Malmo News

Weekly News….. February 1

February is here‚Ķanother month has quickly passed by.  The new month brings us back to the Lord’s Table, with the reminder that God accepts us right where we are.  He longs to have relationship with us and calls us back to the Table to remind us of the extravagant love that He has for each of us.  Come.  You’re invited.  How great is that?! ūüôā

See you on Sunday at 9:45am for Sunday School and 11:00am for Worship Service.  

Take care!

P.S.  Have you checked out Malmo’s new ‘Coffee Bar’?  Located on the south side of the Fellowship Room.  Help yourself to coffee or tea.  

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Palms up, palms down prayer

During worship last Sunday, the children and the rest of the congregation was led through the “palms up, palms down” prayer. This is a prayer that anyone can do at any time.

Prayer is simply conversation with God‚ÄĒlistening to and speaking with him. Sometimes it’s helpful to use our bodies when we pray to help us focus. This is not unusual: people lift their hands during worship, fold their hands and close their eyes during prayer, or perhaps kneel or lie prostrate when praying.

Palms up, palms down prayer is a way to help us focus on God by letting go of the things that distract us, worry us, frustrate us, anger us, and so on, and giving them to God, and to give us a posture to receive what God has for us. This is a prayer that seeks God, nothing more, nothing less. It is about being in his presence and trusting him.

It’s very simple‚ÄĒeven a child can do it, as we saw on Sunday. Here’s how you can begin*:

  • Sit comfortably and take a deep breath.
  • Place your hands palms down on your legs.
  • Imagine letting whatever is distracting (worrying, frustrating, angering, etc.) you drop out of your hands. You could even give whatever it is to Jesus. Watch them drop out of your hands.
  • When you have let go of as much as you can, turn your palms up in a posture of receiving. Tell God that you want to receive whatever he has for you today. Remain in silence with God.
  • When your mind starts wandering, turn your hands palms down and let those distracting thoughts drop away.
  • When you are ready, turn your palms up again to receive in silence.
  • Do this as many times as you need to release the things that burden you and be with God.

*Source: Diana Shiflett, Spiritual Practices in Community: Drawing Groups into the Heart of God (IVP Books, 2018)

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Weekly News….. January 25, 2019

Everyone is invited and welcome to attend our Annual meeting, tomorrow (Saturday) at 1:00pm in the Church Fellowship Room.  We’ll be hearing stories of what God has been doing here at Malmo over this past year and looking toward the future and ‘what’s next’.  Please join us as your presence and voice is important to us.

Sunday morning at 9:45am, we have Sunday School classes for ALL ages.  The coffee & tea will be on and you are welcome to join us! 

At 11:00am we’ll be gathering for our morning Worship Service.  During the service we’ll be praying for our Church Leaders – the newly elected ones and the ones that are continuing their terms.  Praying for our Leaders is such a simple but yet important thing that we can ALL do.  The effectiveness of the work here at Malmo is contingent on our prayers.  We’ve heard our pastors say that and we’ve seen it with our own eyes.  James 5:16 says “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”  We believe this to be true with the depth of our hearts.   Join us as we pray on Sunday for our Leaders – and continue to pray and believe in faith for God to continue to work among us throughout 2019.

And then on Sunday evening, join us at 7:00pm as we view “The Long Road Home” – a film about a European family finding their way to Canada & Alberta as refugees during the war years. After the film we‚Äôll be having conversation about our own histories and how we can care for the world today.

A full weekend indeed‚Ķbut it’s gonna be good!  ūüôā

See you this weekend!

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Weekly News….. January 18, 2019

“Those who are wise will take all this to heart:
They will see in our history the faithful love of the LORD.”
Psalm 107:43

It’s been quite a journey for me these past few weeks¬†as I dug¬†into Malmo’s history.¬† To see pictures of the people who began this church and¬†to read their stories and commitments of faith, through the good and the hard years has been amazing.¬† Their stories have ‘gotten under my skin’ and have made me ponder my own commitment of faith to this church and community.¬† Commitment to God is one thing – but commitment to a group of people and to ‘journeying together’ is a whole different story.¬†¬†¬†As an ‘import’ to this community, I sometimes¬†wondered if I really belonged or if there was truly a place for me in such a deep-rooted community – of which some days I still don’t full understand the way of life around here.¬† But as I read the stories and looked through old minute books, I have felt a deep connection to the people and to this place –¬†more than I have ever felt before.¬† I’m realizing that those people were really not much different from me.¬† They were looking for a place where they could worship God and where they could call home.¬† And as varied as they were, it’s their commitment to God that held them and carried them through the difficult years. Their ability to work together and move forward in unity can be seen¬†as they made difficult decisions about an unknown future.¬† They loved God, chose Malmo, committed to working together and the result is that they found a home here.¬† And so have I.¬† And it’s God that gets the glory as He continues to work in His people – then and now – and for everything that has been done here over the past 120 years, and everything that is still to come in the next 120 years.

This Sunday is our ‘Covenant Congo Kids’ Giving Sunday.  We have 4 beautiful Congo children that we sponsor – and this is our once-a-year opportunity to gather the monies needed to support these children for another year.  Andy & Jenell will be sharing about this program and all the good that is happening through it, throughout the conference.  If you’d like to help us financially support our 4 kids, please make your donations payable to ‘Malmo’.  

See you this Sunday – for Sunday School at 9:45am and our Worship Service at 11:00am.

Take care & stay warm!

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Weekly News….. January 11/19

Thank you to all who wrote their story for the 2018 Annual Report Book!¬† I¬†truly enjoyed reading¬†them all and to see how God is working so uniquely within each person.¬† Thank you for trusting us with your story.¬† I‚Äôm excited to include them all and to share the ‚ÄėStories of Malmo‚Äô with you soon!¬† (The Annual Report Books will be printed and ready for pick up, next Sunday, January 20th).

Tomorrow (Saturday) Рfor all junior and senior highs!  Join us for Skating and Games at the New Sweden Mission Church Recreation Center, from 7:00 to 10:00pm. Bring your skates and board games and come on out for a fun evening!

Sunday School is back this Sunday at 9:45am!¬† We’re looking forward to beginning this next season of classes.¬† Coffee will be available before classes at our ‘Coffee Bar’ located on the South wall of the Fellowship Room.¬† Please help yourself to coffee, tea, hot chocolate or apple cider.

Then after Sunday School we’ll be gathering in the sanctuary for our 11:00am Worship Service, followed by our coffee and fellowship time downstairs.

A great day, don’t you think?¬† Hope you can join us!¬† ūüôā

Enjoy your weekend!

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Inviting God into your day (simple morning prayer)

It’s the time of year where many of us have committed to improving something in our lives or to develop better habits. Some of those commitments are large and some of them have been broken already! Here’s a suggestion for a simple habit to develop: first thing in the morning, before you do or say anything else, invite God into your day. This can be a short prayer you say as you sit on the edge of your bed, bedhead, half-open eyes and all (you don’t need to look or smell good to pray!)

Here are some suggestions for prayer. You can use individual ones or a combination (you may even want to start all of them with a “Good morning, Lord”):

  • “Lord, please walk with me through this day.”
  • “May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to you today.”
  • “May your will be done today.”
  • “Lord, I need your help to get through this day.”

You can, of course, come up with your own. Or you may want to pray something longer, such as The Lord’s Prayer or what some call the Jesus Creed.

This way you start your day in conversation with The One who gave you this day and it will serve as a reminder throughout your day of The One who is with you.

This is a simple practice you can teach to your children as well.

You might also want to end your day with a prayer reflecting on how God has answered or responded to your morning prayer. (In another post, I’ll tell you about the Prayer of Examen, which is one way you can reflect on your day with Jesus.)

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Weekly News….. January 4/19

Have you written your story yet?  We sure would love to include YOUR story in this year’s Special History Edition of our Annual Report, celebrating 120 years of life here at Malmo.  Please take some time and respond to one of these questions…

How have you grown (or been challenged) at Malmo over this past year (or many years)?
What does Malmo mean to you?

Also tell us your name and how many years that you’ve been attending Malmo.  Email your story to us at:  Please have them in to the office by Monday.

EVERYONES STORY IS IMPORTANT!  Please share yours with us!

A reminder that there is NO Sunday School this Sunday.  Classes resume on January 13th at 9:45am.

Join us for our Communion Worship Service at 11:00am.¬† We’ll be gathering together at the Lord’s Table and Pastor Randall will be sharing a thought about ‘legacy’.¬† It’s going to be a great first Sunday of 2019.¬† Hope you can join us!

Enjoy your weekend!

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Weekly News-December 28

“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6

May the truth of our Saviour being born, continue to bring us all hope and peace as we journey through this Christmastide and into the New Year.

Join us on Sunday at 11:00am for our Worship Service.  (Sunday School resumes on January 13th).

Enjoy your weekend!

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Weekly News-December 21

Merry Christmas Folks!

Christmas weekend is upon us.¬† We’re excited to be able to celebrate this season with you!

TODAY from 2:00 Р9:00 pm, Pastor Randall and Lauralea are having their annual Christmas Open House at their home.  Stop by for some Christmas goodies and fellowship.  Everyone is invited!

We’re having a Christmas party during Sunday School!¬† Elementary kids can meet together in the Sanctuary at 9:45am for a Christmas Open Session, with class parties to follow.

Our Worship service begins at 11:00am,¬†with the¬†‘Children’s Nativity Processional’. If your child would like to take part in the processional, please have them meet in the foyer before the service begins.¬† We’ll continue the service with the¬†lighting of the ‘Candle of Love’ on this 4th Sunday of Advent.¬† Christmas Carols, scripture, prayer, offering (we’re still collecting non-perishable food items) and a sermon reading by Nadene will fill out a beautiful morning.

And then on Monday (Christmas Eve) we’ll be gathering together at 7:00pm for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.¬† A beautiful service to bring your family to, as we hear the story of Jesus’ birth and worship Him together.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

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Weekly News-December 14

“…We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.‚Ä̬† 2 Chronicles 20:12b

This verse is in the middle of the story of when¬†the Moabites, Ammonites & Meunites declared war on King Jehoshaphat and Judah.¬†The bible tells us that Jehoshaphat was “terrified by this news and begged the LORD for guidance.¬† He also ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting.¬† So people from all the towns of Judah came to Jerusalem to seek the LORD’s help.”¬† As a united people, they came together before the LORD, asking – desperately pleading – for God to help them and show them what to do.¬† And God answered them and gave them a HUGE victory that clearly showed that it was HIM who was working among them.¬† (Read 2 Chronicles 20 if you want all the details.¬† It’s a really great story!)

Now I¬†don’t have enemies plotting against me or anything, but I too am¬†faced with decisions, choices and unknowns that I have no idea what to do about.¬† Is asking God for help and wisdom the first thing that I think about doing?¬† I wish I could say yes.¬† But the truth is, that’s not always the case.¬† Yet it should be – and I desire it to be.¬† Jesus encourages us in Luke 11:9 to¬†‚Äú…keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find…”¬† God loves us so much.¬† He’s with us every moment, waiting for us to turn our eyes to Him, open our mouths and ASK…ask for help, for wisdom, for calm…for whatever it is we need today.¬† He was faithful to King Jehoshaphat hundreds of years ago and He continues to be faithful to us today.

Tomorrow (Saturday) at 6:30pm, there is a Hayride & Cookies Youth Social at Matt & Jeramie-Lee’s farm for all junior and senior highs.¬† Bring a friend and dress for the weather!

This Sunday is the 3rd Sunday of Advent. The children will begin the service again with the¬†‘Children’s Nativity Processional’. ¬†If your child would like to take part in the processional, please have them meet in the foyer before the service begins.¬† (Don’t you just love seeing them come down the aisle with the nativity figurines and ringing the bells?!¬† I sure do! ūüôā

We’ll also¬†be continuing to collect non-perishable food for those in our community that are struggling to have enough to eat. (We’ll be bringing those food gifts forward during the offering time.)

Looking forward to a great weekend.¬† Enjoy yours and we’ll see you on Sunday!

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