November 29, 2020: “On the Road to Readiness”

Preparing for Worship

Today we enter the Advent season. Advent is the beginning of the church year, when we place ourselves in the story of those faithful Israelites who were waiting in hope for their Messiah and the coming of God’s reign on earth. We, too, are waiting. We’re waiting for liberation from a pandemic, waiting for peace in a violent world, waiting for many deliverances in our lives, both big and small. We are still waiting for God’s reign to come in its fullness.

In preparation for this service, you may wish to set out an Advent wreath with five candles, if you have one. If you don’t have one, you can create a set of Advent candles simply by placing four candles around a fifth candle in the centre. Leave them unlit to start the service. These candles symbolize our waiting for the Christ child, just as ancient Israel waited for their Messiah. Each week we will light another candle, culminating in the lighting of the central Christ candle on Christmas day.

Parents with young children, you’ll note that there is an Advent colouring page available for your child. Feel free to print it off for use during the service or later.

Pre-Service Carols

The tradition continues online! Over the past several years we have “cheated” during Advent by singing a couple of Christmas carols before each Advent service. Sing along to HWB 212 O Come, All Ye Faithful, accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold him, born the King of angels.

O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

True God of true God, Light of light eternal,
our lowly nature he hath not abhorred;
Son of the Father, begotten, not created.

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above;
glory to God, all glory in the highest.

Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning,
Jesus, to thee be all glory giv’n;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.

Our second pre-service Christmas carol is HWB 199 The First Noel, accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

The first Noel, the angel did say,
was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay
in fields where they lay keeping their sheep,
on a cold winter’s night that was so deep.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
born is the King of Israel.

They looked up and saw a star
shining in the East, beyond them far,
and to the earth it gave great light,
and so it continued both day and night.

And by the light of that same star
three wise men came from country far.
To seek for a king was their intent,
and to follow the star wherever it went.

This star drew nigh to the Northwest,
o’er Bethlehem it took its rest,
and there it did both stop and stay,
right over the place where Jesus lay.

Then entered in those wise men three,
full rev’rently upon the knee,
and offered there in his presence,
their gold and myrrh and frankincense.

Welcome & Call to Worship

Justin M. welcomes us and calls us to worship. Please follow along to the Call to Worship below.

Leader: O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence!

All: Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!

Leader: We look around at our world, and we see how desperately we need you to act.

All: Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!

Leader: Make us ready to receive your gifts of healing and love.

All: Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!

Advent Candle Lighting

If you have an Advent wreath or a set of candles ready, you will want to light one of the outer candles as the first Advent candle is lit among us in the video below. The reading this Sunday is done by Daniel, Megan, Charlie, Olivia, and Aubrey K. Feel free to sing along to STS 15 Hope Is a Candle vv. 1,5, accompanied by Irene S. and Adalynne, Larissa, Matthew, and Michael P. You can use the song book or follow the lyrics below the video.

Hope is a candle, once lit by the prophets,
never consumed, though it burns through the years;
dim in the daylight of power and privilege –
when they are gone, hope will shine on.

Christ is the light that the prophets awaited,
Christ is the lion, the lamb, and the child.
Christ is the love and the myst’ry and laughter –
candles, make way! Christ is the day.

Songs of Hope

Our first Advent song of hope is HWB 172 O Come, O Come, Immanuel vv. 1,3,5,6, accompanied by Al & Loretta T. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

O come, O come, Immanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here,
until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, thou Day-spring, 
come and cheer our spirits by thine advent here.
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and deaths’ dark shadow put to flight.

O come, thou Wisdom 
from on high, and order all things far and nigh.
To us the path of knowledge show,
and cause us in thy ways to go.

O come, Desire of nations,
bind all peoples in one heart and mind.
Bid envy, strife, and quarrels cease.
Fill the whole world with heaven’s peace.

Our second Advent song of hope is HWB 178 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus, accompanied by Erin & Joel K. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

Come, thou long-expected Jesus!
Born to set thy people free,
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art,
dear desire of ev’ry nation,
joy of ev’ry longing heart.

Born thy people to deliver,
born a child, and yet a King,
born to reign in us forever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal Spirit,
rule in all our hearts alone.
By thine all-sufficient merit, 
raise us to thy glorious throne.

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving even during a difficult year! 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:

  • All who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, directly and indirectly, locally and around the world. Following yesterday’s prayer vigil, we pray for a vaccine for COVID-19; a stop to the spread of this virus; wisdom for political and medical leaders; courage and protection for people in health care; protection for students and staff in all education centres; comfort and healing to the afflicted and the families of those who have died; and God’s peace that passes all understanding for all.
  • The HUB, Christmas Cheer, and similar organizations helping to meet the needs of our community during this difficult time, especially as we move into winter. May organizers have wisdom in making decisions about services, and may volunteers have energy and joy as they serve.
  • Those among us facing difficult challenges, and those among us celebrating good things. May each one know the presence and peace of Christ, and may we show the empathy and compassion of Christ as we “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Rom 12:15).
  • Us as a church on this First Sunday of Advent: “May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, so that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Rom 15:13).

Justin M. leads us in a congregational prayer.

Prayer Song

Let’s continue in a spirit of prayer by singing STS 9 As the Pauper Waits for Plenty, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

As the pauper waits for plenty,
as the weeping wait for mirth,
as a farmer waits for harvest
and a woman waits for birth,
so do I wait for you.

As the blossom longs for spring-time
and the seed, a fertile place,
as an orphan longs for fam’ly
and a child, his mother’s face,
so do I long for you.

As a songbird waits for morning
and an eaglet waits for flight,
as a flutist waits for music
and an artist waits for light,
so do I wait for you.

As the homeless long for shelter
and the weary, for a bed,
as the thirsty long for water
and the hungry long for bread,
so do I long for you.
So do you long for me.

Scripture Reading

We turn our attention to the reading of Scripture. Justin M. reads Isaiah 64:1-4 and Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 for us today. May we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Story

If you have children in your household, gather them around for this story, selected for us by Annelore W. You might also wish to print off this Advent colouring page for your child. If they would like to share their artwork with the church, we’d love to see it. Just take a picture and send it to Pastor Michael.

Meditation

Michael P. shares a meditation for us based on our Scripture reading above.

Confession & Assurance

In response to hearing God’s word to us through Scripture and its interpretation, we turn to God in confession, awaiting his assurance. Justin M. leads us in this. Please follow along below.

Leader: Is there any hope for us? Can we be saved?

All: In you, O God, we put our hope.
You are our Creator; we are the work of your hands.

Leader: Look upon us with mercy, we pray.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.

All: No ear has heard, no eye has seen a God like you,
who works for those who wait for God.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far have you removed our transgressions from us.
Mold us and make us into vessels you can use.
Restore us, O God.
Make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved. Amen.

Song of Response

Let’s respond to God’s word of hope to us by singing HWB 186 Fling Wide the Door, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

Fling wide the door, unbar the gate!
The King of glory comes in state;
the Lord of lords and King of kings, 
the Savior of the world who brings
his great salvation to the earth.
So raise a shout of holy mirth
and praise our God and Lord,
Creator, Spirit, Word!

He is the Rock of our belief,
the heart of mercy’s gentle self.
His kingly crown is holiness,
his scepter is his loveliness;
he brings our sorrows to an end.
Now gladly praise our King and friend,
and worship him with song
for saving us from wrong.

Oh, happy towns and blessed lands
that live by their true King’s commands,
and blessed be the hearts he rules,
the humble places where he dwells.
He is the rightful Son of bliss
who fills our lives and makes us his,
Creator of the world,
our only strength for good.

Come, Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ,
our hearts are open wide in trust.
O show us now your lovely grace,
upon our sorrows shine your face,
and let your Holy Spirit guide
our journey in your grace so wide.
We praise your holy name,
from age to age the same!

Benediction

Justin M. offers this benediction for us as we leave this time of Advent worship together.

Sending Song

Let’s go from our worship together with this song on our lips and in our hearts: VT 849 We, Your People, Sing Your Praises, accompanied by Al & Loretta T. See the lyrics below.

We, your people, sing your praises as together we are sent
to reveal your new creation in the shadows of lament.
Give us courage for the journey, shepherd Jesus, be our guide;
help us lead with hope and passion till all things are reconciled.

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: O Come, All Ye Faithful (Text: John F. Wade, ca. 1743, Adeste fideles laeti triumphantes, Office de St. Omer (Sts. 1,3-4), 1822, Etienne J. F. Borderies (St. 2), 1822; tr. Frederick Oakeley and others (Sts. 1,3-4), 1841, alt., William Mercer (St.2), 1854. Music: attributed to John F. Wade, ca. 1743, Essay on the Church Plain Chant, 1782.); The First Noel (Text: English carol, Some Ancient Christmas Carols…, 2nd ed., 1823. Music: English carol, Christmas Carols, 1833; harmonized by John Stainer, 1871.); Hope Is a Candle (Richard Leach, 1994, © 1995 Selah Publishing Co., Inc.; Music: Scottish folk melody); O Come, O Come, Immanuel (Text: anonymous, ca. 6th-7th c., Veni, veni Emmanuel, 12th c.; tr. John M. Neale (Sts. 1-4), Medieval Hymns and Sequences, 1851, Henry Sloane Coffin (Sts. 5-6), Hymns of the Kingdom of God, 1916. Music: Trope melody, 15th c.); Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (Text: Charles Wesley, Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord, 1744. Music: Rowland H. Prichard, ca. 1830, Cyfaill y Cantorion, 1844; arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams, The English Hymnal, 1906, adapted 1951, BBC Hymn Book. Arrangement copyright © Oxford University Press, London.); As the Pauper Waits for Plenty (Text: Delores Dufner, OSB. Copyright © 1994, 2003 GIA Publications, Inc. Music: Peter Cutts, 1969. Copyright © 1969 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission.); Fling Wide the Door (Text: based on Psalm 24, Georg Weissel, “Macht hoch die Tur,” Preussische Fest-Lieder, 1642; tr. Gracia Grindal, Lutheran Book of Worship, 1978. Translation copyright © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Music: Neues Geistreighes Gesangbuch, 1704.); We, Your People, Sing Your Praises (Text: Rebecca Mosley and Josephine Manyeli, ©2013 Rebecca Mosley and Josephine Munyeli; Music: traditional East African melody and harmonization; arr. Mennonite Worship and Song Committee, 2019)
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COVID Prayer Vigil

Our friends in the local Anglican Diocese have issued a call to prayer for this Saturday, November 28, on the eve of the Advent season. This is a call to prayer related to the pandemic that we are currently facing as a community, as a society, and globally. All MMCers are encouraged to join in this prayer vigil on Saturday.

Below is a modified excerpt from the note provided by the Anglican Diocese that you can use to help shape your own prayer vigil. Attached are some further resources.

In this prayer vigil we are praying for:

  • a vaccine for COVID-19;
  • a stop to the spread of this virus;
  • wisdom for political and medical leaders;
  • courage and protection for people in health care;
  • protection for students and staff in all education centres;
  • comfort and healing to the afflicted and the families of those who have died;
  • and God’s peace that passes all understanding for all.

Determine a time period on Saturday that works for you. This could be regular times throughout the day (e.g. a short prayer every hour), or a set period of time (e.g. an hour) during the day. You may also choose a time during the night hours, any time up to dawn on Sunday.

Let’s join together in prayer in the Spirit during this pandemic which affects us all.

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November 22, 2020: Eternity Sunday Communion Service

Welcome to our communion service on this Eternity Sunday evening. To share in communion you will want to have some bread or crackers to share together with those in your household, along with some wine or juice or other drink. You may also want to have some candles available to light for the service.

Let’s gather together around the Lord’s table in the Spirit of Christ.

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November 22, 2020: “Come Into God’s Presence with Singing”

Preparing for Worship

Sketch by Margie H.

Today we conclude our worship series looking at the ancient prayer book of God’s people, the Psalms. Today is also Eternity Sunday, when we set aside time to remember those among us who have died during the past year. We are also introducing our new hymnal, Voices Together, which has been published and is on its way to us. Today we “sing a new song” in the spirit of the Psalms as we remember our loved ones now among the great cloud of witnesses.

In preparation for worship you may wish to light a candle, representing the presence of Christ with you and among us. You may also wish to have other unlit candles available for the memorial. Because most of our songs today are new, and all of them are videos, we have prepared a song sheet for you with the words. You can download that here.

Call to Worship

Larissa P. welcomes us and calls us to worship.

Songs of Praise

Our first song of praise is a new version of an old song. It is in our old hymnal as This Is Our Father’s World, but it appears in our new hymnal as VT 180 This Is God’s Wondrous World. This title and the revised lyrics have appeared in other hymnals since about 25 years ago. Michael P. leads us in singing this. Note that the musical style is Michael’s own, not written into the new hymnal! See the song sheet for the lyrics.

Our second song of praise is a new one to us, appearing in our new hymnal as VT 42 Could It Be That God Is Singing. Erin & Joel K. lead us in singing this. See the song sheet for the lyrics.

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving over the past months! Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries. For online giving, please see the information here.

Congregational 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 International Witness partners in South Korea, Bock Ki Kim & Sook Kyoung Park. They have experienced some easing of restrictions as COVID cases have declined, which means they have been able to return to some of their ministries with children and churches. We give thanks to God for their important work!
  • The D. family whom we have supported in our newcomer sponsorship. The application for permanent residence for their second son, the only child still not with them, has been delayed again. Pray for obstacles to be dealt with swiftly and for his application to be approved.
  • Those among us facing difficult challenges. We think especially of those who are recovering at home from COVID, and of Arnie & Carol F. and all their family as they mourn Art’s passing this past week. May each one know God’s presence and peace bringing healing and strength.
  • Us as a church on this Eternity Sunday: May we be “convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:38-39).

Larissa P. leads us in a congregational prayer.

Special Music

On this Eternity Sunday with the Psalms theme of “Come into God’s presence with singing,” we recognize those who have passed away in the past year who played a special role among us in musical leadership. In this partial recording from Thanksgiving 2018, Ruth D. accompanies the MMC Strings+ in playing Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee. This song appears in our new hymnal as VT 103 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.

Memorial

We pause to remember now those among us who have died in the past year. We speak their names, we recall their faces, we tell their stories. We grieve their absence from our lives, even as we believe with hope that they are present with God, fully alive to God, and that we will see them again one day.

There is time in this memorial for you to light a candle of remembrance yourself for a loved one who has passed away, whether in the past year or previously. The song accompanying the video is VT 319 Stay with Me, the Night Has Come, sung and played by Michael P. See the song sheet for the lyrics.

Let’s remember together.

Prayer Song

As we continue in the spirit of prayer and remembrance, listen to this song by Al & Loretta T, called Tree of Life. This song was originally considered for the new Voices Together hymnal, but it does not appear in final version. See the song sheet for the lyrics.

Song of Hope

As we move toward the conclusion of our service, we sing a song of hope. On this Eternity Sunday this song is especially relevant. This is Lora B. singing her song which appears in the new hymnal as VT 828 There’s A Wild Hope on the Wind. It was recorded at our Advent Dessert Night in 2018. See the song sheet for the lyrics.

Song of Blessing

Erin & Joel K. lead us in this new song of blessing, VT 145 Touch the Earth Lightly. See the song sheet for the lyrics.

Benediction

Larissa P. offers this benediction for us as we live this time of worship together.

Sending Song

We go from our worship together with a new song on our lips. Join Al & Loretta T. as they lead us in VT 849 We, Your People, Sing Your Praises. See the song sheet for the lyrics.

Don’t forget to join us this evening at 7:00 for our Eternity Sunday communion service, available on this website just a few minutes before that time.

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: This Is God’s Wondrous World (Original title, “This Is My Father’s World”; Text: Maltbie D. Babcock, Thoughts for Every-Day Living, 1901; Music: Franklin Sheppard, Alleluia, 1915); Could It Be that God Is Singing? (Text: Becca J. R. Lachman; ©2004 Becca J. R. Lachman, rev. 2018; Music: Southern Harmony, 1854; arr. Alice Parker ©2008); Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (Music: adapted from Ludwig van Beethoven, 1823; based on adaptation by Edward Hodges, Trinity Collection of Church Music, 1864; arr. Michael Pahl); Stay with Me, the Night Has Come (Text: David Bjorlin ©2016 GIA Publications, Inc.; Music: Welsh traditional); Tree of Life (Text and music: Marty Haugen; ©1984 GIA Publications, Inc.); There’s A Wild Hope on the Wind (Text and music: Lora Braun); Touch the Earth Lightly (Text: Shirley Erena Murray ©1992 Hope Publishing Co.; Music: Swee Hong Lim; arr. Tamryn Parker-Carver, ©2005 Hope Publishing Co.); We, Your People, Sing Your Praises (Text: Rebecca Mosley and Josephine Manyeli, ©2013 Rebecca Mosley and Josephine Munyeli; Music: traditional East African melody and harmonization; arr. Mennonite Worship and Song Committee, 2019)
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November 15, 2020: “Save Your Servant Who Trusts in You!”

Preparing for Worship

Sketch by Margie H.

In our second Fall worship series we are looking to the ancient prayer book of God’s people, the Psalms, to see what we can learn about prayer, about God, about ourselves, about praying both as individuals and as God’s people together. As you join in worship this morning, consider lighting a candle to represent God’s presence with you and among us all.

Call to Worship

Al T. welcomes us and calls us to worship together:

Song of Praise

Join in singing HWB 46 I Sing the Mighty Power of God, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You may use the hymnbook 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.

Special Music

Sam, Thomas, and Carri K. share Deep River with us as we continue in worship.

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving over the past months! Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries. For online giving, 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, both locally and around the world. May God bring protection, provision, and healing to those most in need. May we have patience and grace toward one another during this time of increased restrictions. We pray for a significant reduction in the spread of the virus so that lives can be spared and we can resume a more normal life again.
  • Church Council as they make decisions regarding a possible interim lead pastor and lead us in finding a new permanent lead pastor. May the search committee that is formed have much wisdom in their work.
  • Those among us facing difficult challenges, and those among us celebrating good things. May each one know God’s gracious presence, and may we show the empathy and compassion of Christ as we “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Rom 12:15).
  • Us as a church: “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort our hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word” (2 Thess 2:16-17).

Al T. offers this prayer for us today:

Special Music

Sam, Thomas, and Carri K. share this prayer with us: Be Thou My Vision.

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is Psalm 86:1-13, read for us by Al 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

If you are a kid (or a kid at heart!) you might enjoy this song about prayer, produced by Saddleback Kids, called “Five Finger Prayer.” Stand up and do the actions!

Meditation

Michael P. shares this meditation on our Scripture text for us today, called “Save Your Servant Who Trusts in You!”

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

Join in singing HWB 36 God of Our Strength, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P.  You can use the hymnbook 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.

Benediction

Receive this benediction by Al T. as we leave this time of worship together.

Sending Song

Join in singing STJ 78 Sizohamba Naye (We Will Walk With God), accompanied by Jude, Milo, Erin, and Joel K.  You can use the song book 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: I Sing the Mighty Power of God (Text: Isaac Watts; Music: harmonized by William H. Monk, 1868); Deep River (traditional African American spiritual; arr. Daniel Kelley); Be Thou My Vision (traditional Irish; arr. Daniel Kelley); God of Our Strength (Fanny J. Crosby/William H. Doane; Public Domain); Sizohamba Naye (We Will Walk With God) (Swaziland traditional transcribed by John L. Bell; ©2002 WGRG The Iona Community/GIA Publications, Inc.)
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November 8, 2020: “Your Steadfast Love is Better Than Life”

Preparing for Worship

Sketch by Margie H.

In our second Fall worship series we are looking to the ancient prayer book of God’s people, the Psalms, to see what we can learn about prayer, about God, about ourselves, about praying both as individuals and as God’s people together. This is also Peace Sunday, when we reflect in a special way upon God’s call for us to be peacemakers.

As you join in worship this morning, consider lighting a candle to represent God’s presence with you and among us all.

Call to Worship

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

Songs of Praise

Join in singing STJ 56 Make Me A Channel of Your Peace, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You may use the song book 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.

Let’s continue singing our praise with HWB 12 Come, Let Us All Unite to Sing, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below. You may notice that this is different than the song listed in the bulletin. That’s because we have not been able to record that song yet.

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

Thank you for your faithful giving over the past months! Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries. For online giving, 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:

  • Pray for peace. Pray for those who are dealing with inner turmoil—worries, fears, anger—and need peace within themselves. Pray for those who are dealing with external conflict—old quarrels, family tensions, workplace disputes—and need peace in their relationships. Pray for those who are dealing with violence or threats of violence, and need peace through protection and justice in their homes, communities, and nations.
  • 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 difficult challenges, and those among us celebrating good things. May each one know God’s gracious presence, and may we show the empathy and compassion of Christ as we “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Rom 12:15).
  • Us as a church: “May we have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth of God’s love, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that we may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Eph 3:18-19).

Elsie W. offers this prayer for us today:

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

Our Scripture reading this morning is Psalm 63:1-8, read for us by Elsie 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

If you are a kid (or a kid at heart!) you might enjoy this story by Todd Parr, produced by Mrs. Shelton’s Read Aloud’s, called “The Peace Book.”

Meditation

Michael P. shares this meditation on our Scripture text for us today, called “Your Steadfast Love is Better Than Life.”

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

Join in singing STJ 49 Rain Down, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P.  You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Rain down, rain down, rain down your love on your people.
Rain down, rain down, rain down your love, God of life.

Faithful and true is the word of our God.
All of God’s works are so worthy of trust.
God’s mercy falls on the just and the right;
full of God’s love is the earth.

We who revere and find hope in our God
live in the kindness and joy of God’s wing.
God will protect us from darkness and death;
God will not leave us to starve.

God of creation, we long for your truth;
you are the water of life that we thirst.
Grant that your love and your peace touch our hearts,
all of our hope lies in you.

Benediction

Receive this benediction by Elsie W. as we leave this time of worship together.

Sending Song

Join in singing Now May the Lord of Peace, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K.  You can 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

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: Make Me a Channel of Your Peace (Text: Prayer of St. Francis; adapted by Sebastian Temple; Music: Sebastian Temple; arranged by Felipe Blycker J. ; ©1967, 1975, 1980 OCP Publications; arrangement ©1968 OCP Publications. Used with permission); Come, Let Us All Unite to Sing (Howard Kingsbury & Edmund S. Lorenz; public domain); Nothing is Lost on the Breath of God (Text Colin Gibson; Music: Colin Gibson) ©1996 Hope Publishing Co. Used by permission); Rain Down (Jaime Cortez © 1992 Jaime Cortez, OCP Publications); Now May the Lord of Peace (©2018, Camps with Meaning, camps@mennochurch.mb.ca, http://www.campswithmeaning.org)
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November 1, 2020: “Why So Downcast, O My Soul?”

Preparing for Worship

Sketch by Margie H.

In our second Fall worship series we are looking to the ancient prayer book of God’s people, the Psalms, to see what we can learn about prayer, about God, about ourselves, about praying both as individuals and as God’s people together. As you join in worship this morning, consider lighting a candle to represent God’s presence with you and among us all.

Call to Worship

Peter H. welcomes us and calls us to worship together:

Songs of Hope

Join in singing along to STJ 34 Loving Spirit, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the song book or follow the lyrics below.

Loving Spirit, loving Spirit,
you have chosen me to be;
you have drawn me to your wonder,
you have set your sign on me.

Like a mother you enfold me,
hold my life within your own.
Feed me with your very body,
form me of your flesh and bone.

Like a father you protect me.
Teach me the discerning eye.
Hoist me up upon your shoulder,
let me see the world from high.

Friend and lover,
in your closeness I am known
and held and blest:
in your promise is my comfort,
in your presence I may rest.

Loving Spirit, loving Spirit,
you have chosen me to be;
you have drawn me to your wonder,
you have set your sign on me.

Let’s continue singing in hope with STJ 98 All Will Be Well, accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You can use the song book or follow the lyrics below.

All will be well, and all will be well,
all manner of things will be well.
All will be well, and all will be well,
all manner of things will be well,
will be well, will be well.

Our Lord said that all would be well,
all manner of things would be well.

With all the sadness wrought in this world,
the good shall always prevail.

In all the doubts that shroud simple truths,
we pray for the wisdom of God.

Give us the faith to trust in your love,
when things are concealed from our view.

Our faith is firm and stands on the Word,
the Word that endures for all time.

And so we pray to trust in the hope that 
all manner of things shall be well.

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving over the past months! Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries. For online giving, 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, including those in Morden now with the virus. May God bring protection, provision, and healing to those most in need. May we walk in faith (not fear), hope (not despair), and love (especially for the most vulnerable among us).
  • Church Council as they lead us in discernment related to the search for a new lead pastor. May they have wisdom and courage as they lead. May we as a congregation have faith and hope as we look to the future and trust in the faithful God to lead us there in love.
  • Those among us facing difficult challenges, and those among us celebrating good things. May each one know God’s gracious presence, and may we show the empathy and compassion of Christ as we “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Rom 12:15).
  • Us as a church: “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort our hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word” (2 Thess 2:16-17).

Peter H. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

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 hymn book or follow along 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 Psalm 42:1-11, read for us by Peter H. 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

If you are a kid (or a kid at heart!) you might enjoy this story by Cornelia Maude Spelman, produced by The Reading Train, called “When I Feel Sad.”

Meditation

Michael P. shares this meditation on our Scripture text for us today, called “Why So Downcast, O My Soul?”:

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

Join in singing HWB 580 My Life Flows On, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

Artwork by Rose B.

My life flows on in endless song;
above earth’s lamentation,
I catch the sweet, though far off hymn
that hails a new creation.

No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?

What though my joys and comforts die?
I know my Savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
a fountain ever springing!
All things are mine since I am his!
How can I keep from singing?

Benediction

Receive this benediction by Peter H. 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 hymn book 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: Loving Spirit (Shirley Erena Murray & William Smith Rockstro; ©1987 The Hymn Society/Hope Publishing Co.); All Will Be Well (Text: Julian of Norwich, The Revelation of Divine Love; adapted by Steven C. Warner; Music: Steven C. Warner ©1993 World Library Publications, http://www.wlpmusic.com; used by permission); Gentle Shepherd, Come and Lead Us (Gloria Gaither, William J. Gaither; ©1974 William J. Gaither); My Life Flows On (Text: Robert Lowry’s Bright Jewels for the Sunday School, 1869, alt.; Music: Robert Lowry’s Bright Jewels for the Sunday School, 1869; arranged by The Hymnal Project; arrangement ©1989 The Hymnal Project); You Shall Go Out With Joy (Steffi Geiser Rubin & Stuart Dauermann; ©1975 Lillenas Publishing Co.)
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October 25, 2020: “Who May Ascend God’s Holy Hill?”

Preparing for Worship

Sketch by Margie H.

In our second Fall worship series we are looking to the ancient prayer book of God’s people, the Psalms, to see what we can learn about prayer, about God, about ourselves, about praying both as individuals and as God’s people together. As you join in worship this morning, consider lighting a candle to represent God’s presence with you and among us all.

Call to Worship

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

Songs of Praise

Join in singing along to This is God’s Wondrous World, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You will notice the lyrics are slightly different than you may be used to. These are the new lyrics for the new hymnal for “This is My Father’s World.”

This is God’s wondrous world,
and to my list’ning ears
all nature sings and round me rings
the music of the spheres.
This is God’s wondrous world;
I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas,
the wonders God has wrought.

This is God’s wondrous world;
the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the dark of night,
declare their Maker’s praise.
This is God’s wondrous world;
a wand’rer I may roam.
What e’er my lot, it matters not,
my heart is still at home.

This is God’s wondrous world;
oh, let me ne’er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is God’s wondrous world;
the battle is not done.
Jesus who died shall be glorified,
and earth and heav’n be one.

Let’s continue singing our praise to God with HWB 61 Let All Creation Bless the Lord, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below. You may note that this is a different song than what is in the bulletin. That is because we have not recorded that one yet.

Photo by Adeline P.

Let all creation bless the Lord,
till heav’n with praise is ringing.
Sun, moon, and stars, peal out a chord,
stir up the angels’ singing.
Wing, wind and rain! Sing, snow and sleet!
Make music, day, night, cold, and heat
Exalt the God who made you.

All living things upon the earth,
green fertile hills and mountains,
sing to the God who gave you birth!
Be joyful, springs and fountains,
lithe water life, bright airborne birds,
wild roving beasts, tame flocks and herds!
Exalt the God who made you.

O men and women ev’rywhere,
lift up a hymn of glory.
Let all who know God’s steadfast care
tell out salvation’s story.
No tongue be silent – sing your part,
you humble souls and meek of heart!
Exalt the God who made you.

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving over the past months! Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries. For online giving, 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 Indigenous siblings who are facing significant challenges across Canada. There are ongoing land disputes in B.C. and lobster fishery disputes in Nova Scotia. There are still many First Nations that do not have clean drinking water, and high-profile incidents of racism against Indigenous persons continue surfacing. Pray that the Government of Canada would honour the treaties that have been made with First Nations and uphold the rights of Indigenous peoples. As Christians may we follow the way of Jesus and walk in solidarity with all who suffer and are oppressed.
  • Our national, provincial, and regional health authorities which are guiding us through this pandemic. We give thanks for their expertise and insight. May they have wisdom as they provide guidance and shape regulations to protect the most vulnerable among us from getting COVID-19.
  • Those among us facing difficult challenges, and those among us celebrating good things. Today we especially remember Gerald, Simon, and Rowan in our prayers as they grieve Lora’s passing. May each one know God’s gracious presence, and may we show the empathy and compassion of Christ as we “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Rom 12:15).
  • Us as a church, that we would “seek first God’s reign and God’s justice,” devoting ourselves in love for God by loving our neighbours as ourselves (Matt 6:33; 22:37-40).

Steve K. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Continue in prayer as we sing HWB 377 Healer of Our Every Ill, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow along 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 Psalm 24:1-10, 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

If you are a kid (or a kid at heart!) you might enjoy this song produced by iCharacter: “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”

Meditation

Michael P. shares this meditation on our Scripture text for us today, called “Who May Ascend God’s Holy Hill?”:

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

Join in singing The Mountain of God, by Phil Campbell-Enns. You can follow the lyrics below.

Come let us go to a place that is pure
To learn about love and wipe away tears
He’ll melt swords of steal and hearts made of stone
He’ll set prisoners free and give strangers a home

So come, come as you are
Oh come, from near and far
Oh come, salvation we’ll taste
As we climb the mountain of God

From each corner and end of the earth
We’ll gather together to sing of Your worth
Of blind who can see, and weary who rest
Good news for the poor, freedom for oppressed

New life awaits for all who believe
All who love mercy, do justice, walk humbly
With Christ as our guide, united we’ll be
Living the Kingdom secure in God’s peace

Benediction

Receive this benediction by Steve K. as we leave this time of worship together.

Sending Song

Join in singing STJ 77 The Peace of the Earth Be with You, accompanied by Joel & Erin K.  You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Pebble art by Loretta L.

The peace of the earth be with you,
the peace of the heavens too;
the peace of the rivers be with you,
the peace of the oceans too.

Deep peace falling over you.
God’s peace growing in you.

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: This is God’s Wondrous World (originally “This is My Father’s World”; Text: Maltbie D. Babcock, Thoughts for Everything, 1901; Music: traditional English, adapt. Franklin L. Sheppard, Alleluia, 1915); Let All Creation Bless the Lord (Text: based on the Benedicite, Carl P. Daw, Jr., A Year of Grace, 1990, ©1990 Hope Publishing Co.; Music: Melchior Vulpius, Ein schön gestlich Gesangbuch, 1609); Healer of Our Every Ill (Text and Music: Marty Haugen, 1986, Gather, 1988; Text and music copyright ©1987 G.I.A. Publications, Inc.); The Mountain of God (Text and music: Phil Campbell-Enns, ©2016 Phil Campbell-Enns; permission granted for use in congregational singing); The Peace of the Earth Be with You (Text: Guatemalan traditional; translated by Christine Carson; Music: Guatemalan folk melody)
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October 18, 2020: “The Remains of the Day”

Preparing for Worship

Welcome to our online worship service! We are glad you have joined us. Note that we have resumed in-person services as well. If you would like to join us in person next week, please see the information here.

Today, on this International Witness Sunday, we join together in worship with all God’s people around the world, bearing witness to the goodness and grace of God revealed in Jesus Christ.

Call to Worship

Margie H. 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 hymn book or follow the lyrics below. You may notice that this is different than the song in the bulletin. That’s because we have not yet recorded that song.

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 our praise to God with STJ 54 Longing for Light, accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You can use the song book or follow the lyrics below.

Longing for light, we wait in darkness.
Longing for truth, we turn to you.
Make us your own, your holy people,
light for the world to see.

Christ, be our light!
Shine in our hearts, shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your church gathered today.

Longing for peace, our world is troubled.
Longing for hope, many despair.
Your word alone has pow’r to save us.
Make us your living voice.

Longing for food, many are hungry.
Longing for water, many still thirst.
Make us your bread, broken for others,
shared until all are fed.

Longing for shelter, many are homeless.
Longing for warmth, many are cold.
Make us your building, sheltering others,
walls made of living stone.

Many the gifts, many the people,
many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another,
making your kingdom come.

Focus on International Witness

This Sunday is International Witness Sunday. In our in-person service we are signing our covenant agreement with our Witness partners in South Korea, Bock Ki Kim and Sook Kyoung Park. Here’s a short video introducing their work.

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving over the past months! Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries. For online giving, 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, and for Winnipeg in particular as the city has been hit especially hard in recent weeks. May God bring protection, provision, and healing to those most in need. May we walk in faith (not fear), hope (not despair), and love (especially for the most vulnerable among us).
  • Our partners in International Witness, Bock Ki Kim and Sook Kyoung Park. Kim and Park work with Mennonite Church South Korea in church planting, resource development, and education. See the Mission & Service bulletin board for updates.
  • Those among us facing difficult challenges, and those among us celebrating good things. Today we especially think of those among us walking with cancer. May each one know God’s gracious presence, and may we show the empathy and compassion of Christ as we “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Rom 12:15).
  • Us as a church, that we would “not be conformed to this world”—values and ideals, ways of being and thinking that do not fit with the way of Jesus—”but be transformed by the renewing of our minds, so that we may discern God’s will” (Rom 12:2).

Margie H. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

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 or follow along below. You may notice that this is different than the song in the bulletin. That’s because we have not yet recorded that song.

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 Acts 17:16-21; Romans 8:28-29, read for us by Margie H. 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

If you are a kid (or a kid at heart!) you might enjoy this song by AMESLAN Kids called, “God Loves Us All.” Parents, you can talk with your children about the sign language used throughout the video.

Meditation

Justin M. shares this meditation on our Scripture texts for us today, called “The Remains of the 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

Join in singing STS 39 Will You Come and Follow Me, accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You may 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.

Benediction

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

Sending Song

Join in singing HWB 226 You are Salt for the Earth, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P.  You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

You are salt for the earth, O people,
salt for the kingdom of God!
Share the flavour of life, O people:
life in the kingdom of God!

Bring forth the kingdom of mercy,
bring forth the kingdom of peace.
Bring forth the kingdom of justice,
bring forth the city of God!

You are a light on the hill, O people,
light for the city of God!
Shine so holy and bright, O people,
shine for the kingdom of God!

You are a seed of the word, O people,
bring forth the kingdom of God!
Seeds of mercy and seeds of justice,
grow in the kingdom of God!

We are a bless’d and a pilgrim people,
bound for the kingdom of God!
Love our journey and love our homeland:
love is the kingdom of God!

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); Longing For Light (Text: Bernadette Farrell; Music: Bernadette Farrell ©1993 Bernadette Farrell, OCP Publications); Spirit of the Living God (Text and Music: Daniel Iverson; ©1935, renewal 1963 Birdwing Music and BMG Songs, Inc.); Will You Come and Follow Me (Text and Music: John L. Bell and Graham Maule; Scottish traditional; arranged by John L. Bell; copyright ©1987, arrangement copyright ©1995 WGRG The Iona Community, Scotland). Used by permission of GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive agent. You are Salt for the Earth (Text & Music: Marty Haugen, 1985, Gather, 1988); copyright ©1986 G.I.A. Publications, Inc. 
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October 11, 2020: “Pursuing Goodness, Beauty, and Truth”

Preparing for Worship

Welcome to our online worship service! We are glad you have joined us. Note that we have resumed in-person services as well. If you would like to join us in person next week, please see the information here.

On this Thanksgiving Sunday we give thanks to God for God’s good gifts to us, given for our provision and enjoyment. God is good! We also conclude our first Fall worship series: “Finding Joy in Community,” reflecting on Paul’s letter to the Philippians. How can we create and nurture Christian community among us as Morden Mennonite Church? How can we find joy in community with each other?

May we (re)discover the joy of the Lord through the Spirit as we worship together in gratitude for God’s overflowing love for us!

Call to Worship

Lawrence S. welcomes us and calls us to worship together:

Songs of Praise

Join in singing or listen along to STS 1 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness, accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book 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 our praise to God with HWB 96 We Plow the Fields and Scatter, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below. You may notice that this is different than the song in the bulletin. That’s because we have not yet recorded that song.

We plow the fields and scatter the good seed on the land,
but it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand.
God sends the snow in winter, the warmth to swell the grain,
the breezes and the sunshine, and soft refreshing rain.

All good gifts around us are sent from heav’n above.
We thank you, Lord, we thank you, Lord, for all your love.

Agatha M.’s summer flowers

You only are the Maker of all things near and far.
You paint the wayside flower, you light the evening star.
The winds and waves obey you, by you the birds are fed;
much more to us, your children, you give our daily bread.

We thank you, then Creator, for all things bright and good,
the seedtime and the harvest, our life, our health, our food.
Accept the gifts we offer, for all you love imparts,
and what you most would welcome, our humble, thankful hearts.

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving over the past months! Because of your generosity we as a church have remained in a good position, able to continue our core ministries even through the pandemic. Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries even though we are not yet 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:

  • On this Thanksgiving Weekend, we give thanks to God for the good things God provides for our nourishment and enjoyment. We also know that not all have those good things, and we continue to pray for God to give us “our daily bread”—all of us, all around the world. May our gratitude to God fuel our generosity toward others.
  • Church Council as they lead us in discernment related to the search for a new lead pastor. May they have wisdom and courage as they lead. May we as a congregation have faith and hope as we look to the future and trust in the faithful God to lead us there in love.
  • Those among us facing difficult challenges, and those among us celebrating good things. May each one know God’s gracious presence, and may we show the empathy and compassion of Christ as we “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Rom 12:15).
  • Us as a church, that each day we would seek out “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise”—and set our hearts and minds on these things (Phil 4:8).

Lawrence S. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Continue in prayer as we sing HWB 362 Help Us to Help Each Other, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You may use the hymn book or follow along with the lyrics below.

Help us to help each other, Lord,
each other’s load to bear,
that all may live in true accord,
our joys and pains to share.

Help us to build each other up,
your strength within us prove.
Increase our faith, confirm our hope,
and fill us with your love.

Together make us free indeed
your life within us show,
and into you, our living Head,
let us in all things grow.

Drawn by the magnet of your love
we find our hearts made new.
Nearer each other let us move,
and nearer still to you.

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is Philippians 4:1-9, 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

If you are a kid (or a kid at heart!) you might enjoy this story by Margaret Sutherland and Sonja Lamut, called “Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks.”

Meditation

Michael P. shares this meditation on our Scripture texts for us today, called “Pursuing Beauty, Goodness, and Truth”:

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 89 For the Beauty of the Earth, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

Our 2020 Thanksgiving display – harvest bounty!

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

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

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

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

Benediction

Receive this benediction offered by Lawrence S. as we leave this time of worship together:

Sending Song

We go with a song of thanksgiving on our lips! Join in singing HWB 86 Now Thank We All Our God, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below. You may notice that this is different than the song in the bulletin. That’s because we have not yet recorded that song.

Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices,
who, from our mother’s arms, has bless’d us on our way
with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

Oh, may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
with ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us,
and keep us safe in grace, and guide us when perplexed,
and free us from all ills in this world and the next.

All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given,
the Son, and him who reigns with them in highest heaven –
the one eternal God, whom earth and heav’n adore,
for thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

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 (Text: Rusty Edwards; © 1987 Hope Publishing Co.; Music: American folk melody, J. Wyeth’s Repository of Sacred Music); We Plow the Fields and Scatter (Text: Matthias Claudius, “Wir plfügen und wir streuen,” Paul Erdmann’s Fest, 1782; tr. Jane M. Campbell, Garland of Song, 1861; Music: attributed to Johann A. P. Schulz, Lieder für Volksschulen mit Musik, 1800); Help Us to Help Each Other (Text: Charles Wesley, Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1742; revised in Hymns for Today’s Church, 1982; Copyright ©1982 Hope Publishing Co.; Music: Francois H. Barthelemon; adapted by Robert Simpson, A Collection of Original…Sacred Music, 1833); 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); Now Thank We All Our God (Text: Martin Rinckart, Jesu Hertz-Buchlein, 1636; tr. Catherine Winkworth, Lyra Germanica, Series II, 1858; Music: Johann Grüger, Praxis Pietatis Melica, 4th ed., 1647; harmonized by Felix Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 2, Lobgesang, Opos 52, 1840)
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