July 26, 2020: “Jesus, God’s Wisdom”

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

Al T. welcomes us and calls us to worship together:

Songs of Praise

Let’s continue singing with HWB 48 All Creatures of Our God and King, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. We’ll sing four verses, and you can choose which verses you’d like to sing! If you want to sing them all, just play the music again. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voice and with us sing
alleluia, alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
thou silver moon with softer gleam,
O sing ye, O sing ye,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
ye clouds that sail in heav’n along,
alleluia, alleluia!

Thou rising morn in praise rejoice,
ye lights of evening, find a voice,
O sing ye, O sing ye,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
make music for thy Lord to hear,
alleluia, alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
that givest all both warmth and light,
O sing ye, O sing ye,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Dear mother earth, who day by day,
unfoldest blessings on our way,
alleluia, alleluia!
The flow’rs and fruits that in thee grow,
let them God’s glory also show,
O sing ye, O sing ye,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

And all ye folk of tender heart,
forgiving others, take your part,
alleluia, alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
praise God and on him cast your care,
O sing ye, O sing ye,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

And thou, most kind and gentle death,
waiting to hush our latest breath,
alleluia, alleluia!
Thou leadest home the child of God,
and Christ our Lord the way hath trod,
O sing ye, O sing ye,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Let all things their Creator bless,
and worship God in humbleness,
alleluia, alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit, Three-in-One,
O sing ye, O sing ye,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

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 the 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 regional church, Mennonite Church Manitoba. Pray for MCM board members, leaders, and staff as they provide connection among our churches and support for our local church ministries. Pray for Camps with Meaning staff as they navigate a different and difficult summer without normal overnight camping.
  • 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 seek the true wisdom of God revealed in Christ. “The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy” (James 3:17).

Al T. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Let us continue in prayer as we sing HWB 353 Lord, Listen to Your Children, accompanied by Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Lord, listen to your children praying,
Lord, send your Spirit in this place.
Lord, listen to your children praying,
Send us love, send us power, send us grace!

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is from 1 Corinthians 2:1-3:4, read for us by Al T. 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

Erin K. shares this for the young (or the young at heart!) among us:

Meditation

In this story-sermon called “Jesus, God’s Wisdom” 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 2:1-3:4:

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 HWB 545 Be Thou My Vision, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You may use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me save that thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word;
I ever with thee, and thou with me, Lord.
Thou my great Father, thy child may I be,
thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee.

Be thou my buckler, my sword for the fight.
Be thou my dignity, thou my delight,
thou my soul’s shelter, thou my high tower.
Raise thou me heav’nward , O Pow’r of my pow’r.

Riches I heed not, nor vain, empty praise;
thou mine inheritance, now and always.
Thou and thou only, first in my heart,
high King of heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of heaven, when vict’ry is won
may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’n’s Sun!
Heart of my heart, whatever befall,
still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Benediction

Al T. offers this benediction for us as we leave this time of worship together:

Sending Song

Join in singing Now May the Lord of Peace, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K.  You can 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

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: Come and See by Marilyn Houser Hamm (© 1974 Marilyn Houser Hamm); All Creatures of Our God and King by St. Francis of Assisi, William H. Draper, Ralph Vaughan Williams (© 1927, renewed, J. Curwen & Sons, Ltd. / © Oxford University Press); Lord, Listen to Your Children by Ken Medema (© 1974 William J. Gaither); Be Thou My Vision (Ancient Irish, Translated) by Mary E. Byrne, Eleanor Hull, Martin Shaw (© Oxford University Press); Now May the Lord of Peace (©2018, Camps with Meaning, camps@mennochurch.mb.ca, http://www.campswithmeaning.org)
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