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.

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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.


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.

Download the full service

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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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

Download Jennifer’s Sermon Resource

November 2020

Waiting Faithfully

by Jennifer Lau Executive Director

Download Jennifer’s Sermon Resource

We Rejoice in our Suffering

by Dennis Shierman

Download Dennis’s Sermon Resource

The Kingdom of God is like a Mustard Seed

by Terry Smith, Director, Strategic Initiatives

Download Terry’s Sermon Resource

Jesus Clears Out the Temple

by Cheryl Bear

Download Cheryl’s Sermon Resources

The Sayings of King Lemuel

by Randy Stanton

Download Randy’s Sermon

Into the Promised Land

by Sonya Tetley

Download Sonya’s Sermon


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

Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness

Prayers by The Soucys

Lent, a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. For Christians Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities.

We find ourselves in the second year of a pandemic that has deeply affected the whole world. We have given up so much already during this pandemic and we face another year of uncertainty, loss of freedom, loss of our plans, loss of time with family and friends, loss of loved ones. And yet we enter into this season of Lent. 

A time of reflection and preparation of our hearts and minds to appreciate the depth and breadth of Jesus sacrifice for us, his death on the cross, standing in the place of our sins and providing a way for us to be with God today and for eternity.  

As we enter this first week of lent, we share from William Arthur Wards “Lenten Litany on Fasting and Feasting”.  

We’ve only chosen a few to share, but you can find the whole litany by clicking this button.

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I pray that his words will help us to fast from what takes us away from God and to feast upon God’s life-giving presence.

Fast from judging others;
Feast on the Christ indwelling them.

Fast from thoughts of illness;
Feast on the healing power of God.

Fast from discontent;
Feast on gratitude.

Fast from worry;
Feast on divine order.

Fast from bitterness;
Feast on forgiveness.

Fast from self-concern;
Feast on compassion for others.

Fast from facts that depress;
Feast on truths that uplift.

Fast from problems that overwhelm;
Feast on prayer that undergirds.

Thank you Lord for the diversity and creativity of the people we are privileged to work with around the world. 

Help us Lord to be faithful and to be wise as we use our gifts for your glory. Building your Kingdom to support our partners, to seek justice for those who are without income, to support children who are unable to attend schools, for those without access to health care and especially for those without any foreseeable access to a vaccine against COVID-19. 

Oh Lord, I am so brokenhearted to know of so many people who are suffering from COVID and from the loss of friends, coworkers and loved ones. Lord, we pray that those who are closest to the suffering will be comforted by you, our great Comforter. We give thanks for the generosity of the Canadian churches that allow CBM to minister to local church partners in Latin America and around the world both during the pandemic and with the focus of the future. 

We know that in all things, you God, work for the good of those who love you, who have been called according to your purpose. Lord, we claim those promises of your blessings. 

Lordyou are the forgiver of our sins, the healer of our diseases. We know you are the source of hope even when it is difficult to see hope. Please help us to claim the hope that you have promised.  

As Jesus said,“The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the Good News! 

We recognize Lord that we are a people needing your salvation. In this, the first week of Lent, we pray for your forgiveness. We acknowledge our continued need for your love.  


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Jesus fasted for 40 days in communion with God and to strengthen himself spiritually to fulfill his purpose. As we fast, we strip ourselves of things we depend on, and as we surrender it to God, we become more sensitive to his voice.  

Prayerfully seek the Lord for direction on fasting this Lent. Does he want you to commit to a full fast for a certain number of days drinking only water for a beverage?  Or is he leading you to a different kind of fast?

Worship resources

Steve Bell is a friend of CBM who has previously partnered with former CBM Strategic Associate Cheryl Bear. Take the road through Lent with his song, “Birth of a Song”. 

Mark 1:9-15 

The Message

At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.” 

God’s Kingdom Is Here 

At once, this same Spirit pushed Jesus out into the wild. For forty wilderness days and nights he was tested by Satan. Wild animals were his companions, and angels took care of him. 

After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God: “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.” 

Almighty and everlasting God, we praise and thank you for your grace that is always sufficient for us.

We pray for continuous wisdom, knowledge and attention to hear your voice so that we would move and minister according to your leading.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many difficult situations in India and we pray especially for those on the margins as they still struggle with debts, loss of jobs, loss of business, chaos, uncertainty, depression and loneliness. Give us the strength O Lord, that CBM, through the local churches, could continue to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ and bring hope in their brokenness.

We thank you for faithful donors, prayer partners and well-wishers, who have a special heart for the ministry in India. We pray that you would bless them and their families immensely.

We look to  you lead us well in partnership with the local Indian churches in our endeavor to empower and transform the lives of the poor widows and small children attending tutoring classes in the Soura community. We pray for community acceptance of the girls who were rescued from human trafficking in Kolkata. We seek your direction in the ministerial formation of young students as they train to be pastors and leaders in the Oriya, Soura, Naga and Telugu Baptist churches. We also pray for the many unemployed Mising and Ao Naga youth and women – that through the Faith + Work initiatives they may see opportunities and success to sustain themselves.

We remember the leadership of our India partners and seek your blessings upon their ministerial plans and goals. We particularly pray for Oriya Baptists as they elect a new body of leaders.

We pray for an opportunity to be vaccinated and protected from COVID-19 so that we may continue to minister with good health and sound mind, especially during my travel to the field areas where local partners are located.

In the many fields where my CBM colleagues serve in different and difficult situations around the world, we ask for your continued blessing as we all together work to bring shalom in the name of Jesus.

O Lord we put forward our supplications at your feet and seek your mercy.  Be with us and help us.  In Christ’s name we pray, amen.

Dear God, we praise you for you are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. Your light shines on the people in the darkness, you bring hope to those desperate.

God, I come to you with humility, praying for our mission partners who have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. I pray that your grace and mercy come upon Thailand Bethel Theological Institute. As the second wave of COVID-19 overcomes Thailand and Myanmar, people have to face more challenges than before. The Thai-Myanmar border remains closed. The students from Myanmar are still not able to get back to the campus. They are struggling with living there and learning online under various obstacles. I pray that you will grant every teacher and student of TBTI the strength to keep on and that they may experience your provision in this difficult time.

God, I would like to remember the Lahu mission project in Myanmar. We had to cancel our trip due to the pandemic, but through the sharing from the local pastors, the gospel continues to spread and many have come under your name. We praise you and pray that you will continue to do the wonderful work among the villages and let more villagers know your salvation and worship you as the only true God. God, we also pray for peace and unity over the political situation in Myanmar.

God, we pray for the local churches in the Golden Triangle Region. As they bear your witnesses to this wounded world, we pray that the Holy Spirit will lead your servants to bring the Good News of salvation and the blessings of healing to the community. God, even if our days are full of uncertainties, we still have hope in you. We pray that your healing will come upon the sick, your comfort comes upon the wounded people, your provision will be with those who are in need.

God, we give thanks to you, for you allow your ministries to continue even under various constraints. Your unceasing love never fails.

We thank you for those in Canada who continue to embrace a broken world in word and deed through their prayers and generous giving. I ask for continued protection and provision for all of CBM’s work in the world – for the Field Staff and local partners.

There is no social distancing between you and your people. May your people stand firm in your presence and keep looking forward to face every circumstance. We trust in Jesus Christ who endured the cross so that we can look forward to joy in you.

In Jesus’s name we pray. Amen!

Our heavenly father, we thank you for your mercy and care. Yes, Lord, though we have been facing many challenges in our lives, your steadfast love never ceases, your mercy never ends, they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

We are grateful to you, our Father, for the opportunity that we have to serve you here in Lebanon, as a family and an organization. We pray for this beautiful country and specially for its uncertain future. We ask you to provide direction and guidance to those who are in power. In the middle of uncertainty, give the people of Lebanon hope, peace and rest. Help them, o God, to trust in you as they think about their future and the future of their kids. Help them to hear your calm and peaceful voice in the middle of all the many noisy voices around them. Guide their steps and give them strength and courage to follow your purpose for their lives.

We lift up to you the CBM ministry in our region.

We pray for our seminary. We thank you God for leading us through this difficult time. To be able to adjust and start our new hybrid integrated theological program this week.

We lay down before you our new and current students as they attempt to adjust to the many responsibilities that they have while studying. Grant them energy and strength to pursue their studies. Help them to be able to balance work, studies and family.

We pray for the Lebanese Society for Education and Social Development and the many ministries under their umbrella. We pray especially for SKILLED as they work hard to support many families with kids that have special needs. Grant these families your patience as they care for their kids at home during this frustrating time.

We thank you for MERATH and for their relief work among refugees. We pray for refugees in this very cold season – that they are able to experience your warm love and your goodness through the kindness that MERATH shows, in your name.

We pray for CBM’s staff, programs and projects around the world – let your hand be upon the ministry all around the globe. May you bless the Canadian Baptists who continue to show your love generously through word and deed.

We want to lift up to you the CBM team here in Lebanon. We praise you, O God, for the continuing recovery of Joe and Alexi and their family. We ask you to extend your healing touch to their extended family as they fight the Coronavirus.

We want to pray for Elie and Mireille Haddad as they carry on the responsibility of leading the seminary during this challenging time. We thank you for their leadership, for the many sacrifices they have made, and we ask you God, to give them strength and protect them from any disappointment.

As a family, we count on you in this season of our lives as we carry out our responsibilities. We need your strength, power, and joy in our lives. Wrap your arms around our kids, and help them to grow in your Word and in character.

We pray all of this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

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.  

Bruno and Kathleen Soucy

Update from Guatemala

Patty Nacho

Update from Bolivia

Michael & Melanie Waddell

Update from the Philippines

David and Suzannah Nacho

Update from Costa Rica

Adrian Gardner

Update from Lebanon

Conrad and Fiona Kwok

Update from Thailand

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