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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: Sue

Music: Joyce, Eun Jin

Greeters: Ike, Millie

Ushers: Carol, Brock

December 15, 2019

Welcome to Holyrood Mennonite Church

Sunday School ~ 9:30 am

Worship Service ~ 10:30 am


     Musical Prelude

     Welcome & Announcements

     Call to Worship

One: Oh God, my God, I cry out to you.

Many: Asking, when will I start rejoicing that you are coming? Will I trust your faithfulness to your creation?

One: Can I be patient enough to trust in your time, instead of my own?

All: God, what am I waiting for?

     Opening Prayer

God of creation, we hear your call to rejoice and to be redeemed, your call for awakening and action. You continue to wait patiently for us and to call us beloved, yet still, sometimes, God, we are afraid. Help us in our fear and unbelief. God, we know you are always present and ever faithful; help us to put our trust in you.


     Songs: HWB 190 - 'Twas in the moon of wintertime

HWB 201 - Hark! the herald angels sing

HWB 200 - Where is this stupendous stranger

     Responsive Reading: (from Isaiah 35:1-10)

Leader: The Lord our God will come and save us.

People: We will let go of our fears.

Leader: God will strengthen the weak hands and make firm the feeble knees.

People: We will find our strength in the Lord.

Leader: The redeemed shall walk in the way of the Lord.

All: We shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God!



     Children’s Feature: Werner, Joyce

     Share & Prayer

Song: HWB 206 - Infant holy, infant lowly

     Scripture Reading: Isaiah 35:1-10, Matt 11:2-11 (Page 749, 1018) ~ Zach

     Meditation: “Kept Waiting by Fear” ~ Pastor Werner


     A Confession Haiku:

The dark of my truth

Is suspicion without fact

Forgive my fearing

     Silent Prayer

     Song: HWB 212 - O come, all ye faithful

     Benediction (read in unison):

May we turn from the despair that narrates our own lives and the world in which we live. May we remember who God is and the promise of faithfulness that God has made to creation.



  • Food Bank: Tuesday (17th) Host(s): Doreen, Florence
  • Girl’s Club: Friday (20th) at 7 pm.
  • Christmas Eve Service: Tuesday (24th) at 6:30 pm. All are welcome to our annual Christmas Eve service!
  • New Year’s Eve Service: There will be a New Year’s Eve service from 9 pm - 12 am. More details will be announced. Plan to join us!
  • Congratulations!! Praise God for the birth of a healthy baby girl, Bintu Kumba Chokpelleh, to Joseph and Esther, on December 1.
  • Faith Exploration Class: Anyone who is considering baptism is invited to a faith exploration class, led by Pastor Werner, which will begin sometime in the new year. Please let Pastor Werner know if you would like to be part of the class.
  • School Kits for developing countries are needed. The average price per kit is $20. Contents for the kits will be purchased and assembled by MCC in Calgary and sent out. Please give generously! Identify your cash or cheque re: MCC School Kits. Thank you! Ruth Toews
  • Christmas Giving: This year we are collecting items for the Bissell Centre as our annual Christmas giving project. We request warm socks, thermal underwear, and warm gloves, which can be placed in our basket. The items can be new or gently used.


  • Pray for Zach and Dorathy, as they are temporarily displaced during renovations due to a kitchen fire.
  • Pray for Devin’s auntie, as she received stitches from a fall.
  • Pray for Ann’s neighbour, who has cancer.
  • Please pray for Werner’s mother, as she has Alzheimer’s.
  • Pray for Victoria’s grandmother who has cancer.
  • Please pray for Ginny and Ray Brubaker, and their family.
  • Please continue to remember and pray for our members who are no longer able to regularly attend church: Ray and Ginnie Brubaker, George Varghese.
  • It is very sad news to announce the death of Kang Simon Hoth Beal, son of Pastor Simon Hoth Beal of the South Sudanese Mennonite Church in Gambella, Ethiopia and Refugees Camps. The cause of his sudden death is unknown. Signs of sickness, such as fever, were not prevalent prior to his passing on December 10, 2019. Please pray for the comfort of Pastor Simon Hoth Beal’s family.


  • TODAY!! A Christmas Choral Service, entitled "The Word Was Made Flesh", will be presented by the Lendrum Church Community Choir on Sunday, December 15 at 7:00 pm. Come and enjoy both familiar and new songs for the season. Refreshments will follow the program. (11210 - 59 Avenue)
  • 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.
  • The Great Winter Warm-Up - One day. Multiple locations. Thousands of stitches of hope and warmth. Help us touch the lives of people in need while celebrating MCC’s 100th anniversary. On January 18, 2020 we’re hoping to collect 6500 comforters to deliver to people affected by conflict and disaster around the world. Visit https://mcccanada.ca/centennial/great-winter-warm-up for more details or to find an event near you. If there isn’t one near you, why not host one? Please contact Linda at 403-275-6935 or lindadickinson@mccab.ca.
  • Snowcamp is coming! Youth in grades 7-12 are invited to join us for a weekend of food, fellowship, and broomball on January 10-12. Registration forms are available at campvalaqua.com. Have questions? Email: valaqua@xplornet.com.
  • Year-end donations: As you plan your year-end giving, please keep Mennonite Church Alberta in mind. To meet budget, $164,000 still needs to be raised. Short-fall areas include Camp Valaqua (campership, operation, facility), North Edmonton Ministry, International Witness, and MCA operating expenses.


  • Speaker: Pastor Werner
  • Worship Leader: Ike
  • Music: African Team
  • Children’s Feature: Joyce
  • Scripture Reader: Edward
  • Greeters: Grace, Doreen
  • Ushers: Garth, Brock
  • Food Bank (24th): CLOSED

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