Build Your Own Sunday

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WELCOME TO THE BUILD YOUR OWN SUNDAY RESOURCE PAGE

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.

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A Prerecorded Online Service for Your Church

The service, “Solidarity Sunday: That We, May Be One”, calls us to remember that the global pandemic is ongoing and continues to disproportionally affect people living in poverty in the Global South.  We hear updates from and take time to pray for our partners in Bolivia, India, the Philippines, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  We are led in worship by Lewisville Worship and hear a message of unity from Dr. Darrell Johnson.

Solidarity Sunday Highlights Time Code Guide:

00:16   Welcome by Executive Director Jennifer Lau
00:52   Prayer by Director of Canadian Partnerships Adrian Gardner
2:03     Worship by Lewisville Worship
06:45   Scripture reading from children around the globe – Philippines, Rwanda, Lebanon, Thailand, Cuba and Canada
8:02     Message by Dr. Darrell Johnson
23:50   Field Staff Update from Bolivia – Tim and Kallie Hutton
25:54   Prayer in partnership from Westhill Baptist Church – Pastor Timothy Coleman
27:09   Field Staff Update from Philippines – Michael and Melanie Waddell
29:11   Prayer in partnership with Mississauga Baptist Church – Pastor Sheldon Dyck
30:26   Field Staff Update from India – Suraj Komaravalli
32:13   Prayer in partnership with Birch Cove Baptist Church – Pastor Tara Embrett
33:42   Field Staff Update from DR Congo – Polisi Kivava
35:29   Prayer in partnership with McLaurin Baptist Church – Pastor Peter Ma
37:46   Worship by Lewisville Worship
41:30   Closing by Jennifer Lau
42:06   Worship by Lewisville Worship

The full service will also be streamed through CBM’s Facebook and YouTube channels on April 11th at 7pm EST.  All of the resources will be available to download through our Build Your Own Sunday page by March 26th.

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There are two ways that your church can participate:

1 – Full Online Service. 

If you are meeting online, you can use the entire service and offer a break to your regular volunteers.

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2 – Five-Minute Update Video.

If your church is meeting in-person, we will offer a standalone video of the updates from our partners.  We would invite you to show this and take time as a congregation to pray for our world.

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Sermons

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.

*NEW* February 2021

God’s Mission is Here

by Jennifer Lau Executive Director

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November 2020

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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Prayer

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

Lord, who is in Heaven. Blessed be your name! Exalted are you! Thank you for being our Comforter in times of pain and tribulation.

Our God, today we want to express to you what is in our hearts. You who know everything, you know the things that worry us and make us happy, the things that hurt us and those that bring hope to our lives.

We beg you to protect us from any attack by the enemy, to help us to overcome our own sins. We acknowledge our weakness, but we know that you strengthen us.

We ask for protection against COVID-19 and for healing, strength and provision for those who are affected by it. Father, so many people have died, so many people crying for their loved ones who are no longer in this world. Please be their Comforter and may your love fill that void they feel.

We ask you to give us wisdom to support our partners in Bolivia. Give us strength to continue caring for the children and families of each one of the projects.

Please Father, give abundant strength to those who are in charge of each project, now that many activities are being resumed. It is clear how the effects of this pandemic remain and continue to impact the most vulnerable.

Abba, I ask you for my family, oh dear God, these are difficult times for us, the death of my father hurts us a lot. Father, oh Father, may your comfort sustain us.

I also pray for the work that CBM is doing around the world. May you bless the work of each one of them. In these times of COVID, we have seen with joy how the Canadian church has shown so much generosity for your ministry through CBM. Thank you for each person who makes up your body and heeds your call to act with love and generosity.

Once again, thank you for always listening. Thank you for being a strong tower and help and comforter.

We pray all this in the name of our beloved Saviour Jesus, and in his merits. Amen.

Patty Nacho

God of life, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we thank you for the gift of life and for this world that you love.  We thank you for loving this world even in its fallenness through the redemption you make real in Jesus Christ. We praise you for the gift of the Holy Spirit who gathers us as your people and calls us into your mission and equips us for it.

As I serve our congregations in Canada and our international partners, I ask you for the gifts of wisdom, endurance, and clarity of thought. May I listen well to those whom I teach and mentor. May I listen even more closely to your Spirit for guidance and wisdom.

We thank you for the generosity of Canadian Baptists so that we may work together to bring the healing power of Jesus to a broken world. We ask for your guidance as we continue to discern where the Spirit is leading us in new paths of mission. We pray for the projects that we are developing to further equip your people for mission. We pray for our partners in Kenya, especially Beth Kamathi as she leads the theological college of the African Christian Churches and Schools. We pray for our partners in Eastern Europe and Central Asia as they courageously develop a new generation of leaders.

We pray for your people everywhere who live with the burden of this pandemic. Give us patience, sustain our hope, comfort those who have suffered from COVID-19, who have lost people they love, whose lives have been disrupted and damaged by this pandemic.

I ask that you continue to grant me good health and energy for these years of my life.  May I recall what I have learned over the years that may serve the tasks I have been given. Thank you for fulfilling my longing to serve the church around the world. May I be faithful to that calling by your power.

In all of this, Father, we give thanks for the hope that we have in the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promise of his return. We give thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit who makes us one and assures us Christ’s return and healing of all your creation, when there will be no more tears, no more pain, and no more death.

Come Lord Jesus, we pray.

Amen.

Heavenly Father,

I praise you as you are holy, you are our provider, our protector, and our refuge. I am so thankful to you – by your grace you called us to serve you. I praise you that you called me to assist in the process of reunification of our brothers and sisters in the Community of Baptist Churches in East Congo (CEBCE) denomination in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Two major tribes spent 21 years in division and have come back to worship together. I pray that the process of reunification becomes effective and sustainable through the peacebuilding training that I am facilitating. I ask that the different target groups who are participating may become the catalyst of peace in the denomination and in the country. I pray that the political situation in DR Congo will stabilize and for many more people to attend the training.

I also pray for the whole CBM organisation, that you will continue  to strengthen its vision of serving   people in this broken world. I pray for all its programs to continue to make an impact among our partners and beneficiaries. I ask for your provision through Canadian partners – for more churches and individuals to respond to the needs of those in the margins.

Heavenly Father, I also pray  for my family , my wife and my children. God, would you continue to give them good health? Help them to be more committed to you. I pray for the studies of my children, so that they may continue to succeed and finish their schooling at university level.

I pray for my own health, for my mom and mother-in-law as they are aging. I pray for my extended family and for all Christians – that they continue to strongly walk in you.

Dear heavenly Father , thank you for letting us come into your presence to express our need. We praise you for what you are doing in our daily life.

Thank you because you hear our prayer and you answer them according to your will. Thank you for the grace that you give us.

We pray all this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Gato Munyamasoko

Passion Week

The Resurrection

Prayer by Bill and Janice

Father God we come to you as a people who are broken but not without hope. We are broken by a world full of struggles and worries—conflict, disease, poverty, loneliness… We are broken by our own sin and inability to fix even ourselves, never mind all that concerns us and others. But we are not without hope—hope in who you are. You are able—all-powerful. You care about all our needs. Nothing can separate us from your love. You are able and willing to forgive us. You made the ultimate sacrifice to accomplish our forgiveness. You are also all-knowing. You understand the mysteries that confound us. You are always near to us, with us, present everywhere. So, this Holy Week, we come to you—like the prodigal son returning, broken, bruised, weak but full of hope, knowing that you are waiting to embrace us, forgive us, and even honour us.

Lord, we start by asking you for good health—a concern for all right now. We pray especially for our ministry partners of the Union of Baptist Churches (UBB) in Bolivia. We pray as the country has already suffered a lot during the first and second waves of COVID-19 and braces itself for a third wave. We pray for wisdom for the government in applying wise measures of biosecurity. We pray that the people will cooperate with government efforts and through this, take part in protecting frontline workers. We ask for vaccines, and the world programs that enable them. We pray for the unique challenges of a country like Bolivia in which the government cannot afford to help people with lost income, in which 60% of the population has to work to live, in which emergency care for all who need it is unaffordable, and where even vaccines are unaffordable.

We pray for the denominational and Seminary leadership as they seek to carry on routines while promoting safety and caring for those affected by COVID-19. We pray that these organizations can overcome the challenges of doing ministry and training virtually and even thrive.

We pray for pastors: for their finances, for families, for health, for perseverance in ministry as it might be without financial support. For their ministries, creativity, and for mental health.

We pray for the children of the Emmanuel Foundation and the Casa de la Amistad and Jireh—for provision, ongoing education, and protection in homes where they may be forced to be in the presence of those who abuse.

We pray for CBM ministries around the world. The current health and financial crisis have pushed some 100 million more people into poverty—like always, the poor are most affected. Help CBM to know where in the world to focus their efforts among a sea of increased needs. We think especially of our partners in Lebanon who are facing a perfect storm of needs: COVID-19, the explosion in Beirut and the loss of homes for hundreds of thousands, a virtually non-existent government, and financial collapse. We pray for our partners who are understandably, overwhelmed by requests for help and by the needs.

Personally, we pray that we would be able to get our vaccines soon, so that we can safely return to Bolivia. We pray for our daughter, who struggles with long-haul symptoms of COVID-19. Lord, heal her. We pray for our colleague, Patty, as she grieves the loss of her father to COVID-19. We pray for the ability to continue to creatively be in contact with friends and colleagues in Bolivia, to promote ministry, and be a support from a distance.

We have much to be thankful for. We are thankful that we have been able to be closer to our daughter during her health struggles. We are thankful for all of our faithful prayer and financial supporters. We are thankful for health. We are thankful for technology that enables us to be in daily contact with ministry partners in Bolivia. We are hopeful that, any day now, things will begin to turn around. Like the Spring, we see signs of hope. We are thankful that we have hope, that we see hope growing, and that we will soon be in the full bloom of a summer of hope, in which optimism reigns.  Even now, we thank you for the past year. It has been trying, but also full of unexpected blessings.

Even as we pray, we thank you, Lord Jesus, for the knowledge that You live to intercede for us. May Your will be done in and through us this week. May You be glorified in all we say and do. May Your love be evident to all.  Amen.

Bill and Janice Dyck

Ideas for engaging practices

This week, spend time in worship each day of the week and just praise God for all that he is. Take a moment to reflect on the day you came to Christ. What were you doing? Who were you with? How did you first find out about him? Praise him for the way he had pursued you.

Worship resources

Worship on the road through Lent with Stuart Townend’s “In Christ Alone”.

Mark 16:1-8

The Message

The Resurrection

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so they could embalm him. Very early on Sunday morning, as the sun rose, they went to the tomb. They worried out loud to each other, “Who will roll back the stone from the tomb for us?”

Then they looked up, saw that it had been rolled back—it was a huge stone—and walked right in. They saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed all in white. They were completely taken aback, astonished.

He said, “Don’t be afraid. I know you’re looking for Jesus the Nazarene, the One they nailed on the cross. He’s been raised up; he’s here no longer. You can see for yourselves that the place is empty. Now—on your way. Tell his disciples and Peter that he is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You’ll see him there, exactly as he said.”

They got out as fast as they could, beside themselves, their heads swimming. Stunned, they said nothing to anyone.

Standing Before Pilate

Prayer by Lewis and Felain Lam

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for your love. In commemoration of Palm Sunday, we want to sing praise to you. We welcome you to be our King & our Saviour.

The world has been fighting COVID for more than a year now. People are getting tired. We pray that you bless the government in every country with the wisdom to apply the right policies to reduce the risk of community breakout. Currently there is still 10,000 new cases reported daily in Germany. May you be in control, Lord. May the vaccines be effective.

Dear Lord, Goettingen returns to in-person worship in March. We ask that you guide all the preparation work. Please help us to create a safe and welcoming worship environment. Meanwhile, we continue to support the online joint services from four cities: Goettingen, Kassel, Marburg and Heidelberg. When worship sessions become available online and in-person at the same time, we ask you to unite the hearts of everyone, so we can all praise you in one spirit.

Abba Father, we give thanks for you have renewed the spiritual wellbeing of our church members during the pandemic. Losing a job opened up more time for them to participate in different online gatherings, trainings and Bible study. Although a student graduated but still couldn’t find a job, he was able to spend more time reading the Bible. We praise the Holy Spirit because he found joy in your words. Your words freed him from falling into depression. Some were challenged to teach Adult Sunday School for the very first time. During preparation, Lord, you opened their eyes and they were amazed by your words.

We also need to remember those who are suffering. Lord, please strengthen their faith, help them keep up with regular devotion & church life. May they remember your love, so they know to bring their burden to you. When they feel lost, let them see your light. Guide them, so they will be renewed with hope and strength.

You are the Lord who called us. Please bless your servants with good mental and physical health. The constant changes in ministry, the many different needs of your sheep, the high turnover rate of believers have added to the challenges of our ministry. We feel drained at times. Please help us to find a balance between rest and work. Let us not rely on ourselves, but rely only on your grace.

We also ask the same for our other CBM brothers and sisters in ministry in other nations. Please be with them as they navigate their own unique circumstances.

Father, we put our son – Caleb in your hands. He will graduate from high school this summer. Please help him focus on his studies and guide him on his application to university. Wherever he may go, may he grow in Christ. May your plans for him be fulfilled.

In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Lewis and Felain Lam

Ideas for engaging practices

Have you ever had an injustice done to you? Have you been humiliated and mocked? Jesus humbled himself at the cross so that the will of God could come to pass – that we may have everlasting life in him.

Is there someone that has caused a grievance against you whom you have not forgiven yet? This week, deliberately pray for that person/those people, lift them up to the Lord and ask God to help you forgive them. Forgive as we have been forgiven to make room for light and life.

Worship resources

Worship on the road through Lent with Steve Bell’s “You Are To Be Holy”. Steve is a friend of CBM who was previously in a concert and story series of events with former CBM Strategic Associate Cheryl Bear.

Mark 15:1-30, 40-47

The Message

Standing Before Pilate

At dawn’s first light, the high priests, with the religious leaders and scholars, arranged a conference with the entire Jewish Council. After tying Jesus securely, they took him out and presented him to Pilate.

Pilate asked him, “Are you the ‘King of the Jews’?”

He answered, “If you say so.” The high priests let loose a barrage of accusations.

Pilate asked again, “Aren’t you going to answer anything? That’s quite a list of accusations.” Still, he said nothing. Pilate was impressed, really impressed.

It was a custom at the Feast to release a prisoner, anyone the people asked for. There was one prisoner called Barabbas, locked up with the insurrectionists who had committed murder during the uprising against Rome. As the crowd came up and began to present its petition for him to release a prisoner, Pilate anticipated them: “Do you want me to release the King of the Jews to you?” Pilate knew by this time that it was through sheer spite that the high priests had turned Jesus over to him.

But the high priests by then had worked up the crowd to ask for the release of Barabbas. Pilate came back, “So what do I do with this man you call King of the Jews?”

They yelled, “Nail him to a cross!”

Pilate objected, “But for what crime?”

But they yelled all the louder, “Nail him to a cross!”

Pilate gave the crowd what it wanted, set Barabbas free and turned Jesus over for whipping and crucifixion.

The soldiers took Jesus into the palace (called Praetorium) and called together the entire brigade. They dressed him up in purple and put a crown plaited from a thornbush on his head. Then they began their mockery: “Bravo, King of the Jews!” They banged on his head with a club, spit on him, and knelt down in mock worship. After they had had their fun, they took off the purple cape and put his own clothes back on him. Then they marched out to nail him to the cross.

The Crucifixion

There was a man walking by, coming from work, Simon from Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. They made him carry Jesus’ cross.

The soldiers brought Jesus to Golgotha, meaning “Skull Hill.” They offered him a mild painkiller (wine mixed with myrrh), but he wouldn’t take it. And they nailed him to the cross. They divided up his clothes and threw dice to see who would get them.

They nailed him up at nine o’clock in the morning. The charge against him—the king of the jews—was scrawled across a sign. Along with him, they crucified two criminals, one to his right, the other to his left. People passing along the road jeered, shaking their heads in mock lament: “You bragged that you could tear down the Temple and then rebuild it in three days—so show us your stuff! Save yourself! If you’re really God’s Son, come down from that cross!”

Taken to a Tomb

There were women watching from a distance, among them Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of the younger James and Joses, and Salome. When Jesus was in Galilee, these women followed and served him, and had come up with him to Jerusalem.

Late in the afternoon, since it was the Day of Preparation (that is, Sabbath eve), Joseph of Arimathea, a highly respected member of the Jewish Council, came. He was one who lived expectantly, on the lookout for the kingdom of God. Working up his courage, he went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate questioned whether he could be dead that soon and called for the captain to verify that he was really dead. Assured by the captain, he gave Joseph the corpse.

Having already purchased a linen shroud, Joseph took him down, wrapped him in the shroud, placed him in a tomb that had been cut into the rock, and rolled a large stone across the opening. Mary Magdalene and Mary, mother of Joses, watched the burial.

A Grain of Wheat Must Die

Prayer by CP Raju

Our heavenly Father, we praise you and adore you for the sacrifice you have made on the cross for all our sins and granting us salvation. We seek your help and guidance to follow your footsteps always, especially in our adverse situations. 

Help us look to the cross and for us to understand its value during this Lenten season. We seek your blessings on all our partners as they proclaim good news through word and deed. Let your name be glorified through the work we do.

At this moment we pray for the people suffering from ill health, poverty and those living in darkness. We seek your blessings on all our people. Touch them, heal them, and relieve them from adversity.

We take this opportunity to remember the families who support the ministry in India. Bless them abundantly.

We are praying for the people who lost their family members and friends. Please give them hope, remove their sorrow, pain, and comfort them.

We pray for an opportunity to be vaccinated and protected from COVID-19 so that we may continue to do the good work unhindered. We ask for your continued blessings on all our staff and their families who are working in different countries. Bless them and their families and grant their needs.

We are praying for the youth who lost their jobs and for educational opportunities. Give them hope and faith. 

We ask all these things in the name of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

CP Raju.

Ideas for engaging practices

Jesus said, “Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over.” 

Think of one person who may not have heard the Good News. Make deliberate plans to plant the seed of Jesus in them.

Worship resources

Worship on the road through Lent with former CBM Strategic Associate Cheryl Bear’s song, “Shine Forth Like the Sun”. 

John 12:20-33

The Message

A Grain of Wheat Must Die

There were some Greeks in town who had come up to worship at the Feast. They approached Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee: “Sir, we want to see Jesus. Can you help us?”

Philip went and told Andrew. Andrew and Philip together told Jesus. Jesus answered, “Time’s up. The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

 “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.

 “If any of you wants to serve me, then follow me. Then you’ll be where I am, ready to serve at a moment’s notice. The Father will honor and reward anyone who serves me.

 “Right now I am shaken. And what am I going to say? ‘Father, get me out of this’? No, this is why I came in the first place. I’ll say, ‘Father, put your glory on display.’”

A voice came out of the sky: “I have glorified it, and I’ll glorify it again.”

The listening crowd said, “Thunder!”

Others said, “An angel spoke to him!”

Jesus said, “The voice didn’t come for me but for you. At this moment the world is in crisis. Now Satan, the ruler of this world, will be thrown out. And I, as I am lifted up from the earth, will attract everyone to me and gather them around me.” He put it this way to show how he was going to be put to death.

Andrew Landsdown

Parable

for Leroy Randall

Plant a seed, reap a song:
such are the ways of God.

Jesus said his kingdom
is like a mustard seed

which when buried rises
to a tree, and the birds

alight in its branches.
So, from a grain, a surge

of sap and shade, a haunt
of gladness and surprise.

Oh, beyond all desire,
the tree of God abounds

with nests—and a choir!

God So Loved the World

Prayer by Elie and Mireille Haddad

Heavenly Father,

We come to you today to offer you our praise and worship. We praise you for who you are, for your majesty, and for your unmatched glory. We are grateful for your unbounded grace and unconditional mercy, for loving us beyond what we can even imagine.

Father, during this Lenten season, we are reminded again of our sinfulness and of our need for redemption. We come to you with deep gratitude for the cross and for the resurrected life, for cleansing us of our sins and forgiving our trespasses. As we remember, we offer you our whole lives, again. We relinquish all control of our lives and give you the lordship and sovereignty over our whole lives.

God, we live in a troubled world, especially this last year. In Lebanon, we face trauma after trauma and crisis after crisis. In the middle of all this hardship, we are experiencing your delivering love and provisions. We are grateful for your Church and the way you are working through it to bring hope and meaning to a hopeless world. We pray for our local churches that they continue to be the salt and light that you called them to be, that they would continue to proclaim your love and deliverance in word and deed.

We are also grateful for the work that you are doing through CBM’s partners all over the globe. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to participate in your vast work in this needy world. We pray for strength, wisdom, resilience, and bold witness for all our CBM staff and partners. We pray that you keep us faithful in participating in your mission in the world.

Strengthen us, Father, teach us to do your will, give us pure minds and hearts, protect us from our own sinfulness, comfort us when we are disturbed, and disturb us when we are too comfortable.

We love you, we praise you, and we give you all glory.

Amen!

Elie and Mireille Haddad

Ideas for engaging practices

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son. As children of God, one way to walk in him is to LOVE.

How can we love better? One practice we can take up is to be intentional in showing an act of love as a witness to Christ. Purchase groceries for your neighbour, spend (virtual, if needed) quality time with family member, check up on a friend who is struggling. Take it a step further and show love to a stranger. Help feed the hungry through food security projects, make care packages for people without homes or start a phone pal program at a seniors’ residence.

Worship resources

Worship on the road through Lent with Steve Bell’s “Love is Our Way”. Steve is a friend of CBM who was previously in a concert and story series of events with former CBM Strategic Associate Cheryl Bear.

John 3:14-21

The Message

God So Loved the World

 “No one has ever gone up into the presence of God except the One who came down from that Presence, the Son of Man. In the same way that Moses lifted the serpent in the desert so people could have something to see and then believe, it is necessary for the Son of Man to be lifted up—and everyone who looks up to him, trusting and expectant, will gain a real life, eternal life.

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.

“This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.”

S. Trevor Francis

O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean
in its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me,
is the current of thy love —
leading onward, leading homeward,
to that glorious rest above!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus —
spread his praise from shore to shore!
How he loves us, ever loves us,
changes never, nevermore!

How he watches over his loved ones,
died to call them all his own;
how for them he's interceding,
watching o'er them from the throne!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
love of every love the best!
'Tis an ocean vast of blessing,
'tis a haven sweet of rest!

O, the deep, deep love of Jesus —
'tis heaven of heavens to me;
and it lifts me up to glory,
for it lifts me up to thee!

Tear Down This Temple

Prayer by André Sibomana

Dear Father God,

In the name of Jesus, our King and Saviour, I come before you today with a heart of gratitude for your unconditional love for all of us. Thank you for your sustenance during these uncertain times. We thank you for the greatest gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Thank you for calling each one of us to serve you alongside the local church partners as well as our Canadian Baptist friends who pray for us and support the ministries we are part of.

I pray for those whom you have sent us to serve alongside with – the Africa churches and their local communities. The Bible says that Jesus came so that God’s people may have life in abundance. However, there is still much social injustice. The orphans and vulnerable children in Rwanda are in need of access to education and psychosocial support. Lord, I ask that you would keep healing this country and its people.

Help women in the Democratic Republic of Congo who have suffered through sexual violence, as it has been used as weapons of war. Lord we pray for justice for our sisters, daughters and mothers.

South Sudan has seen too much death and violence because of ethnic conflict and political unrest. Lord, would you hear the cries of children, men and women in the church who plead day and night for healing in the land. We beg of you to bring stability to this beautiful country.

In Eastern Africa, the swarms of locusts have worsened the famine caused by severe droughts and climate change. Lord, you know exactly when and how much rain we would need to be able to sustain the lives of millions of people in the region. We trust that you will provide.

Globally, we are still combatting the COVID-19 pandemic that caused a global economic crisis. And yet the most affected are the ones who already live on the margins and below the poverty line. We not only lost material things, but also the most precious of your creation – human lives. Friends, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers. Lord would you comfort the families that lost their loved ones because of CODID-19 as well as other causes? We also pray for justice and equity in the accessibility of COVID-19 vaccines.

Lord, would you speak to our hearts this Lent. Our hearts are your true temple, and you want it to be a place of worship. Cleanse my heart and forgive me for the times that I have fallen short. As spring comes, would you take my soul from its dormant state and bring it back to life again?

We recognize Lord that we are a people needing your salvation. In this the third week of Lent, we pray for your forgiveness and acknowledge our continued need for your love. Please welcome us back like the father who runs out to meet his lost child. Only you can close that distance.

Lord, bless all of us – the partner churches in Africa, who are seeking to advance your Kingdom through word and deed. Bless CBM, individuals and churches who generously and sacrificially give to the work of changing lives even in the midst of challenges. Lord, bless the work of their hands and provide to their needs as well.

Hear our humble prayer, that we bring before you today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

André Sibomana

Ideas for engaging practices

John 2:12-22 shows how people’s love of worldly riches tainted a place meant for worshipping God.

Sometimes, we get caught up in the things of the world.  Worldly attitudes affect our relationships with God and others.  We can change this!

During this time of Lent, examine some of the earthly practices that you might be worshipping.  Perhaps it is an attitude of consumerism, or being critical or judgemental, or attachment to worldly practices such as binge-watching shows or exorbitant amounts of time on social media. In Ignatian spiritual traditions there is a practice called “agere contra”, which means to act against. Commit to deliberately acting against our tendencies for the whole period of Lent.

Find a way to make your worship about God and not about the world around you to help stretch you spiritually.

Worship resources

Worship on the road through Lent with Steve Bell’s “Mercy Now”. Steve is a friend of CBM who was previously in a concert and story series of events with former CBM Strategic Associate Cheryl Bear.

John 2:13-22

The Message

Tear Down This Temple

When the Passover Feast, celebrated each spring by the Jews, was about to take place, Jesus traveled up to Jerusalem. He found the Temple teeming with people selling cattle and sheep and doves. The loan sharks were also there in full strength.

Jesus put together a whip out of strips of leather and chased them out of the Temple, stampeding the sheep and cattle, upending the tables of the loan sharks, spilling coins left and right. He told the dove merchants, “Get your things out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a shopping mall!” That’s when his disciples remembered the Scripture, “Zeal for your house consumes me.”

But the Jews were upset. They asked, “What credentials can you present to justify this?” Jesus answered, “Tear down this Temple and in three days I’ll put it back together.”

They were indignant: “It took forty-six years to build this Temple, and you’re going to rebuild it in three days?” But Jesus was talking about his body as the Temple. Later, after he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered he had said this. They then put two and two together and believed both what was written in Scripture and what Jesus had said.

Global Updates

Keep your congregation in the loop about what’s happening in the field. Your partner’s-in-mission created video updates for sharing during service.  

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Gato Munyamasoko

Update from DR Congo

CBM and Westview Baptist Church produced an online workshop last January 30, 2021 entitled “Acting in Faith: Mission in the Age of COVID”. The workshop looked at the impact of COVID-19 on churches around the world.
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CBM and Westview Baptist Church produced an online workshop last January 30, 2021 entitled “Acting in Faith: Mission in the Age of COVID”. The workshop looked at the impact of COVID-19 on churches around the world.
Download This Resource
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Africa Team

Update from Africa

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Joe Bridi

Update from Lebanon

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Darrell and Laura Lee Bustin

Update from Rwanda

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Music

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.  

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