Build Your Own Sunday

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At CBM, we are working together differently these days as everyone is adjusting to a new reality. Alongside our international partners, we continue to provide assistance to those in the margins through the local church.

In this video, Executive Director Jennifer Lau walks through the content and shares how this resource might be helpful to you and your church.


Use these recordings of CBM leaders exhorting the Word in place of your regular sermon. Each set of resources comes with a reflection (20+ mins) and a set of scripture readings for you to use in your service.

Waiting Faithfully

by Jennifer Lau Executive Director

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We Rejoice in our Suffering

by Dennis Shierman

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The Kingdom of God is like a Mustard Seed

by Terry Smith, Director, Strategic Initiatives

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Jesus Clears Out the Temple

by Cheryl Bear

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The Sayings of King Lemuel

by Randy Stanton

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Into the Promised Land

by Sonya Tetley

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These prayers were shared by our staff. You can hold them in prayer as a congregation during service using the downloadable video. 

Gracious God:

You have invited all who are weary to come to you, to lay before you our burdens, and to take on your yoke of rest. So, I come.

I come bringing before you my wrestling heart.

Forgive my self-pity over the inconvenience of being home-bound and mask-adorned while basking in the comfort, safety and privilege of my circumstance.

Change my selfish heart to focus on those facing real hardship and devastation.

And widen my capacity to hold the bigger picture.

I come bringing before you those in our world who are the most vulnerable.

Hear their cries for peace and for security.

Heal all who are sick.

Deliver them from the anxiety of tomorrow.

Protect them from those who injure and kill.

Feed their children.

Make way for health through clean drinking water, medicines and vaccinations.

Prepare the land so that it may be able to produce food.

Comfort those who mourn.

And provide for them both through your miraculous ways and through us, your servants.

I come bringing before you our church partners in Africa – in South Sudan, in the DR Congo, in Kenya and in Rwanda.

Receive their worship of you, O God, for they know from whom all blessings flow.

Grant them wisdom to navigate the challenges that are before them.

Support their ministry initiatives.

Look after their leaders.

Care for the widows, the widowers and the orphans.

And protect their joy, optimism and kind-heartedness.

I come bringing before you our Canadian Baptist Christian witness in Canada and around the world.

Bestow on us generosity of spirit.

Honour the efforts of service done in your name.

Impart to us your direction.

Supply to us your Spirit’s fruits and gifts.

And furnish us with your companionship.

And I come bringing my desire to be your person in this place and at this time.

May it be so.


Carla Nelson

Our Lord and our God,

We want to begin by offering you our praise and adoration for your unending love, compassion, and forgiveness, which you generously and graciously give to each one of us. You are good and your love endures forever.

Today, we want to pray for the Philippines. As a nation, they experience numerous natural calamities every year that cause injury and death, and widespread damage to homes and livelihoods. On top of challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are also struggling due to recent typhoons, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions that have negatively impacted their lives. We ask that you grant healing and comfort to those who are hurting and in need.

We want to lift up our partners in the Philippines, Kabuganaan Philippines Ministries (KPM), led by Rev. Job and Phoebe Santiago. We pray that you give them what they need, and sustain them, as they continue serving the needs of the poor and marginalized in Capiz province, and as they provide organizational leadership both to KPM and to the Capiznon Association of Baptist Churches. We pray that you would continue to bless KPM and their Board of Directors, headed by Rev. Jerry Lamazon.

We are thankful for the strong and fruitful partnership between Kabuganaan Philippines Ministries and Canadian Baptist Ministries, and as we begin a new year together, we want to pray for the various programs and initiatives that are being implemented. We pray specifically for the Continued Theological Education Program for Pastors that is entering its final year. We also want to pray for FOOD for LIFE and BUGANA Livelihood Center, and Faith & Work initiatives being developed through our partnership. FOOD for LIFE and BUGANA faced a difficult year because of the pandemic, but they came through it and continue to grow, and are making a difference in the lives of those involved.  We pray for Jethro, Ezekiel, and Pastor Jerry as they provide leadership to these business initiatives.

We especially want to pray for Indigenous people of Tapaz in Hopevale and other communities, who are mourning the senseless loss of nine of their community members and the arrest of several others due to unjust “red-tagging” or profiling that led to military raids of their homes.  We ask that you intervene and put an end to the extra-judicial killings happening in the Philippines against poor and indigenous people. We ask you to comfort those who are hurting, heal those who are traumatized, and protect those who are most vulnerable.

Lastly, we pray for our family, as we remain in New Brunswick due to safety concerns and travel restrictions related to the pandemic. This has been a difficult season for us, but we are thankful for your presence in our lives. We ask that you give us wisdom as we make decisions regarding our future and potential return to the Philippines.

We pray all of these things in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.


Michael and Melanie Waddell

Blessed Father, thank you very much for being with us every single day of 2020. Thank you for being our Emmanuel! Not only have you been with us, but you have also been our Jehovah Jireh!

As we begin this year, we need to ask  for your guidance.

2020 was so uncertain and sometimes this discouraged us. But we know that nothing escapes your control and this also brought comfort to our hearts. You are our Father, who loves us and will be with us until the end of days.

Dear Lord, we ask for your wisdom to continue supporting our partners here in Bolivia. Give us courage. Give us grace to support the initiatives of our partners, bringing your love to the people who are in need.

We are still experiencing great uncertainty in Bolivia, as we are facing the second wave of COVID-19. This second wave is hitting us really badly. That’s why we also ask for your protection for all those who are serving in the different ministries that we support.

We also thank you for the CBM team and the CBM family around the world. Please be with them, guide them, bless them where they are.

We also want to thank you for the Canadian Baptist church – a blessed group of brothers and sisters that is helping us to show your love, faith and hope to the people that are in the margins.

God, I also pray for my family. Thank you for being with us. Thank you that you have provided for us every single day. I pray for each member of my family so they can respond in gratitude to your love and your protection.

We want to start this year remembering that you are our Father. What a privilege, what an honour to be your children. Thank you, Father.

And we pray all of this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Heavenly Father,

We praise you that, with all of the uncertainty and unexpected events we experienced in 2020, we can be at peace knowing that this year of 2021 is in your loving hands.

We pray for the Rwandan Baptist churches which have been closed to all activities since mid-March because of COVID-19. With many strict protocols to follow, this has meant that only about 20 of the 200 churches have been able to open again. As a result, there has been little opportunity to give spiritual encouragement to the congregations during an incredibly difficult time. It has meant no income for pastors or the denomination. We pray that you would continue to provide for them.

Even beyond the issues surrounding COVID-19, we continue to pray for all of CBM’s partners in Africa – in Kenya, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda – as they deal with many challenges and heartaches which we seldom experience in Canada. Thank you for their example of deep faith and trust in you in the midst of those struggles.

We also pray for the those who manage the different projects that CBM supports around the world as they try their best to put together plans for this new year. We pray for wisdom and flexibility as they adjust to ever-changing realities.

We praise God for all the people who gave through CBM’s Hopeful Gifts for Change catalogue.  May they experience the blessing of God which comes through the generous of heart, as people they don’t even know are being impacted in wonderful ways because of their gifts.

Having served with CBM for 18.5 years, Lord we are aware that it never gets easier being separated from family, even as we move from one life stage to another. We continue to pray for strength and wisdom as we navigate our current stage.

Looking back on 2020, we are grateful for a good home assignment, which allowed us to connect with many churches and supporters as well as have extended time with family during a critical period.  At the same time, we are also thankful that we can be back here in Kigali, serving alongside our Rwandan brothers and sisters.  It is a wonderful thing to be a part of your worldwide family!

We pray all this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Darrell and Laura Lee Bustin

Everlasting Father, I celebrate the overwhelming gift of your son, the Light of the world. Thank you that in him is the light of the glorious gospel of grace, that has overcome the darkness. Keep me ever mindful of the hope, peace, joy and love which your light reveals – the promise of new life and the command to share that light. May I be a contagious disciple, and a shining light into the world’s dark corners wherever I find them. Open my eyes Lord, that I might see you.


Listen to Brenda’s reflection
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Loving God, thank you for drawing near. In this Advent season I commit to making room. Thank you for loving me in my weakness, my brokenness and my poverty, and choosing me even though I have little to give. Help me to see you, and serve you, in the poor around me, that I might know the fullness of your love.


Listen to Louise’s reflection
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Dear heavenly Father,

I thank you for the precious gift of your Son, Christ Jesus.

In this season of isolation renew my heart and spirit with your presence.

Forgive me for any way that I have grown cold in my walk with you and fill me once again with a passion for you.

Impart to me your heart for the broken, the hurting and those who are far from you.

I acknowledge you have entrusted me with the privilege of sharing this joy of Christ with others.

Holy Spirit go before me and prepare the hearts of those you will put on my path.

Open my eyes to the opportunities around me.

Let the joy of your presence be evident in my life this Christmas, and give me the boldness to share that joy with others.

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Listen to Sonya’s reflection
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Generous God, it is my deepest desire to be your child – to be called as such by you and to be known as such by others. You have told me that for this to be so, I must be a person who practices peace.

Forgive me for the many moments in which I missed the opportunity to be generous in my peace-giving.

Open my eyes to see when the gift of peace is mine for the offering.

Soften my spirit that I may relinquish that part of me that deems another as not being worthy of the gift of peace.

Make my words full of your peace-giving intent and design my actions that you, the Prince of Peace, may be made flesh again and again and again.

All for your glory, Amen.

Listen to Carla’s reflection
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Darrell and Laura Lee Bustin

Update from Rwanda

Bruno and Kathleen Soucy

Update from Guatemala

Patty Nacho

Update from Bolivia

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Use this music from Fraser Campbell for any part of your service – for praise and worship, to reflect, or for any other way you’d like.