October 18, 2020: “The Remains of the Day”

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.

Today, on this International Witness Sunday, we join together in worship with all God’s people around the world, bearing witness to the goodness and grace of God revealed in Jesus Christ.

Call to Worship

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

Songs of Praise

Join in singing along to HWB 37 Praise to the Lord, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below. You may notice that this is different than the song in the bulletin. That’s because we have not yet recorded that song.

Praise to the Lord,
the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to God’s temple draw near.
Join me in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord,
who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
shelters thee under his wings, yea, so gently sustaineth.
Hast thou not seen how thy heart’s wishes have been
granted in what he ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord,
who doth prosper thy work and defend thee.
Surely his goodness and mercy shall daily attend thee.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
as with his love he befriends thee.

Praise to the Lord,
oh, let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before him!
Let the “amen” sound from God’s people again;
gladly forever adore him.

Let’s continue singing our praise to God with STJ 54 Longing for Light, accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You can use the song book or follow the lyrics below.

Longing for light, we wait in darkness.
Longing for truth, we turn to you.
Make us your own, your holy people,
light for the world to see.

Christ, be our light!
Shine in our hearts, shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your church gathered today.

Longing for peace, our world is troubled.
Longing for hope, many despair.
Your word alone has pow’r to save us.
Make us your living voice.

Longing for food, many are hungry.
Longing for water, many still thirst.
Make us your bread, broken for others,
shared until all are fed.

Longing for shelter, many are homeless.
Longing for warmth, many are cold.
Make us your building, sheltering others,
walls made of living stone.

Many the gifts, many the people,
many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another,
making your kingdom come.

Focus on International Witness

This Sunday is International Witness Sunday. In our in-person service we are signing our covenant agreement with our Witness partners in South Korea, Bock Ki Kim and Sook Kyoung Park. Here’s a short video introducing their work.

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving over the past months! Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries. For online giving, 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, and for Winnipeg in particular as the city has been hit especially hard in recent weeks. 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 partners in International Witness, Bock Ki Kim and Sook Kyoung Park. Kim and Park work with Mennonite Church South Korea in church planting, resource development, and education. See the Mission & Service bulletin board for updates.
  • Those among us facing difficult challenges, and those among us celebrating good things. Today we especially think of those among us walking with cancer. 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 we would “not be conformed to this world”—values and ideals, ways of being and thinking that do not fit with the way of Jesus—”but be transformed by the renewing of our minds, so that we may discern God’s will” (Rom 12:2).

Margie H. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Continue in prayer as we sing HWB 349 Spirit of the Living God, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow along below. You may notice that this is different than the song in the bulletin. That’s because we have not yet recorded that song.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is Acts 17:16-21; Romans 8:28-29, 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

If you are a kid (or a kid at heart!) you might enjoy this song by AMESLAN Kids called, “God Loves Us All.” Parents, you can talk with your children about the sign language used throughout the video.

Meditation

Justin M. shares this meditation on our Scripture texts for us today, called “The Remains of the Day”:

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

Join in singing STS 39 Will You Come and Follow Me, accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You may use the song book or follow the lyrics below.

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around,
through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?

Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

Benediction

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

Sending Song

Join in singing HWB 226 You are Salt for the Earth, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P.  You can use the hymn book 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 to the Lord, the Almighty by Joachim Meander/Catherine Winkworth (Public Domain, CCLI Song #: 43073); Longing For Light (Text: Bernadette Farrell; Music: Bernadette Farrell ©1993 Bernadette Farrell, OCP Publications); Spirit of the Living God (Text and Music: Daniel Iverson; ©1935, renewal 1963 Birdwing Music and BMG Songs, Inc.); Will You Come and Follow Me (Text and Music: John L. Bell and Graham Maule; Scottish traditional; arranged by John L. Bell; copyright ©1987, arrangement copyright ©1995 WGRG The Iona Community, Scotland). Used by permission of GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive agent. You are Salt for the Earth (Text & Music: Marty Haugen, 1985, Gather, 1988); copyright ©1986 G.I.A. Publications, Inc. 
CCLI 20348932 / One License A-714686

 

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