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Holyrood Mennonite Church

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

Senior Pastor:

Werner De Jong






Speaker: Joanne De Jong

Worship Leader: Ike

Music: Joyce, Eun Jin

Greeters: Ruth, Guenther

Ushers: Thomas, Eunice

February 25, 2018

Welcome to Holyrood Mennonite Church

Sunday School ~ 9:30 am

Worship Service ~ 10:30 am


     Musical Prelude

     Welcome & Announcements

     Call to Worship:

Leader: Come, sons and daughters of Abraham and Sara, nations born of barren lands, you who stand here because of promises fulfilled, come and worship your God.

People: We are born through the faith of our ancestors, just as our faith will give life to future generations; even as we hope against hope, we come to worship our God.

            Leader: Welcome home, children of God. Welcome to this house of God.

     Opening Prayer


Songs: STJ 44 - The love of God

STJ 106 - Just a Closer Walk with thee

STJ 29 - You are all we have



     Children’s Feature: Helena

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

     Share & Prayer

     Song: HWB 355 - Saviour, like a shepherd lead us

     Scripture Reading: Genesis 17:1-7, 5-16; Romans 4:13-25 (Page 15, 1180) ~ Venisa

     Meditation: “Abraham and Sarah” ~ Joanne De Jong



God of our ancestors and our descendants, promising Abraham and Sarah children at their age just seems mean. For them to believe that promise sounds foolish - almost as foolish as expecting that same faithfulness from us. That was then, this is now. We are not used to waiting. If something we want takes too long, we itch to move on to the next thing, even when waiting is important. Forgive us. Forgive our impatience and refusal to believe in what we cannot see. Build in us the willingness to hope against hope. Help us to value and contribute to a future yet unseen. Instill in us a faith to inspire future generations.

     Words of Assurance:

I will always keep the promise I have made to you and your descendants, because I am your God and their God.

     Song: HWB 616 - Children of the Heavenly father


We are people of God. We go in God’s love to extend God’s love and live God’s promises.



  • Discipleship Circle: Tonight, Sunday (25th) at 7 pm in the church basement.
  • Fellowship Breakfasts: Tuesday (27th) at 7 am at the Albert’s Restaurant in Capilano Mall. All are welcome to join us!
  • Food Bank: Tuesday (27th) Hosts: Ben, Pearl; Set up:
  • Council Meeting: Tuesday (27th) at 6:30 pm
  • Evangelism workshop: Holyrood Mennonite Church will be hosting an evangelism workshop, led by Tim Chesterton, the minister at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, on Saturday, March 3, 10-4 PM. There is no cost, and lunch will be provided. The title of Tim’s workshop is “How to Relax and Enjoy Evangelism.” Everyone is warmly encouraged to attend, even if the idea of sharing your faith is rather frightening!


  • Pray for Jackson as his brother has died, and the service is to be held on April 9.
  • Please pray for Gordon and Wendy Baergen as they travel on a CPI Learning Tour to Honduras. Pray for their safety as they travel in a country currently experiencing political upheaval.
  • Pray for Guenther’s friend Margaret as she transitions to a care center.
  • Please pray for Antoinette Wallace, as her cousin has died in Liberia.
  • 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, Hannah Loewen, George Varghese, Paul White.


  • North Edmonton Ministry: You are invited for a special two-part Coffee and Conversation regarding the power of Christian-Muslim interfaith encounter. Dr. David Goa will facilitate both sessions in which we will be learning about the experiences of the monks of Algeria during the Civil War in the 1990's. On February 27 we will focus on the book, Christian de Chergé: A Theology of Hope, which is about the leader of the Algerian monastery, portrayed in the movie. Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at Lendrum Church - 11210-59 Avenue. All are welcome!
  • The Case of the Missing Dessert! A Camp Valaqua Fundraiser in Edmonton, Saturday, March 10th at 5:30pm at First Mennonite Church. Everyone is invited to join us for a supper mystery event and fundraiser for Camp Valaqua (free will offering). Our camp cook was hard at work to provide the most decadent dessert for our camp banquet, but someone has come and stole the cookie from the cookie jar! Help us solve this mystery and have some fun along the way! RSVP: friesenwiens@gmail.com by March 7th.
  • Registration for the MCA AGM is now open. The assembly is March 16-17 at Lethbridge Mennonite Church. Billeting deadline is March 1. Please contact Joani Neufeldt with questions joani.neufeldt@gmail.com. Go to www.mennonitechurch.ab.ca to register. See the insert for details!
  • SAVE THE DATE for the annual (and fabulous) MCA Women's retreat, which will be held June 8-10, 2018 at the Sunnyside Retreat Centre in Sylvan Lake. Our speaker is Rachel Miller Jacobs, Associate Professor of Congregational Formation at AMBS and the theme will be "Ordinary Forgiveness". Registration will open April 1st at mcawomen.ca Hope to see you there!
  • Online Registration is open for Summer 2018 www.campvalaqua.com (403) 637-2510
  • Uprooted 2018 applications are now online! Apply by March 16. Travel to Mexico this May with other young adults to learn about migration & peacebuilding. Visit mccab.ca/uprooted for more info & to apply. Questions? Contact Carol at 403-275-6935 or carolmcnaughton@mccab.ca
  • MCC Learning Tour to Nepal - November 2018 - Learn first-hand about the ministry of MCC and our partners in Nepal, including the ongoing earthquake response. For more info, visit mccab.ca/lt-nepal
  • MCC Learning Tour to Palestine and Israel – May 27 to June 5, 2018 (dates approximate) – Attend the Christ at the Checkpoint Conference in Bethlehem, followed by a learning tour of Palestine and Israel. For more info, contact Abe at abejanzen@mccab.ca
  • MCC Alberta is inviting applications for a part-time (0.8 FTE) Thrift Shop Coordinator. For more information contact Iliana at ilianafriesen@mccab.ca. To view full job description and to apply, please visit bit.ly/Thrift-shop-Coordinator
  • MCC Alberta is inviting applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12 week Summer Intern position at the MCC Calgary office. Application deadline is March 9, 2018. For more information contact Iliana at ilianafriesen@mccab.ca. To view full job description and to apply, please visit bit.ly/MCC-Intern


  • Speaker: Pastor Werner
  • Worship Leader: Ed
  • Music Team: African Team
  • Children’s Feature: Puppets
  • Scripture Reader: Ronky
  • Sunday School Teacher: Theresa
  • Greeters: Faye, Ann
  • Ushers: Garth, Dave
  • Food Bank (6th) Host(s): Doreen; Set up:

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