July 19, 2020: “Jesus, Crucified King”

Preparing for Worship

During July and early August we are exploring the first three chapters of 1 Corinthians, focusing on Jesus as the foundation of our church. For our meditations each Sunday, we are hearing some of Pastor Michael’s sermons from the church archives: his 2017 story-sermons about Gaia, a fictional first-century woman in Corinth, as she and the church hear Paul’s letter to the Corinthian believers for the first time.

Join us as we “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” (Heb 12:2)!

Call to Worship

Larissa P. welcomes us and calls us to worship together:

Songs of Praise

Join in singing along to STJ 3 Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him, accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Jesus calls us here to meet him as
through word and song and prayer,
we affirm God’s promised presence
where God’s people live and care.

Praise the God who keeps their promise;
praise the Son who calls us friends;

praise the Spirit who, among us,
to our hopes and fears attends.

Jesus calls us to confess him
Word of Life and Lord of all,

sharer of our flesh and frailness
saving all who fail or fall.

Tell his holy human story;
tell his tales that all may hear;

tell the world that Christ in glory
came to earth to meet us here.

Jesus calls us to each other:
vastly diff’rent though we are;

race and colour, class and gender
neither limit nor debar.

Join the hand of friend and stranger;
join the hands of age and youth;

join the faithful and the doubter
in their common search for truth.

Jesus calls us to his table
rooted firm in time and space,

where the church in earth and heaven
finds a common meeting place.

Share the bread and wine, his body;
share the love of which we sing;

share the feast for saints and sinners
hosted by our Lord and King.

Let’s continue singing with HWB 25 Jesus, Stand Among Us, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Jesus, stand among us in your risen pow’r.
Let this time of worship be a hallowed hour.

Breathe the Holy Spirit into ev’ry heart.
Bid the fears and sorrows from each soul depart.

Offering

Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries even though we are not meeting in person, even during these summer months. 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.

Community Life & Prayer

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:

  • Our church, Morden Mennonite Church. Pray for our pastors as they guide and nurture us in the ways of Jesus. Pray for our church council and church committees as they provide leadership among us. Pray for church staff as they serve. Pray for wisdom and grace among us collectively as we navigate through challenging and changing times.
  • 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 among us facing significant personal challenges, both concerns shared publicly and burdens borne privately. Let us “weep with those who weep” (Rom. 12:15) and “cast all our burdens upon the Lord, for God cares for us” (1 Pet. 5:7).
  • Those among us with special reasons to rejoice. Let us “rejoice with those who rejoice” (Rom. 12:15), and may we all experience bright moments of joy in these uncertain times.
  • May we experience the true power of God seen in weakness, vulnerability, and humility. “[The Lord Jesus] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness’” (2 Cor. 12:9).

Larissa P. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Let us continue in prayer as we sing STJ 34 Loving Spirit, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Loving Spirit, loving Spirit,
you have chosen me to be;
you have drawn me to your wonder,
you have set your sign on me.

Like a mother you enfold me,
hold my life within your own.
Feed me with your very body,
form me of your flesh and bone.

Like a father you protect me.
Teach me the discerning eye.
Hoist me up upon your shoulder,
let me see the world from high.

Friend and lover,
in your closeness I am known
and held and blest:
in your promise is my comfort,
in your presence I may rest.

Loving Spirit, loving Spirit,
you have chosen me to be;
you have drawn me to your wonder,
you have set your sign on me.

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is from 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, read for us by Larissa P. 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

In our Scripture reading we heard about how God uses things we don’t expect, even surprising things, to show God’s presence among us. The story of David and Goliath reminds us of how God can use someone we don’t expect, even someone small, to do a mighty thing. Larissa P. shares this for the young (and the young at heart!) reminding us of this truth through the eyes of little David.

Meditation

In this story-sermon called “Jesus, Crucified King” originally from 2017, Michael P. shares the story of Gaia, a fictional first-century Corinthian woman, as she hears and lives out the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31:

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 STS 49 I Will Come to You in the Silence, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You may use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

I will come to you in the silence,
I will lift you from all your fear.
You will hear my voice, I claim you as my choice,
be still and know I am here.

I am hope for all who are hopeless.
I am eyes for all who long to see.
In the shadows of the night I will be your light,
come and rest in me.

Do not be afraid, I am with you.
I have called you each by name.
Come and follow me, I will bring you home;
I love you and you are mine.

I am strength for all the despairing,
healing for the ones who dwell in shame.
All the blind will see, the lame will all run free,
and all will know my name.

I am the Word that leads all to freedom,
I am the peace the world cannot give.
I will call your name, embracing all your pain,
stand up, now walk, and live!

Benediction

Larissa P. offers this benediction for us as we leave this time of worship together:

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: Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him by John L. Bell & Graham Maule (© WGRG The Iona Community/GIA Publications Inc.); Jesus, Stand Among Us by William Pennefather & Friedrich Filitz (Public); Loving Spirit by Shirley Erena Murray & William Smith Rockstro (© 1987 The Hymn Society/Hope Publishing Co.); I Will Come to You in the Silence by David Haas (© 1991 GIA Publications, Inc.); The Lord Lift You Up by Patricia J. Shelly & Dennis Friesen-Carper (© 1983 Patricia J. Shelly)
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