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Based on: Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-7; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-10 Characters: Narrator Mary Magdalene Mary the mother of James Joanna (wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward) Salome Caleb: 10 year old son of Salome Dinah & David: eight year old twin... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at leadinginworship
In the midst of this pandemic, when worship is disrupted and even more vital than ever, we want to mark a transition in our congregation. Since 1992, we have been using the blue Hymnal: A Worship Book. Now our church... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2021 at leadinginworship
It has been a strange epiphany this year, God. We’ve had sudden insight into how fragile democracy can be. Many of us are disturbed and shocked by the violence and mayhem that filled the halls of power in Washington DC... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2021 at leadinginworship
Our prayer this Christmas is beyond words. You find it in the silence of the sleeping forest, down under the ice. You find it with the wind sweeping in cold gusts, rattling the windows. Our prayer is the snow that’s... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2020 at leadinginworship
It’s the eve of another celebration of Jesus’ birth-- but this year is different than any other. It’s hard to cast our thoughts to Bethlehem when the here and now is so heavy. On this Christmas Eve, we feel like... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2020 at leadinginworship
Thank you, God, for thick, warm socks on crisp winter days. Thank you for the smell of pine needles, for the taste of a juicy orange, for packages delivered in trucks, and colourful lights dancing in the dark. Thank you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2020 at leadinginworship
This service is approximately 30 minutes, depending on how long people share. It’s designed to be very little work for you. Everyone is so tired right now, this needs to be a no muss, no fuss service. You can have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2020 at leadinginworship
First Sunday of Advent Each year we light candles in advent as a way of marking the weeks before Christmas. In the northern hemisphere, as we progress through advent the nights get longer, and the days get shorter. Each week... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2020 at leadinginworship
Eternity Sunday, which we usually celebrate on the last Sunday before advent, is a time when we remember those who have died. It’s a way to grieve together, and to remember God’s promises. This year has been very strange, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2020 at leadinginworship
Our church, First Mennonite, wants to tell you something about the land we live on… the land where our church, our homes, our towns and cities and farms are. We aren’t the first people to live here, there were people... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2020 at leadinginworship
Our call to worship is Psalm 119:50 This is my comfort in my distress, that your promise gives me life. Let’s pray: We come to worship you, God, and we long for comfort. In your arms, this morning, can our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2020 at leadinginworship
Children’s Story: supplies: have a large vase with enough flowers so every child in church will be able to hold one. Good morning, children! What does it mean to belong to a family? What is a family? (get kid’s responses)... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2020 at leadinginworship
Zooming to Bethlehem: A Virtual Christmas Pageant by Carol Penner www.leadinginworship.com 2020 (email me and I can send you this as a Word document leadinginworship@live.com) based on Luke 2:1-14, Matthew 2:1-12 Characters: Announcer Innkeeper (in this version she is female,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2020 at leadinginworship
God, in this hard year, we’re stumbling towards Thanksgiving. There has been lots to trip us up; a pandemic, economic meltdowns, social isolation, injustice on so many fronts: #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, and the ongoing call for justice for indigenous peoples. Not... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2020 at leadinginworship
Glory be to God for autumn things! For the green world changing colour; golden, crimson, amber, rust. For baskets of glorious apples: delicious, ambrosia, russet, spy. For the grain tumbling out of the combine, the pumpkins filling the field, for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at leadinginworship
Spirit of Hope, can you hear us calling? This is our pandemic prayer. You see the virus, and chart its path. You are with the sick and with those who die, you are with the caregivers taking such great precautions;... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2020 at leadinginworship
Go into the year, ready to learn and to serve. Go into the year, ready to share knowledge and hope. Go into the year, prepared to do your best knowing that will be good enough. Go into the year, there... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2020 at leadinginworship
You are the God who hears: hear our prayer today for all who lament or repent. For those among us who face discrimination every day because of their skin colour, we lament. For those among us with white skin who... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2020 at leadinginworship
God the Almighty longs for justice and confronts the sin of white supremacy. God gathers the souls of the murdered, their blood cries out from the ground. God hears the cries of the oppressed, and comes to their aid. Jesus... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2020 at leadinginworship
Gracious God: We are the church united as we pray from different locations, connected through something more marvellous than technology-- your Spirit filling us with hope and vision. We come first of all with thanksgiving. Thank you for the many... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2020 at leadinginworship
Our call to worship is from Micah 6:8 God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2020 at leadinginworship
We’re always calling God. Where are you God? Why don’t you pick up? The phone rings and rings, echoing in that heavenly chamber. We check the number, this has got to be right. Finally God’s answering machine clicks in. We... Continue reading
Reblogged May 13, 2020 at leadinginworship
This Mother’s Day is different, God. So many cannot visit their beloved mothers or grandmothers, or the women who have been like mothers. People feel so lonely because their hands are not held, their arms cannot hug. Other families have... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2020 at leadinginworship
Great God: our community gathers in spirit through the marvels of technology to give thanks together. Thank you for medical professionals and staff who work so faithfully in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes… give them strength, courage and personal protective... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2020 at leadinginworship
Jesus died. He was buried. On the third day he rose. Thank you, God, for hope when hope was lost and for life when death had won. In these pandemic times when so many are suffering and dying resurrect within... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2020 at leadinginworship