August 2, 2020: “Co-Labourers with Jesus”

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

Margie H. welcomes us and calls us to worship together:

Songs of Praise

Join in singing along to STS 1 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Praise the One who breaks the darkness
with a liberating light;
praise the One who frees the pris’ners,
turning blindness into sight.
Praise the One who preached the gospel,
healing ev’ry dread disease,
calming storms and feeding thousands
with the very bread of peace.

Praise the One who blessed the children
with a strong yet gentle word;

praise the One who drove out demons
with a piercing, two-edged sword.

Praise the One who brings cool water
to the desert’s burning sand;

from this well comes living water
quenching thirst in ev’ry land.

Praise the One true love incarnate:
Christ, who suffered in our place;

Jesus died and rose for many
that we may know God by grace.

Let us sing for joy and gladness,
seeing what our God has done.

Praise the one redeeming glory;
praise the One who makes us one.

Let’s continue singing with HWB 299 New Earth, Heavens New, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

New earth, heavens new, Spirit of God moving;
new seed, creatures new, Spirit of life moving;
new man, woman new, image of God moving.

Sing a new song to the One who has said,
“Behold, I make all things new.”

New love, mercies new, Spirit of God moving;
new strength, hopefulness new, Spirit of life moving;
new hearts, spirits new, image of God moving.

New minds, wisdom new, Spirit of God moving;
new law, covenant new, Spirit of life moving;
new name, nature new, image of God moving.

New earth, heavens new, Spirit of God moving;
new birth, creatures new, Spirit of life moving;
new men, women new, image of God moving.

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.

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 nation-wide church, Mennonite Church Canada. Pray for MC Canada leaders and staff as they attend to our national and international interests on behalf of the regional churches. Pray for our Indigenous-Settler Relations and International Witness ministries as we pursue justice and peace in Canada and around the world.
  • 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 serve the church and the world as co-labourers with God. “God has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So, we are ambassadors for Christ” (2 Cor. 5:18-20).

Margie H. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Let us continue in prayer as we sing Felix Culpa (He Who Watches Over You) by Alana Levandoski, accompanied by Michael P.

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is from 1 Corinthians 3:5-10, read for us by Margie H. 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

Kristy L. H. shares this for the young (or the young at heart!) among us:

This morning we’ve heard (and we will hear more about) working as a team to plant and share Jesus’ love with others. I think this book is a great way to think about love and kindness and all the different ways that looks to all different kinds of people. But also…how being kind can look exactly the same. It looks the same way that Jesus showed love to anyone and everyone, every chance he got.

Meditation

In this story-sermon called “Co-Labourers with Jesus” 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 3:5-10:

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 307 Will You Let Me Be Your Servant, accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You may use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Will you let me be your servant,
let me be as Christ to you?
Pray that I may have the grace to
let you be my servant too.

We are pilgrims on a journey,
we are trav’lers on the road.
We are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ-light for you
in the nighttime of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you,
speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping,
when you laugh I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow 
till we’ve seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven,
we shall find such harmony,
born of all we’ve known together
of Christ’s love and agony.

Benediction

Margie H. offers this benediction for us as we leave this time of worship together:

Sending Song

Join in singing HWB 226 You are Salt for the Earth, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P.  You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

You are salt for the earth, O people,
salt for the kingdom of God!
Share the flavour of life, O people:
life in the kingdom of God!

Bring forth the kingdom of mercy,
bring forth the kingdom of peace.
Bring forth the kingdom of justice,
bring forth the city of God!

You are a light on the hill, O people,
light for the city of God!
Shine so holy and bright, O people,
shine for the kingdom of God!

You are a seed of the word, O people,
bring forth the kingdom of God!
Seeds of mercy and seeds of justice,
grow in the kingdom of God!

We are a bless’d and a pilgrim people,
bound for the kingdom of God!
Love our journey and love our homeland:
love is the kingdom of God!

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: Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness by Rusty Edwards (© 1987 Hope Publishing Co.); New Earth, Heavens New by Harris J. Loewen (© 1991 Hope Publishing Co.); Felix Culpa (He Who Watches Over You) by Alana Levandoski (© 2011 Alana Levandoski); Will You Let Me Be Your Servant by Richard Gillard (© 1977 Scripture in Song); You are Salt for the Earth by Marty Haugen (© 1986 G.I.A. Publications Inc.)
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