February 14, 2021: “This is My Son, the Beloved; Listen to Him!”

Preparing for Worship

As we come together this Sunday for worship—that is, tune-in together—may there truly be a sense of coming together as we worship in our homes. We continue to hope and pray for the time when the Covid restrictions can be lifted safely, and we can gather again as a people, face-to-face, hand-shake-to-hand-shake, embracing each other as a People of God. We are indeed grateful though that God is not limited to a temple, but rather that he is with us always, in our homes, our places of work, on the roads. Welcome all, welcome visitor or stranger as we enter into “his gates with thanksgiving.” May we have the strength to climb, with Peter, James and John, the Mountain of God and learn of Jesus, to catch a glimpse of a reality beyond this world, a reality of the eternal, and are reminded of that ‘cloud of witnesses’ that has gone before us.
May God’s peace and joy be with us all.

Welcome & Call to Worship

Elsie W. and Walter W. welcome us and call us to worship together. Follow along with the call to worship below, taken from Psalm 50.

Leader: The mighty one, God the Lord, speaks and summons the
earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. 

All: “Gather to me my faithful ones,
who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!” 

Leader: Out of Zion God shines forth. 
Our God comes and does not keep
silence, a mighty tempest all around him. 

All: “Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me”

Leader: He calls to the heavens above and to the earth,
that he may judge his people:

All: “Gather to me my faithful ones.”

Leader: “Hear, O my people, and I will speak, 

All: I am God, your God.” 

Songs of Praise

Join in singing along to HWB 4 Unto Thy Temple, Lord, We Come, accompanied by Loretta T. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

Unto thy temple, Lord, we come
with thankful hearts to worship thee,
and pray that this may be our home
until we touch eternity;

the common home of rich and poor,
of bond and free, and great and small;
large as thy love forevermore,
and warm and bright and good to all.

And dwell thou with us in this place,
thou and thy Christ, to guide and bless.
Here make the well-springs of thy grace
like fountains in the wilderness.

May thy whole truth be spoken here,
thy gospel light forever shine,
thy perfect love cast out all fear,
and human life become divine.

Let’s continue worshiping with STJ 16 Praise with Joy the World’s Creator, accompanied by Loretta T. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

Praise with joy the world’s Creator,
God of justice, love, and peace,
source and end of human knowledge,
God whose grace shall never cease.
Celebrate the Maker’s glory,
power to rescue and release.

Praise to Christ who feeds the hungry,
frees the captive, finds the lost,
heals the sick, upsets religion,
fearless both of fate and cost.
Celebrate Christ’s constant presence:
friend and stranger, guest and host.

Praise the Spirit sent among us,
liberating truth from pride,
forging bonds where race or gender,
age or nation dare divide.
Celebrate the Spirit’s treasure:
foolishness none dare deride.

Praise the Maker, Christ, and Spirit,
one God in community,
calling Christians to embody oneness and diversity.
This the world shall see reflected:
God is One and One in Three.

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:

  • The good work of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, and its director, Andy H., as well the other staff members, Regional Coordinators (our MB Regional Coordinator is Gordon J.), and all the partner agencies—in Canada and abroad. Give thanks that they have been able to continue their work, despite the challenges Covid-19 has brought. Give thanks for all the donors—farmers and others, as well as for the support of the Canadian Government, as all work together to address hunger and poverty around the world.
  • The work of our Church Ministries Committee—Walter W. (Chair), Dianna F., Alfred and Dorothy R., and the pastors. The committee meets monthly as a supportive and care-giving body for pastors and the congregation. At each meeting, needs of individual congregants are confidentially named and prayed for. Feel free to notify one of the pastors or committee members if you have or know of a need that you would like prayer for.
  • Those among us facing the anxiety and grief that the illness and the passing of loved ones brings. We think of Helen B. in BTHC, and Henry and Anne F. as Henry recovers at home from surgery. May all experience “peace that passes understanding.” (Philippians 4: 7)
  • That we may all draw strength from Jesus’ invitation to “come, just as [we] are,” and bring our joys and sorrows to him.

Elsie W. leads us in a congregational prayer.

Prayer Song

Continue in prayer as we sing STS 31 Jesus, be the Center, accompanied by Loretta T.

Jesus, be the center,
be my source, be my light, Jesus.

Jesus, be the center.
Be my hope, be my song, Jesus.

Be the fire in my heart.
Be the wind in these sails.
Be the reason that I live, Jesus, Jesus.

Jesus, be my vision.
Be my path, be my guide, Jesus.

Jesus, be the center,
be my source, be my light, Jesus.
Be my source, be my light, Jesus.
Jesus. Jesus.

Scripture Reading

Andrea T. reads 2 Kings 2:1-12 and Mark 9:2-9 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 children’s story for us in honour of Transfiguration Sunday.

Meditation

As an introduction to the meditation, please join in singing Mountain of God by Phil Campbell-Enns, based on Isaiah 2. Click on the YouTube link below to sing along with Ben!

Come, let us go to a place that is pure,
to learn about love, and wipe away tears,
to melt swords of steel and hearts made of stone,
set prisoners free and give strangers a home.

So come, come as you are, O come, from near and far,
o come, salvation we’ll taste, as we climb the mountain of God.

From each corner and end of the earth,
we’ll gather together to sing of your worth, 
of blind who can see and weary who rest,
good news for the poor, freedom for oppressed;

new life awaits for all who believe;
all who love mercy, do justice, walk humbly.
With Christ as our guide united we’ll be;
living the kingdom, secure in God’s peace.

Ben P. shares the following meditation with us.

Song of Response

Join in singing 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.

Benediction

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

Sending Song

Join in singing STJ 77 The Peace of the Earth be with You, accompanied by Joel & Erin K. 

The peace of the earth be with you,
the peace of the heavens too;
the peace of the rivers be with you,
the peace of the oceans too.
Deep peace falling over you.
God’s peace growing in you.

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: Unto Thy Temple, Lord, We Come (Text: Robert Collyer, 1866, The River of Live, 1873; Music: Supplement to Psalmody, ca. 1780; adapted by Edward Miller, 1790);Praise with Joy the World’s Creator (Text: The Iona Community, 1985, alt. Copyright © 1987 WGRG The Iona Community (Scotland). Used by permission of G.I.A. Publications, Inc., exclusive agent; Music: John Goss, The Supplemental Hymn and Tune Book, 1869); Jesus, be the Center (Text: Michael Frye; Music: Michael Frye. Text and Music copyright © 1999 Vineyard Songs (UK/Eire) (PRS); admin. North America by Music Services); Lord Jesus, You Shall be My Song by Stephen Somerville (Text & Music: © 1970 Stephen Somerville/© Les Petites Souers de Jesus and L’Arche Community); The Peace of the Earth be with You (Text: Guatemalan traditional; translated by Christine Carson; Music: Guatemalan folk melody); Mountain of God (Phil Campbell-Enns)  
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