October 4, 2020: “Pressing Forward to Know Jesus”

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

Esther J. welcomes us and calls us to worship together:

Songs of Praise

Join in singing or listen along to STJ 14 Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P.  You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Lord Jesus, you shall be my song as I journey;
I’ll tell ev’rybody about you wherever I go:
you alone are our life and our peace and our love.
Lord Jesus, you shall be my song as I journey.

Lord Jesus, I’ll praise you as long as I journey.
May all of my joy be a faithful reflection of you.
May the earth and the sea and the sky join my song.
Lord Jesus, I’ll praise you as long as I journey.

As long as I live, Jesus, make me your servant
to carry your cross and to share all your burdens and tears.
For you saved me by giving your body and blood.
As long as I live, Jesus, make me your servant.

I fear in the dark and the doubt of my journey;
but courage will come with the sound of your steps by my side.
And with all of the family you saved by your love,
we’ll sing to your dawn at the end of our journey.

Let’s continue singing our praise to God with HWB 117 Fairest Lord Jesus, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,
O thou of God and Mary’s Son,
thee will I cherish, thee will I honour,
thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
robed in the blooming garb of spring.
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,
and all the twinkling, starry host.
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
than all the angels heav’n can boast.

Beautiful Saviour, Lord of all the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man,
glory and honour, praise, adoration,
now and forevermore be thine.

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving over the past months! Because of your generosity we as a church have remained in a good position, able to continue our core ministries even through the pandemic. Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries even though we are not yet 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:

  • 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. May we walk in faith (not fear), hope (not despair), and love (especially for the most vulnerable among us).
  • Our children’s and youth Sunday School and our youth programs as they start up today and this week. May each one “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” this year (2 Pet 3:18).
  • 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, that each day we would seek to “know Christ” better and more fully, pressing into this knowledge of Christ so that we might become more like him in his way of suffering love and his life-giving power (Phil 3:10-12).

Esther J. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Continue in prayer as we sing Felix Culpa (He, Who Watches Over You) by Alana Levandoski, accompanied by Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow along below.

He who watches over you
Will never slumber nor sleep
He who watches over you
Will never slumber nor sleep

Oh my child lay your burdens down
Lay them at my feet

He who watches over you
Will never slumber nor sleep

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is Philippians 3:4b-16, read for us by Esther J. 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

Margie H. has a story to share with the young (or the young at heart!) among us: That’s Where God Is, by Dan & Ali Morrow.

Meditation

Michael P. shares this meditation on our Scripture text for us today, called “Pressing Forward to Know Jesus”:

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 362 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 Esther J. as we leave this time of worship together:

Sending Song

As we leave this space of worship, let us join in singing HWB 430 God Be with You, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P.  You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

God be with you till we meet again;
loving counsels guide, uphold you,
may the Shepherd’s care enfold you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
unseen wings, protecting, hide you,
daily manna still provide you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
when life’s perils thick confound you,
put unfailing arms around you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
keep love’s banner floating o’er you,
smite death’s threat’ning wave before you;
God be with you till we meet again

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: Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song by Stephen Somerville (©1970 Stephen Somerville/© Les Petites Souers de Jesus and L’Arche Community); Fairest Lord Jesus by Heinrich von Fallersleben/Richard S. Willis (Public Domain; CCLI#27800); Felix Culpa (He Who Watches Over You) by Alana Levandoski (© 2011 Alana Levandoski); 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); God Be with You by Jeremiah E. Rankin/Ralph V. Williams (© Oxford University Press, CCLI Song #: 2647645)
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