September 27, 2020: “Christlike Humility”

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.

This Sunday we continue our Fall worship series: “Finding Joy in Community,” reflecting on Paul’s letter to the Philippians. What are the hallmarks of genuine Christian community which we should nurture among us as Morden Mennonite Church? How do we maintain a sense of community when we are so diverse? How do we maintain a sense of community in the middle of a pandemic, when we can’t gather together in all the ways we’d like? How can we find and maintain joy in our changing church community, in a changing world?

May we (re)discover the joy of the Lord through the Spirit as we worship together in the coming weeks!

Call to Worship

Justin M. welcomes us and calls us to worship together:

Songs of Praise

Join in singing or listening along to HWB 48 All Creatures of Our God and King, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. We’ll sing four verses, and you can choose which verses you’d like to sing! If you want to sing them all, just play the music again. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Loretta L., “Be Still”

All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voice and with us sing
alleluia, alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
thou silver moon with softer gleam,
O sing ye, O sing ye,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
ye clouds that sail in heav’n along,
alleluia, alleluia!

Thou rising morn in praise rejoice,
ye lights of evening, find a voice,
O sing ye, O sing ye,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
make music for thy Lord to hear,
alleluia, alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
that givest all both warmth and light,
O sing ye, O sing ye,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Dear mother earth, who day by day,
unfoldest blessings on our way,
alleluia, alleluia!
The flow’rs and fruits that in thee grow,
let them God’s glory also show,
O sing ye, O sing ye,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

And all ye folk of tender heart,
forgiving others, take your part,
alleluia, alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
praise God and on him cast your care,
O sing ye, O sing ye,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

And thou, most kind and gentle death,
waiting to hush our latest breath,
alleluia, alleluia!
Thou leadest home the child of God,
and Christ our Lord the way hath trod,
O sing ye, O sing ye,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Let all things their Creator bless,
and worship God in humbleness,
alleluia, alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit, Three-in-One,
O sing ye, O sing ye,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Let’s continue singing with HWB 25 Jesus, Stand Among Us, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the songbook 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.

Jesus, stand among us in your risen pow’r.
Let this time of worship be a hallowed hour.

Breathe the Holy Spirit into ev’ry heart.
Bid the fears and sorrows from each soul depart.

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving! Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries. 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. You can drop off the cheque during church office hours. 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

Rose B., “Be Still”

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:

  • 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.
  • Our Soup & Pie fundraiser this coming week as we try a new way of doing this MMC tradition. May this be a good experience for all involved, and may the money raised be a blessing to those in need through Canadian Foodgrains Bank and our International Witness ministry in South Korea.
  • 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 this week, that each day we would “let the same mind be in us that was in Christ Jesus”: an attitude of humble, servant love in solidarity with the last, the lost, and the least (Phil 2:5-8).

Justin M. offers this congregational 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. 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, 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 Philippians 2:1-13, read for us by Justin M. As we listen to our Scripture reading, and as we reflect on it together in the rest of the service, may we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Focus

For the young (or young at heart!) among us, here’s a lesson from our friend Douglas about “putting others first.”

Meditation

Michael P. shares this meditation on our Scripture text for us today, called “Christlike Humility”:

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 HWB 545 Be Thou My Vision, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You may use the songbook 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.

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me save that thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word;
I ever with thee, and thou with me, Lord.
Thou my great Father, thy child may I be,
thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee.

Be thou my buckler, my sword for the fight.
Be thou my dignity, thou my delight,
thou my soul’s shelter, thou my high tower.
Raise thou me heav’nward , O Pow’r of my pow’r.

Riches I heed not, nor vain, empty praise;
thou mine inheritance, now and always.
Thou and thou only, first in my heart,
high King of heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of heaven, when vict’ry is won
may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’n’s Sun!
Heart of my heart, whatever befall,
still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Benediction

Receive this benediction offered by Justin M. as we leave this time of worship together:

Sending Song

We go with a song of encouragement on our lips! Listen along or join in singing Kindness, accompanied by Erin K., Joel K., Jude K., and Milo K.  You can follow the lyrics below.

Christ has no body here but ours
No hands no feet here on earth but ours
Ours are the eyes through which he looks
On this world with kindness
Ours are the hands through which he works
Ours are the feet on which he moves
Ours are the voices through which he speaks
To this world with kindness
Through our touch, our smile, our listening ear
Embodied in us, Jesus is living here
Let us go now, inspirited
Into this world with kindness

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: All Creatures of Our God and King (Text: St. Francis of Assisi, Laudato sio Dio mio Signore, 1225; tr. William H. Draper, Hymns of the Spirit, 1926, alt. Copyright ©1927, renewed J. Curwen & Sons, Ltd., London; Music: Kirchengesangbuch, Cologne, 1623; adapted and harmonized by Ralph Vaughan Williams, The English Hymnal, 1906, simplified. Harmonization copyright © Oxford University Press, London); Jesus, Stand Among Us (William Pennefather & Friedrich Filitz; public domain); Come, Bring Your Burdens to God (Woza Nomthwalo Wakho; collected by Mairi Munro from the South African Mooiplaas congregation; © WGRG The Iona Community); Be Thou My Vision (Ancient Irish, Translated by Mary E. Byrne, Eleanor Hull, Martin Shaw; © Oxford University Press); Kindness (Text: adapted from prayer attributed to Theresa of Avila; Music: Brian McLaren; © 2011; used with permission, http://www.stevebell.com)
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September 20, 2020: “Progressing Faith”

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.

This Sunday we continue our Fall worship series: “Finding Joy in Community,” reflecting on Paul’s letter to the Philippians. What are the hallmarks of genuine Christian community which we should nurture among us as Morden Mennonite Church? How do we maintain a sense of community when we are so diverse? How do we maintain a sense of community in the middle of a pandemic, when we can’t gather together in all the ways we’d like? How can we find and maintain joy in our changing church community, in a changing world?

May we (re)discover the joy of the Lord through the Spirit as we worship together in the coming weeks!

Call to Worship

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

Songs of Praise

Join in singing or listening along to HWB 1 What is this Place, 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 listed in the bulletin. That’s because we have not been able to record that song yet.

What is this place where we are meeting?
Only a house, the earth its floor,
walls and a roof, sheltering people,
windows for light, an open door.
Yet it becomes a body that lives when we are gathered here,
and know our God is near.

Word from afar, stars that are falling,
sparks that are sown in us like seed.
Names for our God, dreams, signs, and wonders
sent from the past are what we need.
We in this place remember and speak again what we have heard:
God’s free, redeeming Word.

And we accept bread at his table,
broken and shared, a living sign.
Here in this world, dying and living,
we are each other’s bread and wine.
This is the place where we can receive what we need to increase:
God’s justice and God’s peace.

Let’s continue with singing 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. Again, 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.

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.

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving! Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries. 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. You can drop off the cheque during church office hours. 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:

  • All of us in our church and community who continue to make transitions to new school, work, community, and church situations within a changed world. May patience, kindness, and wisdom abound. May we discover the strength and joy of caring community in new ways this year.
  • Our Witness partners in South Korea, Bock Ki Kim and Sook Kyoung Park. The country has experienced a surge of COVID cases in recent weeks, primarily transmitted through large church gatherings. Because of this, much of the Kim-Park’s regular work has been curtailed. Pray for patience and wisdom as they seek new ways to minister through this time.
  • 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 this week, that each day we might seek to “live our lives in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ,” reflecting the good news of God’s love in Jesus (Phil 1:27).

Peter H. offers this congregational prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Continue in prayer as we sing STS 16 Peace Before Us, accompanied by Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow along 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

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is Philippians 1:20-27, read for us by Michael P. As we listen to our Scripture reading, and as we reflect on it together in the rest of the service, may we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Focus

Here’s a song for the young (or young at heart!) among us, encouraging us to trust in God our Creator who loves us and is able to take care of us. You might want to get up and do the actions!

Meditation

Michael P. shares this meditation on our Scripture text for us today, called “Progressing Faith”:

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 Help Us to Help Each Other, accompanied by Loretta T. 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.

Benediction

Receive this benediction offered 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 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: What is this Place (Text: Huub Oosterhuis, 1968 tr. David Smith, ca. 1970; Music: Nederlandtsche Gedenckclanck, 1626; harmonized by B. Juijbers, 1968; Text and harmonization copyright ©1984 TEAM Publications; published by OCP Publications); I Sing the Mighty Power of God (Text: Isaac Watts; Music: harmonized by William H. Monk, 1868); Peace Before Us by David Haas (©1987 GIA Publications Inc.); 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); You Shall Go Out With Joy by Steffi Geiser Rubin & Stuart Dauermann (© 1975 Lillenas Publishing Co.)
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Soup & Pie Fundraiser!

Unfortunately, our annual Soup & Pie Fundraiser Dinner has been cancelled due to COVID. But take heart, soup and pie lovers! A modified version of this classic supper is taking place.

From Sept. 22-30 you can place your order for Borscht and/or pie at (204)-822-7450 or mordenmennonite@outlook.com. These orders will then be available for pickup for donation at the back door of the church on Saturday, Oct. 3, between 1-3 pm.

For ordering (with suggested minimum donations):

  • Borscht: 1L=$10; 2L=$15; 4L=$25
  • Pie (surprise flavour!): half pie=$10; whole pie=$20.

Donations above costs will go toward Canadian Foodgrains Bank (75%) and Korean Witness workers Bock Ki Kim and Sook Kyoung Park (25%). Donations above $10 are tax receiptable. Cheques to “Morden Mennonite Church,” note “Soup & Pie.”

Thanks for carrying on this Morden Mennonite Church tradition!

P.S. for MMCers: Please note that you can sign up to bake pies at the church office in person, by email, or by phone. Also, please bring by your donations of 1L, 2L, and 4L containers (glass jars or sturdy plastic) during weekly office hours or on Sunday morning.

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September 13, 2020: “Overflowing Love”

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.

This Sunday we begin our Fall worship series: “Finding Joy in Community,” reflecting on Paul’s letter to the Philippians. What are the hallmarks of genuine Christian community which we should nurture among us as Morden Mennonite Church? How do we maintain a sense of community when we are so diverse? How do we maintain a sense of community in the middle of a pandemic, when we can’t gather together in all the ways we’d like? How can we find and maintain joy in our changing church community, in a changing world?

May we (re)discover the joy of the Lord through the Spirit as we worship together in the coming weeks!

Call to Worship

Larissa P. welcomes us and calls us to worship together:

Songs of Praise

Join in singing or listening along to 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving over the past months! Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries. 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. You can drop off the cheque during church office hours. 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:

  • All of us in our church and community who continue to make transitions to new school, work, community, and church situations within a changed world. May patience, kindness, and wisdom abound. May we discover the strength and joy of caring community in new ways this year.
  • Those around the world directly affected by wildfires, storms, racism, civil war, and of course the COVID pandemic. May God have mercy on all those in danger or in need. May those in power use their power to bring relief and healing. May those in need get the help they need. May the most vulnerable find protection and strength.
  • 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 this week, that “our love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help us to determine what is best” for us a church community and for us as a church within our wider community (Phil 1:9-11).

Larissa P. offers this congregational prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Continue in prayer as we sing STJ 59 Come and Fill Our Hearts, accompanied by Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow along below.

Come and fill our hearts with your peace.
You alone, O Lord, are holy.
Come and fill our hearts with your peace,
alleluia.

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is Philippians 1:1-11, read for us by Larissa P. As we listen to our Scripture reading, and as we reflect on it together in the rest of the service, may we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Focus

Here’s a special song and video for the young (or the young at heart!) among us about God’s amazing love for us, Just the Way I Am, by Patty Shukla:

Meditation

Michael P. shares this meditation on our Scripture text for us today, called “Overflowing Love”:

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 or listening along to HWB 26 Holy Spirit, Come with Power, 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.

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.

Benediction

Receive this benediction offered by Larissa P. as we leave this time of worship together:

Sending Song

We go with a song of encouragement on our lips! Listen along or join in singing Kindness, accompanied by Erin K., Joel K., Jude K., and Milo K.  You can follow the lyrics below.

Christ has no body here but ours
No hands no feet here on earth but ours
Ours are the eyes through which he looks
On this world with kindness
Ours are the hands through which he works
Ours are the feet on which he moves
Ours are the voices through which he speaks
To this world with kindness
Through our touch, our smile, our listening ear
Embodied in us, Jesus is living here
Let us go now, inspirited
Into this world with kindness

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: Come, Let Us All Unite to Sing (Howard Kingsbury & Edmund S. Lorenz; public domain); Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him (Text: John L. Bell and Graham Maule; Music: Lewis folk melody, arranged by John L. Bell; © WGRG The Iona Community); Confitemini Domino (Come and Fill Our Hearts); Text: Jacques Berthier; translated by Jessica Goldschmidt (French) and Betty Puricelli (Spanish); Music: Jacques Berthier; Text and Music copyright © 1978, 1980, 1981 Les Presses de Taize (France); GIA Publications, Inc, exclusive agent; Translations copyright © 2003 Mennonite World Conference, Kitchener, ON Canada; Holy Spirit, Come with Power (Text: ©1970 Anne Neufeld Rupp; Music: attributed to B. F. White; harmonization ©1989 Joan A. Fyock); Kindness (Text: adapted from prayer attributed to Theresa of Avila; Music: Brian McLaren; © 2011; used with permission, http://www.stevebell.com)
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“Finding Joy in Community”

What are the hallmarks of genuine Christian community which we should nurture among us as Morden Mennonite Church? How do we maintain a sense of community when we are so diverse? How do we maintain a sense of community in the middle of a pandemic, when we can’t gather together in all the ways we’d like? How can we find and maintain joy in our changing church community, in a changing world?

Join us in person or online as we walk through the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians with its special focus on finding joy in the community of believers in Jesus.

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“Congregational Humming?” and other questions about in-person worship services

By now you will have heard about our return to in-person worship services. You may have seen the “protocols” for these services, outlining what you can expect if you want to join us for these services. But what will it really look like? Michael shares this video tour of a return to worship services in person at Morden Mennonite.

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September 6, 2020: “Fulfilling the Law in Love”

Welcome to our online worship service! We are glad you have joined us.

Today’s worship service is a bit different than usual. We have been asked to host the Mennonite Church Canada worship service for this Sunday, and so we have produced a video service that can be more easily shared with others. Thank you to all who have helped put this special service together, and a hearty welcome to our siblings in Christ from across our nationwide community of faith!

If you would like to print off the order of service with song lyrics you can do so here. Or, if you just want the song lyrics, they are given below.

Gathering Song: Clothe Ourselves with Love

Feeling broken before you, hollow hearts that seek your face
Our reaction is anger, trying hard to hide the pain

Help us! Clothe ourselves with love, remember to be patient
Seek to understand, our minds can be open
Hold each other’s hands, we’re all of one body
God so loves this world, we are made for unity

Gardens blooming with new life, tender smiles that fill our souls
Is this where we will find you? Hidden here, among us all?

Jesus! Clothe us with your love, remind us to be patient
Help us understand, our minds can be open,
Hold us in your hands, diff’rence in one body
You so love this world, you made us for unity

Our world, gripped with injustice, cannot hold it on our own
Follow the footsteps of Jesus, as we walk each other home

Prayer Song: HWB 377 Healer of Our Every Ill

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.

Sending Song: Kindness

Christ has no body here but ours
No hands no feet here on earth but ours
Ours are the eyes through which he looks
On this world with kindness
Ours are the hands through which he works
Ours are the feet on which he moves
Ours are the voices through which he speaks
To this world with kindness
Through our touch, our smile, our listening ear
Embodied in us, Jesus is living here
Let us go now, inspirited
Into this world with kindness

Songs: Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him (Text: John L. Bell and Graham Maule; Music: Lewis folk melody, arranged by John L. Bell; © WGRG The Iona Community); Healer of Our Every Ill (Text & Music: Marty Haugen, 1986, Gather, 1988; © 1987 G.I.A. Publications, Inc.); Clothe Ourselves with Love (Text & Music: Camps with Meaning; © 2019 Camps with Meaning; used with permission, http://www.campswithmeaning.org); Kindness (Text: adapted from prayer attributed to Theresa of Avila; Music: Brian McLaren; © 2011; used with permission, http://www.stevebell.com); As You Go Out from Here (Text & Music: Bryan Moyer Suderman; © 2011 SmallTall Music; used with permission, http://www.smalltallministries.com)
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August 30, 2020: “Sharing Our Gifts”

Welcome to this special worship service! Normally on this date we would not have a worship service. This Sunday in August was to be Morden’s Corn & Apple Festival and people would have the option of attending the community service there. However, since Corn & Apple has been cancelled this year, we are using this as an opportunity to have a special online service in which MMC folks share our gifts with each other.

Preparing for Worship

Last week we heard these words in our Scripture reading: “I appeal to you therefore, siblings in Christ, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1). It’s an invitation to consider all of life, everything we do in our bodies, as worship in gratitude for God’s many mercies. We do not just worship God in a Sunday morning “worship service.” And, as we’ve discovered over the past months, we don’t just worship God in a church building.

How have you worshiped God this summer? What has your home “worship space” looked like?

Elsie H. shares the picture below of her home worship space, ready to share in communion online.


Kristy L. H. shares the picture below of their Sunday morning worship space a few weeks ago. She says, “Trying to be intentional with our kids during this season of online worship has been tricky…but we found that going out into nature was the best way to do family and think about community and experience God.”


In whatever physical space you’re in right now, we invite you to make it a space of worship simply by enjoying the gifts people have shared below. Note that with most of the pictures you can click on the picture for a larger version to give you a better look.

Gardens

Many among us have enjoyed growing things this summer—perhaps many more of us than usual, with the COVID-19 pandemic keeping us closer to home.

Agatha M. shares the picture below of her “little oasis.” “How soothing and peaceful it is,” she says.

Carol F. shares the pictures below of her garden and Henry & Anne F.‘s watermelon field.


Laurie L. shares the pictures below of her garden and some of its bounty. She says, “Thankful for my garden and enjoying sharing it!”


John & Dianna F. share the picture below of some of their own summer bounty.

Hobbies and Crafts

From garden to table! Carrie S. shares the picture below of homemade soup with these words: “During COVID shut down I perfected my soup making skills and tried new and interesting recipes that I found on line.”


Carrie is not the only one among us who has honed their skills in cooking, crafts, or hobbies over the past few months. Many among us have even tried out some new things this summer. Whether these have been well-loved crafts over a lifetime or brand-new hobbies just discovered, we’re grateful for these gifts shared among us.

John G. shares the pictures below of the model barn he has worked on this summer. It is a re-creation of the old family barn, as you can see in the photo he is holding in the third picture.


Rose B. shares the pictures below of some of her paintings, acrylic on canvas and also stainless steel.


Dianne H. shares the pictures below of some of the water colour pencil labyrinths she has created. She says, “My own kids and the kids in my Sunday school class know that I am all about labyrinths… All of the quotes are from the album by Steve Bell and his daughter Sarah called, ‘Sons & Daughters.’ Walking a labyrinth, drawing a labyrinth, sewing a labyrinth… these, for me, are all about meeting God, being in ‘God space.'”

Adeline P. shares the pictures below, just a few of the many photos she has taken and edited this summer. The final picture in the set is of a puzzle Adeline completed.


Peter F. shares the pictures below of some sketches he has done this summer. He says, “The beauty in nature has always inspired me to create the images I see. This summer I had the privilege of sketching outdoors with my granddaughter, who is a graduate in fine arts. The sketches that you see were done with coloured pencils.”

Agatha M. shares the picture below of one of her recent projects. “You start with a picture in your mind…add a few skeins of yarn and go…how rewarding when the finished product works out! Many hours of love go into one of these but oh, the blessed feeling of accomplishment.”

Adalynne P. shares the pictures below of some of the embroidery and sewing projects she has done this summer.


Anna H. shares the picture below of one of the puzzles she has done this summer.

Special Events

COVID-19 has changed many plans for us these past months! However, many among us have still managed to have special times and celebrate special events, perhaps with some restrictions.

What special times have you had this summer with family or friends, or on your own? What special events or milestones did you celebrate?

Linda & Dave P. celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in July. The smaller size of the event did not diminish the celebration!


Ian F. shares the picture below of a canoe trip he went on recently to Caddy Lake with four cousins, his Grandad, his Dad, and an Aunt:

Songs and Poems and Prayers

Michael P. shares below a choral piece he wrote this summer. The recording is a piano rendition of the four voice parts. The text is a repeated “Alleluia!” with a middle refrain, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God! Blessed are the feet of the one who brings good news!”

Loretta T. shares the song below: “Beauty for Brokenness.” If you’d like to sing along or follow the lyrics, you can find it in STS 115.

For the young (or young at heart!) among us, Brenda U. F. shares the video below: “Hey, Seed Sower.” It’s a play off of “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train, but tells Jesus’ parable of the sower in Matthew 13.

Lawrence S. shares a poem he wrote below: “Reprieve.” It was inspired by watching the birds from his back deck this summer.

L. Esther M. J. shares the song below: “As the Deer,” based in part on Psalm 42:1-2. She recorded it in the sanctuary, as you can see in the picture.


Finally, to close this special service of worship, Al T. shares the prayer below, written this past spring and recorded in the Manitou Opera House.

Thank you to everyone who shared their gifts among us this morning! We know this is but a sample of the good things God has given us to enjoy, and which we in turn can share with others for their enjoyment and encouragement. Go this week in the presence and peace of Christ, sharing the love of Christ with all you encounter.

Healer of Our Every Ill by Marty Haugen (©1987 G.I.A. Publications Inc.)
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August 23, 2020: “Coming Out of Exile”

Preparing for Worship

Today we reflect on God’s word to Israel during their time in Exile, bringing assurances of God’s presence and faithfulness, and promises of God’s good purposes being fulfilled. Join us in worship as we seek to hear this word as a word to us, and may we walk together in faith with our faithful God into the new things God has for us.

In preparation for worship, consider lighting a “Christ candle,” signifying the presence of Christ with you and with us all.

Call to Worship

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

Songs of Praise

Join in singing or listen along to HWB 53 God of the Earth, the Sky, the Sea, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or 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 singing our praise to God with STJ 27 God of the Bible, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving 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:

  • Each of us through the rest of this summer, that we would find enjoyment in the simple things of summer life: time with family and friends, the warmth of sunshine, the shade of a tree, the beauty of flowers and sunsets, the bounty of summer gardens.
  • 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 “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 know the faithful presence of God with us and among us as we walk into an uncertain fall, finding new spaces of joy and peace and life. Hear God’s promise to a people in exile: “For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands” (Isa 55:12).

Elsie W. 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.

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 readings this morning are Isaiah 51:1-5 and Romans 12:1-8, 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

Megan K. shares this for the young (or the young at heart!) among us: The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein. Megan notes that it’s a story about “changing relationships and expectations; leaving and returning changed.”

Meditation

Michael P. shares this meditation on our Scripture texts for us today, called “Coming Out of Exile”:

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 STJ 35 O Breath of Life, accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You may use the songbook or follow along with 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!

Benediction

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

Sending Song

We go with a song of praise on our lips! Join in singing HWB 427 You Shall Go Out with Joy, accompanied by Erin K., Joel K., Jude K., and Milo 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: God of the Earth, the Sky, the Sea (Text: Samuel Longfellow, Hymns of the Spirit, 1864, alt.; Music: Henri F. Hemy, Crown of Jesus Music, 1864; adapted by James G. Walton, Plainsong Music for the Holy Communion Office, 1874); God of the Bible (Shirley Erena Murray/Tony E. Alonso; ©1996 Hope Publishing Co. / ©2001 GIA Publications Inc.); Spirit of the Living God (Text and Music: Daniel Iverson; ©1935, renewal 1963 Birdwing Music and BMG Songs, Inc.); O Breath of Life (Text: Elizabeth Ann P. Head; Music: ©1989 James E. Clemens); You Shall Go Out With Joy (Steffi Geiser Rubin & Stuart Dauermann; © 1975 Lillenas Publishing Co.)
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August 16, 2020: “The Lord is Our Good Shepherd”

Preparing for Worship

Psalm 23 is one of the best-loved portions of Scripture, and it gives us one of the Bible’s most compelling images of God: as a shepherd caring for their sheep. The Gospel of John picks up on this image, calling Jesus “the Good Shepherd” who provides for and protects his followers, his beloved sheep.

Today let’s reflect on this Psalm and this comforting image of God together. Let’s worship the God who cares for us, who provides for us and watches over us.

Let’s look to Jesus our Good Shepherd.

Call to Worship

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

Songs of Praise

Join in singing HWB 16 God is Here Among Us, accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

God is here among us; let us all adore him,
and with awe appear before him.
God is here within us; soul, in silence fear him,
humbly, fervently draw near him.
Now his own who have known God in worship
lowly yield their spirits wholly.

Come, abide within me; let my soul, like Mary, 
be thine earthly sanctuary.
Come, indwelling Spirit, with transfigured splendor;
love and honour will I render. 
Where I go here below, let me bow before thee,
know thee, and adore thee.

Gladly we surrender earth’s deceitful treasures,
pride of life, and sinful pleasures.
Gladly, Lord, we offer thine to be forever,
soul and life and each endeavour.
Thou alone shalt be known Lord of all our being,
life’s true way decreeing.

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:

  • Those among us travelling during these final weeks of summer, that we would be safe in our travels and find enjoyment on the journey, in our destinations, and in our arrival back home.
  • 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 persevere in the way of Jesus, putting into practice the faith, hope, and love of Jesus. “Faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:13).

Dianne 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 songbook 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 23, read for us by Ron F. 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

Robyn L. shares this for the young (or the young at heart!) among us:

Meditation

Ron F. shares this meditation on Psalm 23 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 327 Great is Thy Faithfulness, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You may use the songbook or follow along with the lyrics below.

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father.
There is no shadow of turning with thee.
Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not.
As thou hast been thou forever wilt be.

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! 
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed thy hand hath provided.
Great is thy faithfulness! Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon, and stars in their courses above,
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow;
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Benediction

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

Sending Song

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.

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: God is Here Among Us by Gerhard Tersteegen (Public); Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee by Ludwig van Beethoven, Henry van Dyke (Public); Gentle Shepherd, Come and Lead Us by Gloria Gaither, William J. Gaither (© 1974 William J. Gaither); Great is Thy Faithfulness by Thomas O. Chisholm, William M. Runyan (© 1951 Hope Publishing Co.); Rain Down by Jaime Cortez (© 1992 Jaime Cortez, OCP Publications)
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