Malmo News

Palm Sunday Weekend

It’s Palm Sunday Weekend.  I love Palm Sunday – the jubilation, the excitement – I can picture the crowd in my mind celebrating and cheering as Jesus comes into Jerusalem – and I can join them in their excitement.  Matthew tells us the following in his gospel:

A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,   “Hosanna to the Son of David!”                                                                                               “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”                                                                 “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” -Matthew 21:8 & 9

At church on Sunday, we have palm leaves for the kids to begin the service with a ‘procession of palms’ as we read scripture and sing our Hosanna’s to the King.  So if you have kids that would like to be a part of the procession, have them meet in the foyer a few minutes before the service begins.

This Sunday is also a bit of a ‘do-over’!  With the spring snowstorm last week, we were unable to meet here together.  So the exciting things that were happening last Sunday, will be happening this Sunday instead!  Wayne K. & Les D. will be here, sharing about what’s going on with the Gideons.  (Last week I shared that it was Wayne & Lise – so that was my mistake – sorry Les!)  So if you’d like to financially support the Gideons in their work, we’ll be giving you an opportunity to do that.  (Please make your cheques payable to ‘The Gideons’).

We are also celebrating with one of our young families, as they bring their precious son forward in baptism.  WE are their community – their ‘village’ – so let’s be here to show our love and support for them!

Pastor Marc will also be back from his time at the Alaska Christian College.  He and Pastor Randall will be leading us in worship and prayer, and Christy will be leading the music.

A great Sunday indeed!  See you here!

 

 

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Being Present

hebrews 2:1

 

It’s true.
Following after someone requires intentionality.
Listening needs presence.

“Pay attention” the mother in the shop says to her seven year old.
See what is happening here. Watch what I am doing so you can know how to do it yourself.
Paying attention will help you to not miss the details.

Drifting is fine for a hot summers day when you are on a raft floating down the North Saskatchewan river.
It’s not fine for a relationship. Just ask any emotionally abandoned lover.
Drifting isn’t enough for those big things in life.

To not lose our way, we must listen, be present, pay attention.

Are you paying attention to today?
Are you listening?
Are you present to the things you hear?

“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.”  -Hebrews 2:1

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Worship Cancelled Today – March 22

Good morning Folks!

Due to the volume of snow that we have received overnight (& continue to receive), AND the poor condition of the highways on the way out to church, we have decided for everyone’s safety that Church is cancelled today.

Stay home, enjoy some time with your family and we’ll see you next Sunday! Same time, same place!

Malmo Church Board & Staff

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Pictures & News of our Ecuador Team

Our Ecuador Missions team is currently in Cayambe, Ecuador.  They are working with the ‘Santiago Partnership’, building a home for at-risk children.  We have 13 of our own people down there, along with a few others from across our Canadian Conference.

The Santiago Partnership has set up a Facebook page, which anyone can access.  Click on the link below, for the latest news and pictures from our team.

Santiago Partnership

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The Lenten Reader

The Evangelical Covenant Church of Canada has once again published the Lenten Reader for us to use & enjoy during the lenten season.    This mini-book is a compilation of reflections on Scripture for the season of Lent, written by different members from across our Canadian conference.  This year lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18th and continues until Holy Saturday, April 4th.

We have some printed copies available for you on the Malmo Information Table in the foyer, or you if prefer to have a digital copy, click on the link below.

Lenten+Reader2015web

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Healing Today

You know the church’s history of praying for healing for people has been a bit of a come and go thing over the past 2000 years. There are seasons where we practice it well and then there are seasons of quiet. We see seasons of incredible miracles and then we see nothing for a hundred or so years. While that may be a part of our past story, there is biblical reason to believe that it can be a helpful part of our ministries today, if we will have the courage to try.

I think some of us are generally afraid of the whole topic, so we end up saying that those sorts of things were for the early days of the church and are not for today.
I also think that we see the things we have simple faith to see.

During the past two weeks we tackled the difficult topic of Healing in the church and we explored some reasons why we may not see the answers we are looking for. It’s certainly not the definitive piece on healing, but it’s a good place to start looking at these things and perhaps to be challenged about our own thinking on it.

Part One: Praying for healing, an Overview

Part Two: What Happens When We’re Not Healed?

 

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Youth Ministry Workers

You’ve heard about all the youth that are coming out on Wednesday nights for our youth gathering. But did you know that there are a lot of adults working with our youth and behind the scenes for our youth?  We’ve just recently compiled a list and we were amazed & truly thankful to God for answering our prayer to provide workers for this ministry.  As you take a look at this list, please be praying for these leaders – whether they work behind the scenes or are on-site engaging with our youth.  Your prayers are needed and appreciated!!

Youth Night & Small Group Leaders
David L.
Marlies L.
Pastor Lawrence
Rod H.
Rae-Lee S.
Charlene T.
Pastor Marc

Youth Planning Committee
Pastor Marc
Charlene T.
Keith N.
Delora D.

Small Group Leaders Substitutes
Tamara R.
Dean N.
Keith N.

Meal Coordinators
Jenell P.
Sonia N.

Youth Socials Coordinator
Jeramie-Lee N.

Youth Worship Night
Marc & Dixie V.
Pastor Lawrence
Darryl & Delora D.
Keith N.
Stef K.
Mike T.

Parents Prayer Facilitators & Hosts
Pattie P.
Marcia S.
Pastor Randall & Lauralea

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Praying for the sick

Last Sunday we talked about faith and how it gets tough to keep praying especially when we have had a few “No” answers from God.

Well, some of you have started to ask some good deeper questions, the sorts of things we’ve talked about before, but maybe it’s time to revisit some of those themes. So the next two Sundays we will explore a bit about prayer and God and healing and the role of the church in that stuff. This first Sunday will be more of an overview on the topic, but next Sunday I want to focus in on what is happening when we pray and we are not seeing the answers we are praying for. There seem to be about six biblical reasons that could explain why we are not healed.

So come and join us the next two Sundays and I trust you can find some answers for your questions, and guidelines on how to pray for those struggling with health problems.

 

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Christmas week readings and 2015 devotional resources

Below is a reading plan for Christmas week for families or individuals. Take some time to reflect on the Christmas story this week.

Read the passage and encourage your kids to make observations (e.g. “did you notice anything new?”) or ask questions about the story. If they stump you with a question, it’s okay to say, “Good question! I don’t know.” You don’t have to have all the answers. Ask them some questions, too.

Monday: Luke 1:1-25 – The birth of John the Baptist foretold
Tuesday: Luke 1:57-80 – The birth of John the Baptist
Wednesday (Christmas Eve—you could spread these reading out over the course of the day or read one at each meal):
Matthew 1:18-24 – Joseph’s story
Luke 1:26-38 – Mary’s story
Luke 1:39-55 – Mary and Elizabeth
Thursday (Christmas Day): Luke 2:1-21 – Birth of Jesus
Friday: Matthew 2:1-12 – The visit of the Magi.
Saturday: Matthew 2:13-17 – Escape to Egypt

Looking for some devotional resources for 2015? Here are some options:

The Covenant Home Altar – This is our denomination’s quarterly daily devotional book. We have some copies available on the Malmo table in the foyer and the copies for the new year should be here soon.

Our Daily Bread – Another quarterly daily devotional. You can read it online every day at www.odb.org or you can order the quarterly booklet from the same website.

YouVersion – the YouVersion Bible app for smartphones has many daily reading and devotional plans available (including Our Daily Bread). Get the app here: www.bible.com

The Revised Common Lectionary – A weekly Bible-reading guide used by millions of Christians and churches around the world (including Malmo!). Visit www.lectionarypage.net

For a variety of other Bible reading plans, visit www.biblegateway.com/reading-plans or www.backtothebible.org/bible-reading-plans

 

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The Messenger

Are you looking for something new to read? Take a look at ‘The Messenger’. This is a bi-yearly publication that our Canada Conference publishes. It’s a brightly coloured & fully digital magazine that you can access on your computer, or iPad or smart phone – from anywhere! It’s full of interesting articles & thoughts – all written by some of our own Covenant people, from across Canada. Click on the link below to take a look at it & enjoy!

The Messenger Fall 2014

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