July 12, 2020: “Jesus is Not Divided”

Preparing for Worship

During July and early August we are exploring the first three chapters of 1 Corinthians, focusing on Jesus as the foundation of our church. For our meditations each Sunday, we are hearing some of Pastor Michael’s sermons from the church archives: his 2017 story-sermons about Gaia, a fictional first-century woman in Corinth, as she and the church hear Paul’s letter to the Corinthian believers for the first time.

Join us as we “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” (Heb. 12:2)!

Call to Worship

Esther J. welcomes us and calls us to worship together:

Songs of Praise

Join in singing along to STS 1 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

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.

Let’s continue singing with HWB 12 Come, Let Us All Unite to Sing, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Come, let us all unite to sing, God is love.
Let heav’n and earth their praises bring, God is love.
Let ev’ry soul from sin awake,
let ev’ry heart sweet music make,
and sing with us for Jesus’ sake, for God is love.

God is love! (God is love!) God is love! (God is love!)
Come, let us all unite to sing that God is love!

O tell to earth’s remotest bound, God is love.
In Christ we have redemption found, God is love.
Jesus has cast our sins away,
his Spirit turned our night to day,
and now we can rejoice to say that God is love.

How happy is our portion here, God is love.
His promises our spirits cheer, God is love.
He is our sun and shield by day,
our help, our hope, our strength and stay;
he will be with us all the way, our God is love.

Offering

Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries even though we are not meeting in person. You can mail a cheque to the church office. You can contact the church office or Randy S. and he will come pick it up. Also, you can donate as a bill payment if you have an Access Credit Union account, either in person at the credit union or online. For online giving in this way, please see the information here.

Community Life & Prayer

For announcements related to our church community, please see the eBulletin emailed to those on the church email list. You can also stay updated by checking the church Facebook page and this website.

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • Our world. Pray for world leaders, that they would strive for harmony and collaboration among the nations and peoples of the earth. Pray for God’s reign of justice and peace and life to come, God’s will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
  • Those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, both directly and indirectly, both locally and around the world. May God bring protection, provision, and healing to those most in need.
  • Those among us facing significant personal challenges, both concerns shared publicly and burdens borne privately. This week we especially remember those experiencing loneliness, grief, anxiety, or depression. Let us “always persevere in supplication for all the saints” (Eph. 6:18).
  • Those among us with special reasons to rejoice. Let us “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:16-18).
  • May we seek the unity of Christ’s Spirit among us as a church. “Make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all” (Eph. 4:3-6).

Esther J. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Let us continue in prayer as we sing STS 50 Come, Bring Your Burdens to God, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Come, bring your burdens to God,
come, bring your burdens to God,
come, bring your burdens to God,
for Jesus will never say no.

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is from 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, read for us by Esther J. As we listen to our Scripture reading, and as we reflect on it together in our children’s focus and meditation, may we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Focus

Brenda U. F. shares this for the young (or the young at heart!) among us:

Meditation

In this story-sermon called “Jesus Is Not Divided” originally from 2017, Michael P. shares the story of Gaia, a fictional first-century Corinthian woman, as she hears and lives out the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:10-18:

Moment of Reflection

Spend a few moments reflecting on our Scripture text and its interpretation among us. The good news of God has been proclaimed among us this morning.

  • How have you heard God’s good news for you? for others in your life? for our world?
  • What will you do this week to live out God’s good news

Song of Response

Let us join together in singing STJ 72 One is the Body, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You may use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

One is the body and one is the Head,
one is the Spirit by whom we are led;
one God and Father, one faith and one call for all.

Christ who ascended to heaven above
is the same Jesus whose nature is love,
who once descended to bring to this earth new birth.

Gifts have been given well suited to each,
some to be prophets, to pastor or preach,
some, through the Gospel, to challenge, convert and teach.

Called to his service are women and men
so that his body might ever again
witness through worship, through deed and through word
to Christ our Lord.

Benediction

Esther J. offers this benediction for us as we leave this time of worship together:

Sending Song

Join in singing HWB 427 You Shall Go Out with Joy, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K.  You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

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. Grace and peace to you this week!

Songs: Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness by Rusty Edwards & J. Wyeth (© 1987 Hope Publishing Co.); Come, Let Us All Unite to Sing by Howard Kingsbury & Edmund S. Lorenz (Public); Come, Bring Your Burdens to God (Woza Nomthwalo Wakho) collected by Mairi Munro from the South African Mooiplaas congregation (© WGRG The Iona Community); One is the Body by John L. Bell (© WGRG The Iona Community/GIA Publications, Inc.); You Shall Go Out With Joy by Steffi Geiser Rubin & Stuart Dauermann (© 1975 Lillenas Publishing Co.)
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July 5, 2020: “The Fellowship of Jesus”

Preparing for Worship

During this summer of COVID-19, and with Pastor Michael on sabbatical, we are reaching back into the vault for our summer sermon series. The series is from early 2017, called “Jesus: The Church’s One Foundation.” Each sermon is, as always, grounded in a particular text of Scripture, in this case walking through 1 Corinthians 1-3. Yet what makes this series distinct is that each sermon tells part of a story, the story of a fictional first-century Corinthian woman named Gaia.

Through this series of story-sermons we hear 1 Corinthians through Gaia’s ears. We see the church struggling to understand and live out Paul’s teaching about Jesus through Gaia’s eyes. And in the process we can hear 1 Corinthians and Paul’s teaching about Jesus more clearly, for us as Christians, and as the church, today.

Join us this Sunday and in the coming weeks as we listen to the story of Gaia and learn about Jesus, our diverse church’s one foundation. Let us “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” (Heb 12:2)!

Call to Worship

Steve K. welcomes us and calls us to worship together:

Welcome
Call to Worship

Songs of Praise

Join in singing STJ 3 Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book 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 his people live and care.

Praise the God who keeps his 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.

Let’s continue with HWB 117 Fairest Lord Jesus, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Fairest Lord Jesus,
ruler of all nature,
O thou of God and Mary’s Son,
thee will I cherish,
thee will I honour,
thou, my soul’s glory,
joy, and crown.

Fair are the meadows,
fairer still the woodlands,
robed in the blooming garb of spring.
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine,
fairer still the moonlight,
and all the twinkling, starry host.
Jesus shines brighter,
Jesus shines purer than all the angels
heav’n can boast.

Beautiful Saviour,
Lord of all the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man,
glory and honour,
praise, adoration,
now and forevermore be thine.

Offering

Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries even though we are not meeting in person, and even during the summer months. You can mail a cheque to the church office. You can contact the church office or Randy S. and he will come pick it up. Also, you can donate as a bill payment if you have an Access Credit Union account, either in person at the credit union or online. For online giving in this way, please see the information here.

Community Life & Prayer

For announcements related to our church community, please see the eBulletin emailed to those on the church email list. You can also stay updated by checking the church Facebook page and this website.

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • Our country of Canada. Pray for our prime minister, members of parliament, and those who work for the federal government. Pray for other national leaders and those who provide essential services for Canadians. Pray for greater justice and peace among us as a nation.
  • Those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, both directly and indirectly, both locally and around the world. May God bring protection, provision, and healing to those most in need.
  • Those among us facing significant personal challenges, both concerns shared publicly and burdens borne privately. Let us “weep with those who weep” (Rom 12:15) and “cast all our burdens upon the Lord, for God cares for us” (1 Pet 5:7).
  • Those among us with special reasons to rejoice. Let us “rejoice with those who rejoice” (Rom 12:15), and may we all experience bright moments of joy in these uncertain times.
  • May we know the sweet communion of Christ’s Spirit among us as a church. “For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit” (1 Cor 12:13).

Steve K. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Continue in a spirit of prayer as you listen to Loretta T. play Saviour, Like A Shepherd Lead Us.

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is from 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, read for us by Steve K. As we listen to our Scripture reading, and as we reflect on it together in our children’s focus and meditation, may we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Focus

Megan K. shares this for the young (or the young at heart!) among us:

Meditation

Michael P. shares this meditation for us today:

Moment of Reflection

Spend a few moments reflecting on our Scripture text and its interpretation among us. The good news of God has been proclaimed among us this morning.

  • How have you heard God’s good news for you? for others in your life? for our world?
  • What will you do this week to live out God’s good news?

Song of Response

Listen or sing along to HWB 322 For We Are Strangers No More, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You may sing along with the lyrics below.

For we are strangers no more,
but members of one family;
strangers no more,
but part of one humanity;
strangers no more,
we’re neighbours to each other now;
strangers no more,
we’re sisters and we’re brothers now.

Come, walk with me, we’ll praise the Lord together,
as we join song to song and prayer to prayer.
Come, take my hand, and we will work together
by lifting all the burdens we can share.

Where diff’ring cultures meet we’ll serve together.
Where hatred rages we will strive for peace.
Come, take my hand, and we will pray together
that justice come and strife and warfare cease.

There is a love that binds the world together;
a love that seeks the last, the lost, the least.
One day that love will bring us all together
in Christ from south and north, from west and east.

Benediction

Steve K. offers this benediction for us as we leave this time of worship together:

Sending Song

Join in singing STJ 78 (We Will Walk With God) Sizohamba Naye, accompanied by Erin K., Joel K., Jude K., and Milo K. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

We will walk with God, my brothers,
we will walk with God.
We will walk with God, my sisters,
we will walk with God.
We will go rejoicing till the kingdom has come.
We will go rejoicing till the kingdom has come.

Sizohamba naye, wo wo wo, sizohamba naye.
Sizohamba naye, wo wo wo, sizohamba naye.
Ngomhla wenja bula sizohamba naye.
Ngomhla wenja bula sizohamba naye.

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. Grace and peace to you this week!

Songs: Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him by John L. Bell/Graham Maule (©WGRG The Iona Community, GIA Publications, Inc.); Fairest Lord Jesus by Heinrich von Fallersleben/Richard S. Willis (Public Domain; CCLI#27800); Saviour, Like a Shepherd Lead Us by Dorothy Ann Thrupp/Joshua Frerichs/Travis Doucette (CCLI#5768150); For We Are Strangers No More by Kenneth I. Morse/Dianne Huffman Morningstar (©1979 Church of the Brethren General Board/Dianne Guffman Morningstar); (We Will Walk With God) Sizohamba Naye by Swaziland traditional transcribed by John L. Bell (©2002 WGRG The Iona Community/GIA Publications, Inc.)

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June 28, 2020: “The Abundant Grace of God”

Preparing for Worship

How do we experience the grace of God? Do we readily recognize God’s gracious presence in our day-to-day lives? Or do we have to kind of “squint” to see God’s generous goodness toward us? Join us as we reflect on the abundant grace of God, as we worship the God of all grace, the source of all good things!

Call to Worship

Elsie W. welcomes us and calls us to worship together:

Songs of Praise

Join in singing HWB 145 There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,
like the wideness of the sea.
There’s a kindness in God’s justice,
which is more than liberty.

There is welcome for the sinner,
and more graces for the good.
there is mercy with the Saviour,
there is healing in his blood.

But we make God’s love too narrow
by false limits of our own,
and we magnify its strictness
with a zeal God will not own.

For the love of God is broader
than the measures of the mind,
and the heart of the Eternal
is most wonderfully kind.

If our love were but more simple
we should rest upon God’s word,
and our lives would be illumined
by the presence of our Lord.

Let’s continue singing with HWB 71 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee, accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee,
God of glory, Lord of love.
Hearts unfold like flow’rs before thee,
praising thee their sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
drive the dark of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness,
fill us with the light of day!

All thy works with joy surround thee,
earth and heav’n reflect thy rays,
stars and angels sing around thee,
center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
blooming meadow, flashing sea,
chanting bird and flowing fountain,
call us to rejoice in thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving,
ever blessing, ever bless’d,
well-spring of the joy of living,
ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our brother,
all who live in love are thine.
Teach us how to love each other,
lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the mighty chorus 
which the morning stars began.
Love divine is reigning o’er us,
leading us with mercy’s hand.
Ever singing, march we onward,
victors in the midst of strife.
Joyful music lifts us sunward
in the triumph song of life!

Offering

Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries even though we are not meeting in person, and even during the summer months. You can mail a cheque to the church office. You can contact the church office or Randy S. and he will come pick it up. Also, you can donate as a bill payment if you have an Access Credit Union account, either in person at the credit union or online. For online giving in this way, please see the information here.

Community Life & Prayer

For announcements related to our church community, please see the eBulletin emailed to those on the church email list. You can also stay updated by checking the church Facebook page and this website.

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • Our students and their families. Pray for safety as they transition to summer scheduling after the completion of their school year.
  • Our province of Manitoba. Pray for our premier, legislative members, and those who work for the province. Pray for other provincial leaders and those who provide essential services for Manitobans. Pray for the flourishing of all who live here.
  • Those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, both directly and indirectly, both locally and around the world. May God bring protection, provision, and healing to those most in need.
  • Those among us facing significant personal challenges, both concerns shared publicly and burdens borne privately. We want to especially remember Helen F. and her family as they mourn the passing of Henry this past week. Let us “always persevere in supplication for all the saints” (Eph 6:18).
  • Those among us with special reasons to rejoice. Let us “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess 5:16-18).
  • May we experience the abundant grace of God, both in the world around us and in our own lives. “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all” (Titus 2:11).

Elsie W. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Continue in a spirit of prayer as you listen to Dianne H. play Just As I Am, set to the tune of “O Waly Waly.”

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is from Psalm 145:8-21, read for us by Michael P. As we listen to our Scripture reading, and as we reflect on it together in our children’s focus and meditation, may we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Focus

Andrea T. shares this for the young (or the young at heart!) among us:

Meditation

Peter H. shares this meditation for us today:

Moment of Reflection

Spend a few moments reflecting on our Scripture text and its interpretation among us. The good news of God has been proclaimed among us this morning.

  • How have you heard God’s good news for you? for others in your life? for our world?
  • What will you do this week to live out God’s good news?

Song of Response

Listen or sing along to The Lord is Gracious and Compassionate by Graham Ord, sung by Erin & Joel K. You may sing along with the lyrics below.

The Lord is gracious and compassionate
Slow to anger and rich in love
The Lord is gracious and compassionate
Slow to anger and rich in love

And the Lord is good to all
He has compassion for all that he has made

As far as the east is from the west
That’s how far he has removed
our transgressions from us

Praise the Lord, oh my soul
Praise the Lord
Praise the Lord, oh my soul
Praise the Lord

Benediction

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

Sending Song

Join in singing STJ 14 Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P.  You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Lord Jesus, you shall be my song as I journey;
I’ll tell ev’rybody about you wherever I go:
you alone are our life and our peace and our love.
Lord Jesus, you shall be my song as I journey.

Lord Jesus, I’ll praise you as long as I journey.
May all of my joy be a faithful reflection of you.
May the earth and the sea and the sky join my song.
Lord Jesus, I’ll praise you as long as I journey.

As long as I live, Jesus, make me your servant
to carry your cross and to share all your burdens and tears.
For you saved me by giving your body and blood.
As long as I live, Jesus, make me your servant.

I fear in the dark and the doubt of my journey;
but courage will come with the sound of your steps by my side.
And with all of the family you saved by your love,
we’ll sing to your dawn at the end of our journey.

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. Grace and peace to you this week!

Songs: There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy by Frederick W. Faber/Lizzie S. Tourjee (Public Domain, CCLI #: 123216); Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee by Henry van Dyke/Ludwig van Beethoven/Edward Hodges (Public Doman, CCLI #: 25321); Just as I Am (CCLI #: 7030603); The Lord is Gracious and Compassionate by Graham Ord (Lyrics and music available publicly at http://www.grahamord.com/media/lyrics-music/); Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song by Stephen Somerville (©1970 Stephen Somerville/© Les Petites Souers de Jesus and L’Arche Community)
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June 21, 2020: “Waiting on God”

Preparing for Worship

Today is Father’s Day. Although this is not a church holiday, as a church we normally do acknowledge those in our lives who fulfill a fatherly role for us. This includes biological fathers and fathers through adoption or fostering, of course, and we give thanks to God for these who show strength with compassion and share wisdom with humility, who have cared for us with the love of Jesus. However, this also includes all those who have taken on this role in our lives even when there were no blood ties or family connections. We give thanks to God for you all.

Though some among us have not experienced good “fatherhood,” and we are sensitive to the pain this brings, it is because of these good fathers among us we know what it means to think of God as our “Father.” Today we look to God our loving parent; we wait upon our God with patience and trust.

Call to Worship

Cara W. welcomes us and calls us to worship together:

Songs of Praise

Join in singing along to HWB 37 Praise to the Lord, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Praise to the Lord,
the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to God’s temple draw near.
Join me in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord,
who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
shelters thee under his wings, yea, so gently sustaineth.
Hast thou not seen how thy heart’s wishes have been
granted in what he ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord,
who doth prosper thy work and defend thee.
Surely his goodness and mercy shall daily attend thee.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
as with his love he befriends thee.

Praise to the Lord,
oh, let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before him!
Let the “amen” sound from God’s people again;
gladly forever adore him.

Let’s continue singing with HWB 36 God of Our Strength, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. It’s not one we’ve sung often so it’s good to sing it two Sundays in a row! You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

God of our strength, enthroned above,
the source of life, the fount of love,
O let devotion’s sacred flame
our souls awake to praise thy name.

God of our strength,
we wait on thee,
our sure defense forever be.

To thee we lift our joyful eyes,
to thee on wings of faith we rise.
Come thou, and let thy courts on earth
ring out thy praise in days of mirth.

God of our strength, from day to day
direct our thoughts and guide our way.
Oh, may our hearts united be
in sweet communion, Lord, with thee.

God of our strength, on thee we call.
God of our hope, our light, our all,
thy name we praise, thy love adore,
our rock, our shield, forevermore.

Offering

Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries even though we are not meeting in person, and even through these summer months. You can mail a cheque to the church office. You can contact the church office or Randy S. and he will come pick it up. Also, you can donate as a bill payment if you have an Access Credit Union account, either in person at the credit union or online. For online giving in this way, please see the information here.

Community Life & Prayer

For announcements related to our church community, please see the eBulletin emailed to those on the church email list. You can also stay updated by checking the church Facebook page and this website.

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • Our two graduates Thomas T. and Brooklyn H. Pray for them as they find ways to celebrate in these days and discern the roads ahead.
  • Our community, the city of Morden. Pray for our mayor, city councillors, and those who work for the city. Pray for other civic leaders and those who provide essential services among us. Pray for compassionate, neighbourly love among us.
  • Those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, both directly and indirectly, both locally and around the world. May God bring protection, provision, and healing to those most in need.
  • Those among us facing significant personal challenges, both concerns shared publicly and burdens borne privately. Let us “weep with those who weep” (Rom 12:15) and “cast all our burdens upon the Lord, for God cares for us” (1 Pet 5:7).
  • Those among us with special reasons to rejoice. Let us “rejoice with those who rejoice” (Rom 12:15), and may we all experience bright moments of joy in these uncertain times.
  • May we trust in God with patience and hope, especially through challenging times. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Rom 15:13).

Cara W. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Let us continue in prayer as we sing HWB 377 Healer of Our Every Ill, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Healer of our ev’ry ill, Light of each tomorrow,
give us peace beyond our fear, and hope beyond our sorrow.

You who know our fears and sadness,
grace us with your peace and gladness.
Spirit of all comfort, fill our hearts.

In the pain and joy beholding
how your grace is still unfolding,
give us all your vision, God of love.

Give us strength to love each other,
ev’ry sister, ev’ry brother.
Spirit of all kindness, be our guide.

You who know each thought and feeling,
teach us all your way of healing.
Spirit of compassion, fill each heart.

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is from Isaiah 40:27-31, read for us by Cara W. As we listen to our Scripture reading, and as we reflect on it together in our children’s focus and meditation, may we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Focus

Kristy L. H. shares this for the young (or the young at heart!) among us, a story called “Waiting” by Kevin Henkes:

Meditation

Lawrence S. shares this meditation for us today:

Moment of Reflection

Spend a few moments reflecting on our Scripture text and its interpretation among us. The good news of God has been proclaimed among us this morning.

  • How have you heard God’s good news for you? for others in your life? for our world?
  • What will you do this week to live out God’s good news?

Song of Response

Let us join together in singing Wings of an Eagle, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K. You may follow the lyrics below.

As we hope in the Lord we will gain our strength
We will run for miles we will stand up straight
We will not grow weary we will not grow faint
On the wings of an eagle we will rise

On the wings of an eagle we will rise
On the wings of an eagle we will rise
For our hope is found in the power of God
On the wings of an eagle we will rise
On the wings of an eagle we will rise

For the Lord who is God calls His people home
Not to be afraid as we journey the road
Hand in hand we’ll be walking with the Lord our God
On the wings of an eagle we will rise

Benediction

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

Sending Song

Join in singing HWB 430 God Be with You, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P.  You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Loretta L., “His Eye is On the Sparrow”

God be with you till we meet again;
loving counsels guide, uphold you,
may the Shepherd’s care enfold you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
unseen wings, protecting, hide you,
daily manna still provide you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
when life’s perils thick confound you,
put unfailing arms around you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
keep love’s banner floating o’er you,
smite death’s threat’ning wave before you;
God be with you till we meet again.

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. Grace and peace to you this week!

Songs: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty by Joachim Meander/Catherine Winkworth (Public Domain, CCLI Song #: 43073); God of Our Strength by Fanny J. Crosby/William H. Doane (Public Domain, CCLI Song #: 646841); Healer of Our Every Ill by Marty Haugen (©1987 G.I.A. Publications Inc.); Wings of an Eagle by Steve Bell (©1992 Signpost Music, CCLI Song #: 1662745); God Be with You by Jeremiah E. Rankin/Ralph V. Williams (© Oxford University Press, CCLI Song #: 2647645)
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June 14, 2020: “The Sabbath and the Lord’s Day”

Preparing for Worship

Our world is still in the grip of a pandemic, though here in Manitoba we are experiencing some easing of restrictions. Racism and injustice have been much on our minds in recent weeks as well. As a church we heard this past week that Pastor Michael will be resigning at the end of the year and beginning a new ministry as Executive Minister for Mennonite Church Manitoba in January 2021. While we rejoice along with our sibling MCM churches at this news, it has also brought feelings of sadness and grief to the surface for us.

We gather today in need of rest and renewal. We respond in faith and hope to Jesus’ invitation for us to come to him, for we are weary and burdened. We follow Jesus our Good Shepherd, leading us to green pastures and quiet waters. As we do this today and in the days to come, Jesus will bring rest to our souls. God will restore our souls.

Call to Worship

Lawrence S. welcomes us and calls us to worship together on this, the Lord’s Day:

Songs of Praise

Join in singing along to HWB 36 God of Our Strength, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

God of our strength, enthroned above
The source of life, the fount of love
O let devotion’s sacred flame
Our souls awake to praise thy name

God of our strength
We wait on thee
Our sure defense forever be

To thee we lift our joyful eyes
To thee on wings of faith we rise
Come thou, and let thy courts on earth
Ring out thy praise in days of mirth

God of our strength, from day to day
Direct our thoughts and guide our way
Oh, may our hearts united be
In sweet communion, Lord, with thee

God of our strength, on thee we call
God of our hope, our light, our all
Thy name we praise, thy love adore
Our rock, our shield, forevermore

Let’s continue singing with HWB 5 There Is a Place of Quiet Rest, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Loretta L., “His Eye is On the Sparrow”

There is a place of quiet rest,
near to the heart of God,
a place where sin cannot molest,
near to the heart of God.

O Jesus, bless’d Redeemer,
sent from the heart of God,
hold us, who wait before thee,
near to the heart of God.

There is a place of comfort sweet,
near to the heart of God,
a place where we our Saviour meet,
near to the heart of God.

There is a place of full release,
near to the heart of God,
a place where all is joy and peace,
near to the heart of God.

Offering

Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries even though we are not meeting in person. You can mail a cheque to the church office. You can contact the church office or Randy S. and he will come pick it up. Also, you can donate as a bill payment if you have an Access Credit Union account, either in person at the credit union or online. For online giving in this way, please see the information here.

Community Life & Prayer

For announcements related to our church community, see the eBulletin emailed to those on the church email list. You can also stay updated by checking the church Facebook page and this website.

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • Our church as we process the news of Pastor Michael’s future plans. May Church Council have wisdom as they lead us through the upcoming changes. May Michael experience rest and renewal during his two-month sabbatical and be ready to help prepare us for pastoral transition when he returns for the fall.
  • Those among us facing significant personal challenges, both concerns shared publicly and burdens borne privately. Let us “always persevere in supplication for all the saints” (Eph 6:18).
  • Those among us with special reasons to rejoice. Let us “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess 5:16-18).
  • May we all experience both rest and renewal in the coming summer months, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matt 11:28-30).

Lawrence S. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Let us continue in prayer as we sing HWB 352 Gentle Shepherd, Come and Lead Us, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Gentle Shepherd, come and lead us
For we need you to help us find our way
Gentle Shepherd, come and feed us
For we need your strength from day to day

There’s no other we can turn to
Who can help us face another day
Gentle Shepherd, come and lead us
For we need you to help us find our way

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is from Colossians 2:1-19, read for us by Lawrence S. As we listen to our Scripture reading, and as we reflect on it together in our children’s focus and meditation, may we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Focus

Erin K. shares this for the young (and the young at heart!) among us: our friend Douglas talking about “sabbath” as “rest.” If you listen to Michael’s sermon after, pay attention to the ways Michael and Douglas agree about “the Sabbath” and the ways they think differently about it.

Meditation

Michael P. shares this meditation for us today: “The Sabbath and the Lord’s Day.”

Moment of Reflection

Spend a few moments reflecting on our Scripture text and its interpretation among us. The good news of God has been proclaimed among us this morning.

  • How have you heard God’s good news for you? for others in your life? for our world?
  • What will you do this week to live out God’s good news?

Song of Response

Let us join together in singing STS 16 Peace Before Us, accompanied by Michael P. You may use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Peace before us, peace behind us
Peace under our feet
Peace within us, peace over us
Let all around us be peace

Love before us, love behind us
Love under our feet
Love within us, love over us
Let all around us be love

Light before us, light behind us
Light under our feet
Light within us, light over us
Let all around us be light

Christ before us, Christ behind us
Christ under our feet
Christ within us, Christ over us
Let all around us be Christ

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Benediction

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

Sending Song

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

Adalynne P.’s colouring page from last week’s service!

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

In the Week Ahead

Check the church website and church Facebook page for resources for staying connected and for spiritual growth during this time. Grace and peace to you this week!

Songs: God of Our Strength by Fanny J. Crosby/William H. Doane (CCLI Song # 646841); There is a Place of Quiet Rest by Cleland B. McAfee  (CCLI Song # 93700); Gentle Shepherd, Come and Lead Us by Gloria Gaither/William J. Gaither (CCLI Song # 15609, ©1974 William J. Gaither); Peace Before Us by David Haas (©1987 GIA Publications Inc.); God of the Bible by Shirley Erena Murray/Tony E. Alonso (©1996 Hope Publishing Co. / ©2001 GIA Publications Inc.).
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News from Church Council and Pastor Michael

From Morden Mennonite Church Council:

Dear Members and Friends of Morden Mennonite Church:

Church Council has received a letter of intent to resign from Lead Pastor Michael Pahl. With Michael we share a mixture of sadness at his departure from his role with us on January 1, 2021, and excitement at his new call as Executive Minister of Mennonite Church Manitoba. Church Council accepted his letter at our scheduled meeting last night, June 09, 2020. Council anticipates deliberation in respect of steps forward regarding pastoral leadership of our congregation.

Here is Pastor Michael’s statement to the church:

The text of Church Council’s statement and of Pastor Michael’s video message are available in PDF form here: 2020 06 10 MMC Church Council Statement and 2020 06 10 M Pahl Statement for MMC.

An excerpt from Michael’s message:

I love you with all the affection and care of a brother for his family. I have been loved by you with the same familial affection and care. My ministry here has been meaningful to me in ways I couldn’t have imagined when I started seven years ago. We have walked through some challenging times together as a church and become stronger. We have been encouraged and built up by so many wonderful experiences of fellowship, worship, learning, and service together. I will always cherish my time as pastor here.

When you love deeply and truly, it makes separation all the harder. Just thinking about leaving Morden Mennonite Church—no longer walking with you week by week through your joys and sorrows in faith and love—this thought fills me with sadness. Your names and faces, special memories and more, flood into my mind even as I write this. I have shed tears, and I will shed more tears yet.

And yet I am also filled with hope for Morden Mennonite Church. We are a different congregation than we were seven years ago. We are smaller in numbers, pared down in programs. However, I meant what I said above: we have become stronger as a church through the challenges we have faced, and we continue to experience fellowship, worship, learning, and service together that builds us up as a body of Christ.

We have a more solid and focused sense of who we are as a church within our community of Morden. We are centred more firmly on Jesus and Jesus’ way of love. We are more confidently seeking first God’s reign of justice, peace, and flourishing life for all people. I think we are a little further on the journey with Jesus toward greater peace, greater witness, and greater service.

And so I claim the Apostle Paul’s words as my own profession of hope over Morden Mennonite Church: “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil 1:6).

– Pastor Michael

We invite your prayers for us as a church over the coming days and weeks. Pray for Michael and Larissa and their family. Pray for Church Council as they lead us through the upcoming time of pastoral transition. Pray for pastoral staff, other church staff, and other church leaders as they continue to serve the church during the coming months. This will be a time of grieving for us as a church, but may it also be a time of renewed faith and hope among us as the wind of God’s Spirit moves us in new directions and fresh ways.

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June 7, 2020: Trinity Sunday

Preparing for Worship

Today is Trinity Sunday. This is the Sunday set aside in the church calendar to celebrate God as one God in three Persons, everlasting love in eternal relationship, united yet diverse, one yet many. How do you understand the Trinity? How do you experience God as “one yet many,” or as “everlasting love in eternal relationship”? How do you experience this in your life, in the church, in creation?

This is also our Sunday School Wrap-Up service. This is the day when we celebrate our students and honour our teachers in all our Christian Education programs from preschool to adult. We recall all that we have learned together in this (peculiar!) year of discipleship in the way of Jesus. Our songs this morning are special “Sunday School Songs,” some of those regularly sung during the children’s Sunday morning singing time.

Welcome to our worship service “together apart”!

Call to Worship

Dianne H. calls us to worship together: “May the Lord give strength to God’s people! May the Lord bless God’s people with peace!”

Songs of Praise

We start our singing this morning with a Joel K. special, written for a post-Easter time such as we are in. Join in singing Beach Breakfast Blues, a song based on John 21:1-14, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K.

Sunday School start-up way back in September!

We were out in the boat
Fishing all night (x2)
When the sun came up,
Not a single bite

Heard a voice from the beach
Saying “Caught any yet? (x2)
Here’s something to try
Try moving your net”

When we counted the fish
There was a hundred and fifty three (x2)
Musta been every fish
In the Sea of Galilee

Couldn’t believe our eyes
Thought we were wrong in the head (x2)
But when we got to the shore
It was Jesus, not dead

The last time we saw him
He was up on the cross (x2)
Now here he is with us
Saying “Pass the tartar sauce”

Now join in singing Wings of an Eagle, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K. Please follow the lyrics below.

As we hope in the Lord we will gain our strength
We will run for miles we will stand up straight
We will not grow weary we will not grow faint
On the wings of an eagle we will rise

On the wings of an eagle we will rise
On the wings of an eagle we will rise
For our hope is found in the power of God
On the wings of an eagle we will rise
On the wings of an eagle we will rise

For the Lord who is God calls His people home
Not to be afraid as we journey the road
Hand in hand we’ll be walking with the Lord our God
On the wings of an eagle we will rise

Let’s continue singing with this declaration of faith and hope in praise of God: Not Be Shaken, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K. Please follow the lyrics below.

I will declare my choice to the nations
And I will shout for joy in the congregation
I will worship God (worship God)
All my days

Those who love the Lord are satisfied
Those who trust in Him are justified
And I will serve my God (serve my God)
All my days

When the nations crumble
The word of the Lord will stand
Kings may rise and fall
His love will endure
Though the strong may stumble
Oh the joy of the Lord is strength
To my soul
I will not be shaken
I will not be moved
I will not be shaken

Offering

Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries even though we are not meeting in person. You can mail a cheque to the church office. You can contact the church office or Randy S. and he will come pick it up. Also, you can donate as a bill payment if you have an Access Credit Union account, either in person at the credit union or online. For online giving in this way, please see the information here.

Sunday School Celebration

We want to give a big THANK YOU! to our Christian Ed committee, our Sunday school superintendents, our wonderfully amazing teachers and songleaders, and Kristy and our youth sponsors for their ministry among us during this past year. Even though it was disrupted by COVID-19, we had so many good experiences together with lessons learned and relationships nurtured—much of which has continued on even through our time of physical separation. Listen to this special thank you from some of our children and youth (wait for it… wait for it…):

This is also a milestone year for two of our Sunday school students. Watch as Charlie K. receives his Grade 1 Bible and Sam K. receives his Grade 6 Bible. (You might want to turn up the volume a bit for this one.)

Community Life & Prayer

Thanks to Irene & Randy S. for planting flowers around our church building!

For announcements related to our church community, please see the eBulletin emailed to those on the church email list. You can also stay updated by checking the church Facebook page and this website.

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • Those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, both directly and indirectly, both locally and around the world. May God bring protection, provision, and healing to those most in need.
  • Those being harmed by racial injustice in our white-dominated society. May we who benefit from this have the humility to repent of our collective and individual racism, the courage to resist racist ideas and acts when we encounter them, and the wisdom to nurture non-racist ways of thinking and living in the world. May we work together as a society to create new structures and systems which bring justice, peace, and flourishing life for all. See this call to prayer for Mennonite Church Canada congregations.
  • All our Sunday school teachers and students, from preschool through adult study. Though our Sunday school year was disrupted, may the lessons we had this past year continue to take root, grow, and bear fruit in lives of faith and hope and love.
  • For us as a church: May we look to Jesus as our “one Teacher” to whom all authority in heaven and on earth has been given. May we learn Jesus’ ways of love and follow his teachings of peace, showing ourselves to be his disciples. May we be united in our diversity, marked as such in our baptism by the name of the God who is one yet three (Matt 23:8-10; 28:18-20).

Dianne H. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Let us continue in prayer as we sing Breathe, accompanied by Erin and Joel K. Please follow the lyrics below.

This is the air I breathe
This is the air I breathe
Your holy presence living in me
This is my daily bread
This is my daily bread
Your very word spoken to me

And I, I’m desperate for You
And I, I’m lost without You

This is the air I breathe
This is the air I breathe

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is from Matthew 28:16-20, read for us by Dianne H. and Isaac S. As we listen to our Scripture reading, and as we reflect on it together in our children’s focus and meditation, may we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Focus

Our Bible passage this morning talks about disciples of Jesus from “all nations,” all the different peoples of the world. You may want to print this colouring page and colour it as the service continues: “We are all God’s children!”

Larissa P. shares this short video for all of us, not just children, to help us stop and think about what it really means to “make disciples.” Pastor Michael is going to talk more about this in his meditation.

Meditation

Michael P. shares this meditation for us today, “Making Disciples of Jesus,” based upon our Scripture reading:

Moment of Reflection

Spend a few moments reflecting on our Scripture text and its interpretation among us.

The good news of God has been proclaimed among us this morning. How have you heard God’s good news for you? for others in your life? for our world? What will you do this week to live out God’s good news?

Song of Response

Let us join together in singing Now May the Lord of Peace, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K. Please follow the lyrics below.

Now may the Lord of peace
Give to you peace always
In every way, in every place
God is with you.

Graceful birds in the sky
Mighty trees to us cry
Of God’s love and God’s presence with us
And we answer that call
When we care for them all
And reflect back the love that we must

In the days that go by
We are all called to try
To be kind and make choices for peace
Though we sometimes choose wrong
God is with us and will
be with us on the road all along

Benediction

Dianne H. offers this benediction for us as we leave this time of worship together: “Go in peace!”

Sending Song

Join in singing As You Go Out from Here, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K.  Please follow the lyrics below.

As you go out from here, may the Lord go with you.
The face of God shine on you ev’ry day.
We are sent by God wherever we are living,
salt and light as people of the Way.

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. Grace and peace to you this week!

Songs: Beach Breakfast Blues (©2019 Joel Klassen); Breathe (CCLI Song #1874117; by Marie Barnett; ©1995 Mercy/Vineyard Publishing); Wings of an Eagle (CCLI Song #1662745; Steve Bell; ©1992 Signpost Music); Not Be Shaken (CCLI Song #1352419; Norm Strauss; ©1997 Mercy/Vineyard Publishing); Now May the Lord of Peace (©2018, Camps with Meaning, camps@mennochurch.mb.ca, http://www.campswithmeaning.org); As You Go Out from Here (©2001, 2002 Bryan Moyer Suderman; © 2011 SmallTall Music; http://www.smalltallministries.com)
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May 31, 2020: Pentecost Sunday

Preparing for Worship

Ideally, we would gather together in worship, catching up on each other’s lives, being encouraged by each other’s smiles, weeping with each other in our tears, joining our voices in songs of faith and lament and hope and praise, lifting up our prayers to God, hearing God’s voice to us through Scripture and story and thoughtful reflection. However, since we cannot gather in person at this time, let us join together in spirit in this online service of worship.

On this Pentecost Sunday, you may wish to light a candle in your home to signify the presence of God’s Spirit as you worship. In addition, if you would like to participate in the celebration of communion later in the service, you will want to have some bread and drink ready to share among your household. Morden Mennonite Church regulars, you are encouraged to begin that communion video at 11:45 am, regardless of where else you are in the service, as an act of unity and solidarity as a church.

Call to Worship

Esther J. calls us to worship on this Pentecost Sunday:

Songs of Praise

Join in singing along to HWB 46 I Sing the Mighty Power of God, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book for the harmonies or follow the lyrics below.

I sing the mighty pow’r of God, that made the mountains rise,
that spread the flowing seas abroad and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day.
The moon shines full at God’s command and all the stars obey.

I sing the goodness of the Lord, that filled the earth with food.
God formed the creatures with a word, and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how thy wonders are displayed, where’er I turn my eye,
if I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky!

There’s not a plant or flow’r below, but makes thy glories known,
and clouds arise, and tempests blow, by order from thy throne.
While all that borrows life from thee is ever in thy care,
there’s not a place where we can flee but God is present there.

Let’s continue singing with HWB 26 Holy Spirit, Come with Power, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book for the harmonies or follow the lyrics below.

A new Pentecost banner for our church from Margie H.!

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 vigour, life a new.

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.

Breathe upon your congregation
and inspire us with your word.

Offering

Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries even though we are not meeting in person. You can mail a cheque to the church office. You can contact the church office or Randy S. and he will come pick it up. Also, you can donate as a bill payment if you have an Access Credit Union account, either in person at the credit union or online. For online giving in this way, please see the information here.

Community Life & Prayer

For announcements related to our church community, please see the eBulletin emailed to those on the church email list. You can also stay updated by checking the church Facebook page and this website.

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • Those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, both directly and indirectly. Pray for our church and our community. Pray for our country and our world. Pray especially for the most vulnerable, who always experience a greater negative impact in these kinds of circumstances. May we seek the common good, “looking not to our own interests but to the interests of others” (Phil 2:4).
  • Those among us facing significant personal challenges, both concerns shared publicly and burdens borne privately. Let us “always persevere in supplication for all the saints” (Eph 6:18).
  • Those among us with special reasons to rejoice. We are grateful for the lower levels of COVID-19 spread in Manitoba, and we are glad to have greater freedom to see loved ones in person. Let us “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess 5:16-18).
  • May we grow in our ability to discern the presence and work of God’s Spirit within us, among us, and beyond us—even in surprising ways. “Since we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit” (Gal 5:25).

Esther J. offers this prayer for us today.

Prayer Song

Let us continue in prayer as we sing HWB 349 Spirit of the Living God, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book for the harmonies or follow the lyrics below.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is from John 20:11-22, read for us by Jude and Milo K. Note that John’s Gospel speaks negatively of “the Jews.” This is not a reference to all Jews through history and today; the author of John’s Gospel himself was likely a Jew, and of course Jesus was a Jew. Rather, in John’s Gospel “the Jews” are a kind of caricature, highlighting negative characteristics of some religious leaders in Jesus’ day in order to make a point about Jesus.

As we listen to our Scripture reading, and as we reflect on it together in our children’s focus and meditation, may we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Focus

Whether you are a child or an adult you might be interested in printing off and colouring this page as the service continues, or over the coming week: “Breathe” by Heidi Hanson (check out her website here). If you colour a page and want to share it with the church on Facebook or on our website, please take a picture of it and email it to Robyn at the church office. We’d love to see it!

Brenda U. F. shares this video of the story of the Spirit’s special coming at Pentecost, told in Acts 2. Enjoy this re-telling of the familiar story!

Meditation

In John 20:22 the Holy Spirit is described as “The Breath of Jesus.” Michael shares some thoughts on the significance of this for us today.

Moment of Reflection

Spend a few moments reflecting on our Scripture text and its interpretation among us.

The good news of God has been proclaimed among us this morning. How have you heard God’s good news for you? for others in your life? for our world? What will you do this week to live out God’s good news?

Song of Response

Let us join together in singing 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!

Communion

Benediction

Esther J. offers this benediction for us as we leave this time of worship together. “Peace to us all!”

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. If you want specific info about our Sharing & Prayer and Drop-in-Bible-Study times, please contact Pastor Michael. Grace and peace to you this week!

Songs: HWB 46 I Sing the Mighty Power of God (Text: Isaac Watts; Music: harmonized by William H. Monk, 1868); HWB 26 Holy Spirit, Come with Power (Text: ©1970 Anne Neufeld Rupp; Music: attributed to B. F. White; harmonization ©1989 Joan A. Fyock); HWB 349 Spirit of the Living God (Text and Music: Daniel Iverson; ©1935, renewal 1963 Birdwing Music and BMG Songs, Inc.); STJ 35 O Breath of Life (Text: Elizabeth Ann P. Head; Music: ©1989 James E. Clemens); STJ 73 The Lord Lift You Up (Text and Music: Patricia J. Shelly; arranged by Dennis Friesen-Carper; ©1983 Patricia J. Shelly)
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May 24, 2020: “You are not alone”

Welcome!

We are glad you have joined us today! As we worship together may you be assured that you are loved, you are forgiven, you are needed, and you are not alone.

Click on the video below for a welcome message from Pastor Michael.

Call to Worship

Listen along as Peter H. invites us to worship God in the midst of our present situation.

Songs of Praise

Let’s continue in singing with HWB 5 There is a Place of Quiet Rest (by Cleland B. McAfee), accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book for the harmonies or just follow the lyrics below.

Pebble art from Loretta L., “Be Still”

There is a place of quiet rest,
near to the heart of God,
a place where sin cannot molest,
near to the heart of God.

O Jesus, bless’d Redeemer,
sent from the heart of God,
hold us, who wait before thee,
near to the heart of God.

There is a place of comfort sweet,
near to the heart of God,
a place where we our Saviour meet,
near to the heart of God.

There is a place of full release,
near to the heart of God,
a place where all is joy and peace,
near to the heart of God.

Offering

You can continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries even though we are not meeting in person. You can mail a cheque to the church office. You can contact the church office or Randy S. and he will come pick it up. Also, you can donate as a bill payment if you have an Access Credit Union account, either in person at the credit union or online. For online giving in this way, please see the information here.

Community Life & Prayer

For announcements related to our church community, please see the eBulletin emailed to those on the church email list. You can also stay updated by checking the church Facebook page and this website.

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • Those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, both directly and indirectly. Pray for our church and our community. Pray for our country and our world. May we seek the common good, “looking not to our own interests but to the interests of others” (Phil 2:4).
  • Those among us facing significant personal challenges, both concerns shared publicly and burdens borne privately. This week we especially remember those recovering from injury or journeying with a persistent condition or disease. Let us “always persevere in supplication for all the saints” (Eph 6:18).
  • Those among us with special reasons to rejoice, even in the midst of these difficult times. Let us “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess 5:16-18).
  • May we be assured of God’s presence with us always, and may we find ways to be present for others. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you” (2 Cor 13:13).

Peter H. offers this prayer for us today.

Prayer Song

Listen to Saviour, Like a Shepherd Lead Us, played by Dianne H.

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is from Genesis 2:18-23, read for us by Larissa P., and John 14:15-19, 25-27, read for us by Adalynne P. As we listen to our Scripture reading, and as we reflect on it together in our children’s focus and meditation, may we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Focus

Our children’s story today is from Sol S., who is working with Camps with Meaning for the summer. In it Sol shares how important it is for all of us to stay connected. Gather round and watch the video below.

As you watch, and as the service continues, you may want to colour one of these pages from our last three Sundays: “You are loved,” “Jesus teaches me to forgive,” “God made me special,” or one of these for today: “You are not alone” (the link on the page might lead to conversations with older children!); or this four-page “You are not alone” which can be coloured and posted in your front window for all to see. If you colour a page, we’d like to see it! Parents, take a picture of your child’s coloured page and send it by text or email to Pastor Michael this week.

Meditation

Michael offers these reflections on the last of his “Four Things”: “You are not alone.”

Moment of Reflection

Let’s spend a few moments reflecting on our Scripture text and its interpretation among us.

  • How have we heard God’s good news to us? for others around us? for our world?
  • What will we do this week to live out God’s good news in our lives? in our life together as a community of faith?

Song of Response

God says to each one of us: “Do not be afraid, I am with you.” Let us join together in singing STS 49 I Will Come to You in the Silence (by David Haas), accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You may use the song book for the harmonies or just follow the lyrics below.

I will come to you in the silence,
I will lift you from all your fear.
You will hear my voice, I claim you as my choice,
be still and know I am here.

I am hope for all who are hopeless.
I am eyes for all who long to see.
In the shadows of the night I will be your light,
come and rest in me.

Do not be afraid, I am with you.
I have called you each by name.
Come and follow me, I will bring you home;
I love you and you are mine.

I am strength for all the despairing,
healing for the ones who dwell in shame.
All the blind will see, the lame will all run free,
and all will know my name.

I am the Word that leads all to freedom,
I am the peace the world cannot give.
I will call your name, embracing all your pain,
stand up, now walk, and live!

Benediction

Peter H. offers this benediction for us as we leave this time of worship together.

Sending Song

Jesus calls us to follow him, and to follow him alongside one another—even while physically distancing! We are companions together in this journey with Jesus. Join in singing STS 39 Will You Come and Follow Me (by John L. Bell and Graham Maule), accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P.  You can use the song book or follow the lyrics below.

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around,
through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?

Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

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. If you want specific info about our Sharing & Prayer and Drop-in-Bible-Study times, please contact Pastor Michael. Grace and peace to you this week!

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May 17, 2020: “You are needed”

Welcome!

Come on in to our worship service! We are glad you have joined us, and we pray that you will experience the love, joy, and peace of God as we worship “together apart.” The Spirit of the risen Christ is among us, prompting us toward faith and hope and love!

Click on the video below for a welcome message from Pastor Michael.

Call to Worship

Listen along as Margie H. calls us to worship: “We come to be your people, O God!”

Songs of Praise

Join in singing along to HWB 53 God of the Earth, the Sky, the Sea (by Samuel Longfellow and Henri F. Hemy), accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book for the harmonies or just follow the lyrics below.

God of the earth, the sky, the sea!
Maker of all above, below!
Creation lives and moves in thee,
thy present life through all doth flow.

We give thee thanks, thy name we sing!
Almighty God, our praise we bring.

Thy love is in the sunshine’s glow,
Thy life is in the quick’ning air.
When lightnings flash and stormwinds blow,
There is thy pow’r; thy law is there.

We feel thy calm at evening’s hour,
thy grandeur in the march of night,
and when thy morning breaks in pow’r,
we hear thy word, “Let there be light.”

But higher far, and far more clear,
thee in our spirit we behold;
thine image and thyself are there,
th’indwelling God, proclaimed of old.

Let’s continue in singing with HWB 117 Fairest Lord Jesus (by Heinrich A. H. von Fallersleben; translated by Joseph A. Seiss), accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book for the harmonies or just follow the lyrics below.

Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,
O thou of God and Mary’s Son,
thee will I cherish, thee will I honour,
thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
robed in the blooming garb of spring.
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer
who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,
and all the twinkling starry host.
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
than all the angels heav’n can boast.

Beautiful Saviour, Lord of all the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man,
glory and honour, praise, adoration,
now and forevermore be thine.

Offering

You can continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries even though we are not meeting in person. You can mail a cheque to the church office. You can contact the church office or Randy S. and he will come pick it up. Also, you can donate as a bill payment if you have an Access Credit Union account, either in person at the credit union or online. For online giving in this way, please see the information here.

Community Life & Prayer

For announcements related to our church community, please see the eBulletin emailed to those on the church email list. You can also stay updated by checking the church Facebook page and this website.

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • Those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, both directly and indirectly. Pray for our church and our community. Pray for our country and our world. May we seek the common good, “looking not to our own interests but to the interests of others” (Phil 2:4).
  • Those among us facing significant personal challenges, both concerns shared publicly and burdens borne privately. This week we especially remember those experiencing loneliness, grief, anxiety, or depression. Let us “always persevere in supplication for all the saints” (Eph 6:18).
  • Those among us with special reasons to rejoice, even in the midst of these difficult times. Let us “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess 5:16-18).
  • May we continue to live into our purpose as those created in the image of God and being re-created in the image of Christ. “You have clothed yourselves with the new humanity, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In this renewal…Christ is all and in all! As God’s chosen ones, then, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience… Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony” (Col 3:10-14).

Margie H. offers this prayer for us today.

Prayer Song

Listen to Nothing is Lost on the Breath of God (by Colin Gibson), sung COVID-style (recorded separately) by Lora B., Andrea T., Erin K., Larissa P., Joel K., and Michael P. Feel free to sing along in STS 121 if you wish. Thanks to Henry H. for the song suggestion!

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is from Psalm 8, read for us by Jadyn and Rylee T. As we listen to our Scripture reading, and as we reflect on it together in our children’s focus and meditation, may we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Focus

Watch the video below where Lora B. reads a story for our children’s time called “Room on the Broom,” written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. It’s a favourite in their household, a magical story of helpfulness and hospitality. If there are children in your household, gather them round to listen!

[Note: If your sensibilities don’t allow for fictional witches, even good ones, you may wish to move on to the next part of the service.]

As you listen to the story, and as the service continues, you might want to colour one of these pages: “You are loved,” “Jesus teaches me to forgive,” “God made me special.”  If you colour a page, we’d like to see it! Parents, take a picture of your child’s coloured page and send it by text or email to Pastor Michael this week. Or, you might be like Ian F. who did some “alternative service” instead of a colouring page. Check out his “You are loved” LEGO heart!

Meditation

Michael offers these reflections on the third of his “Four Things”: “You are needed.”

In his meditation Michael refers to these three NASA photos of earth: 1) “Blue Marble”; 2) “Earthrise” from the moon; 3) “Pale Blue Dot” from Voyager 1.

Moment of Reflection

Let’s spend a few moments reflecting on our Scripture text and its interpretation among us.

  • How have we heard God’s good news to us? for others around us? for our world?
  • What will we do this week to live out God’s good news in our lives? in our life together as a community of faith?

Song of Response

Join in singing STJ 56 Make Me A Channel of Your Peace (traditional prayer; adapted by Sebastian Temple), accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You may use the song book for the harmonies or just follow the lyrics below.

Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring your love.
Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord.
And where there’s doubt, true faith in you.

Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, only light.
And where there’s sadness, ever joy.

Oh, Master, grant that I may never seek
so much to be consoled as to console.
To be understood as to understand.
To be loved as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
in giving of ourselves that we receive,
and in dying that we’re born to eternal life.

Benediction

Margie H. offers this benediction for us as we leave this time of worship together.

Sending Song

Let’s leave with a song of praise on our lips! Join in singing STJ 17 Halle, Halle, Hallelujah! (Caribbean traditional; arr. by John L. Bell), accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K.  You can use the song book for the harmonies or just follow the lyrics below.

Halle, halle, hallelujah!
Halle, halle, hallelujah!
Halle, halle, hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

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. If you want specific info about our Zoom Sharing & Prayer and Drop-in-Bible-Study times, please contact Pastor Michael. Grace and peace to you this week!

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