December 2017 Video Update

“I come to you today with Christmas greetings to all of you in the MB family across Canada. I read again that wonderful story of Luke 2, ‘The angels came and said to the shepherds, “We come to you with good news. Today a Saviour has been born to you!”‘

You think about the good news of that great announcement that we continue to have the opportunity to speak out: a Saviour is born to us! This is Jesus, whom God has provided as our way to have relationship with him, as our way to have forgiveness of our sin, as the way that we will find eternal life.”

For a full transcript of the video, click here.

To watch the full video, click here.

Week of Prayer 2018

You’re invited to join Mennonite Brethren across Canada as we enter into the new year by praying together. The Canadian conference will be holding our annual Week of Prayer January 21-28, 2018, and would love you and your fellow church members to join with us in praying into the theme of waiting.

You can sign up to receive daily email reminders during the week of January 21-28 by clicking here or catch our daily posts on Facebook (@mbconf) and Twitter (@CdnMBPray) using #CdnMBPray.

To help you and your church plan ahead, we have made a downloadable PDF of the 2018 Week of Prayer guide, available in both English and French. It is also available on ISSUU and hard copies were included in the January issue of the MB Herald.

Ways to incorporate Week of Prayer at your church might include:

  • Encouraging your church to participate as individuals or in small groups
  • Posting it on your church website
  • Planning prayer meetings during that week
  • Incorporating it in your church sermon (sermon outline available here)
  • And more!
We pray that this will be a helpful resource for you and that putting aside this week to dig into the topic of waiting will be a blessing to you and your church.
Previous year’s Week of Prayer guides:

August 2016

“Hi everyone! I’m Willy Reimer, Executive Director of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. We’ve just wrapped up Gathering 2016 in Toronto. And you can hear the noise in the background as people still mingle about, as friends are saying goodbye after being together here for the last couple of days in Toronto.”

For a full PDF transcript, click here.

July 2016

“For years, we’ve been praying that God would move in new and dynamic ways across Canada. We know from history that prior to any of the Great Awakenings, prior to any of the great movements of God around the world – where God suddenly moved and people responded and people came to Christ or their faith was renewed – we know from history and from the writings of people like Dr. J. Edwin Orr that those revivals were proceeded by incredible times of prayer.”

For a full PDF transcript, click here.

A prayer for Canada

May he rule from sea to sea
    and from the River to the ends of the earth.

Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,
    who alone does marvelous deeds.
Praise be to his glorious name forever;
    may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen. (Psalm 72:8, 18-19)

A Prayer for Canada

by Sara Davison

Father God,

As we raise high and wave our flag with pride today, fill us with gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy. And fill us with compassion for those who do not know what it is to live and speak and worship freely.

As we meet with family and friends around a heavily-laden table, may our grace include a moment of silent reflection for those who don’t know how they or their children will eat today. May we show them respect, not only by exhibiting restraint, but by resolving to take one step, however small, to alleviate their suffering.

As we raise our glasses in salute to a dominion that has, as its foundation, a deep and abiding trust in you, give us an appreciation for the almost unparalleled access to health care and clean water that we enjoy. Remind us that one person, obeying your command to give water to the thirsty and food to the hungry, can change the world.

As we stand and gaze up at the heavens, in awe of the breathtaking display as fireworks streak and blaze across the night sky, may we be overwhelmed by the beauty of creation. And may we be sobered by the realization that we all have a responsibility to do what we can to take care of and save it.

And above all, as we celebrate this great country today, may we be grateful for all the blessings we have received. And, even more, may we give thanks to you, the one who has blessed us so that we, in turn, might be a blessing to others.

God, keep our land glorious and free.

Amen.

(This prayer originally appeared in Sara Davison’s blog, Choose to Press On.)

 

Proud to be Canadian

 

Invitation to a Week of Prayer for our neighbours

CCMBC launches Week of Prayer 2015

January 1, 2015

WINNIPEG—Canadian Conference of MB Churches executive director Willy Reimer invites Mennonite Brethren across the country to participate in our annual week of prayer, setting aside seven days this January to come to the Lord in supplication and thanksgiving as we prepare ourselves for the coming year. The 2015 guide is designed to help us prayerfully focus on the needs of our neighbours as we study the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25–37 together.

Click here for a downloadable PDF of this year’s guide. The guide has also been distributed as in insert in the January 2015 MB Herald.

The Canadian conference is committed to prayer in all we do, as we seek to multiply Christ-centred churches to see Canada transformed by the good news of Jesus Christ.

An invitation to pray for the people of Iraq

CALGARY, Alta.

August 14, 2014

Canadian Conference of MB Churches executive director Willy Reimer is encouraging all Mennonite Brethren churches to join together this Sunday, Aug. 17, in united prayer for the people of Iraq.

The UN has just declared its highest level of emergency in Iraq, estimating that 1.2 million Iraqis have been internally displaced due to armed conflict. (Other countries with the same status are Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic.)

The day of prayer is being coordinated via Facebook – a call echoed by the World Evangelical Alliance –  where organizers have written the following: “We live in a time of great persecution against followers of our Lord Jesus in very many places in the world. More people are paying a great price for their commitment to Christ now than any other time in the life of his Church. We must talk openly both with God and with each other about this dreadful present persecution reality. And we must start with effectual, fervent prayer.

“Recently, a militant group called the Islamic State (formerly ISIS) has been gaining power in Iraq. A spin off from Al-Qaeda, IS is known for it’s brutal violence and persecution against Christians and other religious minorities.

“On July 19, a group of IS militants in Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul (the ancient biblical region of Nineveh) gave an ultimatum with a deadline to the cities nearly 500,000 Christians; convert to Islam or be killed. Nearly all of those Christians made a decision to flee before the deadline, leaving their homes and lives behind.

“Over the past three weeks there have been various reports detailing the gruesome violence that IS is carrying out toward those who did not escape in time, including mass executions, beheadings, and crucifixions. Many local Christian leaders are calling it the Holocaust of the 21st Century.

“As a result of the violence, Church leaders in Iraq have chosen Sunday, August 17 a day of prayer for Iraq and Iraqi Christians. It can be easy to feel helpless in the face of such violence and tragedy, but we can come together with our Iraqi brothers and sisters by joining them in prayer and bringing their struggles to the One who reigns over all.”

Along with prayer, North American Christians can take action by supporting humanitarian aid partners working in the region, such as MCC or World Vision Canada (helping the children of Syria who are also being forced to flee as refugees).

Canadian Conference of MB Churches release