WELCOME TO OUR WORSHIP SERVICE
Jan. 6, 2019 – 10:45 a.m.
Focus Statement: On Epiphany Sunday we bask in the glow of Christ, the light of the world, who brings together the fragmented parts of our world. This week we remember that Jesus’ presence in the world, God-with-us, is constantly surrounded by treachery but that God prevails. Today we give glory to God, the One who gave us the Son, who journeys with us as we seek out the ways of righteousness.
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 319 Jesus Shall Reign
HWB 36 God of our Strength
Scripture Reading – Isaiah 60:1-6 NRSV
Prayer and Offering
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
Children’s story – Bev Unger
HWB 401 This Little Light of Mine
Scripture Reading – Matthew 2:1-14 NRSV
Sermon – "The Place Where God Is" - Lee Hiebert
RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD
Song of Response
HWB 564 I am Trusting Thee, Lord Jesus
Congregational Life and Sharing
SENDING GOD’S PEOPLE
Song of Sending
HWB 418 Move in Our Midst
Worship Leader – Bev Unger
Song Leaders – Marie Rempel, Bev Rogers, June Snider, Kathy Schellenberg
Pianist/Organist – Karen Peters
Next Week’s Scriptures: Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and John 13:34-35; John 15:9-17
Think on it: What is the essential centre of Christian faith? Is it peace? Is it love? Is it faith? (Faith in what?) What is it anyway?
PRAYER & PRAISE
A big thank you to everyone who sent gifts and cards for Christmas! It was wonderful to have a taste of home and to feel the love from my church family! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
~ Rachel Klassen
We extend our sympathies & prayers to the friends and family of Jac Siemens Sr. who passed away on Jan. 2, 2019. May God comfort and give you peace at this time of loss. The funeral was Saturday, Jan. 5 at 10:30 am here at SMC.
Our condolences go out the friends and family of Dorothy Dyck who passed away on Dec. 30, 2018. The memorial service was held on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, MB. An ash interment will take place at a later date at Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens, Winnipeg, MB.
Please pray for:
· Hildegard Adrian, Cornelius Nikkel, Tina Nikkel, Jessie Peters, and
Helen Warkentin who are in Bethesda Place and Sadie Bartel in Cedarwood.
· 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.
SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES
Today. 9:30 a.m. Sunday School
- Children meet in the kitchenette
- Youth meet in the lounge
- Adult Sunday School meet in the MPR and Music Room
- 20’s and 30’s meet in Room 115
LAST WEEK’S OFFERING
Dec. 30, 2018 $24,667.00
YTD Income $383,992.98
CHURCH FAMILY INFORMATION
The Gift Discernment Team is collecting nominations for 3 Church Board positions: Chair, Vice Chair, and Support & Accountability Committee Chair. Also, there is 1 term ending on the Gift Discernment Team this year. Please fill out a nomination form from the Welcome Centre and drop it off in Eric Rempel’s mailbox (#316) by February 17. You may also email your nominations to Eric Rempel. Thank you!
SMC Annual Reports are due Jan. 20th. Please submit all reports to the church office by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Today – 2 p.m. Family volleyball.
Mon. Jan. 7 – 6:45 p.m. Men’s Volleyball.
Mon. Jan 7 – 5:00 p.m. Handbelles practice in the kitchenette.
Tues. Jan 8 – SMC Women’s Committee meeting in the kitchenette
Tues. Jan 8 – 7:30 p.m. Support and Accountability Committee meeting in Rm 115.
Wed. Jan 9 – 7 p.m. Board meeting in the MPR.
Thurs. Jan 10 – 7 p.m. Website team meeting in Rm 115.
Mon. Jan 14 – 7 p.m. Faith and Life meeting in Rm 115.
Tues. Jan 15 – 7 p.m. Worship Committee meeting at Lavina’s.
Sat. Jan 19 – Arkbuilders.
Sun. Jan 20 – 12 p.m. Staff Christmas Lunch at Timber Trails.
Tues. Jan 22 – Deacon’s meeting in Rm 115.
Wed. Jan 30 – Charlene will not be in the office. Please leave a message or call Pastor Lee at the church if you need anything.
Sat. Feb. 2 – 7:45 am. Men’s Prayer Breakfast at Uncle Jake’s.
Sat. Feb. 2 – 8:30 am. SMC Ladies Breakfast at Smitty’s.
COMMUNITY & CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sunday, Jan. 20 at 7:00 PM. You are warmly invited to attend CMU Vespers, a service of choral music, hymns and prayers, on in the Laudamus Auditorium. See cmu.ca/vespers.
Tuesday January 22 and March 5. Day away at Assiniboia +55. . Enjoy lunch, skiing, hiking, fireplace conversations, "Knipsbrat" and more. $20. Call Linda at camp at 204-864-2159 ext 104, or Jesse at the office at 204-895-2267 to reserve a spot.
Apr. 26 to May 13, 2019. Consider joining the CMU educational tour to Israel/Palestine led by Professor Emeritus Gerald Gerbrandt. This tour will open you to read the Bible and listen to the news with renewed insight. For more information see cmu.ca/met or contact email@example.com.
Jan. 9 – Feb. 19, 2019. AMBS online short course: Understanding Anabaptist approaches to Scripture: The early Anabaptists’ approaches to Scripture were both similar to and different from those of Catholics and other Protestants. Loren Johns, Ph.D., will lead this interactive noncredit six-week course on understanding these approaches in light of today. Cost: $250. ambs.edu/shortcourses
Jan. 9 – Feb. 19, 2019. AMBS online short course: Biblical Foundations for Creation Care: Participants in this interactive noncredit six-week course led by Ben Ollenburger, Ph.D., will explore creation references in Genesis, Proverbs, Psalms, Isaiah, Job and the New Testament. Cost: $250. ambs.edu/shortcourses