Shaped and Called: Lent 2 Shaped by New Birth

Worship Leader: Mauricio Palacio
Speaker: Trent Voth
Music: Damaris Schmucker/ Mark Andrews
Technical Team: Brad Lepp/ Lewis Stubbs
Ushers: Ginny and Herb Buckwalter
Coffee Hour Hosts: Bob and Carolyn Loewen
Activity Period: Laura Giesbrecht

Gathering Music
VT # 832 The Lord Lift You Up
VT # 126 Holy God We Praise Thy Name
Welcome and land acknowledgement
Opening prayer
Leader: The dust that shapes the journey, the cross that guides it, the color that surrounds it, the light that fades through it, the Word that foretells it, the wilderness that invites it-
All: this is Lent, and into its wilderness God calls us.

VT # 305 The Glory of these Forty Days
Call to Worship
Leader: Come, friends, Christ is heading for Jerusalem.
Leader: Lift your eyes to the hills—where does your help come from?
People: Our help comes from the Lord, The maker of heaven and earth.
All: Let us worship our God, who watches over us now and always.

Prayer VT # 881 God of Cosmos and Quarks Pieter Niemeyer
Children’s Time Pieter Niemeyer
Team Seas EAM – Grade 3-5 class Report Alyse Ediger
Giving with Gratitude
Kindom Report (Mennonite New Life Centre) Brad Lepp
VT #755 To My Precious Lord
Congregational Prayer
Scripture Reading (John 3:1-17) Pieter Niemeyer
VT #440 – Ask the Complicated Questions
Sermon: Being shaped by new birth requires curiosity, humility, and teachability
Benediction VT #1058
Closing Music VT# 815 Sizohamba Naye


John 3:1-17
Nicodemus Visits Jesus
Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.” The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can these things be?’ Jesus answered him, ‘Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

‘Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

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