May 2, 2021: “Mission Sunday”

Our Mission Partners, Bock Ki Kim (R) and Sook Kyoung Park (L).

Welcome & Call to Worship

Join Margie in the Call to worship, based on Psalm 67.

Leader: God has been gracious to us, God has blessed us.

People: God has made his face to shine upon us.

Leader: God reveals his ways to all people.

People: God guides all the nations on the earth.

Leader: God judges everyone with equity.

People: God shows his saving power everywhere.

Leader: Let all the nations praise you, O God.

People: Let us, your people, praise you.

Songs of Praise

Sing along to HWB 26 Holy Spirit, Come with Power, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the song book or follow the lyrics below.

Holy Spirit, come with power,
breathe into our aching night.
We expect you this glad hour,
waiting for your strength and light.
We are fearful, we are ailing,
we are weak and selfish too.
Break upon your congregation,
give us vigor, life anew.

Holy Spirit, come with fire,
burn us with your presence new.
Let us as one mighty choir
sing our hymn of praise to you.
Burn away our wasted sadness
and enflame us with your love.
Burst upon your congregation,
give us gladness from above.

Holy Spirit, bring your message,
burn and breathe each word anew
deep into our tired living till we
strive your work to do.
Teach us love and trusting kindness,
lend our hands to those who hurt.
Breath upon your congregation
and inspire us with your word.

For our second song of praise we will sing HWB 301 Joys are Flowing Like a River, accompanied by Loretta T.

Joys are flowing like a river
since the Comforter has come,
who abides with us forever,
makes the trusting heart a home.

Blessed quietness, holy quietness
what assurance in my soul!
On the stormy sea
speaking peace to me
how the billows cease to roll!

Bringing life and health and
gladness all around,
this heav’nly Guest banished
unbelief and sadness,
changed our weariness to rest.

Blessed quietness, holy quietness
what assurance in my soul!
On the stormy sea
speaking peace to me
how the billows cease to roll!

Like the rain that falls from heaven,
like the sunlight from the sky,
so the Holy Ghost is given,
coming on us from on high.

Blessed quietness, holy quietness
what assurance in my soul!
On the stormy sea
speaking peace to me
how the billows cease to roll!

See, a fruitful field is growing,
blessed fruit of righteousness,
and the streams of life are flowing
in the lonely wilderness.

Blessed quietness, holy quietness
what assurance in my soul!
On the stormy sea
speaking peace to me
how the billows cease to roll!

What a wonderful salvation,
where we always see God’s face!
What a perfect habitation,
what a quiet resting place!

Blessed quietness, holy quietness
what assurance in my soul!
On the stormy sea
speaking peace to me
how the billows cease to roll!

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 areas of the world where the effects of Covid-19 are especially critical – the country of India, the province of Ontario, and other “hotspots”. Pray that adequate supplies and medical personnel will be available. Pray that people will have the grace to follow health guidelines.
  • Members of our church family, in their joys and challenges. We send condolences to Art T., whose brother, Isaac, passed away in Winnipeg on April 18th. Let’s also pray for Michael P., in BTHC. Michael was hospitalized on Wednesday. Pray for wisdom for the medical staff as they diagnose and treat. Pray that God’s peace will envelope the P. family. 
  • Our mission partners, Bock Ki Kim and Sook Kyoung Park, as they work to spread Jesus’ peace in South Korea through activities like creating peace publications and translations, training sessions, and creating peace networks.
  • All of us, that despite the uncertainty of these Covid times, any fears we may have will be calmed by Jesus’ words “Peace be with you” (John 20: 19).

Prayer Song

Continue in prayer as we sing STS 121 Nothing is Lost on the Breath of God, accompanied by Lora B., Andrea T., Erin K., Larissa P., Joel K., and Michael P. You can use the song book or follow along below.

Nothing is lost on the breath of God,
nothing is lost for ever;
God’s breath is love, and that love will remain,
holding the world for ever.
No feather too light, no hair too fine,
no flower too brief in its glory,
no drop in the ocean, no dust in the air,
but is counted and told in God’s story.

Nothing is lost to the eyes of God,
nothing is lost for ever.
God sees with love, and that love will remain,
holding the world for ever.
No journey too far, no distance too great,
no valley of darkness too blinding;
no creature too humble, no child too small
for God to be seeking and finding.

Nothing is lost to the heart of God,
nothing is lost for ever;
God’s heart is love, and that love will remain,
holding the world for ever.
No impulse of love, no office of care,
no moment of life in its fullness;
no beginning too late, no ending too soon,
but is gathered and known in its goodness.

Scripture Reading

Margie reads Proverbs 16:1–3; John 20:19–23, 26 for us today. May we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Feature

Listen to the children’s song below, a wonderful song about the peace that Jesus can give us…even when things are hard and uncertain.. Click on the link below to take you to the Camps with Meaning Music list! And then…feel free to keep clicking on some other fabulous songs connecting life and faith from our Camps with Meaning community:)

Music – Camps With Meaning

Introduction to Our Mission Partners

Meditation

Bock Ki Kim provides the meditation for us today, entitled “Peace be with You.”

Song of Response

Let’s respond to the meditation with STS 101 The Risen Christ, accompanied by Dianne H.

The risen Christ, who walks on wounded feet
from garden tomb through darkened city street,
unlocks the door of grief, despair, and fear,
and speaks a word of peace to all who hear.

The risen Christ, who stands with wounded side,
breathes out his Spirit on them to abide
whose faith still wavers, who dare not believe,
new grace, new strength, new purpose they receive.

The risen Christ, who breaks with wounded hand
the bread for those who fail to understand,
reveals himself, despite their ling’ring tears,
enflames their hearts, then quickly disappears.

May we, Christ’s body, walk and serve and stand
with the oppressed in this and every land,
till all are blessed and can a blessing be,
restored in Christ to true humanity.

Benediction

Sending Song

Let’s go from our time of worship together with this song on our lips and in our hearts: HWB 407 We are People of God’s Peace, accompanied by Loretta T.

We are people of God’s peace
as a new creation.
Love unites and strengthens us
at this celebration.
Sons and daughters of the Lord,
serving one another,
a new covenant of peace
binds us all together.

We are children of God’s peace
in this new creation,
spreading joy and happiness,
through God’s great salvation.
Hope we bring in spirit meek,
in our daily living.
Peace with ev’ryone we seek,
good for evil giving.

We are servants of God’s peace,
of the new creation.
Choosing peace, we faithfully
serve with heart’s devotion.
Jesus Christ, the Prince of peace,
confidence will give us.
Christ the Lord is our defense;
Christ will never leave us.

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: Holy Spirit, Come with Power (Anne Neufeld Rupp; ©1970 Anne Neufeld Rupp; B.F. White; Joan A. Fyock; ©1989 Joan A. Fyock); Joys are Flowing Like a River (Manie P. Ferguson; W.S. Marshall; James M. Kirk; public domain); Nothing is Lost on the Breath of God (Colin Gibson; ©1996 Hope Publishing Co.); The Risen Christ (Nigel Weaver; ©1993 Nigel Weaver; Joseph Funk); We are People of God’s Peace (Menno Simons; Esther C. Bergen; ©1990 Mennonite World Conference; Johann Horn)

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