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Holyrood Mennonite Church

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

Senior Pastor:

Werner De Jong






Speaker: Pastor Werner

Worship Leader: Joyce

Music: Ruth, Emily

Greeters: Pearl, Ann

Ushers: Dave, Thomas

December 10, 2017

Welcome to Holyrood Mennonite Church

Sunday School ~ 9:30 am

Worship Service ~ 10:30 am


     Musical Prelude

     Welcome & Announcements

     Call to Worship

Leader: Awake! The invitation to carry light comes from the voice who cries out for a smooth way through wild places.

All: O God, your call is uncomfortable. How can we who are weak remove the rough and rugged places?

            (Pause for Silence)

Leader: Quiet our questioning souls.

All: Lead us into your presence so all can see your way.

            Leader: Let it be so.

     Lighting of Advent Candle

     Opening Prayer


Songs: HWB 297 - Jesus came – the heavens adoring (v 1-4)

HWB 183 - On Jordan’s banks the Baptist’s cry

STJ 100 - Here I am



     Children’s Feature: Joyce

            Sunday School is dismissed for ages 4 - Grade 4 ~ Teacher: Dorathy

     Share & Prayer

     Song: HWB 176 - Comfort, comfort, O my people

     Scripture Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11, Mark 1:1-8 (page 754, 1045) ~ Ronky

     Meditation: “Let It Be So” ~ Pastor Werner



All: O God of blazing heavens, you come to us gently and tenderly, speaking peace and comfort into our fear. We long for you, we yearn for your promise of a new heaven and earth. Yet we confess that though we know how to get busy and prepare for this season, we do not know how to slow down or wait and make space for your presence. May our ordinary lives intersect with the power of your Word and the transforming presence of your grace. Empower us to “let it be so.” (Pause for Silence)

     Words of Assurance:

Leader: O God, Emmanuel, in Jesus, the Christ, you have come among us. You have given us life and we are restored.

     Song: HWB 430 - God be with you




  • Fellowship Breakfasts: Tuesday (12th) at 7 am at the Albert’s Restaurant in Capilano Mall. All are welcome to join us!
  • Food Bank: Friday (15th) at 6 pm.
  • Fall Clothes Line: Instead of a “Christmas mitten tree” this year we will be doing a “fall clothes line” in support of Hope Mission. The congregation is encouraged to donate gifts of socks and underwear for Hope Mission and hang them on our Fall Clothes Line in the foyer. Of particular need are men’s medium and large sizes.
  • You are invited to celebrate with Joyce Baergen as she receives the Canada 150 Volunteer Service Medallion on Tuesday, December 19th at the Kingsway Legion (Royal Canadian Legion Branch 175) 14339 50 St. from 6 - 9 pm.
  • Attention seniors - the MCC Thrift Shop needs donations of furniture and housewares. Often kids of parents who live in seniors residences don’t want their stuff. If you live in a seniors residence and would be willing to arrange to put up a poster to advertise for this, please contact Gordon Baergen or Margot Brunn.


  • Pray for our church as we continue the selection process for new elders.
  • Praise that Helena’s co-worker, Diana, is back at work and seems much better. Please continue to pray for her.
  • Pray for the Uganda Mennonite Church, as one of their church shelters was torn down by the government. Pray for Christians in Africa who are being persecuted for their faith.


  • Taize Advent Prayer Service: TODAY at 7 pm Ascension Lutheran Church. (8405 83 St)
  • Shadow and Light - a service acknowledging and supporting people who may be experiencing grief and loss at Christmas instead of joy - Wednesday December 20 at 7 pm at First Mennonite Church (3650 - 91 St)
  • Can you fill the gaps? Do you have some time on Tuesdays between now and Christmas? Boxes full of TOYS need sorting, cleaning and pricing at the MCC Thrift Shop on 34th Avenue. Or, do you have some time on Monday afternoons between now and Christmas? Saturdays and Mondays are main donation drop-off days. Please consider being part of a processing team at the MCC Thrift Shop on 34th Avenue. Training is provided. 780-443-4047
  • Snowcamp is coming! Jr High Snowcamp for grades 7-9 will be on January 12-14 and Sr High Snowcamp for grades 10-12 will be on February 23-25. Online registration can be found at www.campvalaqua.com Contact the camp office (403-337-2510 valaqua@xplornet.com) if you have questions.
  • MCC Christmas Giving - Give a gift that is a meaningful expression of God's love! Gifts of food, water, hope, peace and education. Purchase online at mccab.ca/christmas, in person at Ten Thousand Villages or the MCC office, or call 1-888-622-6337. Printed booklets are also available.
  • Christmas at MCC Thrift Shops - Need extra dishes, candles, wrapping paper, cards, decorations, even roasting pans? Find them at your local MCC Thrift Shop and support MCC!
  • MCC Ottawa Student Seminar, Feb 15 -17, 2018 - Students from across Canada will gather in Ottawa to learn about Palestine and Israel with politicians and civil society advocates. Visit mcccanada.ca/ottawa-student-seminar to register before Jan 19, 2018. Travel subsidies are available - contact Carol at MCC Alberta for more information carolmcnaughton@mccab.ca or 403-275-6935.
  • The Mennonite Disaster Service All-Unit Meeting is being hosted by Region 5 (Canada) from February 9-10, 2018 in Winkler, MB. This event is open to all who are interested in the work of MDS. For more information or to register for the event see our website mds.mennonite.net/all-unit-meeting or call our Winnipeg office at 1-866-261-1274.
  • Consider a year-end gift to Mennonite Church Alberta (MCA). The work and mission of MCA has continued strongly throughout the year, but is in need of your support to meet this year’s budget. You can donate online at www.mennonitechurch.ab.ca


3rd Sunday of Advent

  • Speaker: Tim Wiebe-Neufeld
  • Worship Leader: Dorathy
  • Music Team: Irene, Rabea
  • Children’s Feature: Joyce
  • Ushers: Ron, Antoinette
  • Greeters: Ike, Millie
  • Sunday School Teacher: Esther
  • Food Bank: Tuesday (19th) Host: Ben, Pearl; Set up:

Training Apprentices of Jesus to share God's abundant hospitality with people of all ages and cultures through the power of the Spirit.