Come Lord Jesus, be our Host
Come Lord Jesus be our Host helps us stop and take a good look at what we really believe about communion. It guides congregations as they navigate the waters of change that surround the Lord’s Table by providing reflections and tools such as summarized research, sample litanies, and discernment processes. Each chapter includes doodle graphics as well as stimulating discussion questions.
Engaging this six-session study guide will help congregations celebrate communion faithfully in ways that respect Christian tradition, honour Jesus as host, and help form and celebrate faith for all ages and stages. Come Lord Jesus be our Host engages statements from Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective alongside of current denominational discernment practices to guide the adaptive changes we are making to our beliefs and practices about children, adolescents, and communion.
Also see the separate adult Doodling Pages.
Year B, Lent 2015 At-Home Materials:
Lent is a good time to offer oneself to God. When we do, interesting things happen.
These can include having our expectations and understandings turned upside down and
inside out. That’s what the Lent writing team found as they worked with this season’s
texts. What will result from your family’s God moments this season?
The prayers and response activities in this booklet can help your family have your own God moments this Lent to Easter season. Use it whenever and however it fits into your routines and life stage realities. The prayers and themes from the bi-nationally produced congregational resource for Lent, Leader: Equipping the Missional Congregation – Winter 2014/15 (Faith & Life Resources) have been simplified, adapted, and added onto to fit into family life.
If your family has younger children, simplify, shorten, and paraphrase the prayers and pondering questions. To use this booklet for daily worship times, repeat the litany for each day of the week, and read the daily scripture recommendations. Or, choose one text and repeat it daily. The lectionary texts are divided into seven short readings.
Activity suggestions arise from the theme, the scripture selections, and the various ways people engage in learning and worshiping. The pondering questions are designed to allow God to speak to each household member in a personal way. Enjoy a short time of silence after each question and feel free to share or ponder these thoughts in your heart. The collection of recommended worship items, listed below, can help you make a holy space in your home and your hearts for God during the season of Lent.
Includes separate colouring pages!
Also see related Chris and Selah videos.
What is the Royal Proclamation of 1763?
Most Canadians have never heard of it, yet the Proclamation is a part of Canada’s Constitution, and for many Indigenous peoples, it is the ‘Magna Carta’ of our Treaty tradition.
What significance does it have today? Join a delegation of Indigenous leaders and church guests as they journey to London, England to mark the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation and to meet with the British Crown. Discover why this old legislation matters not only to Indigenous peoples, but also to settler Canadians.
See also the related items, available separately:
Christian Discipleship Seminars
Begin Anew is a 16-session series of studies that can provide your congregation with rich rewards. As you work through the sessions, you will discover that Christianity is a combination of
believing, belonging, becoming, and behaving. This course is designed in a holistic way to bring about a clear faith in God as known in Jesus Christ, a solid sense of belonging in a family of loving people, and a disciplined lifestyle. This new lifestyle leads to becoming joyfully involved in a ministry in the church and in God’s mission in the world.
These studies are for everyone, no matter their background or what compelled them to come to faith in Jesus. They may be young adults who grew up in the church, dropped out, and are now interested in making a new start. They may be brand-new to the faith and to your congregation. Or perhaps they simply want to understand the Christian faith from an Anabaptist perspective.
Begin Anew offers considerable flexibility. You can work through the four units in any order. For instance, if your group considers itself “spiritual” but not necessarily Christian, you may want to start with Unit 3, “Begin Anew to Become.” This unit explores vital Christian practices such as Scripture reading, prayer, generous giving, and meeting in a small group. If your group has questions about acceptance or friendships, you may want to start with Unit 2, “Begin Anew to Belong.” Some leaders may want to begin with issues of belief and end with issues of behaviour.
Anabaptist Witness, Volume 1, Number 1, October 2014:
Anabaptist Identities in a Changing World
This first issue explores Anabaptist and Mennonite identities — how they have evolved and how they might help us live into our communities and the work God calls us to. As an example, Blough challenges us in his article to find creative ways to teach and sustain an Anabaptist theological identity, one that is made real through daily discipleship and both passed on to our congregations as well as shared with other Christians. It is this shared identity as Anabaptists, he contends, that might hold us together through interchurch schisms, and allow dialogue with each other and the broader church.
Articulating what it means to be Anabaptist in Japan, Yoshihiro Kobayashi documents the motivations for writing the Hokkaido Confession of Faith and its implications for being faithful to the good news of Jesus Christ. He presents the confession as both a contextualization of what it means to be Anabaptist in Japan, and as a call to fellow Christians around the world to take seriously Jesus’ witness of radical inclusivity. These dynamics of articulating and contextualizing faith are continued in Evan Knappenberger’s article, in which he shares the newly released Shenandoah Confession. This confession was written by several young Anabaptists who participated in the Occupy Wall Street movement and were then challenged at the Intercollegiate Peace Meeting at Eastern Mennonite University to articulate their faith together.
As missiology is cross-disciplinary in nature, this issue includes sermons, reflections on church planting, book reviews, and academic articles on theological education, theology, and history. This issue calls us to identify what our communities mean when we claim our Anabaptist identities. Furthermore, as in Ry Siggelkow’s article, it challenges us to go beyond reflection to renewed thinking that results in changed behavior, “living in expectancy of the coming of God’s kingdom.”
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