Easter Worship

Journey with Jesus during Holy Week with special times of worship from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday.

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Holy Thursday Communion, April 13, 7:30pm
The darkness deepens, and the Lord grows troubled. Can we watch with Him? Can we be the friends at His table and the companions who journey with Him to the end? Let us gather for Scripture, koto and recorder music, and the  Lord’s Supper celebrated in silence.

Good Friday, April 14, 10am-Noon – Burning Hearts Art Walk
We’re excited to display art pieces created by members of the congregation that relate to Luke 24:13-35. Come any time on Good Friday between 10am and Noon, pick up your booklet and map insert, and reflect on Jesus’ walk on the Emmaus road, with art displayed throughout the church, including in the foyer, fireside room, banquet room, and even in the kitchen.

10:50am – quiet reflection in the sanctuary

11am – more art, singing, silence, praying, and hearing from some of our artists

Holy Saturday, April 15, 5:30pm – Vietnamese Christian Church Easter Celebration in the gym

Easter Sunday, April 16
9:00 am – Easter Breakfast in the gym

10am – Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Celebrate new life by bringing a flower to place on the cross and/or an Easter lily in memory of a loved one.

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Restore Us, O God

Our world is filled with many voices and distractions that call us away from God—violence and fear, consumerism and materialism, hectic schedules and constant busyness, to name just a few. In contrast, Lent is a 40-day period in the Christian calendar that provides a chance to step back and create space, offering opportunities for reflection. It is a time to repent, to renew our commitment to God’s ways, and to empty ourselves of what distracts us from hearing God’s voice. This year, our theme for Lent is “Restore Us, O God.”

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Lent 1, March 5 – We welcome Jonathan Neufeld, a former member and pastoral intern of Emmanuel, now Community Minister at Seattle Mennonite Church. Jonathan will speak in Sunday morning worship and be our guest during the adult education time as well.

Lent 2, March 12 – Walter Bergen, delivering Acts 7, The Martyrdom of Stephen.

Lent 3, March 19 – Pastor April Yamasaki’s message based on Exodus 17:1-7, “Thirsty.”

Lent 4, March 26 – Pastor April Yamasaki speaking on 1 Samuel 16:1-13, “Hiding in Plain View.”

Lent 5, April 2 – Arny Froese preaching on our Lenten theme.

Lent 6, April 9 – Pastor April Yamasaki speaking on Matthew 26-27, “The Passion of the Christ.”

Stay tuned for information on our Easter worship:

April 13 – Holy Thursday Communion, 7:30pm
April 14 – Good Friday worship, 10:00am
April 16 – Easter worship

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Mennonite World Conference Video

Due to technical difficulties last Sunday, we were unable to show the Mennonite World Conference video, so please enjoy it here instead:
 


 

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Community

community_for_websiteAs we begin this new year, we turn to the third of our core values: Community. It’s already received some attention in our previous preaching series on what it means to be Anabaptist, and on having a global outlook, and we’ll highlight it in the next few weeks as well. Please join us for Sunday worship:

January 8 – Greg Sawatzky who works in our community with Youth Unlimited will speak on Jesus’ story of the Good Samaritan

January 15 – As part of our community, the MEI Concert Choir will be our special guests

January 22 – We gather as a community of faith for the Lord’s Supper, and we join with other churches for an afternoon celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with Pastor April Yamasaki giving a short meditation. Everyone is invited to this joint service at St. Ann’s Church, 33333 Mayfair Avenue, Abbotsford, January 22, 2017, at 3 pm Light refreshments to follow in gym.

January 29 – Pastor April Yamasaki preaching for World Fellowship Sunday

February 5 – Gary Yamasaki preaching on the early church community in Acts 2:42-47

February 12 – Community in action with Gerald Neufeld, our music coordinator and pastor of the Japanese Mennonite Church, speaking on how God led him to donate a kidney.

February 19Many Peoples Sunday with Pastor April Yamasaki preaching

February 26Transfiguration Sunday –mountain-top community with three of Jesus’ disciples, Jesus, Moses, and Elijah in Matthew 17:1-9.

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