Sunday Worship – 01/31/2021

Kids, don’t forget to break out your coloring and activity pages as the sermon is underway.
Parents, if you need to download another copy of those pages, you can find them HERE.

Call to Worship

Take a moment to catch your breath. Image your life as a boat. You have your plans. You want to sail this way and that… and then storms come along and mess things up. Where do you turn in trouble?

Hear the words of Psalm 107:23-32 (NLT)! May they bring us perspective in the storm.

23 Some went off to sea in ships,
    plying the trade routes of the world.
24 They, too, observed the Lord’s power in action,
    his impressive works on the deepest seas.
25 He spoke, and the winds rose,
    stirring up the waves.
26 Their ships were tossed to the heavens
    and plunged again to the depths;
    the sailors cringed in terror.
27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards
    and were at their wits’ end.
28 “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
    and he saved them from their distress.
29 He calmed the storm to a whisper
    and stilled the waves.
30 What a blessing was that stillness
    as he brought them safely into harbor!
31 Let them praise the Lord for his great love
    and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
32 Let them exalt him publicly before the congregation
    and before the leaders of the nation.

Song of Worship – “Faithfulness”

Gavin – HCCC

In the breakers that storm my faith
God my Rock and God my Hope, You will prevail
You’re the constant in a sea of change
What You’ve done and what You’ve said will never change
What You’ve done and what You’ve said will never change

Great is Your faithfulness, great is Your faithfulness
Always and forever
Always and forever

There are memories that seize my heart
But they will never steal or tear our love apart
There are victories yet to come
They are certain as the rising of the sun
They are certain as the rising of the sun

Great is Your faithfulness, great is Your faithfulness
Always and forever
Always and forever

From age to age the same, Your mercy never changes
Your joy it is my strength, Your goodness never changes
Your goodness never changes

Great is Your faithfulness, great is Your faithfulness
Always and forever, always and forever
Always and forever

Message – Mark 4:35-41

Song for Reflection

Responding in Thanksgiving

We recognize that we like to “captain our own ship” and yet we know how futile this is when it comes to facing a storm. Giving helps us to open our hearts and minds to the One who is actually able to bring us through the storm. May God come near and touch our hearts and minds as we open our hands.

Response Song – “Faithful and True”

Cody and Meghan – FCC

How can I serve anyone but You?
How can I serve anyone but You?
How can I serve anyone but You?
How can I serve anyone but You?

You are faithful, You are true
You are mercy, You shine through
The darkness cannot hide You
It cannot hide You,
Oh my God

How can I serve anyone but You?
How can I serve anyone but You?
How can I serve anyone but You?
How can I serve anyone but You?

You are faithful You are true
You are mercy, You shine through
The darkness cannot hide You
It cannot hide You,
Oh my God

You are faithful You are true
You are mercy, You shine through
The darkness cannot hide You
It cannot hide You,
Oh my God

Benediction

Brittany – HCCC

Bible Convo (Mark 8:31-10:52) – 1/27/21

In this conversation Pastors Julia, Cody and Gavin discuss the Gospel of Mark, from 8:31 to the end of chapter 10 . Read those verses, listen to the audio of the conversation, and chip in on the comments section below with your own thoughts on the Scripture and to these three questions:

  1. What word, phrase, or theme most resonated with you personally as you read this section of Scripture?
  2. What does this portion of Scripture invite us to as a community of disciples?
  3. If you’re sitting down with these chapters, what drink or snack would pair best with the reading?

For our next Bible Convo we will pick up with Mark and discuss chapters 11-13.

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Sunday Worship – 01/24/2021

Opening Prayer – Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord

As you begin this time of worship and prayer, listen to the song below and allow it to be for you a prayer.

Jerry – HCCC

Scripture Reading – Psalm 119:9-18

Read the following aloud. After you’ve read it choose one line or phrase to make into a quiet word to silently repeat and hold before God for a moment or two.

How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
    By living according to your word.
I seek you with all my heart;
    do not let me stray from your commands.
I have hidden your word in my heart
    that I might not sin against you.
Praise be to you, Lord;
    teach me your decrees.
With my lips I recount
    all the laws that come from your mouth.
I rejoice in following your statutes
    as one rejoices in great riches.
I meditate on your precepts
    and consider your ways.
I delight in your decrees;
    I will not neglect your word.
Be good to your servant while I live,
    that I may obey your word.
Open my eyes that I may see
    wonderful things in your law.

Kids’ Coloring and Activity Booklets

Kids, don’t forget to break out your coloring and activity pages as the sermon is underway.
Parents, if you need to download another copy of those pages, you can find them HERE.

Sermon

Isaac, Erik, and Cody – FCC
Gavin and Julia – HCCC

The questions that punctuated each reflection on the seed and soil were:
1. In what ways have you become hard to God and the Gospel message?
2. How can you develop a faith life that has endurance?
3. What might be dividing your focus and loyalty? What desires are you feeding?
4. What is one step you can take toward cultivating “good soil” in your life?

Take time to reflect, jot down any thoughts, and respond to God in prayer.

Offering

For all that you give us, Generous One – we give you thanks! May these offerings be an evidence of your Word becoming fruitful in our lives, and a contribution to the great work of your harvest in the world.
Amen.

Song of Worship – The Goodness of God

I love you Lord
Oh your mercy never fails me
All my days I’ve been held in your hands
From the moment that I wake up
Until I lay my head
I will sing of the goodness of God

All my life you have been faithful
All my life you have been so, so good
With every breath that I am able
I’m gonna sing of the goodness of God

I love your voice
You have led me through the fire
In darkest nights I’ve been held like no other
I’ve known you as a Father
I’ve known you as a friend
I have lived in the goodness of God

All my life you have been faithful
All my life you have been so, so good
With every breath that I am able
I’m gonna sing of the goodness of God

Your goodness is running after
It’s running after me
Your goodness is running after
It’s running after me
With my life laid down I surrender now
I give you everything
Your goodness is running after
It’s running after me

Your goodness is running after
It’s running after me
Your goodness is running after
It’s running after me
With my life laid down I surrender now
I give you everything
Your goodness is running after
It’s running after me

All my life you have been faithful
All my life you have been so, so good
With every breath that I am able
I’m gonna sing of the goodness of God

All my life you have been faithful
All my life you have been so, so good
With every breath that I am able
I’m gonna sing of the goodness of God
I’m gonna sing of the goodness of God
I’m gonna sing of the goodness of God

The Sending – From 2 Peter 3:18

Grow in grace and understanding of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Glory to the Master, now and forever! Amen.

Bible Convo (Mark 6:7-8:30) – 1/20/21

In this conversation, Pastors Erik, Cody and Gavin discuss the Gospel of Mark, a section of stories from 6:7 through 8:30 . Read those verses, listen to the audio of the conversation, and chip in on the comments section below with your own thoughts on the Scripture and to these three questions:

  1. What word, phrase, or theme most resonated with you personally as you read this section of Scripture?
  2. What does this portion of Scripture invite us to as a community of disciples?
  3. If you’re sitting down with these chapters, what drink or snack would pair best with the reading?

For our next Bible Convo we will pick up at Mark 8:31 and cover the text through Mark 10.

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Sunday Worship – 01/17/2021

Call to Worship

If with another person feel free to alternate reading lines below from Psalm 96:

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised
he is to be revered above all gods.
Honor and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
Bring an offering, and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in holy splendor;
Tremble before him, all the earth.

Song of Worship

Cody – FCC

Be the Center
Jesus be the center
Be my source, be my light
Jesus

Jesus be the center
Be my hope, be my song
Jesus

Be the fire in my heart
Be the wind in these sails
Be the reason that I live
Jesus, Jesus

Jesus be my vision
Be my path and be my guide
Jesus

Prayer for Illumination

As we gather at your table
As we listen to your word
Help us know, oh God, your presence
Let our hearts and minds be stirred
Nourish us with sacred story until we claim it as our own
Teach us through this holy banquet how to make love’s victory known
AMEN

Sermon

Song of Response

Take a few minutes to pause and listen to this song below. What has been your focus? Come to Jesus again.

Offering

The “offering time” in church is a practical way to be an active guest at the great banquet of the kingdom with Christ. It’s a chance to participate, with joy and thanksgiving, in the great feast. In this time, remember the gifts you have received as invited guest in the kingdom meal. Equally, push yourself to offer a gift back. These gifts translate into a greater extending of God’s banquet to a greater population of peoples in our midst. May God bless you as you give.

Jerry – HCCC

Just a closer walk with thee
Just a closer walk with thee
Grant it Jesus if you please
Daily walking close to thee
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be

I am weak but thou art strong
Jesus keep me from all wrong
I’ll be satisfied as long
As you walk, dear Lord, close to me

Through this world of toils and snares
If I falter Lord who cares?
Who with me my burden shares
None but thee, dear Lord, none but thee

When my feeble life is o’er
Time for me shall be no more
On that bright eternal shore
I will walk, dear Lord, close to thee

Mark Reading Challenge Update

Benediction

Thanks be to God, for you love the Christ whom you have never seen. Be glad, be open,
and the Christ whom you have never seen will appear all around you. Amen.

Bible Convo (Mark 3:7-6:6) – 1/13/21

In this conversation, Pastors Erik, Cody and Gavin discuss the Gospel of Mark, a section of stories from 3:7 through 6:6 . Read those verses, listen to the audio of the conversation, and chip in on the comments section below with your own thoughts on the Scripture and to these three questions:

  1. What word, phrase, or theme most resonated with you personally as you read this section of Scripture?
  2. What does this portion of Scripture invite us to as a community of disciples?
  3. If you’re sitting down with these chapters, what drink or snack would pair best with the reading?

For our next Bible Convo we will pick up at Mark 6:6 and cover the text through Mark 8:30.

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Sunday Worship – 01/10/2021

Continue to read the Gospel of Mark and log your readings HERE! In a couple weeks we will include an update video with some of your highlights and reflections!

Mark For Kids

Kids (and parents) – don’t forget to break out the activity and coloring pages for this week in your kids’ packs! If you need, there are downloadable copies below.

Call to Worship – From Psalm 103

Read this invitation aloud. If you are meeting with others, have one person read the plain print, and the other(s) read what is in bold.

Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the Pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Bless the LORD, O my soul.

Song of Worship – “Lord I Need You”

Lord I come and I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without you I fall apart
You’re the one that guides my heart

Lord I need you oh I need you
Every hour I need you
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God how I need you

Where sin runs deep your grace is more
Where grace is found is where you are
And where you are Lord I am free
Holiness is Christ in me
Where you are Lord I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Lord I need you oh I need you
Every hour I need you
My one defence, my righteousness
Oh God how I need you

Teach my song to rise to you
When temptation comes my way
When I cannot stand I’ll fall on you
Jesus you’re my hope and stay
When I cannot stand I’ll fall on you
Jesus you’re my hope and stay

Lord I need you oh I need you
Every hour I need you
My one defence, my righteousness
Oh God how I need you

Scripture Reading – Mark 2:1-12

Grab a pen and paper. Imaginatively read the following Gospel passage putting yourself in the shoes of one of the members of the crowd gathered around Jesus. Pay close attention to all five of your senses, and jot down any reflections on what you notice as you participate in the story. If you’re with others, share your observations.

When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”

But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, “What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”

Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk’? So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”

And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”

What did you see?
– What did you hear?
– What did you feel?
– What did smell?
– What did you taste?

Sermon

Silent Prayer

Pause for a couple minutes to pray silently, remembering to:
give thanks for those who have carried you to Jesus over your life
pray by name for someone who is in need of the forgiveness and healing Jesus
ask for help to overcome any obstacles you are facing in being a person who loves and cares for others

Song of Worship – “How Marvelous”

Jerry – HCCC

I stand amazed in the presence
Of Jesus the Nazarene
And wonder how He could love me
A sinner, condemned, unclean

How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful
Is my Savior’s love for me!

He took my sins and my sorrows
He made them His very own;
He bore the burden to Calvary
And suffered and died alone

How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful
Is my Savior’s love for me!

When with the ransomed in glory
His face I at last shall see
‘Twill be my joy through the ages
To sing of His love for me

How marvelous! O how wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful
Is my Savior’s love for me!

Offering

Living God,
Like the crowds who saw the man on the mat receive forgiveness and healing, we too are amazed at Your goodness and Your grace. We praise You, God – in word, in song, in offerings, in obedience – for all the amazing provision and goodness you bring into our lives, and the lives of those around us.
Amen.

Benediction

May God, who enables us to stand firm for Christ,
And who, by his Spirit, has stamped us with his eternal pledge –
a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete –
May He make of us witnesses in the world to the abundant goodness of God.
Amen.

Bible Convo (Mark 1:21-3:6) – 1/6/21

In this conversation, Pastors Erik, Cody and Gavin discuss the Gospel of Mark, a section of stories from 1:21 through 3:6 . Read those verses, listen to the audio of the conversation, and chip in on the comments section below with your own thoughts on the Scripture and to these three questions:

  1. What word, phrase, or theme most resonated with you personally as you read this section of Scripture?
  2. What does this portion of Scripture invite us to as a community of disciples?
  3. If you’re sitting down with these chapters, what drink or snack would pair best with the reading?

For our next Bible Convo we will pick up at Mark 3:7 and cover the text through Mark 6:6 (concluding just before Jesus sends out the twelve).

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Sunday Worship – 01/03/2021

Welcome to the Gospel of Mark! As Winnipeg Covenant Churches we journey with one of the gospel accounts each year from Christmas through Easter. Julia is going to introduce our Mark reading challenge. It is a fun way to push a communal reading of the gospel but the best reason to read is it will change you!

Mark Reading Challenge

Julia – HCCC

For more on the Mark Reading Challenge click here.

Mark For Kids

We want all ages to be engaged by an encounter with Jesus in the gospel according to Mark. There is a kids reading guide which highlights an abridged reading of the gospel and we encourage you as parents and families to engage as a whole family. There are also Mark activities packages that correspond to each Sunday of our series. You can print from the link below or you can contact your church office to get the copies you need for your kids.

Prayer for Change

Lord,
A voice came crying out in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his path straight.”
We too prefer a straight path but we work our hardest to prepare our own way.
Change us! Turn our eyes to Jesus.
A voice came from the heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with whom I am well pleased.”
We like affirmation but mostly when it is us being affirmed.
Change us! Turn our eyes to Jesus.
A voice calls to us, “Follow me…”
We like having followers but following feels uncomfortable. We like our control.
Change us! Help us say yes to you! In your name, Jesus, we pray.
Amen.

Take My Life

Cody – FCC

Take my life and let it be
Consecrated Lord to thee
Take my moments and my days
Let them flow in ceaseless praise
Let them flow in ceaseless praise

Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of thy love
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for thee
Swift and beautiful for thee

Take my silver and my gold
Not a mite would I withhold
Take my intellect and use
Every power as thou shalt choose
Every power as thou shalt choose

Take my will and make it thine
It shall be no longer mine
Take my heart it is thine own
It shall be thy royal throne
It shall be thy royal throne

Take my love my Lord I pour
At thy feet its treasure store
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only all for thee
Ever, only all for thee

Take my love my Lord I pour
At thy feet its treasure store
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only all for thee
Ever, only all for thee

Message – Part 1 (Mark 1:1-8)

Gavin – HCCC

Scripture Reading – Mark 1:9-20

Read this portion of Mark aloud. If you’re with others take turns reading, switching at the paragraph breaks.

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.

When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

Message – Part 2 (Mark 1:9-20)

Erik- FCC

Offering

Today’s text ends with Jesus inviting disciples to join in the inbreaking Kingdom. We do this in many ways. We do this with our heads, hearts, hands and yes bank accounts. Maybe giving to God’s work is something that you have done for as long as you can remember. We are grateful for your partnership. Maybe giving to God’s work is something brand new to you or something you have never even thought was for you. We would be so bold to challenge you to give. Give something, give regularly from now until Easter and see what God does to you in this practice.

God, we return to you these gifts that came from your hand. It is you who gives us minds and hands and bodies that are able to help us earn a living. We thank you for this! We want to be a part of what you are doing in this world. Use our gifts join in the new creating you are doing in the world.
Amen.

He Knows My Name

Jerry – HCCC

I have a Maker
He formed my heart
And before even time began
My life was in his hands

He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And He hears me when I call

I have a Father
I have a Father
He calls me His own
He’ll never leave me
No matter where I go

He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And He hears me when I call

Benediction

As God is at work, may we have eyes to see and hearts and hands ready to partner. As God calls may we say, “yes”! Jesus, give us strength and courage, by your Spirit to join you. Amen.

Announcements

Don’t forget to check out the Mark Reading Challenge material here. Read Mark! Encounter Jesus!