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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October 4, 2020: Communion Service

Welcome to our communion service together on this World Communion Sunday! We gather as a body of Christ here in Morden, part of the Body of Christ around the world. We gather in our own homes, separated physically, yet united in spirit, in the Spirit of Christ.

To participate in communion, please have ready some bread or crackers and a drink, enough to share with all who are participating with you. The words for the songs are available below the video if you do not have the song books and wish to sing along.

Call to Worship: STJ 3 Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him vv. 1,4

Jesus calls us here to meet him
as, through word and song and prayer,
we affirm God’s promised presence
where his people live and care.
Praise the God who keeps his promise;
praise the Son who calls us friends;
praise the Spirit who, among us,
to our hopes and fears attends.

Jesus calls us to 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.

Communion Song: HWB 471 Eat This Bread

Eat this bread, drink this cup,
come to me and never be hungry.
Eat this bread, drink this cup,
trust in me and you will not thirst.

Sending Song: STJ 87 Put Peace into Each Other’s Hands vv. 1,3,5

Put peace into each other’s hands
and like a treasure hold it,
protect it like a candle flame,
with tenderness enfold it.

Put peace into each other’s hands
like bread we break for sharing;
look people warmly in the eye:
our life is meant for caring.

Put Christ into each other’s hands,
he is love’s deepest measure;
in love make peace, give peace a chance,
and share it like a treasure.

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); Eat This Bread (Text: Robert Batastini and the Taizé Community, 1983, Music from Taizé, Vol. II, 1982, 1983, 1984; Music: Jacques Berthier, Music from Taizé, Vol. II, 1982, 1983, 1984; ©Les Presses de Taizé); Put Peace into Each Other’s Hands (Text: Fred Kaan; ©1989 Hope Publishing Company; Music: Irish melody, Irish Church Hymnal, 1873 or 1874)
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October 4, 2020: “Pressing Forward to Know Jesus”

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

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

Songs of Praise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Offering

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:

  • 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 walk in faith (not fear), hope (not despair), and love (especially for the most vulnerable among us).
  • Our children’s and youth Sunday School and our youth programs as they start up today and this week. May each one “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” this year (2 Pet 3:18).
  • 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 to “know Christ” better and more fully, pressing into this knowledge of Christ so that we might become more like him in his way of suffering love and his life-giving power (Phil 3:10-12).

Esther J. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Continue in prayer as we sing Felix Culpa (He, Who Watches Over You) by Alana Levandoski, accompanied by Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow along below.

He who watches over you
Will never slumber nor sleep
He who watches over you
Will never slumber nor sleep

Oh my child lay your burdens down
Lay them at my feet

He who watches over you
Will never slumber nor sleep

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is Philippians 3:4b-16, read for us by Esther J. As we listen to our Scripture reading, and as we reflect on it together in our children’s focus and meditation, may we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Focus

Margie H. has a story to share with the young (or the young at heart!) among us: That’s Where God Is, by Dan & Ali Morrow.

Meditation

Michael P. shares this meditation on our Scripture text for us today, called “Pressing Forward to Know Jesus”:

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 362 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 Esther J. as we leave this time of worship together:

Sending Song

As we leave this space of worship, let us join in singing HWB 430 God Be with You, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P.  You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

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

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

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

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

In the Week Ahead

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

Songs: Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song by Stephen Somerville (©1970 Stephen Somerville/© Les Petites Souers de Jesus and L’Arche Community); Fairest Lord Jesus by Heinrich von Fallersleben/Richard S. Willis (Public Domain; CCLI#27800); Felix Culpa (He Who Watches Over You) by Alana Levandoski (© 2011 Alana Levandoski); 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); God Be with You by Jeremiah E. Rankin/Ralph V. Williams (© Oxford University Press, CCLI Song #: 2647645)
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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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