May 9, 2021: “Youth Service”

By Milo K.

Welcome/Call to Worship/Explanation of Service: Loretta T.

Scripture: Theme verse recording…1 Corinthians 12:1-8 (Ian F.). Theme verse sketch (Rylyn F.)

Sharing Our Gifts:

Art and Music Video: Aidan K., Matthew P.

Scripture: John W. and Annie W. (1 Peter 2:9-10)

Scripture Video: Coral W. (Isaiah 40:28-31)

Music Video: Sam K. (Ragtime Annie)

Scripture: Rylee T. (Philippians 4:4-9, 13)

Offertory: Music Video: Thomas K. (Silent Woods – Dvorak)

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).

Scripture: Martin M. (Isaiah 40:28-29)

Music Video: Adalynne P. (Touch the Earth Lightly)

Scripture: Jadyn T. (Colossians 3:12-17)

Art and Music Video: Matthew P., Milo K., Jude K.

Beyond the Surface: a poem and prayer for today
(by Amy Young with adaptations by Kristy LH.)

Children’s Story: Hope Candle Video (Adalynne P.)

Meditation: Kristy LH. “Connecting…with Love and Hope”

Song of Response

Join Joel K. & Milo K. as they sing and play STJ 12 O Sing to the Lord, with Joel singing and playing guitar, and Milo on the drum.

O sing to the Lord,
O sing God a new song.
O sing to the Lord,
O sing God a new song,
O sing to the Lord,
O sing God a new song.
O sing to the Lord,
O sing to the Lord.

By his holy power
the Lord has done wonders.
By his holy power
the Lord has done wonders.
By his holy power
the Lord has done wonders.
O sing to the Lord,
O sing to the Lord.

So dance for the Lord
and blow all the trumpets
So dance for the Lord
and blow all the trumpets
So dance for the Lord
and blow all the trumpets
O sing to the Lord,
O sing to the Lord.

O shout to the Lord,
who gave us the Spirit.
O shout to the Lord,
who gave us the Spirit.
O shout to the Lord,
who gave us the Spirit.
O sing to the Lord,
O sing to the Lord.

For Jesus is Lord!
Amen! Alleluia!
For Jesus is Lord!
Amen! Alleluia!
For Jesus is Lord!
Amen! Alleluia!
O sing to the Lord,
O sing to the Lord.

Community Life/Congregational Prayer: Loretta T.

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:

  • To thank God for all the mothers and mother figures – aunts, mentors, friends – and the huge influence they have had and are having on our lives.
  • To thank God for each member of our two youth groups. Pray for the uncertainties and stresses they face with school, youth activities, and social activities in these pandemic times. Pray for our Youth Pastor, Kristy, and the volunteers, as they plan youth activities within the restrictions we face.
  • The work of Eden Mental Health Services, especially as they have begun their search for a new CEO. Pray that a suitable candidate will come forward. Pray for Ken K., in his role as Interim CEO.
  • All of us, that our lives may exhibit faith, hope, and especially love. (1st Corinthians 13:13)

Sending Song

Let’s go from our time of worship together with this song on our lips and in our hearts: HWB 427 You Shall Go Out with Joy, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K. 

You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace.
The mountains and the hills will break forth before you.
There’ll be shouts of joy and all the trees of the field
will clap, will clap their hands.

And all the trees of the field will clap their hands,
the trees of the field will clap their hands.
The trees of the field will clap their hands,
while you go out with joy.

Sending: Loretta T.

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: O Sing to the Lord (Brazilian traditional, based on Psalm 98); You Shall Go Out With Joy (Steffi Geiser Rubin & Stuart Dauermann; ©1975 Lillenas Publishing Co.); Silent Woods (Dvorak)

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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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April 25, 2021: “Unexpected, Ordinary Jars of Clay”

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Welcome & Call to Worship

Ben welcomes us and calls us to worship together.

Song of Praise

Sing along to STJ 9 Come, Now is the Time to Worship, accompanied by Ben. You can use the song book or follow the lyrics below.

Come, now is the time to worship.
Come, now is the time to give your heart.
Come, just as you are, to worship.
Come, just as you are, before your God.
Come.

One day ev’ry tongue will confess you are God,
one day ev’ry knee will bow.
Still, the greatest treasure remains for those
who gladly choose you now.

Come, now is the time to worship.
Come, now is the time to give your heart.
Come, just as you are, to worship.
Come, just as you are, before your God.
Come.

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:

  • To cry out to God that racial inequalities, in all the various subtle and overt ways they are evident near and far, may finally disappear. May our own lives testify that we believe, as Paul says, that God made “ . . . from one forefather people of every race.” (Acts 17:26 Weymouth)  
  • Members of our church family, that even though we have largely been separated physically from each other for more than a year, we still feel connections to each other, feel a sense of purpose as a church body, share each other’s joys, and help to bear each other’s burdens. Let’s especially pray for our sister and brother custodial team, Wendy and James S. James has been diagnosed with lung cancer.
  • To ask that God’s will prevail for us as a church, and for Justin M. and family, as our vote whether to call Justin as our lead pastor takes place.
  • Each of us, that we may realize that God calls us to follow and serve, just as we are. (1Cor. 1:26)

Congregational Prayer

Introduction to Pastoral Candidate

Scripture Reading

Ben reads 1 Samuel 17:31-40 for us today. May we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Feature

Thank you, Kristy L. H., for choosing the following children’s story for the young (and young at heart). Enjoy!

Meditation

Justin M. provides the meditation for us today, entitled “This is Me.”

Song of Response

Let’s respond to the meditation with HWB 414 God, Who Stretched, accompanied by Irene S.

God, who stretched the spangled heavens,
infinite in time and place,
flung the suns in burning radiance
through the silent fields of space;
we, your children in your likeness,
share inventive pow’rs with you.
Great Creator, still creating,
show us what we yet may do.

We have ventured worlds undreamed of
since the childhood of our race,
known the ecstasy of winging
through untraveled realms of space,
probed the secrets of the atom,
yielding unimagined pow’r,
facing us with life’s destruction
or our most triumphant hour.

As each far horizon beckons,
may it challenge us anew,
children of creative purpose
serving others, hon’ring you.
May our dreams prove rich with promise,
each endeavor well begun.
Great Creator, give us guidance
till our goals and yours are one.

Congregational Prayer

Benediction

Sending Song

Let’s go from our time of worship together with this song on our lips and in our hearts: STS 89 Christ is Alive, accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P.

Christ is alive, and goes before us
to show and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings;
our God is making all things new,
our God is making all things new.

This is a day of new beginnings,
time to remember, and move on,
time to believe what love is bringing,
laying to rest the pain that’s gone.

Christ is alive, and goes before us
to show and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings;
our God is making all things new,
our God is making all things new.

For by the life and death of Jesus,
love’s mighty Spirit, now as then,
can make for us a world of diff’rence,
as faith and hope are born again.

Christ is alive, and goes before us
to show and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings;
our God is making all things new,
our God is making all things new.

Then let us, with the Spirit’s daring,
step from the past, and leave behind
our disappointment, guilt, and grieving,
seeking new paths, and sure to find.

Christ is alive, and goes before us
to show and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings;
our God is making all things new,
our God is making all things new.

Songs: Come, Now is the Time to Worship (Brian Doerksen ©1998 Vineyard Songs); God, Who Stretched (Catherine Cameron ©1967 Hope Publishing Co.); Christ is Alive (Brian Wren ©1983 Hope Publishing Co.; Lori True ©2003 GIA Publications, Inc.)

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April 11, 2021: “The Lord is Risen Indeed”

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Welcome & Call to Worship

Follow along with Steve K. and family as he welcomes us and they lead us in the following call to worship, taken from 1 John 1.

Leader:  Your messengers, O Lord, have declared to us from the beginning, what they heard, what they saw and what they touched.

All:  That life is revealed also to us, we also have seen, and now declare the eternal life God has for us.

Leader:  We too declare what we have seen and heard so that we together may have fellowship with God and each other.

All:  Our fellowship with God and with his Son Jesus Christ brings us joy in its fullness. We embrace the message that God is light, and in God there is no darkness at all. Praise the Lord.

Songs of Praise

Join in singing STJ 95 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light, accompanied by Loretta T. You may use the song book or follow the lyrics below.

I want to walk as a child of the light.
I want to follow Jesus.
God set the stars to give light to the world.
The star of my life is Jesus.
In him there is no darkness at all.
The night and the day are both alike.
The Lamb is the light of the city of God.
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

I want to see the brightness of God.
I want to look at Jesus.
Clear Sun of Righteousness, shine on my path,
and show me the way to the Father.
In him there is no darkness at all.
The night and the day are both alike.
The Lamb is the light of the city of God.
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

I’m looking for the coming of Christ.
I want to be with Jesus.
When we have run with patience the race,
we shall know the joy of Jesus.
In him there is no darkness at all.
The night and the day are both alike.

The Lamb is the light of the city of God.
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

Let’s continue singing with STJ 3 Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him, accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Jesus calls us here to meet him as
through word and song and prayer,
we affirm God’s promised presence
where God’s people live and care.

Praise the God who keeps their promise;
praise the Son who calls us friends;

praise the Spirit who, among us,
to our hopes and fears attends.

Jesus calls us to confess him
Word of Life and Lord of all,

sharer of our flesh and frailness
saving all who fail or fall.

Tell his holy human story;
tell his tales that all may hear;

tell the world that Christ in glory
came to earth to meet us here.

Jesus calls us to each other:
vastly diff’rent though we are;

race and colour, class and gender
neither limit nor debar.

Join the hand of friend and stranger;
join the hands of age and youth;

join the faithful and the doubter
in their common search for truth.

Jesus calls us to his table
rooted firm in time and space,

where the church in earth and heaven
finds a common meeting place.

Share the bread and wine, his body;
share the love of which we sing;

share the feast for saints and sinners
hosted by our Lord and King.

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:

  • Dr. Song, a peace worker imprisoned in South Korea, where our mission partners, Bock Ki Kim and Sook Kyoung Park work. Dr. Song works for Frontiers, a peace organization working closely with the Anabaptist Center and MCC in their peace building efforts in South Korea. He trespassed to pray in an area where a large military base is to be built — an example of the increased militarization of countries in the area in light of the rise in Chinese power.
  • Those in our church family who are grieving the loss of loved ones, including people related to Margaret T., who passed away on April 5th. The video will be available to watch on Wiebe’s Funeral Home website on Monday.
  • To thank God for the simple joys we experience, like the beautiful weather of the past week.
  • All of us, that our eyes might be open, to recognize Christ among us. (Luke 24:31)

Congregational Prayer

Let’s pray together with Steve K.

Prayer Song

Let’s continue in a spirit of prayer as we sing STS 98 On the Journey to Emmaus, accompanied by Loretta T.

On the journey to Emmaus with our hearts cold as stone
the One who would save us had left us alone.
Then a stranger walks with us and, to our surprise,
he opens our stories and he opens our eyes.

And our hearts burned within us as we talked on the way,
how all that was promised was ours on that day.
So we begged him, “Stay with us and grant us your word.”
We welcomed the stranger and we welcomed the Lord.

And that evening at the table as he blessed and broke bread,
we saw it was Jesus aris’n from the dead;
though he vanished before us we knew he was near
the life in our dying and the hope in our fear.

On our journey to Emmaus, in our stories and feast,
with Jesus we claim that the greatest is least:
and his words burn within us let none be ignored
who welcomes the stranger shall welcome the Lord.

Scripture Reading

Steve K. reads Luke 24:13-35 for us today. May we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Story

Children’s Song

Meditation

Ben provides the meditation for us today, entitled “Proof? That Jesus is Alive? The 3 m.p.h Gospel.”

Song of Response

Let’s respond to the meditation with HWB 472 I am the Bread of Life, (verses 1,2,4,5) accompanied by Loretta T.

I am the Bread of life.
You who come to me shall not hunger,
and who believe in me shall not thirst.
No one can come to me unless the Father beckons.
And I will raise you up,
and I will raise you up,
and I will raise you up on the last day.

The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world,
and if you eat of this bread, you shall live forever,
you shall live forever.
And I will raise you up,
and I will raise you up,
and I will raise you up on the last day.

I am the resurrection, I am the life.
If you believe in me, even though you die,
you shall live forever.
And I will raise you up,
and I will raise you up,
and I will raise you up on the last day.

Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ,
the Son of God,
who has come into the world.
And I will raise you up,
and I will raise you up,
and I will raise you up on the last day.

Benediction

Steve K. 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 278 Christ is Alive! Let Christians Sing, accompanied by Loretta T.

Christ is alive! Let Christians sing!
His cross stands empty to the sky.
His cross stands empty to the sky.
Let streets and homes with praises ring.
His love in death shall never die.

Christ is alive!
No longer bound to distant years in Palestine,
he comes to claim the here and now
and conquer ev’ry place and time.

Christ is alive! His Spirit burns
through this and ev’ry future age,
till all creation lives and learns his joy,
his justice, love, and praise.

Songs: I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light by Kathleen Thomerson ©1970, 1975 Celebration; On the Emmaus Road by Bryan Moyer Suderman; Jesus Calls us Here to Meet Him by John L. Bell and Graham Maule ©WGRG The Iona Community/GIA Publications; On the Journey to Emmaus by Marty Haugen ©1995 GIA Publications; I am the Bread of Life by Suzanne Toolan ©1970 GIA Publications; Christ is Alive! Let Christians Sing by Brian Wren ©1975 Hope Publishing
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Easter Sunday (April 4, 2021): “Called to Deep Living”

DEEP CALLS TO DEEP!
Deep in the Feast: Called to Deep Living

He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!! HALLELUJAH!!!

Welcome & Call to Worship

Songs of Praise

Let us join together in joyful song! Sing along to HWB 273 Low in the Grave He Lay, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Saviour,
waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave he arose;
with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
he arose a victor from the dark domain,
and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus my Saviour,
vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave he arose;
with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
he arose a victor from the dark domain,
and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Saviour;
he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave he arose;
with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
he arose a victor from the dark domain,
and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

For our second song of praise, we sing along to STJ 4 You’ve Got a Place, accompanied by Dianne H.

You’ve got a place at the welcome table,
You’ve got a place at the welcome table,
some of these days. Hallelujah!
You’ve got a place at the welcome table,
You’ve got a place at the welcome table,
some of these days.

We’re goin’ to feast on milk and honey,
We’re goin’ to feast on milk and honey,
some of these days. Hallelujah!
We’re goin’ to feast on milk and honey,
We’re goin’ to feast on milk and honey,
some of these days.

We’ll give thanks at the welcome table,
We’ll give thanks at the welcome table,
some of these days. Hallelujah!
We’ll give thanks at the welcome table,
We’ll give thanks at the welcome table,
some of these days.

We’ll come home to the welcome table,
We’ll come home to the welcome table,
some of these days. Hallelujah!
We’ll come home to the welcome table,
We’ll come home to the welcome table,
some of these days.

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 country of Palestine, which is experiencing a critical coronavirus outbreak. Hospitals are overwhelmed. Vaccines are not yet widely available. The economy, which relies heavily on tourism, is approaching desperate straits. Pray also for the staff and students of Bethlehem Bible College, which MC Canada helps to support.
  • To thank God for the good things, like new lives among us – Colby Blake born on March 16th, joining parents Cara and Curt and brother Bryce W., and grandparents Paul and Lois F., and Anna-Joy F., Carrie and Lawrence S.’ fifth great grandchild, born on March 31st.
  • Those among us facing challenges, including Mary D., whose daughter, Doreen, passed away on March 26th. Say special prayers also for Agatha M., whose sister, Erna E., passed away in Souris on March 25th, and whose daughter, Heather, is in palliative care in BTHC.
  • All of us, that we may say with assurance to the risen Christ, “[Our] hope is in you.” (Ps. 39:7)

Congregational Prayer

Ben leads us in a congregational prayer.

Prayer Song

Let’s continue in a spirit of prayer as we sing 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.
Sing a new song to the One who has said,
“Behold, I make all things new.”

New minds, wisdom new, Spirit of God moving;
new law, covenant new, Spirit of life moving;
new name, nature new, image of God moving.
Sing a new song to the One who has said,
“Behold, I make all things new.”

New earth, heavens new, Spirit of God moving;
new birth, creatures new, Spirit of life moving;
new men, women new, image of God moving.
Sing a new song to the One who has said,
“Behold, I make all things new.”

Affirmation of Faith

Scripture Reading

Adalynne P. reads Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24John 20:1-18 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 conclude their Easter journey!

Meditation

Lawrence S. shares the following meditation with us, entitled Called to Deep Living.”

Song of Response

Let’s respond to the meditation with HWB 280 Christ the Lord is Risen Today, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P.

Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!
All creation joins to say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, O heav’ns, and earth reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Dying once, he all doth save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Foll’wing our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, thy pow’r to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!

Benediction

Sending Song

Let’s go from our time of worship together with this song on our lips and in our hearts: STS 1 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P.

Praise the One who breaks the darkness
with a liberating light;
praise the One who frees the pris’ners,
turning blindness into sight.
Praise the One who preached the gospel,
healing ev’ry dread disease,
calming storms and feeding thousands
with the very bread of peace.

Praise the One who blessed the children
with a strong yet gentle word;

praise the One who drove out demons
with a piercing, two-edged sword.

Praise the One who brings cool water
to the desert’s burning sand;

from this well comes living water
quenching thirst in ev’ry land.

Praise the One true love incarnate:
Christ, who suffered in our place;

Jesus died and rose for many
that we may know God by grace.

Let us sing for joy and gladness,
seeing what our God has done.

Praise the one redeeming glory;
praise the One who makes us one.

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: Low in the Grave He Lay (Robert Lowry, 1874, Brightest and Best, 1875; Public Domain); You’ve Got a Place (Traditional Spiritual; anonymous); New Earth, Heavens New (Harris J. Loewen, 1982, Assembly Songs, 1983; Copyright ©1992 Hope Publishing Co.); Christ the Lord is Risen Today (Text: Charles Wesley, Hymns and Sacred Poems, Part II, 1739, alt. Music: Anonymous, Lyra Davidica, 1708; Public Domain); Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness (Text: Rusty Edwards; ©1987 Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Music: American folk melody, J. Wyeth’s Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second, 1813)

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Good Friday (April 2, 2021): “The Sounds of Good Friday…”

Prelude & Welcome

HWB 240 Go to Dark Gethsemane
verse 1
Loretta T.

Go to dark Gethsemane, ye that feel the tempter’s pow’r.
Your Redeemer’s conflict see, watch with him one bitter hour.
Turn not from his griefs away. Learn of Jesus Christ to pray.

The Sound of Prayer

Scripture Reading
Matthew 26:30-44
Milo K.
HWB 242 Stay with Me
Loretta T.

Stay with me, remain here with me,
watch and pray, watch and pray.
Stay with me, remain here with me,
watch and pray, watch and pray.

The Sound of the Soldiers

Scripture Reading
Matthew 26:45-56
Thomas K.
Reflection
HWB 240 Go to Dark Gethsemane
verse 2
Loretta T.

Follow to the judgment hall,
view the Lord of life arraigned.
Oh, the wormwood and the gall!
Oh, the pangs his soul sustained!
Shun not suff’ring, shame, or loss.
Learn of him to bear the cross.

The Sound of the Cock Crow

Scripture Reading
Matthew 26:57-58; 69-75
Milo K.
Reflection
HWB 243
Before the Cock Crew Twice

The Sound of Falling Silver Coins

Scripture Reading
Matthew 27:1-7
Thomas K.
Reflection
HWB 527 Lord Jesus, Think on Me
Loretta T.

Lord Jesus, think on me,
and purge away my sin.
From earth-born passions set me free,
and make me pure within.

Lord Jesus, think on me,
with anxious cares oppressed.
Let me thy loving servant be,
and taste thy promised rest.

Lord Jesus, think on me,
nor let me go astray.
Through darkness and perplexity
point out the heav’nly way.

Lord Jesus, think on me,
when flows the tempest high.
When daunted by the enemy,
O Savior, be thou nigh.

Lord Jesus, think on me,
that, when the flood is past,
I may th’eternal brightness see,
and share thy joy at last.

The Sound of the Crowd / The Sound of Silence

Scripture Reading
Matthew 27:11-26
Milo K.
Reflection
HWB 240 Go to Dark Gethsemane
verse 3
Loretta T.

Calv’ry’s mournful mountain climb:
There, adoring at his feet,
mark that miracle of time,
God’s own sacrifice complete.
“It is finished!” here the cry.
Learn of Jesus Christ to die.

The Sound of Hammer and Nails /
The Sound of Grace

Scripture Reading
Luke 23:26, 32-43
Thomas K.
Reflection
HWB 247
Jesus, Remember Me
Loretta T.

Jesus, remember me
when you come into your kingdom.
Jesus, remember me
when you come into your kingdom.
Jesus, remember me
when you come into your kingdom.
Jesus, remember me
when you come into your kingdom.

The Sound of the Tombstone

Scripture Reading
Matthew 27:45-47, 50-51, 54-61
Reflection & Song: What Kind of Love is This

Communion

Communion & STS 77 Here is the Bread
Sending Song
Pauls Family
Matt, Pat, and Ben

Songs: Unless a Grain of Wheat Falls (Gerald Derstine); Go to Dark Gethsemane (Text: James Montgomery, Christian Psalmist, 1825; Music: Richard Redhead, Church Hymn Tunes, Ancient and Modern, 1853; Public Domain); Stay with Me (Text: based on Matt. 26: 36-46; Music: Jacques Berthier ©1982 Les Presses de Taize; G.I.A. Publications, Inc.); Before the Cock Crew Twice (Hallgrim Pjetursson ©F.E. Pilcher; Lawrence F. Bartlett ©1977); What Kind of Man is This (Bryan and Sally Hayworth); Lord Jesus, Think on Me (Synesius of Cyrene; W. Damon; Public Domain); Here is the Bread (Celah K. Pence ©2002)

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Palm Sunday (March 28, 2021): “Jesus’ Journey into Jerusalem”

DEEP CALLS TO DEEP!
Deep in the Current: Called to Deep Hope

Preparing for Worship

In recent weeks we have walked with Jesus from Galilee through Samaria, into Judea, and now are entering with him into Jerusalem—his “last stop.” With the crowd of his day, we too want to pick up our palm branches in praise and worship. We stand in community with others, knowing we will be challenged to understand the ways of Jesus in the following week.

Welcome & Call to Worship

Dianne H. calls us to worship together.

Songs of Praise

Join in praise as we sing along to STS 75 Jesus is Coming, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Jesus is coming, pave the way with branches!
Jesus is coming, Hosanna!

Jesus is coming, pave the way with branches!
Jesus is coming, Hosanna!

Hosanna, Jesus is coming! Hosanna to the Prince of Peace!
Hosanna, Jesus is coming! Hosanna to the Prince of Peace!

For our second song of praise, we sing along to HWB 238 Hosanna, Loud Hosanna, to the tune of HWB 46, I Sing the Mighty Power of God, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P.

Hosanna, loud hosanna the little children sang.
Through pillared court and temple the lovely anthem rang.
To Jesus, who had blessed them close folded to his breast,
the children sang their praises, the simplest and the best.

From Olivet they followed ‘mid an exultant crowd,
the victor palm branch waving, and chanting clear and loud.
The Lord of earth and heaven rode on in lowly state,
nor scorned that little children should on his bidding wait.

“Hosanna in the highest!” That ancient song we sing,
for Christ is our Redeemer, the Lord of heav’n our King.
Oh, may we ever praise him with heart and life and voice,
and in his blissful presence eternally rejoice!

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 26 million people around the world living as refugees, due to things like religious or racial or political persecution, war or hunger. Half of the refugees are under the age of 18. Pray especially for the Rohinga refugee camp in Bangladesh, where a devastating fire this past week destroyed 10 000 shelters. Initially at least 15 people had died, and 400 were missing.
  • To thank God for the vaccines which are beginning to protect people from the worst effects of Covid-19. Thank God for the vaccination site in our own community.
  • To thank God for the good things in our lives. Pastor Ben is thankful for successful eye surgery, and for the prayers said on his behalf.
  • Those among us facing challenges, including Mary D., whose daughter, Doreen, in Winnipeg, is in palliative care due to cancer.
  • All of us, that we may strive to have “the same [humble] mind” . . . “that was in Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 2:5)

Congregational Prayer

Dianne H. leads us in a congregational prayer.

Prayer Song

Let’s continue in a spirit of prayer as we sing HWB 500 As the Hart with Eager Yearning, accompanied by Dianne H. You may use the song book for the harmonies or just follow the lyrics below.

As the hart with eager yearning, seeks the cooling water course,
so my soul with ardor burning longs for God, its heav’nly source.
When shall I behold God’s face? When shall I receive God’s grace?
When shall I, God’s praises voicing, come before our God rejoicing?

Day and night in grief and anguish bitter tears have been my meat,
while my longing soul may languish to partake of manna sweet.
O my soul, be not dismayed. Trust in God, who is our aid.
Hope and joy God’s love provides you,
’tis God’s hand alone that guides you.

Prayer of Confession and Words of Assurance

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 Deep Calls to Deep, by Steve Bell.

Scripture Reading

Dianne H. reads Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29, and Mark 11:1-11 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 Palm Sunday!

Meditation

Ron F. shares the following meditation with us, entitled “Jesus’ Journey into Jerusalem.”

Song of Response

Let’s respond to the meditation with HWB 237 All Glory, Laud, and Honor, accompanied by Loretta T.

All glory, laud, and honor to thee, Redeemer,
King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.
Thou art the King of Israel and David’s royal Son,
who in the Lord’s name cometh, the King and blessed one.

All glory, laud, and honor to thee, Redeemer,
King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.
The company of angels is praising thee on high,
and we, with all creation, in chorus make reply.

All glory, laud, and honor to thee, Redeemer,
King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.

The people of the Hebrews with palms before thee went;
our praise and prayer and anthems before thee we present.

All glory, laud, and honor to thee, Redeemer,
King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.
To thee before thy passion, they sang their hymns of praise;
to thee, now high exalted, our melody we raise.

All glory, laud, and honor to thee, Redeemer,
King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.
Thou didst accept their praises, accept the prayers we bring,
who in all good delightest, thou good and gracious King.
All glory, laud, and honor to thee, Redeemer,
King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.

Benediction

Dianne 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 427 You Shall Go Out with Joy, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K. 

You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace.
The mountains and the hills will break forth before you.
There’ll be shouts of joy and all the trees of the field
will clap, will clap their hands.

And all the trees of the field will clap their hands,
the trees of the field will clap their hands.
The trees of the field will clap their hands,
while you go out with joy.

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: Jesus is Coming (Text: Bret Hesla; Music: Bret Hesla; Text and Music copyright ©1999 Bret Hesla; admin. Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reproduced by permission.); Hosanna, Loud Hosanna (Text: Jeannette Threlfall, Sunshine and Shadow, 1873, alt.); I Sing the Mighty Power of God (Music: Gesangbuch der Herzogl, 1784; harmonized by William H. Monk, Hymns Ancient and Modern, Appendix, 1868); As the Hart with Eager Yearning (Text: based on Psalm 42, Christine T. Curtis, 1939, The Hymnal (Evangelical and Reformed), 1941, alt. Music: Louis Bourgeois, Genevan Psalter, 1551; harmonization adapted from Claude Goudimel, Les Pseaumes …, 1565); All Glory, Laud, and Honor (Text: Theodulph of Orleans, “Gloria, laus, et honor,” ca. 820; tr. John M. Neale, The Hymnal Noted, 1851; Music: Melchior Teschner, 1613, Ein andachtiges Gebet…, 1615); You Shall Go Out With Joy (Steffi Geiser Rubin & Stuart Dauermann; ©1975 Lillenas Publishing Co.)

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March 21, 2021: “Unless a Grain of Wheat Falls…and Dies…Where is its Life?”

DEEP CALLS TO DEEP!
Deep in the Earth: Called to Deep Growth

Preparing for Worship

On this first Sunday of Spring our minds and hearts are drawn to the natural processes of new growth, new life and all that goes with it. While the actual planting in our gardens and fields will not happen for a while, we may be starting some seedling. It’s a cycle in God’s creation that draws us to worship in many ways and at different times. As we give up our last potatoes for seed so they can produce more fruit, may we too, in this season of Lent, give up that which hinders us from experiencing new abundant life. Welcome to our time of worship. May God reveal his presence as we offer ourselves to our Creator, and wait on him to grant new life.

Welcome & Call to Worship

L. Esther M. J. calls us to worship together. Follow along with the call to worship below, based on Jerimiah 31, Psalm 51, and John 12.

Songs of Praise

Join in praise as we sing along to HWB 89 For the Beauty of the Earth, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

For the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies:

Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale and tree and flow’r,
sun and moon and stars of light:

Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.


For the joy of ear and eye,
for the heart and mind’s delight,
for the mystic harmony
linking sense to sound and sight:

Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.


For the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts and mild:

Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.


For thy church that evermore
lifteth holy hands above,
off’ring up on ev’ry shore
her pure sacrifice of love:

Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

For our second song of praise, we sing along to HWB 614 In the Bulb There Is a Flower, accompanied by Joel & Erin K.

In the bulb there is a flower;
in the seed, an apple tree;
in cocoons, a hidden promise:
Butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter
there’s a spring that waits to be,
unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.

There’s a song in ev’ry silence,
seeking word and melody.
There’s a dawn in ev’ry darkness,
bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future;
what it holds, a mystery,
unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning;
in our time, infinity;
in our doubt there is believing;
in our life, eternity.
In our death, a resurrection;
at the last, a victory,
unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.

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 Asian country of Yemen, where millions face unprecedented levels of hunger. Pray not only for immediate needs of the hungry to be met, but also that peace will replace the ongoing civil war.
  • Police forces, in all places, as well as in our province and city. Their jobs are often thankless, and sometimes dangerous. We thank God that the police are there when we need them – day or night.
  • Seniors among us, who in many ways, are feeling the ongoing isolation especially keenly, with limited programing for those in Seniors’ homes, and limited visitation for all. Sarah D., in Tabor PCH, is celebrating her 100th birthday on Tuesday! We could consider adding to our prayers a phone call to her!
  • To rejoice in God’s promises in Jeremiah 31, that “ . . . I will forgive their iniquity . . . “, and “. . . I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

Congregational Prayer

L. Esther M. J. leads us in a congregational prayer.

Prayer Song

Let’s continue in a spirit of prayer as we sing TEXT, accompanied by TEXT. You may use the song book for the harmonies or just follow the lyrics below.

AUDIO

LYRICS

Prayer of Confession and Words of Assurance

Join L. Esther M. J. in the prayer of confession below.

Scripture Reading

L. Esther M. J. reads Jeremiah 31:31-34 and John 12:20-26 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!

Introducing

Voices Together 396 May You Be Rooted and Grounded, accompanied by Loretta T. Please watch the video below to hear the music and see the song sheet!

Meditation

Ben P. shares the following meditation with us, entitled “Unless a Grain of Wheat Falls…and Dies…Where is its Life?”

Song of Response

Let’s respond to the meditation with STJ 40 As Rain from the Clouds, accompanied by Irene S.

As rain from the clouds will your word come to earth,
as snow from the heavens refreshing the land.
Then soften our soil that the good seed may grow
and ripen rich fruit to return to your hand.
We praise you, our God, for the dew of your word;
we thank you, good gard’ner, for your tender toil.
We bless you, best farmer, for hundredfold yield,
for harvest of grace in our once-barren soil.

As grain that is scattered your word has been sown
on rocks and on roadways, in good earth and sand.
Make fertile our soil that the good seed may grow
and ripen rich fruit to return to your hand.
We praise you, our God, for the seed of your word;
we thank you, good gard’ner, for your tender toil.
We bless you, best farmer, for hundredfold yield,
for harvest of grace in our once-barren soil.

As rays of the sun shall your word light the world,
awaking and warming and healing our land.
Then shine in our hearts that the good seed may grow
and ripen rich fruit to return to your hand.
We praise you, our God, for the light of your word;
we thank you, good gard’ner, for your tender toil.
We bless you, best farmer, for hundredfold yield,
for harvest of grace in our once-barren soil.

Benediction

L. Esther M. J. 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: STS 116 I Saw a Tree by the Riverside, accompanied by Joel, Erin, & Jude K. 

I saw a tree by the riverside one day as I walked along,
straight as an arrow and pointing to the sky,
growing tall and strong.
“How do you grow so tall and strong?”
I said to the riverside tree.
This is the song that my tree friend sang to me:

I’ve got roots growing down to the water,
I’ve got leaves growing up to the sunshine,
and the fruit that I bear is a sign of the life in me.
I am shade from the hot summer sundown,
I am nest for the birds of the heaven.
I’m becoming what the Lord of trees has meant me to be…
a strong young tree.

I saw a tree in the wintertime when snow lay on the ground,
straight as an arrow and pointing to the sky;
and winter winds blew all around.
“How do you stay so tall and strong?”
I said to the wintertime tree.
This is the song that my tree friend sang to me:
I’ve got roots growing down to the water,
I’ve got leaves growing up to the sunshine,
and the fruit that I bear is a sign of the life in me.
I am shade from the hot summer sundown,
I am nest for the birds of the heaven.
I’m becoming what the Lord of trees has meant me to be…
a strong young tree.

I saw a tree in the city streets where buildings blocked the sun;
green and lovely, I could see it gave joy to ev’ryone.
“How do you grow in the city streets?” I said to the downtown tree.
This is the song that my tree friend sang to me:
I’ve got roots growing down to the water,
I’ve got leaves growing up to the sunshine,
and the fruit that I bear is a sign of the life in me.
I am shade from the hot summer sundown,
I am nest for the birds of the heaven.
I’m becoming what the Lord of trees has meant me to be…
a strong young tree, a strong young tree,
a strong young tree.

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: For the Beauty of the Earth (Text: Folliott S. Pierpoint, Lyra Eucharistica, 1864; Music: Conrad Kocher, Stimmen aus dem Reiche Gottes, 1838; adapted by William H. Monk, Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861); In the Bulb There Is a Flower (Text: Natalie Sleeth, 1985; Music: Natalie Sleeth, 1985; Text and music copyright ©1986 Hope Publishing Co.); May You Be Rooted and Grounded (Text: based on Ephesians 3:17–18, Romans 12:4–5, 1 Corinthians 16:14, Galatians 5:25, Philippians 4:6; Lisa Hubbell (USA), rev. 2019; Music: Lisa Hubbell, acc. Morgan Kusmer (USA); ©1994 Lisa Hubbell Mackinney); As Rain from the Clouds (Text: Delores Dufner OSB; Copyright ©1983, 1998 admin. G.I.A. Publications, Inc.; Music: English traditional); I Saw a Tree by the Riverside (Text: Ken Medema; Music: Ken Medema; Text and Music copyright ©1976 Word Music LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission.)

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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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March 7, 2021: “What Are the Heavens Telling Us?”

DEEP CALLS TO DEEP!
Deep in the Changing Sky: Called to Deep Wisdom

Preparing for Worship

We come this morning from a variety of places, different experiences during the week, and we bring ourselves, as we are, into the Presence of God, looking for the Peace of Christ, and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit. We can be assured that God sees us, and hears our praise, our prayers, as also our lament. We want to confess our short-comings, and also confess Jesus as Lord. As we look to the ever present skies, and “listen” to what they are telling, we long to learn the wisdom that comes from the Creator of heaven and earth.

Welcome & Call to Worship

Margie & Charlie H. welcome us and call us to worship together. Follow along with the call to worship below…

Leader:    The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork.

All:  Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.

   Leader:    There is no speech… yet the voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.

All:  In the heavens you set a tent for the sun… It is rising from the end of the heavens, its circuit to the end of them; nothing is hid from its heat.

   Leader:    The law of the Lord is perfect… sure… clear, true and righteous.
                The fear of the Lord is pure.

   All:  God, clear us from hidden faults; teach us to trust you.
Let the words and meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you,
O Lord, our rock and redeemer.
We call out to you, as you call us to deeper wisdom.

Songs of Praise

Join in singing along to HWB 414 God, Who Stretched, accompanied by Irene S.

God, who stretched the spangled heavens,
infinite in time and place,
flung the suns in burning radiance
through the silent fields of space;
we, your children in your likeness,
share inventive pow’rs with you.
Great Creator, still creating,
show us what we yet may do.

We have ventured worlds undreamed of
since the childhood of our race,
known the ecstasy of winging
through untraveled realms of space,
probed the secrets of the atom,
yielding unimagined pow’r,
facing us with life’s destruction
or our most triumphant hour.

As each far horizon beckons,
may it challenge us anew,
children of creative purpose
serving others, hon’ring you.
May our dreams prove rich with promise,
each endeavor well begun.
Great Creator, give us guidance
till our goals and yours are one.

Let’s continue worshiping with HWB 648 Morning Has Broken, accompanied by Joel & Erin K.

Morning has broken like the first morning;
black-bird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning,
praise for them, springing fresh from the Word.

Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven,
like the first dew-fall on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,
sprung in completeness where his feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning,
born of the one light Eden saw play.
Praise with elation, praise ev’ry morning,
God’s recreation of the new day.

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 ongoing challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic: the vaccines, the variants, the researchers, the sick, the medical workers caring for the sick, the bereaved, the medical and political decision makers . . . all need strength and wisdom. All of us need patience and hope.
  • Bock Ki Kim, one of our Witness Worker partners in South Korea. Thank God that his work for restorative justice has been noticed by the local schools, police offices and provincial school boards. Pray for wisdom from God and passion and energy to bring peace to the city of Chuncheon where he and Sook Kyoung Park live.
  • Those among us facing challenges – named and un-named. Let’s especially pray for Helen B., who was transferred to the St. Claude Health Centre on Tuesday, and is awaiting placement in Tabor PCH.
  • To thank God for the joys among us. The recent bright, mild weather brings cheer and hope!
  • All of us, that we may experience in our varying circumstances “. . . Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1st Cor. 1:24)

Congregational Prayer

Margie H. leads us in a congregational prayer.

Prayer Song

Let’s continue in a spirit of prayer as we sing STJ 35 O Breath of Life, accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You may use the song book for the harmonies or just follow the lyrics below.

O Breath of Life, come sweeping through us,
revive your church with life and pow’r;
O Breath of Life, come cleanse, renew us,
and fit your church to meet this hour.

O Wind of God, come bend us, break us,
till humbly we confess our need;
then in your tenderness remake us,
revive, restore for this we plead.

O Spirit of Love, come breathe within us,
renewing thought and will and heart;
come, Love of Christ, afresh to win us,
revive your church in every part!

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 Saviour, Like A Shepherd Lead Us, accompanied by Loretta T.

Scripture Reading

Ian F. reads John 2:13-22; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 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

Follow along with Ben P. as he sings VT 196 Come and Seek the Ways of Wisdom. He will sing it through once before his sermon as an introduction, and then once after his sermon, inviting us to join along! The lyrics and song sheet will be visible in the video right after the sermon. Enjoy!

Prayer of Confession and Words of Assurance

Join Margie & Charlie 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 when we have settled into sameness, forgetting the rhythms of the heavens. Ignoring the rhythms of justice.
We confess when we have not looked up into the eyes of a neighbour, into your Word that still lives…
Deep calls to deep. You call to us from the depth of your love.

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

Benediction

Margie H. offers the benediction for us.

Sending Song

Let’s go from our worship together with this song on our lips and in our hearts: STJ 67 Let There Be Light, Lord God, accompanied by Dianne H. 

Let there be light, Lord God of hosts!
Let there be wisdom on the earth!
Let broad humanity have birth!
Let there be deeds instead of boasts.

Within our passioned hearts instill
the calm that ends all strain and strife.
Make us your ministers of life.
Purge us from lusts that curse and kill.

Give us the peace of vision clear
to see each other’s good, our own,
to joy and suffer not alone:
the love that casts aside all fear.

Let woe and waste of warfare cease,
that useful labor yet may build
its homes with love and laughter filled!
God, give your wayward children peace!

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, Who Stretched (Text: Catherine Cameron, 1967, Contemporary Worship I, 1969, alt. Copyright ©1967 Hope Publishing Co. Music: The Columbian Harmony; 1825);Morning Has Broken (Text: Eleanor Farjeon, Enlarged Songs of Praise, 1931, alt. Copyright ©1957 Eleanor Farjeon; Music: Gaelic melody, Songs and Hymns of the Gael, 1888; harmonized by Martin Shaw, alt. Harmonization copyright © Oxford University Press, London); Come and Seek the Ways of Wisdom (Text: Ruth Duck (USA), 1993, © 1996 The Pilgrim Press; Music: Donna Kasbohm (USA), 1995, © 1997 The Pilgrim Press); O Breath of Life (Text: Elizabeth Ann P. Head; Music: ©1989 James E. Clemens); Saviour, Like A Shepherd Lead Us (Text & Music: W. B. Bradbury, arr. Victor Labenske); Let There Be Light, Lord God (Text: William M. Vories, 1908, Advocate of Peace, 1909, alt. Music: Louis Bourgeois, Genevan Psalter, 1551)
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