August 2, 2020: “Co-Labourers with Jesus”

Preparing for Worship

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

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

Call to Worship

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

Songs of Praise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s continue singing with HWB 299 New Earth, Heavens New, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

New earth, heavens new, Spirit of God moving;
new seed, creatures new, Spirit of life moving;
new man, woman new, image of God moving.

Sing a new song to the One who has said,
“Behold, I make all things new.”

New love, mercies new, Spirit of God moving;
new strength, hopefulness new, Spirit of life moving;
new hearts, spirits new, image of God moving.

New minds, wisdom new, Spirit of God moving;
new law, covenant new, Spirit of life moving;
new name, nature new, image of God moving.

New earth, heavens new, Spirit of God moving;
new birth, creatures new, Spirit of life moving;
new men, women new, image of God moving.

Offering

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

Community Life & Prayer

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

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • Our nation-wide church, Mennonite Church Canada. Pray for MC Canada leaders and staff as they attend to our national and international interests on behalf of the regional churches. Pray for our Indigenous-Settler Relations and International Witness ministries as we pursue justice and peace in Canada and around the world.
  • 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 serve the church and the world as co-labourers with God. “God has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So, we are ambassadors for Christ” (2 Cor. 5:18-20).

Margie H. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Let us continue in prayer as we sing Felix Culpa (He Who Watches Over You) by Alana Levandoski, accompanied by Michael P.

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is from 1 Corinthians 3:5-10, 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

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

This morning we’ve heard (and we will hear more about) working as a team to plant and share Jesus’ love with others. I think this book is a great way to think about love and kindness and all the different ways that looks to all different kinds of people. But also…how being kind can look exactly the same. It looks the same way that Jesus showed love to anyone and everyone, every chance he got.

Meditation

In this story-sermon called “Co-Labourers with Jesus” originally from 2017, Michael P. shares the story of Gaia, a fictional first-century Corinthian woman, as she hears and lives out the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:5-10:

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 307 Will You Let Me Be Your Servant, accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You may use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Will you let me be your servant,
let me be as Christ to you?
Pray that I may have the grace to
let you be my servant too.

We are pilgrims on a journey,
we are trav’lers on the road.
We are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ-light for you
in the nighttime of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you,
speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping,
when you laugh I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow 
till we’ve seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven,
we shall find such harmony,
born of all we’ve known together
of Christ’s love and agony.

Benediction

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

Sending Song

Join in singing HWB 226 You are Salt for the Earth, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P.  You can use the songbook 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 the One Who Breaks the Darkness by Rusty Edwards (© 1987 Hope Publishing Co.); New Earth, Heavens New by Harris J. Loewen (© 1991 Hope Publishing Co.); Felix Culpa (He Who Watches Over You) by Alana Levandoski (© 2011 Alana Levandoski); Will You Let Me Be Your Servant by Richard Gillard (© 1977 Scripture in Song); You are Salt for the Earth by Marty Haugen (© 1986 G.I.A. Publications Inc.)
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July 26, 2020: “Jesus, God’s Wisdom”

Preparing for Worship

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

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

Call to Worship

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

Songs of Praise

Let’s continue singing with 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.

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!

Offering

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

Community Life & Prayer

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

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • Our regional church, Mennonite Church Manitoba. Pray for MCM board members, leaders, and staff as they provide connection among our churches and support for our local church ministries. Pray for Camps with Meaning staff as they navigate a different and difficult summer without normal overnight camping.
  • 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 seek the true wisdom of God revealed in Christ. “The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy” (James 3:17).

Al T. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Let us continue in prayer as we sing HWB 353 Lord, Listen to Your Children, accompanied by Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Lord, listen to your children praying,
Lord, send your Spirit in this place.
Lord, listen to your children praying,
Send us love, send us power, send us grace!

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is from 1 Corinthians 2:1-3:4, read for us by Al T. As we listen to our Scripture reading, and as we reflect on it together in our children’s focus and meditation, may we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Focus

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

Meditation

In this story-sermon called “Jesus, God’s Wisdom” originally from 2017, Michael P. shares the story of Gaia, a fictional first-century Corinthian woman, as she hears and lives out the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:1-3:4:

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.

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

Al T. offers this benediction for us as we leave this time of worship together:

Sending Song

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

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

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

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

In the Week Ahead

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

Songs: Come and See by Marilyn Houser Hamm (© 1974 Marilyn Houser Hamm); All Creatures of Our God and King by St. Francis of Assisi, William H. Draper, Ralph Vaughan Williams (© 1927, renewed, J. Curwen & Sons, Ltd. / © Oxford University Press); Lord, Listen to Your Children by Ken Medema (© 1974 William J. Gaither); Be Thou My Vision (Ancient Irish, Translated) by Mary E. Byrne, Eleanor Hull, Martin Shaw (© Oxford University Press); Now May the Lord of Peace (©2018, Camps with Meaning, camps@mennochurch.mb.ca, http://www.campswithmeaning.org)
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July 19, 2020: “Jesus, Crucified King”

Preparing for Worship

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

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

Call to Worship

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

Songs of Praise

Join in singing along to STJ 3 Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him, accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Community Life & Prayer

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

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • Our church, Morden Mennonite Church. Pray for our pastors as they guide and nurture us in the ways of Jesus. Pray for our church council and church committees as they provide leadership among us. Pray for church staff as they serve. Pray for wisdom and grace among us collectively as we navigate through challenging and changing times.
  • 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 experience the true power of God seen in weakness, vulnerability, and humility. “[The Lord Jesus] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness’” (2 Cor. 12:9).

Larissa P. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Let us continue in prayer as we sing STJ 34 Loving Spirit, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

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

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

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

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

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

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is from 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, read for us by Larissa P. As we listen to our Scripture reading, and as we reflect on it together in our children’s focus and meditation, may we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Focus

In our Scripture reading we heard about how God uses things we don’t expect, even surprising things, to show God’s presence among us. The story of David and Goliath reminds us of how God can use someone we don’t expect, even someone small, to do a mighty thing. Larissa P. shares this for the young (and the young at heart!) reminding us of this truth through the eyes of little David.

Meditation

In this story-sermon called “Jesus, Crucified King” originally from 2017, Michael P. shares the story of Gaia, a fictional first-century Corinthian woman, as she hears and lives out the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31:

Moment of Reflection

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

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

Song of Response

Let us join together in singing STS 49 I Will Come to You in the Silence, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You may use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

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

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

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

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

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

Benediction

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

In the Week Ahead

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

Songs: Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him by John L. Bell & Graham Maule (© WGRG The Iona Community/GIA Publications Inc.); Jesus, Stand Among Us by William Pennefather & Friedrich Filitz (Public); Loving Spirit by Shirley Erena Murray & William Smith Rockstro (© 1987 The Hymn Society/Hope Publishing Co.); I Will Come to You in the Silence by David Haas (© 1991 GIA Publications, Inc.); The Lord Lift You Up by Patricia J. Shelly & Dennis Friesen-Carper (© 1983 Patricia J. Shelly)
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July 12, 2020: “Jesus is Not Divided”

Preparing for Worship

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

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

Call to Worship

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

Songs of Praise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Offering

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

Community Life & Prayer

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

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

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

Esther J. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

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

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

Scripture Reading

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

Children’s Focus

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

Meditation

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

Moment of Reflection

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

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

Song of Response

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

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

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

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

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

Benediction

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

Sending Song

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

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

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

In the Week Ahead

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

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

Preparing for Worship

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

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

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

Call to Worship

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

Welcome
Call to Worship

Songs of Praise

Join in singing STJ 3 Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

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

Praise the God who keeps his promise;
praise the Son who calls us friends;
praise the Spirit who, among us,
to our hopes and fears attends.

Jesus calls us to confess him
Word of Life and Lord of all,
sharer of our flesh and frailness
saving all who fail or fall.
Tell his holy human story;
tell his tales that all may hear;
tell the world that Christ in glory
came to earth to meet us here.

Jesus calls us to each other:
vastly diff’rent though we are;
race and colour, class and gender
neither limit nor debar.
Join the hand of friend and stranger;
join the hands of age and youth;
join the faithful and the doubter
in their common search for truth.

Jesus calls us to his table
rooted firm in time and space,
where the church in earth and
heaven finds a common meeting place.
Share the bread and wine, his body;
share the love of which we sing;
share the feast for saints and sinners
hosted by our Lord and King.

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

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

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

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

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

Offering

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

Community Life & Prayer

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

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

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

Steve K. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

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

Scripture Reading

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

Children’s Focus

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

Meditation

Michael P. shares this meditation for us today:

Moment of Reflection

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

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

Song of Response

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

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

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

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

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

Benediction

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

Sending Song

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

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

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

In the Week Ahead

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

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

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

Preparing for Worship

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

Call to Worship

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

Songs of Praise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Offering

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

Community Life & Prayer

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

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

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

Elsie W. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

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

Scripture Reading

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

Children’s Focus

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

Meditation

Peter H. shares this meditation for us today:

Moment of Reflection

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

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

Song of Response

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

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

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

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

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

Benediction

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

Sending Song

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

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

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

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

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

In the Week Ahead

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

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

Preparing for Worship

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

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

Call to Worship

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

Songs of Praise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Offering

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

Community Life & Prayer

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

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

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

Cara W. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scripture Reading

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

Children’s Focus

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

Meditation

Lawrence S. shares this meditation for us today:

Moment of Reflection

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

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

Song of Response

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

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

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

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

Benediction

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

Sending Song

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the Week Ahead

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

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

Preparing for Worship

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

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

Call to Worship

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

Songs of Praise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Offering

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

Community Life & Prayer

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

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

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

Lawrence S. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

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

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

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

Scripture Reading

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

Children’s Focus

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

Meditation

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

Moment of Reflection

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

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

Song of Response

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

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

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

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

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Benediction

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

Sending Song

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the Week Ahead

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

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

From Morden Mennonite Church Council:

Dear Members and Friends of Morden Mennonite Church:

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

Here is Pastor Michael’s statement to the church:

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

An excerpt from Michael’s message:

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

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

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

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

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

– Pastor Michael

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

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June 7, 2020: Trinity Sunday

Preparing for Worship

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

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

Welcome to our worship service “together apart”!

Call to Worship

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

Songs of Praise

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

Sunday School start-up way back in September!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Offering

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

Sunday School Celebration

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

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

Community Life & Prayer

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

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

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

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

Dianne H. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

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

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

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

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

Scripture Reading

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

Children’s Focus

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

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

Meditation

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

Moment of Reflection

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

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

Song of Response

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

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

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

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

Benediction

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

Sending Song

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

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

In the Week Ahead

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

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