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Bulletin for Sunday, February 28, 2016

Worship Leader:                   Nancy Taylor

Song Leader:                          Sheryl Wideman

Pianist:                                      Linda Ramer

Greeters:                                  Herb and Eva Diller

Order of Service

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship

Opening Prayer

Praise Singing

Offering

Scripture Reading: John 16:16-33closeJohn 16:16-33 Your Sorrow Will Turn into Joy 16 “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” 17 So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” 18 So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” 19 Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. 21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. 23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. I Have Overcome the World 25 “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; 27 for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.” 29 His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech! 30 Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.” 31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. 33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (ESV) closeJohn 16:16-33closeJohn 16:16-33 Your Sorrow Will Turn into Joy 16 “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” 17 So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” 18 So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” 19 Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. 21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. 23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. I Have Overcome the World 25 “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; 27 for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.” 29 His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech! 30 Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.” 31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. 33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (ESV) Your Sorrow Will Turn into Joy 16 “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” 17 So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” 18 So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” 19 Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. 21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. 23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. I Have Overcome the World 25 “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; 27 for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.” 29 His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech! 30 Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.” 31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. 33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (ESV)

Message: “First Steps” – Bob Wideman

 Hymn

Congregational Response/Thanksgiving/Prayer Requests

Hymn

Benediction

Bulletin Announcements

Pastor Ken will be on vacation until March 24. Please contact an elder with any prayer concerns.

As of March 1, Leah Harder’s core hours in the main office will be Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11am-2pm. Barb Ribble will be covering for her on Fri, March 5.

Urgent message from Mennonite Central Committee Ontario: A little known consequence of generous gifts designated for specific and important causes like the earthquake in Nepal and the crisis in Syria is that our ongoing, and out-of-the-spotlight work in water, food, health and peacebuilding, is experiencing severe shortfalls. We are asking individuals in our church communities to consider making an additional gift before our year-end on March 31 to help meet this funding shortfall. For more information, contact us at MCC Ontario at 1-800-313-6226 or at mcco.ca.

The next installment of Sacred Trust: Fostering Safe Space in Congregations was emailed to many of you. If you would like a hard copy or electronic version of this MCEC resource, please contact Leah Harder in the church office.

Theatre of the Beat presents: “A Little Fire” at 19 on the Park, March 4 & 5 at 7pm. “A Little Fire” tells the story of a child prodigy who paints direct messages from God, but at age 16, these visions stop. This play examines what happens when one’s purpose or outlook changes drastically. Warning: contains course language. 

March 5, 7:00 pm – Pax Christi Chorale will host their annual fundraising event, Under the Tuscan Sun, at the Carrier Art Gallery in Toronto.

March 12 – Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) Spring Banquet at Steinmann Mennonite Church. All are welcome. See poster for more details.

Sun March 20 – We will be completing our series on Prayer.  Bring a bag lunch and join Ken upstairs in the “upper room” after worship for a 90-minute exploration of prayer using Jim Cymbala’s When God’s People Pray.

April 2, 9:30am – Toronto Mennonite Festival (MCC sale at Black Creek) Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast and AGM at Parkview Village. Details to follow.

Thurs April 14, 6:30 pm – Willowgrove’s annual meeting at Parkview.

April 29 & 30 – Mennonite Church Eastern Canada’s Annual Church Gathering in Leamington. Stuart Murray, author of The Naked Anabaptist will encourage us to discover God in our own neighbourhoods. For more information and to register, please visit mcec.ca/annual-church-gathering-2016.

The 201closeERROR: No results were found for your search.closeERROR: No results were found for your search.6 Mennonite Church Canada Assembly, on the theme of God~Faith~People, will take place in Saskatoon from July 6-10. Registration now open.

 

 

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