Prayer


A Prayer for the Danforth

posted 8 Aug 2018, 19:35 by Mennonite Church Alberta

A Prayer for the Danforth 

(by Tim Reimer, Pastor, Danforth Mennonite Church in response to the shootings on Sunday, July 22, 2018)
 

Oh God of Love,
Maker of human neighbours and neighbourhoods,
Hear our prayer 
from the Danforth, for the Danforth.  

Hear our cry of anguish and disorientation;
Our sidewalk cafes are shattered and scattered;
we are suddenly lost in our own home town. 
            Calm us!
Hear our cry of fear,
we run, we hide, from guns 
           Protect us!
sometimes – we confess--
we call for even bigger triggers. 
            Forgive us!
Hear our cry of grief,
We want to walk with the bereaved, 
even just one lonely neighbourly step. 
            Comfort them!  and us.
Hear our cry of confusion,
Why does one man’s loss of head and heart,
spray deathly lead through house and home? 
            Heal him! 
            Answer us!   
            Call us! 
Call us to courage, to imagine peace.

We hear your impossible call to respond in love,
We hear it within ourselves,
We hear it beyond the darkness, blood, and rage. 
            Rebuild! Be remade! 

  Oh God of Love, 
          Remake us on the Danforth 
            into a new neighbourhood of Peace.  Amen. 

Point of Prayer July 25, 2018

posted 23 Jul 2018, 12:19 by Mennonite Church Alberta

  • Pray for MCA's Vision 2020, a re-visioning process that will guide us into 2020 and beyond. Help us to listen, to be open to God's leading, to discern His call, and to live it out. Pray for pastors and congregational leadership who will participate in the process.


  • George and Tobia Veith have returned home for a brief visit to family and their home congregation. Praying their visit to Canada will provide the rest and peace after a busy and hectic ministry schedule.  

  • Keep the Nicolson family in prayer as they continue to adjust to life in Canada after serving several years in Burkina Faso. Pray that the worship service at Holyrood Mennonite Church would be wonderful time of encouragement and affirmation both for the congregation and for the Nicolsons.  

  • Please keep the Otto/Rabus family in your prayers. They are settling in to a new home in Lethbridge, Alberta where Jennifer has recently begun a teaching position at the University of Lethbridge. Pray for Greg and Jennifer (and their young sons, Alex and Ian) as they transition to life in Canada after 6 years of Witness work in Germany. 

July 11, 18 Point of Prayer

posted 11 Jul 2018, 16:30 by Mennonite Church Alberta

  • Pray for MCA's Vision 2020, a re-visioning process that will guide us into 2020 and beyond. Help us to listen, to be open to God's leading, to discern His call, and to live it out. Pray for pastors and congregational leadership who will participate in the process.

  • Please pray for Steve Henrich during his trial Aug 7-10 and for our larger community as we continue to discern how Christ is inviting us to flesh out our commitment to Indigenous rights and our repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery. Pray for peaceful engagement with this issues, seeking resolution involving dialogue with indigenous communities in keeping with UNDRIP. This dialogue should also include all levels of government, industry leaders, and other stakeholders in seeking a resolution together.

  • Please join Dann and Joji Pantoja, Witness workers in the Philippines, in special prayer as they grieve the recent passing of Joji’s mother, Aurora Francisco Bautista (84 years of age). Pray also for Joji’s siblings and for the grandchildren that God’s peace would surround them all during this time of grief and loss.    

  • Pray for the families of Eva Tumbay, Jeannette Wright, Glorious Davis as continue to morn the losses from the tragic accident on September 22. Pray also for Janet Wright Gaye for physical and emotional healing.

June 20, 2018 Prayer Points

posted 20 Jun 2018, 15:00 by Mennonite Church Alberta

  • Pray for MCA's Vision 2020, a re-visioning process that will guide us into 2020 and beyond. Help us to listen, to be open to God's leading, to discern His call, and to live it out. 

  • We are thankful that the Nicolson family is visiting the MC Canada/MC Manitoba offices this week. Continue to pray for Lillian, Norm, Nadine and Kenneth, as they live into “re-entry” transition from many years of life in Burkina Faso to Canada.

  • Please keep the Gregory Rabus and Jennifer Otto and their two boys, Alex and Ian, in your prayers as they transition to life in Canada after serving 6 years cross-culturally. Gregory, Jennifer and boys will settle in Lethbridge, Alberta in mid-July.

  • Pray as Mike and Cheryl near the completion of their itineration, that they would continue to enjoy good health, perseverance and establish new relationships. They will be returning to United Kingdom in mid July.

  • We invite all congregations and members of Mennonite Church Canada to join with us in prayer as we seek an EXECUTIVE MINISTER. We invite applications and nominations for an individual who will work cooperatively with the Executive Staff Group to nurture, represent and inspire a unified vision of MC Canada

Points of Prayer June 6, 2018

posted 7 Jun 2018, 09:46 by Mennonite Church Alberta

Points of Prayer
  • Pray for the women attending the retreat June 8-10. May this be a time and place for bonding across churches and cultures. May the women be challenged by Rachel Miller Jacob's message on Ordinary Forgiveness. 

  • We invite prayers of peace and God’s grace for Lillian, Norm, Nadine and Kenneth as they transition to Canada after 20 years of ministry in Burkina Faso. They arrived safely in Grand Prairie on May 31st. 

  • Please pray for NAIITS conference that hearts are open to learn from the wide diversity of peoples who will be offering their gifts; that we would share our gift too; and that we would come home ready to pass on what we have received to our congregations.

  • Witness workers, Hippolyto and Miriam, invite prayer “for the Grace Community Church so that the Lord may keep her faithful in unity as she is still struggling to build herself as a Pentecostal Peace Church and a strong member of Mennonite World Conference in South Africa.”

  • We invite all congregations and members of Mennonite Church Canada to join with us in prayer as we seek an EXECUTIVE MINISTER. We invite applications and nominations for an individual who will work cooperatively with the Executive Staff Group to nurture, represent and inspire a unified vision of MC Canada

Prayer for Witness May 30, 2018

posted 29 May 2018, 17:24 by Mennonite Church Alberta   [ updated 29 May 2018, 17:24 ]

  • We invite prayers of peace and God’s grace for Lillian, Norm, Nadine and Kenneth as they transition to Canada after 20 years of ministry in Burkina Faso.

  • Please uphold George and Tobia Veith in prayer, as they have come through a very busy period of activity. Pray for continued strength and perseverance as well as relational connections to be made.

  • We give thanks to God for the many connections being made by the Barkman and Poovong families as well as those by Mike & Cheryl Nimz and Bock Ki Kim who have all been actively nurturing a global identity of the church during their Canadian Ministry this spring. These international workers are especially appreciative of this opportunity to challenge, encourage and be inspired by each of these wonderful congregational connections.

  • We invite all congregations and members of Mennonite Church Canada to join with us in prayer as we seek an EXECUTIVE MINISTER. We invite applications and nominations for an individual who will work cooperatively with the Executive Staff Group to nurture, represent and inspire a unified vision of MC Canada

  • Praise: We give praise to God for the Spirit’s “birthing” of a new faith community in the city of Seoul; for the over 1,100 church planting centres active now in Ethiopia and for the already 33 Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Communities that have been established throughout the Philippines.

Witness Worker update May 9, 2018

posted 10 May 2018, 19:04 by Mennonite Church Alberta

Witness Workers: 

Since last October’s Mennonite Church Canada Assembly, more than 12 new congregations have contacted the Winnipeg office requesting information on how to develop an international Witness relationship! We give thanks for these interested congregations and for the many others who might be considering developing a more global connection through our Witness workers. If your congregation is interested in learning more about a Witness partnership and developing that international connection, please contact your Regional Church office.

Greg Rabus & Jennifer Otto


Busy wrapping up activities and preparing for their transition to life in Canada, moving to Lethbridge, Alberta, Greg Rabus & Jennifer Otto expressed recently great appreciation for the care and support of Lethbridge Mennonite Church. Members from the congregation have already contacted Greg and Jennifer with offers to help. One couple in particular, Kevin & Noreen Neufeld actually came to visit the Otto/Rabus family in Ludwigshafen while traveling in Germany to visit their son and partner, “which was really nice” said Greg. We give thanks for the wonderful care demonstrated by members of Lethbridge Mennonite Church towards the Otto/Rabus family as they make the significant transition this summer from Germany to Canada.


more info here


Bock Ki Kim and Sook Kyoung

While in Canada for his itineration ministry, Bock Ki Kim shares the following prayer requests:

1) Prayer for his safe itinerary travel in each city and to develop good relationships with people.

2) For Sook Kyoung (his wife) as she provides good care for children in her classes. Sook Kyoung is also having a good time with Daniel (their son) while he visits South Korea until end of August.

3) Mennonite Church South Korea: That the church planting ministry in Seoul can grow well as they rely on God while Bock Ki is away from the group during his itinerary trip. MC South Korea members will participate in a peace protest in Seoul particularly for the petition for CO (Conscientious Objectors) on May 12 (Sat) 2:00 pm. They will gather at the gate of the Korean constitution building with bike riding and marching to the Congress or parliament building because the petition was instituted in the constitution building and will pass by Congress building. This is an annual protest that the Korea Anabaptist Center and MC South Korea participate in. Please pray for this event



Poovongs

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Tom & Christine Poovong’s prayer request is that the Lord will continue to use them to be a blessing to: their home church, their partner churches, to the wider Mennonite church to their families and friends. As we're doing the Lord's work in His field and teach other people about our Anabaptist/Mennonite faith, we pray that many people will become Jesus’ disciples living and walking with him every day. Our prayer is that for the next three years we will have one thousand disciples in Thailand and Laos. Tom relates the following story: “Just a few weeks ago I was at the photo shop to take my passport photo the owner asked me where I am going. When I told her I am a Mennonite Christian she was surprised and told me that she never knew any Asian Mennonites. So I had a chance to tell her my great story about our Anabaptist/Mennonite history including my own - how I became a Mennonite Christian. I believed we need to tell people more about our Mennonite faith including Asian Mennonite.” Thank you Tom and Christine for reminding us that we all have a great story to tell!



Alberta Speaking Schedules

Tom & Christine Poovong's (Joseph): 
May 13 – Trinity Mennonite Church  
more info here

Anchor Mike & Cheryl Nimz:
June 24 – Alberta congregation (your church) 
July 8 – Lendrum MB Church 
more info here

AnchorThe Barkman family's (Christina, Darnell, Cody, Makai, Teyah and Jericho) 
May 27 @ Edmonton First Mennonite 
June 3 @ Foothills Mennonite
more info here

MC Colombia

posted 2 May 2018, 08:07 by Mennonite Church Alberta

A couple from IMCOL (Mennonite Church Colombia) feel called to serve God in Benin. Through a joint partnership between IMCOL and Mennonite Mission Network (MMN), Felipe Preciado and Diana Cruz hope to be a blessing to the children with whom they will work in Benin. What an encouragement to hear of the Mennonite Church of Colombia commissioning workers to serve outside of South America! Diana and Felipe are preparing to work at La Casa Grande children’s village in Benin, a ministry of the Burgos Anabaptist community in Spain. Pray for them as they transition from their life in Colombia and participate in orientation in the United States and Spain. Many of these initiatives are being supported through funding from Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Mission Network.

Mennonite community Peru

posted 2 May 2018, 08:06 by Mennonite Church Alberta

Christian Mennonite Community (IQUITOS) Peru: The community is looking to buy a van motorcycle to continue transporting children. They are also looking for 2 or 3 motorcars, which will serve two purposes: 1. to generate employment for families in the community, 2. to generate income, walking towards self sustainability. They desire to continue being a church with a missionary vision. In September of 2018, a group will travel to Santa Cruz Bolivia to support a missionary event organized by Youth with A Mission (YWAM).

MC Venezuela

posted 2 May 2018, 08:05 by Mennonite Church Alberta

Mennonite Church of Venezuela: During worship services members cry out to the Lord to descend and have mercy on Venezuela, to free and save the sisters and brothers who are in great distress because of the political and economic situation in the country. They ask us, their North American Mennonite brothers and sister to pray for them. Please remember the Mennonite Church of Venezuela in prayer.

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