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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: African Team

Greeters: Grace, Doreen

Ushers: Garth, Brock

March 31, 2019

Welcome to Holyrood Mennonite Church

Sunday School ~ 9:30 am

Worship Service ~ 10:30 am


     Musical Prelude

     Welcome & Announcements

     Call to Worship: (based on Psalm 63 and 32)

Leader: O God, you are our God. We seek you.

People: Our souls thirst for you as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Leader: We confess our sin to you, and you forgive us.

People: We offer our prayers to you, and you embrace us.

All: O God, you satisfy our souls as with a rich feast. In the shadow of your wings, we sing for joy, and you uphold us.

     Placement of Visual Element

     Opening Prayer


     Songs: Insert - If I Don’t Praise You


You are Great!



     Children’s Feature: Diane

     Share & Prayer

Song: What Shall I Render to My God? (For His Goodness)

     Scripture Reading: 2 Cor 5:16-21, Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 (Page 1211, 1093)

     Meditation: "God Reaches Out with Open Arms" ~ Pastor Werner


     Silent Prayer

     Confession and Reconciliation:

Leader: (from Psalm 32:10-11) “Many are the torments of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord. Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.” Who will trust the Lord today?

Designated Response: (designated person in the congregation will stand and respond) I will trust the Lord today.

Confessional Response: Werner

Leader: We are all invited to trust the Lord today. Let us bring ourselves to God in prayer.

All: God of steadfast love, we put our trust in your care for us. When we need to find our way home, we put our trust in you.

Leader: When we need forgiveness (pause), we put our trust in you. When our souls hunger for a new way of living (pause), we put our trust in you.

All: In the morning and in the evening, we will put our trust in you.

Leader: Our generous God provides for us.

     Song: When Jesus Says Yes




  • Food Bank: Tuesday (2nd) - Hosts: Ben, Pearl; Set up:
  • The funeral for Gary Duits (Alma's son-in-law, married to her daughter Julia) will be held at Holyrood Mennonite Church on Wednesday, April 3, at 1 PM.
  • During Holy Week, all are invited to the Inter-Mennonite worship services at Lendrum Mennonite Church (11210 – 59 Avenue).

~ Maundy Thursday (April 18) at 8pm we will share communion together and then progressively darken the sanctuary during a service of scripture readings (a Tenebrae service).

~ Good Friday (April 19) we will gather at 10:30 am for a service of song, scripture, and a message from LMC's Senior Pastor, Paul Cumin.

  • REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the annual MCA Women's retreat, which will be held June 7-9, at the beautiful Sunnyside Retreat Centre in Sylvan Lake. Just go to www.mcawomen.ca for registration and retreat information We are blessed to have Irma Fast-Dueck, Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) as our special speaker on the theme: The Faces of Mary- companion on the journey. This retreat is always a wonderful time of fellowship with women from many cultures and churches and a chance to grow in our faith. Would love to see you!


  • Pray for God’s direction during the upcoming election. Pray for our leaders.
  • Please pray for the family of Gary Duits (Alma's son-in-law, married to her daughter Julia) as they mourn his death on March 26.
  • Pray for Florence as she recovers from her hip replacement surgery.
  • Pray for Ruth’s sister Betty as she continues radiation treatment.
  • Pray for Arthur from Uganda to find work and to be granted a work visa.
  • Please pray for comfort for Robert’s family.
  • Please pray for Dorothy.
  • Pray for God’s direction for Dixon, as he has some decisions to make.
  • Please pray for Joanne as she prepares to go to Liberia in April.
  • Pray for Zach as he is traveling in Europe, for traveling mercies and protection.
  • 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, George Varghese.


  • Grow Hope Launch: Sat. April 6, 2 pm (Lendrum Mennonite Church, 11210 59 Ave NW, Edmonton) When you join Grow Hope, you can become a farmer by sponsoring an acre of land. Come hear from Pugeni Vurayayi (MCC Canada) about MCC's conservation agriculture work around the world. Light snacks to be served
  • OPEN HOUSE – Mennonite Mutual Insurance - We’ve moved!!! Please help celebrate at our open house on Tuesday, April 9 from 4 – 7 pm. Our new location is 4249 – 97 St, Edmonton. MCC and MCA also have an office within our premises.
  • Friday, April 12, 7:00pm: The First Mennonite Church Truth and Reconciliation Action Group invites you to attend a screening of Treaty Talk (www.treatytalk.com) hosted by the producer Patricia Makokis at First Mennonite (3650 – 91 Street NW). The screening will be followed by a discussion on what it means to be a non-Indigenous treaty person. Any and all are welcome! Pamphlets are on the bulletin board.
  • Ten Thousand Villages AGM: Wednesday April 24 at 7 pm, at Lendrum Church 11210 59 Ave. Please bring $10 to renew your membership and bring along anyone else that is interested in becoming a member.
  • MCC is responding to Cyclone Idai in Mozambique and Malawi. Cyclone Ida destroyed 90% of Beira, one of Mozambique's largest cities, and has affected nearly 3 million people in its path. MCC is providing relief kits and comforters to those affected. In addition to your prayers, we invite you to donate to MCC’s relief fund mccab.ca/cyclone-idai
  • MCC Alberta Learning Tour to UnBQ Sat May 11, Join us for a day of learning about both the trauma and restoration at the site of the old Blue Quills Indian Residential school. For information about costs, registration and logistics please contact Jim at 587-225-5784 (preferably text) or email jimshantz@mccab.ca
  • Planting Peace Gathering 2019 is happening April 28 - May 4 at Camp Valaqua! All young adults ages 18-30 are invited to come out for a week of fun and learning about new ways to promote peacebuilding in the community. Visit mccab.ca/planting-peace for full details and to register. Registration closes March 31!
  • This is us! A time to share with Joint Council (MC Canada's board) about exciting things going on in your church. Join us at Foothills Mennonite in Calgary on Saturday, April 6 at 7 pm to share your stories and/or hear from others. Contact June Miller with questions or to RSVP. jmiller@mennonitechurch.ab.ca
  • Practising peace in a conflict zone. MC Canada would like to sponsor four persons to accompany Christian Peacemakers Teams (CPT) to Colombia, from June 26 to July 6, 2019. If you’re interested in joining and learning more about CPT, email Steve Heinrichs (sheinrichs@mennonitechurch.ca), director of Indigenous-Settler Relations.


  • Speaker: Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
  • Worship Leader: Joyce
  • Music Team: Ruth, Emily
  • Scripture Reader: Dixon Jr
  • Children’s Feature: Ruth
  • Confession: Pugeni Vurayayi
  • Greeters: Ann, Millie
  • Ushers: Antoinette, Thomas
  • Food Bank (9th): Hosts: Ben, Pearl; Set-up:

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