New Year’s Day Worship Service
January 1, 2017
Verse of the Week:
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90: 12
Worship leader: Rudy Franz
Song-leader & Pianist: Harley Dyck
Welcome & announcements
Call to worship
Worship in Song
Worship in Song
Time of Sharing – we invite your participation in sharing items of Scripture, song, instrumental, story, whatever it is that would be important to share with the rest of the congregation.
Prayer & Praise
~ welcome to the first Sunday of the New Year which happens to fall on New Year’s Day. We are grateful that the God we worship and serve is a God of all generations, whose faithfulness extends to the end of time. We trust that God’s continued presence will
Illuminate the journey of faith we are invited to participate in this year. We also invite your sharing in our worship service due to the fact that our final Sunday of last year, coincided with Christmas Day. Thank you for your participation.
~ Thank you to all those who helped out with the preparation and serving of breakfast for us on this New Year’s Day. We appreciate the opportunity to begin our year with food, fellowship and worship.
~ We trust that as students and staffs is making their way back to the classroom; they may experience a continued love of learning and also a continued awareness of God’s presence with them.
~ Thursday, January 5 we have the opportunity to participate in our monthly prayer vigil for Eagles wings Children’s village in Uganda. Our prayer support is always valued and appreciated.
~Continue to pray for Tenley & her family. Updates can be found at: http://www.tenleysjourney.wordpress.com
~ Those in various care homes that we remember in our prayers include: Susan Janzen, Trudy Harms, Helen Fehr, Helen Janzen, and Jake Rempel.
~We continue to offer our prayer support for Laure and her family, as well as for the Paroisse Missionaire Congregation in Kinshasa, DR Congo; Ryan Thiessen in San Carlos, Mexico, Murray and Carol Honsberger in Papua New Guinea, Eagles Wings Children’s Village in Uganda, Jon & Natalie Neudorf in Chiang Mai, Thailand working with YWAM, Andrea Fehr with YWAM in Hawai’i
Prayer for the week:
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, whose years never fail and whose mercies are new each returning day: let the radiance of your Spirit renew our lives, warming our hearts and fiving light to our minds, that we may pass the coming year in joyful obedience and firm faith; through Him who is the beginning and the end, your son, Christ our Lord. Amen.
~ Go to http://bmcyouth.blogspot.ca for updates youth events. For the most recent updates, check out the groups on Facebook named “BMC Youth”, and “BMC Jr Youth” or contact Gerry Giesbrecht @ 204-362-7262
Junior Youth (Mondays 7pm-9pm):
The Junior & Senior Youth will resume on January 11, 2017 @ 7:30 pm for an Underground Church evening.
Senior Youth (Wednesdays 7pm-9:30pm):
~ Audio services and bulletins are now available at our Church website. We are working at streamlining this, and keeping it current. Please be patient with us as we continue to update our web presence. Go to http://blumenortchurch.com to see what’s new online.
~ Thursday, January 5 – Education Committee meeting at 7 pm
~ Monday, January 9 – Church Council meeting at 7:30 pm
~ Friday, January 20 – Youth evening at MCI with the musical group “The Color”. Doors open at 7 pm. Concert at 7:30 pm. For tickets call 204-327—5891. Cost is $5. Per person
~ From the finance committee, thank you to all who have given so generously during this year.
~ Contributions to the mitten tree are welcomed and very much appreciated. Mittens, scarves, toques, gloves, socks and slippers are welcomed to fill a need in our local schools. Each week, the tree will be emptied and its contents distributed to a different school in our community. Thank you for your generosity and kindness.
~ There will be no Sunday school on January 1.
January 8 – Speaker – Esther Zacharias
January 15 – speaker – Rudy Franz
January 15 & 16 – Annual Prayer Services @ 7:30 pm
~ Members of MCM congregations are invited to a special meeting on Thursday, January 12, 2017 (7:00-9:15 PM) at the Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship, 150 Bayridge Ave, Winnipeg. Updates on various MCM matters will be provided followed by conversation about how the decisions of the Being a Faithful Church could be implemented by and within MCM. This will not be a decision-making business meeting and attendees do not need to be delegated by their congregation to participate. More specific information for attendees to prepare for the BFC conversation will follow soon.
Mennonite Central Committee:
~ Please join us in prayer for the people of Aleppo, Syria as the number of missiles and bombs has continued to increase. A long-term MCC partner urges our prayers for peace and that this Christmas will bring joy and hope to the people of Syria. To hear more from Aleppo, please visit http://mccmb.ca/stories/pray-christmas-will-bring-joy.
Urgent Prayer Requests from Mennonite Church Canada:
As our thoughts turn to the birth place of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, we are again reminded to pray for people in conflict all around the world. Please also remember MC Canada Witness workers Jennifer Otto and Gregory Rabus, and Karl and Marla Langelotz as they minister to refugees in light of the tragic truck crash into a Christmas market in Berlin. The Otto Rabuses and Langelotzes are Witness workers serving in Mannheim.
Bock Ki Kim and Sook Kyoung Park, MC Canada Witness Workers in South Korea, invite your prayers for during a time of great political unrest. President Park Guen-hye was impeached on Dec. 9, 2016 for abuse of power, corruption and scandal. Protestors are calling for Park Guen-hye’s removal from office. Bock Ki and Sook Kyoung have noticed some protestors carrying torches instead of candle lights. Traditionally, torches symbolize peasant revolution. Please pray that amidst the current political crises, Mennonite Church in South Korea may encourage helpful dialogue and non-violent action according to the way of Jesus Christ.