September 20, 2020: “Progressing Faith”

Preparing for Worship

Welcome to our online worship service! We are glad you have joined us. Note that we have resumed in-person services as well. If you would like to join us in person next week, please see the information here.

This Sunday we continue our Fall worship series: “Finding Joy in Community,” reflecting on Paul’s letter to the Philippians. What are the hallmarks of genuine Christian community which we should nurture among us as Morden Mennonite Church? How do we maintain a sense of community when we are so diverse? How do we maintain a sense of community in the middle of a pandemic, when we can’t gather together in all the ways we’d like? How can we find and maintain joy in our changing church community, in a changing world?

May we (re)discover the joy of the Lord through the Spirit as we worship together in the coming weeks!

Call to Worship

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

Songs of Praise

Join in singing or listening along to HWB 1 What is this Place, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below. You may notice that this is different than the song listed in the bulletin. That’s because we have not been able to record that song yet.

What is this place where we are meeting?
Only a house, the earth its floor,
walls and a roof, sheltering people,
windows for light, an open door.
Yet it becomes a body that lives when we are gathered here,
and know our God is near.

Word from afar, stars that are falling,
sparks that are sown in us like seed.
Names for our God, dreams, signs, and wonders
sent from the past are what we need.
We in this place remember and speak again what we have heard:
God’s free, redeeming Word.

And we accept bread at his table,
broken and shared, a living sign.
Here in this world, dying and living,
we are each other’s bread and wine.
This is the place where we can receive what we need to increase:
God’s justice and God’s peace.

Let’s continue with singing HWB 46 I Sing the Mighty Power of God, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book for the harmonies or follow the lyrics below. Again, you may notice that this is different than the song listed in the bulletin. That’s because we have not been able to record that song yet.

I sing the mighty pow’r of God, that made the mountains rise,
that spread the flowing seas abroad and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day.
The moon shines full at God’s command and all the stars obey.

I sing the goodness of the Lord, that filled the earth with food.
God formed the creatures with a word, and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how thy wonders are displayed, where’er I turn my eye,
if I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky!

There’s not a plant or flow’r below, but makes thy glories known,
and clouds arise, and tempests blow, by order from thy throne.
While all that borrows life from thee is ever in thy care,
there’s not a place where we can flee but God is present there.

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving! Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries. 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. You can drop off the cheque during church office hours. 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:

  • All of us in our church and community who continue to make transitions to new school, work, community, and church situations within a changed world. May patience, kindness, and wisdom abound. May we discover the strength and joy of caring community in new ways this year.
  • Our Witness partners in South Korea, Bock Ki Kim and Sook Kyoung Park. The country has experienced a surge of COVID cases in recent weeks, primarily transmitted through large church gatherings. Because of this, much of the Kim-Park’s regular work has been curtailed. Pray for patience and wisdom as they seek new ways to minister through this time.
  • Those among us facing difficult challenges, and those among us celebrating good things. May each one know God’s gracious presence, and may we show the empathy and compassion of Christ as we “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Rom 12:15).
  • Us as a church this week, that each day we might seek to “live our lives in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ,” reflecting the good news of God’s love in Jesus (Phil 1:27).

Peter H. offers this congregational prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Continue in prayer as we sing STS 16 Peace Before Us, accompanied by Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow along below.

Peace before us, peace behind us
Peace under our feet
Peace within us, peace over us
Let all around us be peace

Love before us, love behind us
Love under our feet
Love within us, love over us
Let all around us be love

Light before us, light behind us
Light under our feet
Light within us, light over us
Let all around us be light

Christ before us, Christ behind us
Christ under our feet
Christ within us, Christ over us
Let all around us be Christ

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is Philippians 1:20-27, read for us by Michael P. As we listen to our Scripture reading, and as we reflect on it together in the rest of the service, may we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Focus

Here’s a song for the young (or young at heart!) among us, encouraging us to trust in God our Creator who loves us and is able to take care of us. You might want to get up and do the actions!

Meditation

Michael P. shares this meditation on our Scripture text for us today, called “Progressing Faith”:

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

Listen or sing along to HWB Help Us to Help Each Other, accompanied by Loretta T. You may use the hymn book or follow along with the lyrics below.

Help us to help each other, Lord,
each other’s load to bear,
that all may live in true accord,
our joys and pains to share.

Help us to build each other up,
your strength within us prove.
Increase our faith, confirm our hope,
and fill us with your love.

Together make us free indeed
your life within us show,
and into you, our living Head,
let us in all things grow.

Drawn by the magnet of your love
we find our hearts made new.
Nearer each other let us move,
and nearer still to you.

Benediction

Receive this benediction offered by Peter H. as we leave this time of worship together:

Sending Song

Join in singing HWB 427 You Shall Go Out with Joy, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K.  You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace.
The mountains and the hills will break forth before you.
There’ll be shouts of joy and all the trees of the field
will clap, will clap their hands.

And all the trees of the field will clap their hands,
the trees of the field will clap their hands.
The trees of the field will clap their hands,
while you go out with joy.

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: What is this Place (Text: Huub Oosterhuis, 1968 tr. David Smith, ca. 1970; Music: Nederlandtsche Gedenckclanck, 1626; harmonized by B. Juijbers, 1968; Text and harmonization copyright ©1984 TEAM Publications; published by OCP Publications); I Sing the Mighty Power of God (Text: Isaac Watts; Music: harmonized by William H. Monk, 1868); Peace Before Us by David Haas (©1987 GIA Publications Inc.); Help Us to Help Each Other (Text: Charles Wesley, Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1742; revised in Hymns for Today’s Church, 1982; Copyright ©1982 Hope Publishing Co.; Music: Francois H. Barthelemon; adapted by Robert Simpson, A Collection of Original…Sacred Music, 1833); You Shall Go Out With Joy by Steffi Geiser Rubin & Stuart Dauermann (© 1975 Lillenas Publishing Co.)
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