Summer 2015 Newsletter
- Created: 15 June 2015 15 June 2015
“What is this place” (Hymnal: A Worship Book #1)
By: Vaughn Bender
This gathering hymn was the very fitting closing song at our May 31st worship service as we prepared to depart our church building for the summer months and as some long-planned and carefully discerned renovations begin. It was striking that the words of each of the three verses interface so closely with this edition of Life Together.
Vs. 1: “What is this place where we are meeting? Only a house, the earth its floor, walls and a roof sheltering people, windows for light, an open door. Yet it becomes a body that lives when we are gathered here, and know our God is near.” (HWB #1 - H. Oosterhuis/Nederlandtsche Gedenckclank, B. Huijbers)
Read the third in a special SJMC historian’s series of milestone articles. Much more than a meeting place, for nigh 100 years this red brick building has been more than roof and shelter but has been the body that has housed in the village the life that is the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church congregation. In 2015 Summer Bible School marks 80 years of rich history and lasting impact on young lives as part of our congregation and the St. Jacobs community. Thankfulness resounds in the writings of Zach Cressman (age 12) and mother Monica Cressman as they give thanks for caring medical expertise and the hospitality and presence of God felt near in the warm and supportive accommodations of another building shelter – Ronald McDonald House London.
Vs. 2: “Words from afar, stars that are falling, sparks that are sown in us like seed. Names for our God, dreams, signs and wonders sent from the past are what we need. We in this place remember and speak again what we have heard: God’s free redeeming word.” Learn about hearts songs and consider that particular hymn and its lyrics, which instill special meaning for you. As we celebrate our Esteemed 80s and 90s within our midst we remember and honour our history and carry it forward as a blessing for new generations. The “fingerprints” of our seniors are indelibly marked on our church and community building history – on our collective story. Sowing seeds – our broader Mennonite story has been recounted at The Mennonite Story to tens of thousands from near and far since 1979 as told by Del Gingrich. Rebecca Seiling tells how the written word, in the language of French, sows seeds in the La Casa Grande children’s home in Allada, West Africa.
Vs. 3: “And we accept bread at his table, broken and shared, a living sign. Here in this world, dying and living, we are each other’s bread and wine. This is the place where we can receive what we need to increase: God’s justice and God’s peace.” The fellowship of Life Together is perhaps best shared as we Get To Know each other just a little better through these publications – and in this edition a featured visit with Laura, Micah and Ana Joy Jarvis. And we know too that the Children’s Challenge and Life and Times are always enjoyed by many readers.
We invite you to share in this Summer 2015 edition of Life Together.