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Holyrood Mennonite Church

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

Senior Pastor:

Werner De Jong






Speaker: Tim Wiebe-Neufeld

Worship Leader: Dorathy

Music: Irene, Rabea

Greeters: Ike, Millie

Ushers: Ron, Antoinette

December 17, 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 God of restoration.

All: O God, you amaze us with your promise to build up the ancient ruins. You say you will replace the ashes of the past with garlands of beauty. Your bold vision dazzles our doubting souls.

            (Pause for Silence)

Leader: Quiet our questions.

All: Lead us beyond our fears, and guide us on the path to peace.

            Leader: Let it be whole.

     Lighting of Advent Candle

     Opening Prayer


Songs: HWB 178 - Come, thou long-expected Jesus

HWB 186 - Fling wide the door

HWB 172 - O come, O come, Emmanuel



     Children’s Feature: Joyce

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

     Share & Prayer

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

Song: Theresa Powoe

     Scripture Reading: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Matthew 22:34-40 (page 780, 1033)

     Meditation: Tim Wiebe-Neufeld



All: O God of peace, your justice wells up like a spring, bringing dreams, laughter, and wholeness to the world. We confess we so often stifle your Spirit. We are afraid to claim that you anointed us to carry your upside-down vision into our broken world, where the lowly are trampled upon, the hungry go away empty, the rich increase in power and might. We confess we lack the courage to build up and repair what we have broken, imprisoned, and oppressed. Forgive us when we do not catch your vision. Lead us beyond our fears, and guide us on the path to peace.

             (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 411 - I bind my heart




  • Food Bank: Tuesday (19th) Hosts: Ben, Pearl; Set up:
  • You are invited to celebrate with Joyce Baergen as she receives the Canada 150 Volunteer Service Medallion this Tuesday (19th) at the Kingsway Legion (Royal Canadian Legion Branch 175) 14339 50 St. from 6 - 9 pm.
  • Christmas Caroling: This year we will be joining with our friends from the First Church of God to do some Christmas Caroling in the Holyrood neighbourhood. Everyone is invited and welcome! We will meet at Holyrood Mennonite at 7 PM on Saturday evening, December 23, and then walk and sing throughout the neighbourhood.
  • Christmas Eve Service: Saturday (24th) at 6:30 pm at the church. Please bring a tray of finger foods to share following the service.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Please continue to pray for Helena’s co-worker, Diana.


  • 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)
  • 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!
  • 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
  • New Way of Giving to MC Canada: Starting January 1, local congregations and individuals will send MC Canada donations through MC Alberta. The delegates at the MC Canada Special Assembly in October approved a new structure for the national church. The new structure included an updated financial model where the five regional churches will fund the national church.
  • Fantastic news! Bill C-262, the Indigenous Human Rights Bill, was endorsed by the ruling Liberal party at second reading on December 5, 2017. After a 3rd Reading, and final, it can be brought to the Senate for Royal Assent. MP Romeo Saganash expresses his sincere gratitude to our Mennonite community for all the work we’ve done to get things this far. We’re encouraged to keep sending the free Walk the Talk postcards (www.commonword.ca/go/1283) to all MPs, encouraging them to stand up for justice and reconciliation.


4rd Sunday of Advent ~ Christmas Eve

  • Speaker: Pastor Werner
  • Worship Leader: Jackson
  • Music Team: Gordon’s Team
  • Children’s Feature: Joyce
  • Ushers: Brock, Garth
  • Greeters: Grace, Faye
  • Sunday School Teacher: No Sunday School
  • Food Bank: Tuesday (26th) CLOSED

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