The symbols, accoutrements, and language of what is referred to as a liturgical style of worship are unfamiliar to many Mennonite Brethren, who, in the past, continued the Mennonite and evangelical traditions of rejecting ritualistic and potentially idolatrous aspects of corporate gatherings.
The CMU Alumni Blazer award celebrates and honours graduates of Canadian Mennonite University (and its founding colleges Mennonite Brethren Bible College/Concord College, and Canadian Mennonite Bible College) who have served their churches, communities, and the world in significant ways, embodying CMU’s values and mission of “service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.”
Abbotsford’s Bakerview MB Church does more than support missions: members get involved personally. This past May, Berlin’s Evangelische Freikirche dedicated a new facility in an historic borough, a facility Bakerview members played a major role in bringing about.
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During a church council retreat in the spring of 2002, a new vision was conceived for worship at Bakerview Mennonite Brethren Church in Abbotsford, B.C. This vision was inspired, in part, as a response to a growing concern. A number of committed church members had recently left the Mennonite Brethren denomination to join the Anglican church. What did those leaving the MB church find fulfilling when they participated in an Anglican worship service?
I love questions. I love dreaming them up, twisting, stretching, pulling, and bending them, letting them stew in my brain and heart. I’d rather simmer in a good question than a hot-tub any day. Sometimes I get into trouble asking people to join me in the pot but I think I’m in good company.
What a difference 50 years makes!
Over the past five decades, congregational worship in many of our churches has undergone dramatic change. We’ve seen changes in the language used in worship – from German to English and more. We’ve also seen a steady move away from formality to a more casual approach in language, leadership style, and even dress.