February 21, 2021: “Going Across to the Other Side!”

DEEP CALLS TO DEEP!
Deep in the Sea: Called to Deep Relationship

Preparing for Worship

On this First Sunday of Lent we begin a journey that leads us to Jerusalem with Jesus, and he invites us to journey with him. Welcome to all, whether you are a member of the Morden Mennonite family of Faith, or are joining as a guest. I trust we together can find a way to connect with the One who gives us life and sustains us through the rough waters, and always assures us of his presence and invites us to his peace, as we learn to “be still.”  

Welcome & Call to Worship

Lawrence and Carrie S. welcome us and call us to worship together. Follow along with the call to worship below.

Leader:   God, we are here at the water’s edge, casting off from shore

All: into unknown waters.

L:   With fear and trembling, we drop our oars

All: letting them go, trusting the sea.

L:   Lord, we trust the signs of your covenant: the ark through the water, the waters of baptism, the promise of your presence in our storms,

All: the bow in the clouds and the dove from the heavens,
We call to you as you called us deeper into steadfast love.

Songs of Praise

Join in singing along to HWB 299 New Earth, Heavens New, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

New earth, heavens new, Spirit of God moving;
new seed, creatures new, Spirit of life moving;
new man, woman new, image of God moving.

Sing a new song to the One who has said,
“Behold, I make all things new.”

New love, mercies new, Spirit of God moving;
new strength, hopefulness new, Spirit of life moving;
new hearts, spirits new, image of God moving.

New minds, wisdom new, Spirit of God moving;
new law, covenant new, Spirit of life moving;
new name, nature new, image of God moving.

New earth, heavens new, Spirit of God moving;
new birth, creatures new, Spirit of life moving;
new men, women new, image of God moving.

Let’s continue worshiping with HWB 589 My Shepherd Will Supply My Need, to the tune of HWB 46 (I sing the Mighty Power of God), accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

My Shepherd will supply my need;
Jehovah is his name.
In pastures fresh he makes me feed,
beside the living stream.
He brings my wand’ring spirit back,
when I forsake his ways,
and leads me, for his mercy’s sake,
in paths of truth and grace.

When I walk through the shades of death
thy presence is my stay.
One word of thy supporting breath
drives all my fears away.
Thy hand, in sight of all my foes,
doth still my table spread.
My cup with blessings overflows,
thine oil anoints my head.

The sure provisions of my God
attend me all my days.
Oh, may thy house be mine abode,
and all my work be praise.
There would I find a settled rest,
while others go and come,
no more a stranger, nor a guest,
but like a child at home.

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 youth of our congregation, in their desire to connect and willingness to learn to do so in different ways. For the youth who show up at Zoom meetings and for the youth who need to take care and connect in different ways, and for all those youth who are struggling to find ways they feel comfortable connecting. May all feel God’s presence and light each day. Also, pray for wisdom for Pastor Kristy, as she seeks to find ways to engage with the youth.
  • Those among us experiencing God’s healing touch, including Henry F., recovering at home from surgery.
  • Those of our congregation facing on-going health struggles, some at home, and Helen B. in BTHC.
  • Our government and health leaders, at both the national and provincial levels, as they seek to find the best way forward, in this Covid-19 crisis, amid constantly changing circumstances, and sometimes competing opinions and demands. Pray for a spirit of good will, co-operation and patience among our leaders, and all of us.
  • May we all be reassured, as we read in Psalm 25:10, that “All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness . . . ”

Congregational Prayer

Lawrence S. leads us in a congregational prayer.

Reflection

Please take this time to reflect, to pray for the items listed in the bulletin, or to send up our own personal prayers as we listen to special music by Linda P….

Prayer Song

Continue in prayer as we sing STJ 47 Oh, Lord Have Mercy, accompanied by Loretta T.

Oh, Lord have mercy.
Oh, Lord have mercy.
Oh, Lord have mercy,
have mercy on me.

While I am praying,
while I am praying,
while I am praying,
have mercy on me.

While I am waiting,
while I am waiting,
while I am waiting,
have mercy on me.

When I’m in trouble,
when I’m in trouble,
when I’m in trouble,
have mercy on me.

I am your child,
I am your child,
I am your child,
have mercy on me.

Scripture Reading

Lawrence S. reads Mark 4:35–5:15 for us today. May we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Feature

Join Kristy L.H. and Cooper H. as they discuss Lent!

Meditation

Ben P. shares the following meditation with us.

Prayer of Confession and Assurance

Join Lawrence and Carrie S. in the prayer below.

Many: Deep calls to deep.
We call to you from the depths of our hearts.

One: We confess when we have stayed too close to the surface,

avoiding you,
avoiding our neighbours.

We confess when we have felt in over our heads.
Needing you,

needing our neighbours…

Deep calls to deep.
You call to us from the depth of your love.

Many: Calling us to deep relationship.
We come to you, God.

Song of Response

Join in singing HWB 558 When the Storms of Life are Raging, accompanied by Al & Loretta T. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

When the storms of life are raging,
stand by me; (stand by me)
when the storms of life are raging,
stand by me. (stand by me)
When the world is tossing me,
like a ship upon the sea,
thou who rulest wind and water,
stand by me. (stand by me)

In the midst of faults and failures,
stand by me; (stand by me)
in the midst of faults and failures,
stand by me. (stand by me)
When I’ve done the best I can,
and my friends misunderstand,
thou who knowest all about me,
stand by me. (stand by me)

When I’m growing old and feeble,
stand by me; (stand by me)
when I’m growing old and feeble,
stand by me. (stand by me)
When my life becomes a burden
and I’m nearing chilly Jordan,
O thou Lily of the Valley,
stand by me. (stand by me)

Benediction

Lawrence S. offers this benediction for us as we leave this time of worship together.

Sending Song

Join in singing STJ 82 Water Has Held Us, accompanied by Loretta T. 

Water has held us, moved by creation.
Out of dark chaos, broke forth the light.
Up from the deluge, showing God’s promise,
has come a rainbow, gladdening sight.

Water has saved us, as the sea parted
for Israel’s children, walled on each side.
This love has led us, helped us in trouble,
on far horizon, God’s cloud our guide.

Water has cleansed us, bathed with forgiveness,
has, with clear blessing, washed sin away.
Jordan’s strong currents God’s Son announcing,
made a beginning, baptismal day.

Water has touched us, fresh on our foreheads,
showing an inward, spiritual grace.
Into God’s fam’ly, we have been welcomed.
As sons and daughters, we take our place.

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: New Earth, Heavens New (Text & Music: Harris J. Loewen, 1982, Assembly Songs, 1983; Copyright © 1992 Hope Publishing Co.); My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (Text: based on Psalm 23, Isaac Watts, Psalms of David, 1719; Music: American folk melody, 1828, version from Genuine Church Music, 1832; harmonized by J. Harold Moyer, 1965; Copyright © 1969 Faith and Life Press/Mennonite Publishing House); Oh, Lord Have Mercy (Text & Music: traditional; arranged by Joseph Joubert; Arrangement copyright © 2000 G.I.A. Publications, Inc.; Water Has Held Us (Text: R. Deane Postlethwaite, 1978; Copyright © Marjean Postlethwaite; Music: Gaelic melody; Songs and Hymns of the Gael, 1888; harmonized by Martin Shaw, alt. Harmonization copyright © Oxford University Press, London); I Sing the Mighty Power of God (Text: Isaac Watts, Divine Songs for Children, 1715, alt.
Music: Gesangbuch der Herzogl, 1784; harmonized by William H. Monk, Hymns Ancient and Modern, Appendix, 1868; Public Domain)
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