Loving God, increase my strength, this Lenten season, to persevere day by day in our growing intimacy. Bless the depth of my ache for belonging so that I can reach the depth of your love for me. Expand my desire for a life of holiness with you. Communicate to me your energy and your love. Take me with you to the depth and heights of radiant Love. Amen.
Online worship service after 9:30 am
Lent 3 – Deep in the changing sky: Called to deep wisdom
Jessica Reesor Rempel, Pastor PiE (Pastors in Exile)
This is a day of new beginnings,
time to remember and move one,
time to believe what love is bringing,
laying to rest the pain that’s gone.
Christ is alive, and goes before us
to show and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings
our God is making all things new.
Text by Brian Wren
“This is a day of new beginnings”
Prayer for a New Year –
In the year gone by, in the year to come, right at this moment, God is with us. In God’s love,
creation is held. In God’s hope, new life is given. In God’s peace, we begin anew!
. . . to readiness, repentance, restoration, revelation, rejoicing, radiance.
This is the theme for worship in the Advent – Christmas season. Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, the story of the magi were on the road, drawing close to Bethlehem, to the birth of Jesus, to worship the Prince of Peace.
Wherever we find ourselves along the way of life and faith, we are invited to come near, closer to Jesus.
Hope – Peace – Joy – Love to you in this season of Advent and Christmas.
whom the prophets called “the Prince of Peace,” born for “Peace on earth, goodwill toward all,” who died to make peace, and appeared in a resurrected body saying, “Peace be with you.”
Grace, mercy, and peace be with you.
We might find our faith deepening as we experience church in new ways during the outbreak of Covid-19.
Things continue to rapidly change. We are living in fragile times. How are you doing?
We are experiencing church in new ways, being community at a distance, and this may deepen or renew our faith. We will be very thankful for worship together, in person, when we can meet safely again. In this time online weekly worship is available from the main page of our church website www.breslaumc.ca
We can do things to make this a special time in our households. We can remember those with needs in our neighbourhood and in our world. Reaching out with a phone call or an email to say “hello”, to show care is greatly appreciated. Keeping connected keeps all of our spirits up.
This is a time for prayer. We can talk with God about our worries. We can pray for our families, those in need across Canada and around the world. We can pray for medical professionals and all those who serve seniors, those who are vulnerable in our communities. We can pray for our Prime Minister and all government leaders in our country and world-wide.
In this unusual time, in all times, we remember that God is with us, we are never alone.
Thanks be to God!
Remember Creator God’s love for each person and for creation.
Recall God’s desire for us to be people of peace, justice, and friendship.
We pray for peace – before us, behind us, under our feet; peace within us, over us, let all around us be peace.
(based on a Navaho prayer by David Haas)
The Great Winter Warm-Up
Breslau Mennonite Church (Sun Jan 19) is celebrating Mennonite Central Committee’s 100th anniversary by donating knotted comforters.
Mennonite Central Committee gives comforters to people in need all around the world.
It’s more than a warm blanket – it’s a message of love and compassion.
Daring! The Anabaptist Movement 1525 -2025
Though we are only just beginning a new decade, our shared history as Anabaptists beckons us to begin preparing for a significant event in the future. On a wintry January day in 1525—one that I imagine would not have been too dissimilar to a typical winter day here in Southwestern Ontario—a small group gathered in a home in the Swiss canton of Zurich and baptized each other. While this may seem rather quaint and mundane to us now, at the time it was a radical act that earned many in that small circle a martyrs’ death. 2025 is the 500th anniversary of this seemingly insignificant event that nevertheless birthed a movement of which we at Breslau Mennonite Church claim to be an ongoing part.
A group of European Mennonites has initiated a project entitled “Daring! The Anabaptist Movement, 1525–2025” that invites the global Anabaptist family on a five-year common path that reflects on our shared history, memory, and tradition in order to creatively shape our shared future together. Through focussing on different themes each year that in some way animated the faith of early Anabaptists, this project dares us to reconsider what being an Anabaptist Christian might mean in the 21st Century. The theme for 2020 is “Daring to live maturely” (cf. Eph. 4:12–14) which raises questions of what freedom of religion—much prized by early Anabaptists—looks like in a pluralistic society and what Anabaptist perspectives might have to contribute to these discussions today.
The adult Christian education committee (ACE) at BMC has decided to follow along with this broad theme in the hope that it will encourage us not only to reconnect with our shared history but also with other Christians—Anabaptist and otherwise—across the street and around the world. We envision that it will function more like a framework or “a way in” to conversations that we are already having here at BMC rather than setting an agenda to be slavishly followed. Our hope is that it might enliven our collective congregational conversation about what it means to be a disciple of the crucified Christ and we invite your comments, suggestions, and feedback throughout the year.