September 27, 2020: “Christlike Humility”

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

Justin M. welcomes us and calls us to worship together:

Songs of Praise

Join in singing or listening along to 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.

Loretta L., “Be Still”

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!

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. 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.

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

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

Rose B., “Be Still”

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:

  • Church Council as they lead us in discernment related to the search for a new lead pastor. May they have wisdom and courage as they lead. May we as a congregation have faith and hope as we look to the future and trust in the faithful God to lead us there in love.
  • Our Soup & Pie fundraiser this coming week as we try a new way of doing this MMC tradition. May this be a good experience for all involved, and may the money raised be a blessing to those in need through Canadian Foodgrains Bank and our International Witness ministry in South Korea.
  • 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 would “let the same mind be in us that was in Christ Jesus”: an attitude of humble, servant love in solidarity with the last, the lost, and the least (Phil 2:5-8).

Justin M. offers this congregational prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Let us continue in prayer as we sing STS 50 Come, Bring Your Burdens to God, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the songbook 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.

Come, bring your burdens to God,
come, bring your burdens to God,
come, bring your burdens to God,
for Jesus will never say no.

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is Philippians 2:1-13, read for us by Justin M. 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

For the young (or young at heart!) among us, here’s a lesson from our friend Douglas about “putting others first.”

Meditation

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

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. 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.

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

Receive this benediction offered by Justin M. as we leave this time of worship together:

Sending Song

We go with a song of encouragement on our lips! Listen along or join in singing Kindness, accompanied by Erin K., Joel K., Jude K., and Milo K.  You can follow the lyrics below.

Christ has no body here but ours
No hands no feet here on earth but ours
Ours are the eyes through which he looks
On this world with kindness
Ours are the hands through which he works
Ours are the feet on which he moves
Ours are the voices through which he speaks
To this world with kindness
Through our touch, our smile, our listening ear
Embodied in us, Jesus is living here
Let us go now, inspirited
Into this world with kindness

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: All Creatures of Our God and King (Text: St. Francis of Assisi, Laudato sio Dio mio Signore, 1225; tr. William H. Draper, Hymns of the Spirit, 1926, alt. Copyright ©1927, renewed J. Curwen & Sons, Ltd., London; Music: Kirchengesangbuch, Cologne, 1623; adapted and harmonized by Ralph Vaughan Williams, The English Hymnal, 1906, simplified. Harmonization copyright © Oxford University Press, London); Jesus, Stand Among Us (William Pennefather & Friedrich Filitz; public domain); Come, Bring Your Burdens to God (Woza Nomthwalo Wakho; collected by Mairi Munro from the South African Mooiplaas congregation; © WGRG The Iona Community); Be Thou My Vision (Ancient Irish, Translated by Mary E. Byrne, Eleanor Hull, Martin Shaw; © Oxford University Press); Kindness (Text: adapted from prayer attributed to Theresa of Avila; Music: Brian McLaren; © 2011; used with permission, http://www.stevebell.com)
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