and indirectly, both locally and around the world. May God bring protection, provision, and healing to those most in need.
  • Those being harmed by racial injustice in our white-dominated society. May we who benefit from this have the humility to repent of our collective and individual racism, the courage to resist racist ideas and acts when we encounter them, and the wisdom to nurture non-racist ways of thinking and living in the world. May we work together as a society to create new structures and systems which bring justice, peace, and flourishing life for all. See this call to prayer for Mennonite Church Canada congregations.
  • All our Sunday school teachers and students, from preschool through adult study. Though our Sunday school year was disrupted, may the lessons we had this past year continue to take root, grow, and bear fruit in lives of faith and hope and love.
  • For us as a church: May we look to Jesus as our “one Teacher” to whom all authority in heaven and on earth has been given. May we learn Jesus’ ways of love and follow his teachings of peace, showing ourselves to be his disciples. May we be united in our diversity, marked as such in our baptism by the name of the God who is one yet three (Matt 23:8-10; 28:18-20).

Dianne H. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Let us continue in prayer as we sing Breathe, accompanied by Erin and Joel K. Please follow the lyrics below.

This is the air I breathe
This is the air I breathe
Your holy presence living in me
This is my daily bread
This is my daily bread
Your very word spoken to me

And I, I’m desperate for You
And I, I’m lost without You

This is the air I breathe
This is the air I breathe

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is from Matthew 28:16-20, read for us by Dianne H. and Isaac S. As we listen to our Scripture reading, and as we reflect on it together in our children’s focus and meditation, may we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Focus

Our Bible passage this morning talks about disciples of Jesus from “all nations,” all the different peoples of the world. You may want to print this colouring page and colour it as the service continues: “We are all God’s children!”

Larissa P. shares this short video for all of us, not just children, to help us stop and think about what it really means to “make disciples.” Pastor Michael is going to talk more about this in his meditation.

Meditation

Michael P. shares this meditation for us today, “Making Disciples of Jesus,” based upon our Scripture reading:

Moment of Reflection

Spend a few moments reflecting on our Scripture text and its interpretation among us.

The good news of God has been proclaimed among us this morning. How have you heard God’s good news for you? for others in your life? for our world? What will you do this week to live out God’s good news?

Song of Response

Let us join together in singing Now May the Lord of Peace, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K. Please follow the lyrics below.

Now may the Lord of peace
Give to you peace always
In every way, in every place
God is with you.

Graceful birds in the sky
Mighty trees to us cry
Of God’s love and God’s presence with us
And we answer that call
When we care for them all
And reflect back the love that we must

In the days that go by
We are all called to try
To be kind and make choices for peace
Though we sometimes choose wrong
God is with us and will
be with us on the road all along

Benediction

Dianne H. offers this benediction for us as we leave this time of worship together: “Go in peace!”

Sending Song

Join in singing As You Go Out from Here, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K.  Please follow the lyrics below.

As you go out from here, may the Lord go with you.
The face of God shine on you ev’ry day.
We are sent by God wherever we are living,
salt and light as people of the Way.

In the Week Ahead

Check the church website and church Facebook page regularly for resources for staying connected and for spiritual growth during this time. Grace and peace to you this week!

Songs: Beach Breakfast Blues (©2019 Joel Klassen); Breathe (CCLI Song #1874117; by Marie Barnett; ©1995 Mercy/Vineyard Publishing); Wings of an Eagle (CCLI Song #1662745; Steve Bell; ©1992 Signpost Music); Not Be Shaken (CCLI Song #1352419; Norm Strauss; ©1997 Mercy/Vineyard Publishing); Now May the Lord of Peace (©2018, Camps with Meaning, camps@mennochurch.mb.ca, http://www.campswithmeaning.org); As You Go Out from Here (©2001, 2002 Bryan Moyer Suderman; © 2011 SmallTall Music; http://www.smalltallministries.com)
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