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Holyrood Mennonite Church

Office: 9505 - 79 Street 466-3277 office@holyrood.mennonitechurch.ab.ca

Senior Pastor:

Werner De Jong






Speaker: Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Worship Leader: CJ

Music: Ruth, Emily

Greeters: Ann, Millie

Ushers: Antoinette, Thomas

April 7, 2019

Welcome to Holyrood Mennonite Church

Sunday School ~ 9:30 am

Worship Service ~ 10:30 am


     Musical Prelude

     Welcome & Announcements

     Call to Worship: (based on Psalm 63 and 126)

Leader: O God, you are our God. We seek you.

People: Our souls thirst for you as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Leader: The Lord does great things for us, and we rejoice!

People: The Lord restores our fortunes, and we shout for joy.

All: O God, you satisfy our souls as with a rich feast. In the shadow of your wings, we sing for joy, and you uphold us.

     Placement of Visual Element

     Opening Prayer


     Songs: HWB 119 - Praise God from Whom

HWB 145 - There's a wideness in God's mercy

HWB 319 - Jesus shall reign



     Children’s Feature: Ruth

     Share & Prayer

Song: HWB 567 - How firm a foundation

     Scripture Reading: Isaiah 43:16-21, John 12:1-8 (Page 760, 1126) ~ Dixon Jr

     Meditation: "New Things" ~ Donita Wiebe-Neufeld


     Silent Prayer

     Confession and Reconciliation:

Leader: (from Isaiah 43:16-21) “Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild animals will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches; for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people who I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise.” Who will see the new work of God?

Designated Response: (designated person in the congregation will stand and respond) I will see the new work of God.

Confessional Response: Pugeni Vurayayi

Leader: We are all invited to see the new work of God. Let us bring ourselves to God in prayer. 

All: God of hope, give us eyes to see the new work you are doing among us. When we struggle to discern what lies ahead, we will see the new work of God.

Leader: When our circumstances appear to hold no hope (pause), we will see the new work of God. When our souls hunger for your presence (pause), we will see the new work of God.

All: In the morning and in the evening, we will see the new work of God.

Leader: Our generous God provides for us.

     Song: HWB 345 - God sent his Son




  • Fellowship Breakfasts: Tuesday (9th) at 7 am at the Albert’s Restaurant in Capilano Mall.
  • Food Bank: Tuesday (9th) - Hosts: Ben, Pearl; Set up:
  • Prayer meeting and Bible study: We will be resuming weekly prayer meeting and Bible study on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM in the church basement, through the month of April, beginning April 10. All are welcome!
  • During Passion Week, all are invited to the Inter-Mennonite worship services at Lendrum Mennonite Church (11210 – 59 Avenue).

~ Maundy Thursday (April 18) at 8pm we join together for a Tenebrae service of communion, readings, and hymns. On Thursday, we call to mind Jesus’ difficult final moments with his friends.

~ Good Friday (April 19) at 10:30 am - A service of readings, hymns, and a message by Pastor Paul Cumin (Lendrum Mennonite Church). On Friday, we reflect on Jesus’ experience of abandonment on the cross.


  • Pray for God’s direction during the upcoming election. Pray for our leaders.
  • Please pray for Loren Entz, husband to Donna of NEM. He was hospitalized twice and most recently with balance issues, diagnosed as a small stroke.
  • Please pray for the family of Gary Duits (Alma's son-in-law, married to her daughter Julia) as they mourn his death on March 26.
  • Pray for Florence as she recovers from her hip replacement surgery.
  • Pray for Ruth’s sister Betty as she continues radiation treatment.
  • Pray for Arthur from Uganda to find work and to be granted a work visa.
  • Please pray for Joanne as she prepares to go to Liberia in April.
  • Pray for Zach as he is traveling in Europe, for traveling mercies and protection.
  • Please continue to remember and pray for our members who are no longer able to attend church on a regular basis: Ray and Ginnie Brubaker, Alma Burkholder, George Varghese.


  • OPEN HOUSE Mennonite Mutual Insurance - We’ve moved!!! Please help celebrate Tuesday, April 9 from 4 – 7 pm. Our new location is 4249 – 97 St, Edmonton.
  • Friday, April 12, 7:00pm: The First Mennonite Church Truth and Reconciliation Action Group invites you to attend a screening of Treaty Talk (www.treatytalk.com) hosted by the producer Patricia Makokis at First Mennonite (3650 – 91 Street NW). The screening will be followed by a discussion on what it means to be a non-Indigenous treaty person. Any and all are welcome! Pamphlets are on the bulletin board.
  • Ten Thousand Villages AGM: Wednesday April 24 at 7 pm, at Lendrum Church 11210 59 Ave. Please bring $10 to renew your membership and bring along anyone else that is interested in becoming a member.
  • Welcoming Refugees and Migrants in our Community, May 5. The Social Justice Institute invites members of Edmonton area faith communities for a one day workshop. Stories from recent refugees and those working within local community agencies, with practical suggestions and resources to help faith congregations accompany and support refugees and migrants. For more information, go to www.newman.edu/sji
  • REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the annual MCA Women's retreat, which will be held June 7-9, at the beautiful Sunnyside Retreat Centre in Sylvan Lake. Just go to www.mcawomen.ca for registration and retreat information We are blessed to have Irma Fast-Dueck, Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) as our special speaker on the theme: The Faces of Mary- companion on the journey. This retreat is always a wonderful time of fellowship with women from many cultures and churches and a chance to grow in our faith. Would love to see you!
  • MCC is responding to Cyclone Idai in Mozambique and Malawi. Cyclone Ida destroyed 90% of Beira, one of Mozambique's largest cities, and has affected nearly 3 million people in its path. MCC is providing relief kits and comforters to those affected. In addition to your prayers, we invite you to donate to MCC’s relief fund mccab.ca/cyclone-idai
  • ** Urgent** Planting Peace Gathering 2019 needs a Cook for approx 25 people April 28 - May 4 at Camp Valaqua. Contact Carol carolmcnaughton@mccab.ca
  • The MCC Sale, Auction and Handmade Market - May 31 & June 1 at Coaldale Sportsplex. Please consider what you could donate! Quilts, woodwork, pottery, crafts, tickets for a hockey game, or theatre - all proceeds support MCC. For more information or to register donated items, please visit mccreliefsale.com
  • MCC Alberta Learning Tour to UnBQ Sat May 11, Join us for a day of learning about both the trauma and restoration at the site of the old Blue Quills Indian Residential school. For information about costs, registration and logistics please contact Jim at 587-225-5784 (preferably text) or email jimshantz@mccab.ca
  • Shake: Rattled by the Radical, July 28- August 1, 2019 at Shekinah Summer Camp, SK – sponsor discounts and travel subsidies until April 26, 2019. Join us for a week of worship, games, workshops, and more! Some of our favourites about Shekinah – the climbing wall, zip line, river valley trails, and no cell service! Visit www.prairieyouth.ca for details and registration.
  • #passbillC262 now! The Indigenous Rights Act is stuck in the Senate. It will harmonize Canada’s laws with the Un Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, “the framework for reconciliation” (TRC). Please email Opposition Whip, Senator Donn Plett, and ask him to support Bill C-262 and the basic rights of Indigenous Peoples— don.plett@sen.parl.gc.ca.
  • Sponsorships Available! NAIITS Symposium 2019 on “Land and Place” is June 6 to 8 at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. MC Canada’s wants to sponsor six friends to attend. If you are interested, email Steve Heinrichs (sheinrichs@mennonitechurch.ca).
  • Practising peace in a conflict zone. MC Canada would like to sponsor four persons to accompany Christian Peacemakers Teams (CPT) to Colombia, from June 26 to July 6, 2019. If you’re interested in joining and learning more about CPT, email Steve Heinrichs (sheinrichs@mennonitechurch.ca), director of Indigenous-Settler Relations.
  • AMBS Spiritual Guidance Seminars. Prepare for a ministry of spiritual direction through this two-part supervised program led by Dan Schrock, D.Min. In 2019–20, Spiritual Guidance Seminar (Level 1) will take place online and on campus at AMBS; sign up by Aug. 8. Advanced Spiritual Guidance Seminar (Level 2) will meet Oct. 7–8, Feb. 17–18 and May 4–5; sign up by Sept. 5. ambs.edu/seminars
  • Mennonite Disaster Service Canada (MDS) has two exciting opportunities to repair or build new homes after disasters in Canada. Westport, Newfoundland: MDS is building a house for a family of 5 who lost their home in a house fire in Westport, Nfld. The project begins on June 2 and will run till July 27, 2019. Weekly volunteers are invited to serve in up to two week blocks. If serving for two weeks MDS will reimburse the cost of travel. For scheduling call Lucille Toews at 866-261-1274 or email ltoews@mds.mennonite.net. Grand Forks, BC: On May 10, 2018 a major flood hit Grand Forks, BC with much of the town engulfed in water. Beginning May 5, 2019 MDS will repair houses and possibly build new houses for those that flooded. MDS is scheduling weekly volunteers to serve for 1-3 weeks. Schedule your week(s) online or call 800-241-8111.


  • Speaker: Pastor Werner
  • Worship Leader: Jackson
  • Music Team: African Team
  • Scripture Reader: Tarnisha
  • Children’s Feature: Joyce
  • Greeters: Doreen, Helena
  • Ushers: Brock, Carol
  • Food Bank (16th): Hosts: Ben, Pearl; Set-up:

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