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The Mennonite tradition claims two rituals as central to our practice: baptism and communion. While other denominations claim these (and others) as sacramental--the essential means by which God’s grace is given--we hold them as “merely” symbols--pointing to the more significant transformation in progress beyond these practices. Does that make them …
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When we follow Jesus, we see him building bridges and tearing down walls between communities, offering forgiveness and mercy rather than judgment, standing with “the least of these” in service and solidarity. and choosing sacrificial love as the way to peace. As Mennonites, reconciliation--right relationships with one another and all of Creation--i…
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We were excited to work with Amanda Dodge, Program Director with MCC SK, to have a guest speaker from India join us this Sunday live via Zoom, as part of MCC's "Climate Action for Peace" campaign. Our speaker, Pabrita Paramanya, is an MCC staffer working in development and agriculture. Pabrita’s presentation covered identification of regions in eas…
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How are we meant to read the Bible? Anabaptists take the Bible seriously as a guide for faith and life. Of course, that’s the claim of most every Christian church--so what makes an Anabaptist perspective different? Our tradition claims faithfulness to a simple, straightforward understanding of Scripture, to an interpretation guided by community, an…
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Jesus is the center of our faith. While our ways of living this out are many, Mennonites are followers of Jesus. We study his teachings, we follow his example, and we keep him at the center of our theology. This plays out in different ways in different settings, but this relationship with Jesus holds us together and is the basis for our shared valu…
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An Anabaptist faith is rooted in the story of a particular place and time: the “radical reformation” of 16th century Western Europe. As political and religious shifts raced across the region, a small community of religious radicals challenged the state-sanctioned Christian hierarchies and formed their own churches based around a simple reading of S…
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Our sermon this Sunday was a video recording of the message given by Mennonite Church Canada executive minister Doug Klassen at the recent MC Sask delegate sessions. Doug joins ancient religious leader Nicodemus in wrestling with how the identity of Jesus changes everything and shares some of his vision for the future of the church.…
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On Palm Sunday, Christians around the globe sing praises to King Jesus. And yet, when we read the gospels, on Palm Sunday Jesus actually walked away from the crown and all it promised. Why would he do such a thing? And what does it mean for us to follow in the footsteps of a man who would not be king?…
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God’s light shines everywhere and always. We can embrace it or cover it; we all stray from the path but God is always with us. Let us open our hearts to the light so that God’s love can flow in and through us to all those we encounter. As the light does not begin with us and yet we have a part to play in reflecting and amplifying the light, so too …
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Welcome to the journey of Lent! This season begins with a call to change, to "Repent and Believe the Good News!" But what kind of repentance are we talking about here? And what is the Good News? It's a long walk to understanding, and this is but the next step... come and see!
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Following our Sunday Brunch on this last Sunday of the month, Don Epp shared with us from a book of stories about a prairie teacher (his Dad) in Saskatchewan. The stories describe what life was like in the mid '40s for a teacher in a one room school. Listen for Don’s sharing about the book From Between the Tracks by Dick H. Epp.…
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This second Sunday of Advent asks the question: "What shall we do while we wait?" While we may sometimes feel discouraged or uncertain about when or how God will act, like those in our scriptures, we are called to live and move in the world as God's people. Where do we begin?
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Our Advent theme this season is How Will We Know? This first Sunday of advent we focused on the question How Long Must We Wait? Dr. Seuss and Joe introduced the topic of waiting and then Marg Epp helped us to think about waiting from the perspective of a refugee. Marg shared about the period of waiting that our refugee committee experienced back in…
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Most years our Eternity Sunday service focuses on a time of remembering those we love who have died in the past year. We watch a slideshow of pictures, we light candles in their memory, and we have an open mic time for anyone to share about these and other losses as well. Here are the words of this year's ritual, along with a short sermon from Joe …
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We were pleased to have Eileen Klassen Hamm, Executive Director for MCC Saskatchewan and a part of our Wildwood family, as our guest speaker this Peace Sunday. Eileen encouraged us to ponder how interconnected creation is, even in this very first creation story, and then wonder about how we might understand "dominion" as love, love of neighbour/ene…
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The great prophet Moses devoted his life to getting his people to the Promised Land--but never made it himself. Our world is full of that kind of tragedy; people searching fruitlessly for meaning, purpose and belonging, even struggling for the basics of survival let alone prosperity. How can we possibly claim there is "enough for all" when so few o…
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We were pleased to have Carol Penner as our guest speaker this Sunday. In her sermon Carol talks about the tension between deliverance and suffering in the life of Christians. Jesus calls us to take up our cross and follow him; does that mean choosing suffering is always the most faithful choice? Yet God also calls us to freedom and deliverance. Ho…
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Things are looking pretty bleak, eh? I mean, we don't know the future, but when it comes to climate change it sure looks like things are going to get a lot worse before they get better... Given the magnitude of challenges facing humanity and the earth, our "Season of Creation" series can bring on feelings of despair and helplessness. What does it m…
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Not all of our emotions in this Season of Creation are pleasant ones. The climate crisis is a loaded topic that generates strong reactions, including more than a bit of anger on all sides. What do we do with feelings of rage--our own, those from people whose values we share, and those of folks we think of as opponents? Can fury be part of a healthy…
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Reflection on our relationships with the natural world and an invitation to deepen our awareness of all that is around us. We have many lessons to learn from plants and animals, perhaps most importantly the lessons of generosity, connection and interdependence. From Amy Peters
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"Loving Others: Fight" - that's the theme of this fourth service in our Revolutionary Love series. As Mennonites, we feel the tension of that: fighting seems like the opposite of Jesus' way of peace! And yet, in spite of our particular tradition of nonviolence, fighting is a significant part of the Christian story. There is a way of fighting that m…
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What do we treasure so much that we’re willing to go all in on it? Peacebuilding efforts in South Korea are as exciting as fine pearls or buried treasure worth investing in. The vibrant and diverse work for peace in South Korean society, on the Korean peninsula and in the Northeast Asian region that Scott and Cheryl witness is organic and emerging …
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“Love your neighbour as yourself”. Typically, Christians translate this passage as ‘treat others nicely so that they will treat you nicely’. But this passage also implies that we are meant to show ourselves as much love as we show to others. If we do not take care of ourselves, then we will eventually burn out. Therefore, we must show ourselves lov…
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The path to Revolutionary Love begins with Wonder. Today, the invitation is to take both the awe and curiosity of wonder and turn those towards others. Jesus asks us to consider "who is my neighbour?" while author Valarie Kaur leans into her Sikh faith tradition and calls us to "see no stranger: for you are a part of me that I do not yet know.” Thi…
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Valarie Kaur // “Joy is possible even amid great labors—the labor of dying, the labor of birthing, and the labors between. We cannot force it. But when we create moments to breathe between labor pains, and surrender our senses to the present moment, notice the colors and light and feeling of being alive, here, together, joy comes more easily. In th…
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The Bible is full of wars and enemies, of depictions of God-is-with-us-against-them. But there are plenty of hints of the limits of this perspective, of God showing up surprisingly to offer blessings to those on the other side of the lines we draw. What if our lines are not as clear or as holy as we would like them to be? What if our enemies are as…
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Biblical cultures can seem dry and serious, all of that focus on religion and politics and agriculture… Yet an entire clan of Levites is devoted to creative worship of YHWH, in art and music and dramatic presentations. Celebration and beauty and joy matter and deserve recognition and resources.
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God loves sex workers. This shouldn’t be a controversial statement for Christians who believe that God loves everyone. And yet, our attitudes towards and treatment of those who work in the sex trades generally fail to uphold their dignity, autonomy and well-being in the unconditional love of God. Morality matters, for sure--yet whose power and inte…
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Humans are the main characters of the Bible, obviously. But from the beginning, humanity is placed in context as part of the larger Creation filled with God’s wonder and beauty. "Consider the Ant" the Proverb teaches: wisdom and majesty and mystery are everywhere we care to look. Wherever we find ourselves, God is present amidst even the smallest c…
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Strangers make frequent appearances in the Bible. While strangers do invade Israel (i.e. Babylon and Rome) there are times when strangers are blessings on Biblical characters. This sermon strives to emphasize that strangers can be a deep blessing and that God can work through strangers in our lives. All people are welcome to be a part God’s family,…
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The Bible presents families of many different shapes and sizes: from small mother-and-child units to monogamous couples to large extended families to polygamy and other, uh, creative arrangements. What does this diversity--and its gifts and limitations--say about God and humanity? What, if anything, defines a “biblical” family?…
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Randy Klassen, Indigenous Neighbours Coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee SK, joined us this week for Part 1 of our four part “Reflection on Reconciliation” series. Note: We had some audio glitches this week. If the sound cuts out stay with us and we will return shortly.
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Christ is Risen! Now what does that mean for us, exactly? On Easter, our prayers and songs are jubilant, often rejoicing in Jesus' victory over the grave and celebrating the hope of a future beyond death. Yet we live in the meantime, where life is still filled with plenty of loss and fear and struggle and mortality. Can we hold together the darknes…
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"Called to Life" a '5-Minute Focus' from Eileen Klaassen⁠Hearing the story of Lazarus’ death might cause us to ask ourselves: How comfortable are we with the season of Lent, with contemplating Jesus’ impending death, or even our own? From what do we need to be unbound and set free? Like the snowman’s days, our days are numbered. Does recognizing th…
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Our sermon time this week was a multi-sensory experience. First, we listened to a clip from the podcast “Ask Science Mike,” as Mike McHargue gave us an introduction and background to visual and experience-based prayer. Then we tried out one of those experiences, with five minutes of a candle prayer. You can find the full "Ask Science Mike" podcast …
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After all that they've seen of God's faithfulness already, how could they possibly complain about a little thirst? How could they let their worries keep them from resting in God's good hands? Or is the human condition always caught in between fear and trust?This Sunday morning worship service wove together Scripture, music and ritual in a contempla…
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"Is this the darkness of the tomb or the darkness of the womb?" Valarie Kaur asks in the face of global, local and personal uncertainty. This echoes the call of Jesus to Nicodemus in John 3: "if you want to see, you must be reborn, remade from top to bottom." What might that mean for us in our own times of darkness?…
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"What we all want to create is a community of kinship such that God in fact might recognize it." This is the foundation of Justice, as explained by Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries, largest gang intervention program in the world. What does kinship look like? This Sunday we were inspired by Father Greg's video message. *warning: strong langua…
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Do you love mercy? Many of us resonate with the beginning and ending lines of the call of Micah 6:8 "to live justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with our God." But mercy seems... soft, out of balance, vulnerable. And yet, this is the way of Jesus. Do we dare to follow that vision?
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