Here is the last instalment of our Annual Meeting!
After our business session ended, we opened the doors and Elsie Wiebe, our MB rep invited all who were waiting in the halls to join us for the rest of the evening. The Faith and Life Women's Chorus under the direction of Millie Hildebrand and accompanied by Loren Hiebert on the piano, blessed us with their repertoire of 9 songs. Some of these were familiar ones such as O Lord of Hosts by Gabriel Faure, His Eye is on the Sparrow, arr. Larry Nickel and How Deep the Father's Love for Us, arr. Mark Bryner.
|The Faith and Life Women's Chorus|
In keeping with the Assembly theme, Elsie had invited 3 young women from area churches to share with us their 'wild hope'. Their sharing was interspersed with the musical selections.
Sandy Hung shared about the hope she has as she begins her ministry in the Winnipeg Chinese Mennonite Church working with youth.
Lora Braun from Morden Mennonite Church had written an inspiring song, which expressed her 'wild hope'. She is a music therapist and her performance was amazing. Everyone could feel the hope she was expressing and we felt as if we were given a gift. She has graciously agreed to share the words of the song with us and is working on getting the music published. I will share the words in an upcoming post.
The third speaker was Anne Heinrichs, of Hope Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, who shared about her and her husband Steve’s journey of walking alongside Aboriginal Canadians in their struggle for identity, acceptance and justice.
The closing piece by the choir was How Great the Father’s Love for Us. Thanks to Waltrude for posting the recording on You Tube and putting it on Facebook. Click here to hear it.
After an ovation of appreciation for the choir and the speakers, one could hear many positive comments as women (and men) exited the chapel. It had been a wonderful evening of worship, inspiration and 'wild hope'.
Thanks to all who had a part in organizing this event, especially Elsie Wiebe, who was our local co-ordinator.