August 1, 2021 “This Is Holy Ground”

We Gather Together to Worship God

Call to Worship

Songs of Praise

We Offer Our Lives to God

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving!
Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries.
You can send a cheque to the church office by mail, or you can give through an Access Credit Union branch or their online banking services (see the information here).

Community Life

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

Congregational Prayer

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • For political stability in the country of Haiti, prayers for wretched histories in this beautiful country and for all who cry out from the ground.
  • Church Council, as they conspire for the strength, health, growth of Morden Mennonite Church. 
  • For feet that recognize ground that signals breakthrough, peels back the veil. (Exodus 3:1-15)
  • God, hear our prayer…

Prayer Song

We Listen to God’s Word

Children’s Feature

It is so wonderful to have Rick from Mennonite Church Manitoba here with us (online:)! I thought it was fitting to hear a few more songs from our joint (MCM) community for the children’s story this morning. We’ve done this before:) Just click below for the link to the Camps With Meaning list of songs!

Music – Camps With Meaning

I’ll suggest #6 (This Ground) and #42 (Fear Not) that connect with the service this morning…and then feel free to keep clicking. These songs have big meaning and learning in such easy ways to hear/listen and learn…Enjoy!

Pastor Kristy

Scripture Reading: Exodus 3:1–15

Meditation

Song of Response

We Are Sent with God’s Blessing

Benediction

Sending Song

In the Week Ahead

Check the church website and church Facebook page regularly for staying connected.

Songs: Come, Now Is the Time to Worship (Text: Brian Doerksen (Canada); Music: Brian Doerksen © 1998 Vineyard Songs); God of the Bible (Text: Shirley Erena Murray (Aotearoa New Zealand), © 1996 Hope Publishing Company; Music: Tony E. Alonso (USA), © 2001 GIA Publications, Inc.); Be Still and Know (Text: Psalm 46:10; Music: anon.; arr. Jack Schrader, 1988, © 1989 Hope Publishing Company); Confitemini Domino / Come and Fill Our Hearts (Text: Latin; Psalm 136:1; English and Spanish stanzas Taize Community (France); Music;: Jacques Berthier (France) © 1982, 1991, 2011 Les Presses de Taize (admin. GIA Publications, Inc.); As You Go Out from Here (Text: Hebrew traditional; Music: Israeli traditional)
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July 25, 2021 “Mess and Order: Pain”

We Gather Together to Worship God

Call to Worship

Songs of Praise

We Offer Our Lives to God

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving!
Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries.
You can send a cheque to the church office by mail, or you can give through an Access Credit Union branch or their online banking services (see the information here).

Community Life

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

Congregational Prayer

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • All those around the world feeling directly the adverse effects of unusual climate events – drought, fires, smoke, flooding, tornadoes.
  • Our government and health leaders, as they make decisions about safely allowing life to return to near pre-pandemic norms.
  • Our church’s Worship Committee, now chaired by Margie H., and Church Council, as they work at plans for in-person church services to safely resume.
  • That Jesus is “deeply moved” by our grief, hurts and disappointments. (John 11:33)

Prayer Song

We Listen to God’s Word

Children’s Feature

Scripture Reading: John 11:1–7, 17–35

Meditation

Bibliography
Bell, Rob. Matthew.
Buchanan, Mark. Things Unseen: Living With Eternity in Your Heart.
Buechner, Frederick. Peculiar Treasures.
Wright, N.T. God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronovarius and Its Aftermath.
Dubner, Stephen. Stephen Levitt. Freakonomics: The Hidden Side of Everything.

Song of Response

We Are Sent with God’s Blessing

Benediction

Sending Song

In the Week Ahead

Check the church website and church Facebook page regularly for staying connected.

Songs: Gott ist gegenwartig / God Is Here among Us (Text: German; Gerhard Tersteegen (present-day Germany), Geistliches Blumengarlein, 1729; trans. The Hymnal, 1940, alt. Music: Joachim Neander (present-day Germany), Alpha und Omega, Glaub- und Liebesubung, 1680); Christ Is Our Cornerstone (Text: “Angularis fundamentum lapis” (Rome), ca. 7th c.; trans. John Chandler (England), Hymns of the Primitive Church, 1837, alt. Music: John Darwall (England), New Universal Psalmodist, 1770); What a Friend We Have in Jesus (Text: Joseph M. Scriven (Canada), 1855, Spirit Minstrel: A Collection of Hymns and Music, 1857, alt.; Lao trans. anon.; Hmong trans. anon. Music: Charles C. Converse (USA), 1868, Silver Wings, 1870); Nothing Is Lost on the Breath of God (Text: Colin Gibson (New Zealand); Music: Colin Gibson © 1996 Hope Publishing Company); In the Bulb There Is a Flower (Text: Natalie Sleeth (USA), 1985; Music: Natalie Sleeth, 1985 © 1986 Hope Publishing Co.)
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July 18, 2021 “Mess and Order: Mess”

We Gather Together to Worship God

Call to Worship

Songs of Praise

Our second song of praise is 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.

We Offer Our Lives to God

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving!
Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries.
You can send a cheque to the church office by mail, or you can give through an Access Credit Union branch or their online banking services (see the information here).


Community Life

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

Congregational Prayer

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • All who are adversely affected by the severe heat and drought that is gripping so much of our continent and beyond, with the accompanying loss of income, property, and life.
  • To thank God for our Administrative Assistant, Robyn, who, among many other duties, takes all the various recordings that are sent her way each week, and blends them into a meaningful on-line worship service.
  • Those among us who are vacationing, that they may have safety, and experience true “re-creation.”
  • To ask that each of us, despite all the uncertainty around us, may feel “. . . the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding . . .“ (Phil. 4:7)

Prayer Song

We Listen to God’s Word

Children’s Feature

Some days are just like that I guess (so says Alexander’s mom at the end of the book). Grateful we have light enough for each next step…and the next day:)

Pastor Kristy

Scripture Reading: Genesis 50:15–21; Philippians 4:4–9

Meditation

Bibliography
Epp, Brenda. “All will be well!”  Canadian Mennonite, Vol.25 No. 12. 
Gladwell, Malcom. David and Goliath.
Goldingay, John. Genesis for Everyone Part One.
Harford, Tim. Messy. The Power of Disorder to Transform our Lives. 
Kay, John. Obliquity. Why our Goals are Best Achieved Indirectly.

Song of Response

Let’s respond to the meditation with HWB 377 Healer of Our Every Ill, accompanied by Loretta & Al T.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We Are Sent with God’s Blessing

Benediction

Sending Song

In the Week Ahead

Check the church website and church Facebook page regularly for staying connected.

Songs: All Creatures, Worship God Most High (Text: Saint Francis of Assisi (present-day Italy), “Laudato sia Dio mio Signore,” 1225; trans. William H. Draper (England), Hymns of the Spirit, 1926, alt. Music: Geistliche Kirchengesang (present-day Germany), 1623; adapt. and harm. Ralph Vaughan Williams (England), The English Hymnal, 1906, simplified); Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him (Text: John L. Bell and Graham Maule; Music: Lewis folk melody; arranged by John L. Bell; Text and Music copyright © WGRG The Iona Community (Scotland); Used by permission of GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive agent); Thy Word Is a Lamp (Text: Amy Grant (USA) and Michael W. Smith (USA); refrain based on Psalm 119:105; Music: Amy Grand and Michael W. Smith; © 1984 Meadowgreen Music Company, Word Music, LLC); Healer of Our Every Ill (Text: Marty Haugen, 1986, Gather, 1988; Music: Marty Haugen, 1986, Gather, 1988; Text and music copyright © 1987 G.I.A. Publications, Inc.); Go, My Friends, in Grace (Text: David Wright (USA), 2004, A Field of Voices, 2007, © 2004 David Wright; Music: James E. Clemens (USA), 2004, A Field of Voices, 2007, © 2004 James E. Clemens)
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July 11, 2021 “Mess and Order: Order”

We Gather Together to Worship God

Call to Worship

Songs of Praise

We Offer Our Lives to God

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving!
Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries.
You can send a cheque to the church office by mail, or you can give through an Access Credit Union branch or their online banking services (see the information here).

Community Life

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

Congregational Prayer

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • The many victims of recent tragedies around the world – the loved ones of those missing in the collapsed condo building in Florida, the victims of mudslides in Japan after heavy rains, the grief and uncertainty in Haiti following the assassination of their president, and many other situations.
  • The students and teachers among us, that after a trying school year due to Covid restrictions and changes, they may have a relaxing summer break.
  • To pray for rain for crops and gardens and our lake.
  • That we may be able to say with assurance, along with Jethro, that “now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods . . .” (Ex. 18:11)

Prayer Song

Let’s continue in a spirit of prayer as Dianne H. plays and sings STJ 92 Just as I Am.

We Listen to God’s Word

Children’s Feature

Good morning everyone! I know I’ve chosen this book before, but when I saw Pastor Justin’s little explanation about his sermon, I thought it fit just perfectly again! Focusing on what’s important…..being kind! I hope you enjoy it (again:)

Scripture Reading: Mark 1:32-39; Exodus 18:8-24

Meditation

Bibliography
Alabama. Ultimate Alabama 20 #1 Hits “I’m in a Hurry
Bell, Rob. Shells.
Collins, Jim. Good to Great.
Harford, Tim. Messy. The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives.
Wright, N.T. The Gospel of Mark for Everyone.
Yaconelli, Michael. Messy Spirituality.

Song of Response

Join Dianne H. in VT 737 Breathe on Me, Breath of God.

Breathe on me, breath of God.
Fill me with life anew,
that I may love what you so love,
and do what you would do.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
until my heart is pure,
until with you, I will one will: to do and to endure.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
my will to yours incline,
till all this selfish part of me
glows with your fire divine.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
so shall I never die,
but live with you the perfect life of your eternity.

We Are Sent with God’s Blessing

Benediction

Sending Song

In the Week Ahead

Check the church website and church Facebook page regularly for staying connected.

Songs: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise (Text: Walter C. Smith (Scotland), Hymns of Christ and the Christian Life, 1867, alt. Music: Welsh traditional, Caniadau y Cyssegr, 1839; Public); Mountain of God (Text: Phil Campbell-Enns (Canada); Music: Phil Campbell-Enns; acc. Bill Derksen (Canada) © 2016 Phil Campbell-Enns); Just as I Am, Without One Plea (Text: Charlotte Elliot, 1834, Invalid’s Hymn Book, 1836; Music: English traditional; harmonized by James E. Clemens, 2004; Harmonization copyright © 2004 James E. Clemens); Breathe on Me, Breath of God (Text: Edwin Hatch (England), Between Doubt and Prayer, 1878, alt. Music: Robert Jackson (England), Fifty Sacred Leaflets, 1888); The Peace of the Earth Be with You / La paz de la tierra (Text: Spanish; Guatemalan traditional; trans. Christine Carson (Scotland), © 1998 Christine Carson and WGRG, Iona Community (admin. GIA Publications, Inc.); Music: Guatemalan traditional)
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