March 14, 2021: “From Wounded, to Wilderness, to Healing?”

DEEP CALLS TO DEEP!
Deep in the Wilderness: Called to Deep Healing

Preparing for Worship

We welcome and invite you to worship with us this morning. As we continue to find our way in this age of pandemic, we may feel like we are in a wilderness, wondering where do we go from here, longing for normal life, we feel alone, wondering when, as Isaiah says, our wilderness will rejoice and blossom abundantly like a crocus, and we can again rejoice with joy and singing together. Let us not fear, but be reassured that our God is here, he will come and save us.
Let us come into his presence as we are, with our songs of praise and lament, with our confessions and prayers, and with open hearts to hear and be renewed and healed.

Welcome & Call to Worship

Peter & Betty-Anne H. welcome us and call us to worship together. Follow along with the call to worship below.

Leader:  The wilderness is without and within. It too is part of God’s path,
Though we fear wild, barren places, as did the people of old,

All:  when the people became impatient, asking “why have you brought us
out of the land of Egypt to die in the wilderness?” God answered by bringing healing.

Leader: In our barren places, God calls us to wholeness, even when we cannot see                beyond the danger, isolation and need.

All: We forget that God is already at work in these difficult and painful places.

Leader: Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the chosen
One be lifted up, that whoever believes may have eternal life.

All:  For we are what God has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good
works which God created beforehand to be our way of life.
We call to you, as you call us to deeper healing.

Song of Praise

Join in singing along to STJ 27 God of the Bible, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

God of the Bible, God in the Gospel
Hope seen in Jesus, hope yet to come
You are our center, daylight or darkness
Freedom or prison, you are our home

Fresh as the morning, sure as the sunrise
God always faithful, you do not change
Fresh as the morning, sure as the sunrise
God always faithful, you do not change

God in our struggles, God in our hunger
Suffering with us, taking our part
Still you empow’r us, mothering Spirit
Feeding sustaining, from your own heart

Those without status, those who are nothing
You have made royal, gifted with rights
Chosen as partners, midwives of justice
Birthing new systems, lighting new lights

Not by your finger, not by your anger
Will our world order change in a day
But by your people, fearless and faithful
Small paper lanterns, lighting the way

Hope we must carry, shining and certain
Through all our turmoil, terror and loss
Bonding us gladly one to the other
Till our world changes facing the cross

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 parts of the world experiencing conflict, including Myanmar. Citizens demonstrating for the return of democracy are being met with violence. Pray that the witness of courageous people like Sister Ann Rose Nu Twang, who put herself between police and the demonstrators, willing to die for the cause of peace, will be influential in restoring peace. 
  • For people around the world, as this past week marked one year since the Covid-19 pandemic was declared. The pandemic resulted in, as David Hogue of Camp Assiniboia wrote in his report to MCM, people everywhere being filled “with a sense of sadness, for lives lost, isolation endured, opportunities missed . . .”
  • For the ongoing lives of members of our church family, in their joys and challenges. We rejoice with Thomas K., who won the senior instrumental award for his cello playing in the 2021 Performance Scholarship Competition! Let’s pray for Pastor Ben, as he undergoes cataract surgery on Wednesday.
  • For all of us, that, as we walk in “the light”, we may strive to make “[doing] what is true” become a way of life. (John 3:21)

Congregational Prayer

Peter H. leads us in a congregational prayer.

Prayer Song

Let’s continue in a spirit of prayer as we sing STJ 105 Don’t be Afraid, accompanied by Dianne H. You may use the song book for the harmonies or just follow the lyrics below.

Don’t be afraid. My love is stronger,
my love is stronger than your fear.
Don’t be afraid. My love is stronger
and I have promised, promised to
be always near.

Reflection

Please take this time to reflect, to pray for the items listed in the bulletin, or to send up your own personal prayers as we listen to Be Thou My Vision, accompanied by Carri, Sam, and Thomas K.

Prayer of Confession and Words of Assurance

Join Peter & Betty-Anne H. in the prayer of confession below.

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

Leader:  We confess how the wilderness has revealed our need;
uncovering our impatience, lifting up our need.
We confess how the wilderness has revealed your truth.
We are created for good works.  We can turn and live…

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

All:  Calling us to deep healing, we come to you, O God.

Congregational Song

Let’s join in singing STS 120 Somebody Prayed for Me (vv. 1,3,4,6), accompanied by Al & Loretta T.

Somebody prayed for me,
had me on their mind,
took the time to pray for me.
I’m so glad they prayed,
I’m so glad they prayed,
I’m so glad they prayed for me.

My brother prayed for me,
had me on his mind,
took the time to pray for me.
I’m so glad he prayed,
I’m so glad he prayed,
I’m so glad he prayed for me.

My mother prayed for me,
had me on her mind,
took the time to pray for me.
I’m so glad she prayed,
I’m so glad she prayed,
I’m so glad she prayed for me.

My Jesus prayed for me,
had me on his mind,
took the time to pray for me.
I’m so glad he prayed,
I’m so glad he prayed,
I’m so glad he prayed for me.

Scripture Reading

Peter H. reads Numbers 21:4–9; John 3:14–21 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 continue their discussion on Lent!

Meditation

Ben P. shares the following meditation with us, entitled “From wounded, to wilderness, to healing?”

Song of Response

Let’s respond to the meditation with HWB 530 What Wondrous Love Is This, accompanied by Irene S.

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul?
What wondrous love is this, O my soul?
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul?

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
when I was sinking down, sinking down,
when I was sinking down beneath God’s righteous frown,
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul,
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul.

To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing,
to God and to the Lamb I will sing,
to God and to the Lamb who is the great I Am,
while millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing,
while millions join the theme, I will sing.

And when from death I’m free I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on,
and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be,
and through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
and through eternity I’ll sing on.

Benediction

Peter H. offers the benediction for us.

Sending Song

Let’s go from our time of worship together with this song on our lips and in our hearts: HWB 372 O Healing River, accompanied by Erin & Joel K. 

O healing river, send down your waters,
send down your waters upon this land.
O healing river, send down your waters,
and wash the blood from off the sand.

This land is parching, this land is burning,
no seed is growing in the barren ground.
O healing river, send down your waters,
O healing river, send your waters down.

Let the seed of freedom awake and flourish,
let the deep roots nourish, let the tall stalks rise.
O healing river, send down your waters,
O healing river, from out of the skies.

Mennonite Church Manitoba Gathering Update

Our church’s delegates to the MCM Gathering last Saturday were Lawrence Siemens and Ken Kroeker. Here are brief reports from them:

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 the Bible (Text: Shirley Erena Murray ©1996 Hope Publishing Co.; Music: Tony E. Alonso ©2001 GIA Publications Inc.); Don’t Be Afraid (Text: John L. Bell; Music: John L. Bell ©1995 WGRG The Iona Community (Scotland). Used by permission of GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive agent.); Be Thou My Vision (Text & Music: traditional Irish; arr. Daniel Kelley); Somebody Prayed for Me (Text & Music: traditional African-American spiritual); What Wondrous Love Is This (Text: Cluster of Spiritual Songs … and Sacred Poems, 3rd ed., 1823; Music: American folk hymn, Southern Harmony, 1840; harmonized by Alice Parker; Harmonization ©1966 Alice Parker); O Healing River (Text: anonymous; Music: traditional North American hymn melody)
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