January 10, 2021: “A Word is Spoken, a Voice is Heard”

Preparing for Worship

We welcome you to our time of worship in a time of change and transition. 
We have begun a new year, and trust that God will guide us as individuals as well as his people, that God will enlighten our path together, will take our hand and walk with us.

As we look at today’s theme, as we read the Scripture passages, sing the songs, may we find a window to get a glimpse, hear a voice that connects us with the Divine. God has spoken many times and continues to speak. May we not only hear God’s voice, but listen carefully for his directives, his encouragement, and always the assurance of his love. May the Light of Christ be with us. 

Welcome & Call to Worship

Elsie W. welcomes us and calls us to worship.

Songs of Praise

Our first song of praise is HWB 53 God of the Earth, the Sea, the Sky, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

God of the earth, the sky, the sea!
Maker of all above, below!
Creation lives and moves in thee,
thy present life through all doth flow.

We give thee thanks, thy name we sing!
Almighty God, our praise we bring.

Thy love is in the sunshine’s glow,
Thy life is in the quick’ning air.
When lightnings flash and stormwinds blow,
There is thy pow’r; thy law is there.

We feel thy calm at evening’s hour,
thy grandeur in the march of night,
and when thy morning breaks in pow’r,
we hear thy word, “Let there be light.”

But higher far, and far more clear,
thee in our spirit we behold;
thine image and thyself are there,
th’indwelling God, proclaimed of old.

Our second song of praise is HWB 220 Worship the Lord in the Beauty, accompanied by Loretta T. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness,
bow down before him, his glory proclaim.
Gold of obedience and incense of lowliness
bring and adore him; the Lord is his name!

Low at his feet lay your burden of carefulness,
high on his heart he will bear it for you,
comfort your sorrows, and answer your prayerfulness,
guiding your steps in a way that is true.

Fear not to enter his courts in the slenderness
of the poor wealth you would count as your own.
Truth in its beauty, and love in its tenderness—
these are the off’rings to bring to his throne;

these, though we bring them in trembling and fearfulness,
he will accept for the name that is dear,
mornings of joy give for evenings of tearfulness,
trust for our trembling, and hope for our fear.

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness,
bow down before him, his glory proclaim.
Gold of obedience and incense of lowliness
bring and adore him; the Lord is his name!

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving! Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries. You can send a cheque to the church office by mail, or you can give through an Access Credit Union branch or their online banking services (see the information here).

Community Life & Prayer

For announcements related to our church community, please see the eBulletin emailed to those on the weekly 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 among us facing difficult challenges, including those who have spent their first Christmas without a loved one. Let’s also remember Walt and Elsie W., as they mourn the passing last week of Walt’s brother Menno.
  • Those among us celebrating good things, for, indeed, “. . .  the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” (Ps. 100: 5)
  • Ben P. as he begins his interim ministry among us. Pray for joy for him as he gets acquainted/reacquainted with us at Morden Mennonite. That we—even in this service, might be prepared to hear the “word that is spoken.”
  • Beyond our church, we lament, with our siblings in Mennonite Church USA, the escalation of violence that led to Wednesday’s events on Capitol Hill. May we remember that Christ is our peace (Ephesians 2:14), and may we, pray with our MC USA siblings the following prayer that our MC Canada leaders have crafted:

Dear God, grant us your peace this day.
Help us to be effective instruments of your peace as we live out our call.
Help us to love our neighbour and trust in your transforming power.
Grant us wisdom in conversations. Let us appreciate each and every one of your creations.
Watch over us and protect us in this time of uncertainty.
In Jesus name, Amen.

Elsie W. leads us in a congregational prayer.

Prayer Song

Let’s continue in a spirit of prayer by singing HWB 303 Come, Gracious Spirit, accompanied by Loretta T. You can use the hymn book or follow along below.

Come, gracious Spirit, heav’nly Dove,
with light and comfort from above.
Come, be our guardian and our guide;
o’er ev’ry thought and step preside,
o’er ev’ry thought and step preside.

The light of truth to us display
and make us know and choose your way.
Plant holy fear in ev’ry heart,
that we from God may ne’er depart,
that we from God may ne’er depart
.

Lead us to Christ, the living Way,
nor let us from his pastures stray.
Lead us to holiness, the road
that we must take to dwell with God,
that we must take to dwell with God.

Lead us to heav’n, that we may share
fullness of joy forever there.
Lead us to our eternal rest,
to be with God forever bless’d,
to be with God forever bless’d.

Scripture Reading

We turn our attention to the reading of Scripture. Elsie W. reads Genesis 1:1-5, and Mark 1:1-11 for us today. May we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Feature

Kristy L. H. has chosen the following video for the young (and young at heart). Enjoy!

Meditation

Ben P. shares a meditation for us entitled “A Word is Spoken, a Voice is Heard.”

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

Elsie W. offers this benediction for us as we leave this time of worship together.

Sending Song

Let’s go from our worship together with this song on our lips and in our hearts: HWB 499 Lord, Speak to Me, accompanied by Loretta T.  You can use the song book or follow the lyrics below.

Lord, speak to me, that I may speak
in living echoes of thy tone.
As thou hast sought, so let me seek
thine erring children lost and lone.

O lead me, Lord, that I may lead
the wand’ring and the wav’ring feet.
O feed me, Lord, that I may feed
thy hung’ring ones with manna sweet.

O strengthen me, that while I stand
firm on the Rock, and strong in thee,
I may stretch out a loving hand
to wrestlers with the troubled sea.

O teach me, Lord, that I may teach
the precious things thou dost impart,
and wing my words, that they may reach
the hidden depths of many a heart.

O fill me with thy fullness, Lord,
until my very heart o’erflow
in kindling thought and glowing word,
thy love to tell, thy praise to show.

O use me, Lord, use even me,
just as thou wilt, and when and where,
until thy blessed face I see,
thy rest, thy joy, thy glory share.

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: God of the Earth, the Sky, the Sea (Text: Samuel Longfellow, Hymns of the Spirit, 1864, alt.; Music: Henri F. Hemy, Crown of Jesus Music, 1864; adapted by James G. Walton, Plainsong Music for the Holy Communion Office, 1874); Worship the Lord in the Beauty (Text: John S. B. Monsell, Hymns of Love and Praise, 1863, alt. Music: Manuscript Chorale Book, 1754); Come, Gracious Spirit (Text: Simon Browne and others, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1720, alt. Music: William B. Bradbury, The Jubilee, 1858); 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); Lord, Speak to Me (Text: Frances R. Havergal, 1872, Under the Surface, 1874; Music: adapted from Robert Schumann, Hymnal with Tunes, Old and New, 1872)
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