WELCOME TO OUR WORSHIP SERVICE
Parable of the Treasure, Pearl and Net
August 12th, 2018 – 10:45 a.m.
Focus Statement: The Kingdom of Heaven is described by Jesus in many exciting and yet conflicting ways. In today’s parables we see God’s Kingdom as both something that is attractive yet also divisive. For the most part we like to think of the attractive part as happening “now” and the divisive part as happening “then” or not at all. What changes for the disciples listening to these parables, both now and then, when we recognize that attraction and division are always a part of living in the Kingdom of Heaven?
GATHERING AS GOD’S PEOPLE
Call to Worship
Here I am to Worship
Welcome and Lamp lighting
We light a light in the name of the God who creates life, the Son who loves life, and the Spirit who is the fire of life. Thanks be to God who unites us in our hope, faith and life.
10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)
STJ #16 Praise with Joy the World’s Creator
Scripture Reading – Psalm 105:1-6
Prayer and Offering – Hear our Prayer
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
Children’s story – Bev Unger
HWB #226 You are Salt for the Earth
Scripture Reading – Matthew 13:44-50
Sermon – Having Our Cake and Eating it Too or How to Catch a Raccoon – Lee Hiebert
RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD
Song of Response
HWB #545 Be Thou My Vision
Congregational Life and Sharing
SENDING GOD’S PEOPLE
Song of Sending
Colossians 3:17 (Let the Words of the Lord Jesus Christ…)
Worship Leader – Marg Rempel Song Leaders – Val and Ed Peters, Lyle Peters, Kendra Friesen Organist – Margarete Dyck Pianist – Lyle Peters
Next Week’s Scriptures: Revelation 3: 14-22; Luke 18: 9-14.
Think about it: How do I deal with instances where I see what appears to be an injustice? I can’t say anyone caused it, I can’t seem to do anything about it, nevertheless it is there!
PRAYER & PRAISE
Please pray for:
· Peter Koop and Susie Loewen who are in Bethesda Hospital.
· Hildegard Adrian, Peter Dyck, Tina Nikkel, Jessie Peters, and
Helen Warkentin who are in Bethesda Place.
· Pray for our missionaries: Rachel Klassen - Germany
· Judy Lafournaise who continues to struggle with health issues.
If you have a prayer request, please contact our Prayer Chain coordinator, Anne E. Froese
CHURCH FAMILY INFORMATION
Welcome to Grace Mennonite Church who join us this morning for the service and potluck lunch. We’re glad you are here today!
We pray a blessing on Isbrand and Trudy Fehr as we honour their request to transfer their membership to Peace River Gospel Church.
August 25-26 is Manigotagan weekend. Details and a sign-up sheet are at the Welcome Centre.
Sept 24th - SMC Women’s committee is meeting at 7pm in the kitchenette.
During the summer months July and August, there will be no Sunday School. Worship services will continue to start at 10:45 a.m., followed by a finger food potluck lunch. Please sign up at Welcome Centre for the Sunday you can help.
Gym Comm. Contact: Isbrand Fehr
SMC THIS WEEK
Sat. Aug 11 – SMC Women’s Breakfast at Smitty’s at 8:30
Mon. Aug. 13 – Mens Volleyball.
COMMUNITY & CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Aug. 19, 2018, 2:30 pm - Kanadiertreffen at Bethel Heritage Park, Winkler
Join us for a gathering of Low German speaking Mennonites emigrating from Latin America. The event will feature guest speaker Johan Hiebert, special music and children’s activities. Bring something to share for the potluck faspa, come and knack some zöt with us!
MCC Manitoba welcomes applications for IVEP/Summerbridge Coordinator (18-month term) based in Winnipeg. Applications are accepted until August 16. For more information and to apply, visit mccmb.ca/ivep-summerbridge-coordinator
MCC Canada welcomes applications for GSL Program Administrative Assistant (18-month term) based in Winnipeg. Applications are accepted until August 17. For more information and to apply, visit mcccanada.ca/gsl-program-administrative-assistant
Take an AMBS course this fall! Online courses include Christian Attitudes Toward War, Peace and Revolution; Christian Theology 1; and Spiritual Practices: Prayer and Scripture. Courses start Sept. 4; sign up by Aug. 28. ambs.edu/onecourse
Sept. 12 – Oct. 23 Exploring Anabaptist History and Theology (noncredit):. This online AMBS short course taught by Jamie Pitts, Ph.D., covers the birth and development of 16th-century Anabaptist movements and looks at various interpretations of the meaning of “Anabaptism” today. Cost: $200 before Aug. 22; $250 after. CEUs available. ambs.edu/shortcourses
Are your kids bored already with their summer break? Send them to camp! There are still some spots available for many of our camp weeks. Please contact the camp office for more information! 895-CAMP (2267) or email@example.com.
Sept. 2 -Welcome Week Kick-Off Concert – Providence College invites you to attend a free concert featuring Jordan St. Cyr and Scribe! Concert begins at 6:30.
Sat. Sept. 8 - Come ride Eden Foundation’s Head for the Hills cycling fund-raiser starting at Morden’s Colbert Beach. There are two routes to choose from. See full details at www.edenhealthcare.ca
September 22nd. Mark your calendar...Camp Assiniboia Square Dance & Pie Spectacular Fundraiser. 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Camp Tour - come see the new cabins, workshop, dike and lake (still under development); 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Square Dance, pie auction, campfire & singing. If you are able to make a pie for this event, please contact Jesse Wolfe 204-895-CAMP.
September 22nd. Brandon MCC Relief Sale - Join us on Saturday, for the Annual Brandon MCC Relief Sale at the Keystone Centre in Brandon. For more information visit mccmb.ca/brandon-relief-sale and save the date!
September 29th - Ride for Refuge 2018 -!! Come on out and join fellow church members, family and friends in this great, one-day fundraiser. You are invited to participate in this fun, ride/walk fundraising event in support of our international witness ministry. Please register at https://rideforrefuge.org/home or contact your Regional Church office for more information.
November 7-17, 2018 MCC learning tour on migration - When is the last time someone in your family crossed a border for work, school or love? Migration is both normal and complex. Learn more about the changing landscape of migration on an MCC learning tour to Guatemala and Honduras,. For more information, visit mccmb.ca/learning-tour-guatemala-honduras
Feb. 5th - Feb. 14th, 2019 - You are invited to join in on a Holy Land Tour of Israel. Feb. 5th is a little way off but we are booking now to hold our spaces. If you are at all interested, see the poster at the welcome center, visit website www.ToIsraelWithLove.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Ken 204 942-5433