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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: Ike

Music: Gordon's Team

Greeters: Millie, Faye

Ushers: Brock, Carol

January 7, 2018

Welcome to Holyrood Mennonite Church

Sunday School ~ 9:30 am

Worship Service ~ 10:30 am


     Musical Prelude

     Welcome & Announcements

     Call to Worship

Leader: Yes! The light is here. We carry it within us.

All: It is the star of the East; it is the morning sun.

Leader: It is as long as the moon, throughout all generations.

All: Praise the Lord!

Leader: You, O God, have caused the mountains to shake. You have torn open the heavens, and your glory reaches the earth.

All: May we, like the magi, seek you until we find you. May we offer our gifts in your presence, no matter where you are found.

            Leader: Yes! Let your mystery be declared.

     Lighting of Advent Candle

     Opening Prayer


Songs: HWB 16 - God is here among us

HWB 401 - This little light of mine

STJ 67 - Let there be light

     Offering: STJ 95 - I want to walk as a child


     Children’s Feature: Joyce

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

     Share & Prayer

     Song: HWB 545 - Be Thou my vision

     Scripture Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12 (Page 779, 1008) ~ Helena

     Meditation: “Epiphany: Let it be Declared” ~ Pastor Werner



O God, your light has come, your glory rise, and your brightness dawned, illuminating not only the way of the magi, but all our paths. From your fullness we have received grace upon grace as your mystery has been revealed and your presence made known. Now we too are called to arise, shine, and return by another road. Yet we confess that instead of lifting our eyes and searching diligently, instead of walking with boldness and confidence, instead of revealing and proclaiming your presence, we cling to what we have and know, and we continue on our old familiar ways home. We are frightened by the unknown, and by the darkness that covers the earth. Forgive us.

             (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 226 - You are salt for the earth




  • Fellowship Breakfasts: Tuesday (9th) at 7 am at the Albert’s Restaurant in Capilano Mall. Men and ladies of all ages are welcome to join us!
  • Food Bank: Tuesday (9th) Hosts: Diane, Doreen; Set up:
  • Women’s Group: Wednesday (10th) at 7 pm at the church. Join us for our first women’s group meeting of the New Year! Come and be encouraged, or to encourage someone else!
  • New Elder Nominations: Patrick Kukanu and Sahr Bundor have been nominated as Elders. If anyone wants to give input to these nominations please speak to Pastor Werner or one of the Elders.


  • Pray for Esther’s uncle, as he has suffered a stroke.
  • Please continue to pray for Helena’s co-worker, Diana.


  • Weekend Philosopher starts January 13th at 9:30 am at Lendrum MB Church. Free events occur over seven Saturdays and includes breakfast, a guest speaker, and a discussion related to Beliefs and Faith. In conjunction with this series, Lendrum’s annual Study Conference will be held from January 19-21st with guest speaker, Ryan Dueck, pastor of Lethbridge Mennonite Church. See the bulletin board for more information.
  • Snowcamp at Camp Valaqua - Jr High Snowcamp (grades 7-9) will be on January 12-14 and Sr High Snowcamp (grades 10-12) will be on February 23-25. Register online at www.campvalaqua.com
  • The Global Social Justice Conference - January 19-20, hosted at Crossroads Church in Red Deer, in partnership with Prairie College. It is a conference to educate and inspire participants to respond to the biblical mandate of justice toward those to whom Christ was referring to in Matthew 19:14. Attending the conference will increase your awareness of critical issues faced by people in Canada and around the world and illustrate ways the local church can effectively respond to needs. Presenters include World Vision Canada, Food for the Hungry, Samaritan's Purse, and more. $10 cost includes lunch on Saturday and a concert by Brian Doerksen. See the bulletin board or prairie.edu/events for more information or register at gsjconference2018.eventbrite.ca
  • 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.
  • Mennonite Disaster Service would like to invite to their All-Unit Meeting in Winkler, MB on Feb 9-10. This event is a time of sharing and celebration of the work of MDS the past year. For more information or to register please visit our website, mds.mennonite.net/all-unit-meeting/ or call us at 1-866-261-1274.
  • 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.


  • Speaker: Pastor Werner
  • Worship Leader: Ed
  • Music Team: Ruth, Emily
  • Children’s Feature: Ruth
  • Sunday School Teacher: Hajah
  • Scripture Reader: Venisa
  • Greeters: Helena, Grace
  • Ushers: Brock, Antoinette
  • Food Bank (16th) Host(s): Diane, Doreen; 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.