WELCOME TO OUR WORSHIP SERVICE
The Parable of the Talents
August 26th, 2018 – 10:45 a.m.
Focus Statement: The Parable of the Talents is still relevant in 2018. God has entrusted each of us with special abilities that we are expected to use. We’re invited to open and tend these gifts. How can we ensure that we are using what we have been given to further the Kingdom of God rather than burying our talents?
GATHERING AS GOD’S PEOPLE
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.
Call to Worship and Opening Prayer
HWB 369 Lord, whose love in humble service
HWB 389 Take my life
Scripture Reading – Psalm 90:1-8 & 12 (Common English Bible)
Prayer and Offering – Video: We All Have Gifts to Share.
Sketch: TALENTS ANONYMOUS
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
HWB 304 There are many gifts
Scripture Reading – Matthew 25:14-30 (Good News Translation)
Meditation – Tending Talents
~ Parable Practicums
RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD
Worship Music – Prayer Of St. Francis
Congregational Life and Sharing
SENDING GOD’S PEOPLE
O God, We Long For Safety (Words on insert, Melody HWB 174)
Postlude – We All Have Gifts to Share.
Church Photographer ~ Hans Hildebrandt
Ushers ~ Levi Hiebert (Head), Trudy Hiebert, Don Esau
Visuals ~ June Snider
Pianist/Organist/Prelude ~ Margarete Dyck
Sound Technician ~ Rudy Nikkel
Worship Leader ~ Charlene Turner
Song Leader ~ Val Peters
Music Team ~ Kristel Peters, Val Peters, Gary Bergman, Ed Peters
Multimedia ~ Jim Martens
Scripture Readers ~ Brett Siemens and Madison Wiebe
Video for Offertory and Postlude ~ We All Have Gifts to Share. By Susan Kay Wyatt
Sketch ~ written by Michele Pitman; adapted by Karen Peters
~ Wilf Sawatzky, Jac Siemens, Mary Anne Hildebrand, Larry
Thiessen, Helga Froese, Brett Siemens, Katie Giesbrecht
Children’s Feature ~ Karen Peters
Meditation ~ Karen Peters
Parable Practicums ~ Rudy Warkentin, Glenn Warkentin,
Worship Music ~ Vocal Solo written by Helen Litz: Kristel Peters
Next Week’s Scriptures: Luke 10:25-37; Matthew 25: 31-46
Think about it: Who is my neighbour anyway? Who actually are “the least of these, my brothers and sisters”?
PRAYER & PRAISE
Please pray for:
· Peter Koop who is 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
Sept. 2nd – No Sunday School. Worship service begins at 10:45. Potluck lunch to follow. Please sign up at the welcome center.
Sept. 4th - SMC Women’s committee is meeting at 7pm in the kitchenette.
Sept. 9th - Sunday School will resume. Classes begin at 9:30 am.
Sept. 9th – SMC Golf Tournament. Please sign up at the welcome center by Sept. 2nd or contact Elmer Kehler for more information.
Our sympathies go out to the friends and family of Susie Loewen who passed away on Aug. 23. The funeral will be on Tuesday, Aug. 28th at 2pm at Birchwood Funeral Chapel. Please check the Birchwood website for more information. http://www.birchwoodfuneralchapel.com/
Dave and Katie Giesbrecht have a new address. God’s blessings to you in your new space!
Toni and Kayla Hiebert have also moved. God’s blessings to you in your new space!
God’s blessing on Peter Block who will celebrates his 90th birthday today!
Gym Comm. Contact: Isbrand Fehr
SMC THIS WEEK
Aug. 27 – Men’s Volleyball. There is no Men’s Volleyball Sept. 3 or 10th.
Sept. 2, 2-4pm – Family Volleyball.
COMMUNITY & CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS
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
MCC Canada welcomes applications for Interim Associate Program Director (12-month term) based in Winnipeg. Applications are accepted until September 6. For more information and to apply, visit mcccanada.ca/interim-associate-program-director
MCC Manitoba Annual General Meeting -Thursday, September 27 at 7 pm
1131 Roch St, Winnipeg. Join us at North Kildonan Mennonite Church to hear about developments in our program work and plans as well as a keynote address and personal reflection on MCC's relief work in Syria. For more information and to register delegates by September 21, visit mccmb.ca/agm or contact Nikki Hamm at 204-261-6381 or email@example.com
MCC Manitoba Student Awards - Apply by September 30 if you're interested in work that aligns with MCC areas of focus (like peace, restorative justice, servant leadership and sustainable development). For more information and to apply, visit mccmb.ca/studentawards
Sept. 13 - Seminary and Theological Graduate School Virtual Fair: Thursday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT. Want to learn more about Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary but can’t make it to our Elkhart, Indiana, campus? At this free online event, you can get answers to your questions about AMBS from faculty, students and Admissions staff. Register today! ambs.edu/visit
Sep. 16th – TWR is hosting a Dessert Night and presentation on God’s work in the country of India. This will be held at the Christian Fellowship Church at 417 Hanover St. See the poster at the Welcome Center for more information.
September 22nd. Mark your calendar...Camp Assiniboia Square Dance & Pie Spectacular Fundraiser. 5:30 – 9 p.m. If you are able to make a pie for this event, please contact Jesse Wolfe 204-895-CAMP.
September 29th - Ride for Refuge 2018 -!! 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.