January 24, 2021: “Bringing Good News… to Whom?”

Preparing for Worship

In our weekly rhythm of taking a day to gather, we welcome you again to join us for a time of worship. We want to come into God’s presence, knowing that God is always with us, always there, anywhere. May we know and echo the words of David in Psalm 139, “Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there? If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.” May we realize, not only that God is there, but that God welcomes us with open all-embracing arms; to come, to sing our praises, to speak our laments, to open our ears, our eyes, our arms to receive his word, his comfort, and also his sending word.  

The Peace of Christ be with you.

Welcome & Call to Worship

Dianne H. welcomes us and calls us to worship. Follow along with the Call to Worship below, taken from Psalm 62:5-8.

Leader: For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.

All: God alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

Leader: On God rests my deliverance and my honour;

All: my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.

Leader: Trust in God at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him;

All: God is a refuge for us.

Songs of Praise

Our first song of praise is HWB 36 God of Our Strength, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

God of our strength, enthroned above,
the source of life, the fount of love,
O let devotion’s sacred flame
our souls awake to praise thy name.

God of our strength,
we wait on thee,
our sure defense forever be.

To thee we lift our joyful eyes,
to thee on wings of faith we rise.
Come thou, and let thy courts on earth
ring out thy praise in days of mirth.

God of our strength, from day to day
direct our thoughts and guide our way.
Oh, may our hearts united be
in sweet communion, Lord, with thee.

God of our strength, on thee we call.
God of our hope, our light, our all,
thy name we praise, thy love adore,
our rock, our shield, forevermore.

Our second song of praise is HWB 343 My Hope is Built on Nothing Less, accompanied by Loretta T. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils his loving face,
I rest upon unchanging grace.
In ev’ry rough and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the vale.

His oath, his covenant, and blood,
support me in the ‘whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
he then is all my hope and stay.

Not earth, nor hell, my soul can move;
I rest upon unchanging love.
I trust his righteous character,
his counsel, promise, and his pow’r.

When he shall come with trumpet sound,
oh, may I then in him be found,
dressed in his righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne.

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 difficulties: loneliness due to the loss of a loved one or due to isolation during this Covid-19 shutdown. Those of us facing illness. May we all be encouraged to “. . . pour out [our] heart[s] before him; [for] God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62:8)
  • All of us, that we may look for signs of hope and joy, whatever the circumstances we find ourselves in. May we seek to bring joy to others, with a phone call, or a note.
  • The staff at our Regional Church, Mennonite Church Manitoba: Michael Pahl—Executive Minister, Rick Neufeld—Director of Leadership Ministry, Dorothy Fontaine—Director of Missions, Kathy Giesbrecht—Assoc. Director of Leadership Ministries, Janet Peters—Assoc. Program Director—Camps with Meaning, Darryl Neustaedter Barg—Assoc. Director of Communications, Elizabeth Franz-Warkentin—Administrative Assistant—Camps with Meaning.
  • Our extended Anabaptist family. Today is Anabaptist Global Fellowship Sunday! Mennonite World Conference calls us to prayer on this day. Praise God that Anabaptists around the world are united in faith in God’s kingdom across language and cultural differences. Give thanks for the growing networks in the MWC family: mission, service, health, and peace.

Dianne H. leads us in a congregational prayer.

Prayer Song

Let’s continue in a spirit of prayer by singing HWB 349 Spirit of the Living God, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow along below.

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

We turn our attention to the reading of Scripture. Dianne H. reads Jonah 3:1-5, 10 and Mark 1:14-20 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, Jonah and the Fish, for the young (and young at heart). Enjoy!

Meditation

Ben P. shares a meditation for us, entitled “Bringing Good News… to Whom?”

Song of Response

Join in singing HWB 229 Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore, accompanied by Loretta T. You may use the song book or follow the lyrics below.

Lord, you have come to the lakeshore
looking neither for wealthy nor wise ones.
You only asked me to follow humbly.

O Lord, with your eyes you have searched me,
kindly smiling, have spoken my name.
Now my boat’s left on the shoreline behind me;
by your side I will seek other seas.

You know so well my possessions;
my boat carries no gold and no weapons;
but nets and fishes my daily labor.

You need my hands, full of caring,
through my labors to give others rest,
and constant love that keeps on loving.

You, who have fished other oceans
ever longed-for by souls who are waiting,
my loving friend, as thus you call me.

Benediction

Dianne H. 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: STS 123 Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K. You can use the song book or follow the lyrics below.

Let us talents and tongues employ,
reaching out with a shout of joy:
bread is broken, the wine is poured,
Christ is spoken and seen and heard.

Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again,
pass the word around: loaves abound!
Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again,
pass the word around: loaves abound!

Christ is able to make us one,
at his table he sets the tone,
teaching people to live to bless,
love in word and in deed express.

Jesus calls us in, sends us out
bearing fruit in a world of doubt,
gives us love to tell, bread to share:
God (Immanuel) ev’rywhere.

Special Thank you from Mennonite Central Committee…

Dear Morden Mennonite Church,

Thank you for your thoughtful and compassionate Christmas gift of relief kits as well as for your fall gift to our account with Canadian Foodgrains Bank! We are so grateful for your generosity during this critical time of global crisis and hunger.

Here are two short videos that speak to the ways your congregation is providing food relief and sustainability to families around the world:

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. The Peace of Christ be with you.

Songs: God of Our Strength (Text: Fanny J. Crosby, 1882, Baptist Hymnal, 1883; Music: William H. Doane, Baptist Hymnal, 1883; Public Domain); My Hope is Built on Nothing Less (Text: Edward Mote, ca. 1834, Spiritual Magazine, n.d., alt. Music: William B. Bradbury, 1863, Devotional Hymn and Tune Book, 1864); Spirit of the Living God (Text and Music: Daniel Iverson, 1926, Revival Songs, 1929; arranged by Herbert G. Tovey; © 1935, renewal 1963 Birdwing Music; All rights controlled by The Sparrow Corp.); Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore (Original title: Pescador de Hombres; Text: Cesareo Babarain, Dios con Nosotros, 1979; tr. Gertrude C. Suppe, George Lockwood, and Raquel Gutierrez-Achon, 1987; Translation copyright © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; Music: Cesareo Gabarain, Dios con Nosotros, 1979; Spanish Text and Music copyright © 1979 Cesareo Gabarain. Published by OCP Publications.); Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ (Text: Fred Kaan; Music: Jamaican folk tune; adapted by Doreen Potter. Text and Music copyright © 1975 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission.)
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