Albright Church

Service Time

Sundays: 10:00am

Service Information

Begin, Belong, Become

Phone: 204-334-5873    Email: info@albrightchurch.com

415 Maxwell King Drive, East St. Paul, MB - View Map

For a mobile friendly version of our service, visit YouVersion.    

Additional Family Resources can be found near the bottom of this post.


 

Welcome & Worship in Song


Prayer

We invite you to spend a few minutes in prayer this morning. Take time with God to reflect on what He has been saying to you through the Anxious for Nothing series

 

Worship Through Giving

Giving back to God is a regular expression of worship, gratitude and praise. See our giving options


Offering Prayer: God thank you for everything that you have provided to us. We give back to you as an expression of worship, gratitude, and praise for who you are. You are a good good father. Thank you that through this challenging time, we are assured that we do not need to worry, but trust that you will provide for our needs. Help us to be generous with what you have given, and lead us into opportunities to bless and serve others with the resources you have given to us. In Jesus’ name. Amen

 

Worship In The Word

Message - Pastor Sam Devine – The Anguish of Jesus


Communion Guide


 

Additional Resources:


Worship in Prayer

Let’s join together as the church to declare our gratitude and lift our requests to God as we surrender together to His will for us.  We are reminded that our prayers don't need to be limited to our gatherings on Sundays, we can pray together daily as the church! As you pray through these 6 areas, use this prayer guide to help your daily prayer focus all week long.


Give thanks and pray:

  • for your family.
  • for your church family, friends, and neighbours.
  • for our pastors, staff and church leaders.
  • for healthcare and front line workers.
  • for our city and government.
  • for our EMCC denomination and our Mission Partners.

 

Kids Resourcesfor families with young children

  • Songs for Worship that your kids will know from Preschool Praisers or Kids Konnection.
  • Access to our HomeFront resource.
  • Email Cheryl Goings, our Children's Ministry Director for additional ideas and resources for crafting a child-friendly service.

  

Care Needs 

Are you wanting to help, but don't know how?

Have a need for help?


Online Life Groups 

Get Involved, Get Connected!

We want to invite those of you not involved in a Life Group to consider joining an online Life Group.

  

RightNow Media:

  • A reminder that access to RightNow Media is available and free for anyone.

 

We are praying that your in home services will be a fruitful time of experiencing God's presence and enjoying time with Him whether you are on your own or with others, we remain united by the Holy Spirit alive in us! As you gather, feel free to post a picture to our church Facebook page! Let’s share the joy of our times meeting with God, whatever they look like!


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In November 2019, I was blessed with the opportunity to make my fifth trip to Haiti, this time to serve as part of a team dedicated to listening to, and encouraging, community leaders.  


On each return to Gens de Nantes I would notice small signs of progressive change in community life and general well-being, mostly due to increased access to resources, technology, and available work.  This time, however, I could sense community life was different.  There was less activity going on with fewer people on the road heading to market, or anywhere for that matter, and the ‘motos’ were almost silent.  An audible and visible difference from 2 years ago.  The ongoing unrest in the country has had major consequences on the economy, impacting everyone’s ability to live and earn a living.  The effects of supply shortages, unemployment and poverty are daily struggles.


Since my first journey to Gens de Nantes in 2013, one common thread of each visit has been the privilege of getting to know the people of the community and building relationships.  I was anxious to see some of those special faces again and hear how they have been getting on.  During our few days in the community we focused our connections with the clinic, school and some community visits. 


An afternoon at the clinic allowed us to re-connect with Dr Emmanuel, Nurse Ketley, Portelus the Lab Tech, other committed long-term staff, as well as meet some new staff and students in training. Dr Emmanuel shared about some of the challenges the clinic faces in providing care, and was appreciative that we had come to listen and encourage them. They knew they were not alone in their mission and were being supported in prayer.  


The AEM elementary school is open but operating with a much smaller student population.  School is not free in Haiti and many families simply have very little money. Teachers also are in short supply as there is no money to pay their wages.  Because of their dedication to the children, some teachers still report to school everyday without the hope of a paycheque.  At the school we were greeted with smiling young faces singing a wonderful song of welcome for our team.  This was an emotional visit for me as my heart was burdened for the children of the community.  I stepped away from the group and God led me to a quiet vacant classroom where I tearfully lifted before Him the lives of each student, current, past and future.  Praying that He would guide them and their families through the difficulties of their daily lives and what currently seems a dim hope for the future. As I rejoined the group, my lamenting spirit was lifted as I engaged a classroom of primary students in some fun songs and an impromptu chalkboard lesson.  Those children were a wonderful reminder that joy still lives in Gens de Nantes.


Our walk through the community re-connected me with Tanis, a previous student of my English classes who had a desire to become a nurse.  While I was glad to see Tanis again, my heart was troubled to see that she was now a teen mother, living under her aunt’s roof and caring for her child.  Her dreams of becoming a nurse now seeming almost impossible. I have been praying that God will make a way forTanisand her son to know His care and provision for their future.


Calex, a young boy with severe physical challenges, had made his way into the hearts of team member Lindsey, and several others, with his bright smile.  Following the death of his mother in 2018, we had lost track of him and were unsure if he was still in the community.  I was excitedly surprised to spot his face in a small crowd in the town square!  I quickly called for Lindsey to come and then stood aside as the two of them enjoyed a tear-filled moment of recognition and reunion. His smile told us that he was deeply touched to be remembered by us.


Peti is special boy whose curiosity, intelligence and polite spirit caught my attention several years ago and we have enjoyed a special rapport ever since.  Even as a young boy he displayed visible leadership qualities and was looked up to by the other boys. The last time I saw Peti, he was a young pre-teen.  I now wondered if I would even recognize him as a teenager, or if he would feel any awkwardness towards me?  We enjoyed a reunion of smiles as we spotted each other along the road – there was instant recognition and no awkwardness to my hug!  My minimal Kreyol language skills failed me as we tried to chat, but thanks to a translation app on my phone I was later able to leave him with a written message of encouragement reminding him of the God-given gifts I have seen in him and the promises of Jeremiah 29:11, along with the assurance of my ongoing prayers.


These young people are representative of the future of Haiti, they are the ‘nouvelle generation’.  Just like our young community partners Herlynda and Hernso were a few years ago, some of them may be the ones we will be partnering with in the years ahead, God willing.  They are a precious resource in the community.  I was glad to have the opportunity to meet with their community leaders, as we partner not only to encourage each other through immediate challenges, but to work together towards a hope-filled future for these young people.


I have since traveled home and don’t know if God will ever take me back to Haiti, but I do know that I can trust that these young people and leaders are not forgotten by God.  He knows each of their situations and their lives are in His hands.  I remind myself, “God knows” and prayerfully anticipate how He may use each one.


 

GDN Leaders: Hernso, Herlynda, Dr Emmanuel, Nurse Ketley, Fre Richard, Pastor Macienne, Pastor Abdon

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For a mobile friendly version of our service, visit YouVersion.  

Additional Family Resources can be found near the bottom of this post.


 

Welcome & Worship in Song


Worship in Prayer

Let’s join together as the church to declare our gratitude and lift our requests to God as we surrender together to His will for us.  We are reminded that our prayers don't need to be limited to our gatherings on Sundays, we can pray together daily as the church! As you pray through these 6 areas, use this prayer guide to help your daily prayer focus all week long.


Give thanks and pray:

~for your family.
~for your church family, friends, and neighbours.
~for our pastors, staff and church leaders.
~for healthcare and front line workers.
~for our city and government.
~for our EMCC denomination and our Mission Partners.

 

Worship Through Giving

Giving back to God is a regular expression of worship, gratitude and praise. See our giving options


Offering Prayer: God thank you for everything that you have provided to us. We give back to you as an expression of worship, gratitude, and praise for who you are. You are a good good father. Thank you that through this challenging time, we are assured that we do not need to worry, but trust that you will provide for our needs. Help us to be generous with what you have given, and lead us into opportunities to bless and serve others with the resources you have given to us. In Jesus’ name. Amen

 

Worship In The Word

Message - Pastor Sam Devine – Think Right

 


Message Handout


 

Additional Resources:

Kids Resourcesfor families with young children

~Songs for Worship that your kids will know from Preschool Praisers or Kids Konnection.

~Access to our HomeFront resource.

~Email Cheryl Goings, our Children's Ministry Director for additional ideas and resources for crafting a child-friendly service.


Care Needs 

Are you wanting to help, but don't know how?

Have a need for help?


Online Life Groups 

Get Involved, Get Connected!

We want to invite those of you not involved in a Life Group to consider joining an online Life Group.


RightNow Media:

A reminder that access to RightNow Media is available and free for anyone.


We are praying that your in home services will be a fruitful time of experiencing God's presence and enjoying time with Him whether you are on your own or with others, we remain united by the Holy Spirit alive in us! As you gather, feel free to post a picture to our church Facebook page! Let’s share the joy of our times meeting with God, whatever they look like!

Read full post

For a mobile friendly version of our service, visit YouVersion.   

Additional Family Resources can be found near the bottom of this post.


 

Welcome & Worship in Song


  

Worship in Prayer

Let’s join together as the church to declare our gratitude and lift our requests to God as we surrender together to His will for us.  We are reminded that our prayers don't need to be limited to our gatherings on Sundays, we can pray together daily as the church! As you pray through these 6 areas, use this prayer guide to help your daily prayer focus all week long.


Give thanks and pray:

~ for your family.
~ for your church family, friends, and neighbours.
~ for our pastors, staff and church leaders.
~ for healthcare and front line workers.
~ for our city and government.
~ for our EMCC denomination and our Mission Partners.

 

 

Worship Through Giving

Giving back to God is a regular expression of worship, gratitude and praise. See our giving options


Offering Prayer: God thank you for everything that you have provided to us. We give back to you as an expression of worship, gratitude, and praise for who you are. You are a good good father. Thank you that through this challenging time, we are assured that we do not need to worry, but trust that you will provide for our needs. Help us to be generous with what you have given, and lead us into opportunities to bless and serve others with the resources you have given to us. In Jesus’ name. Amen

 

Worship In The Word

Message - Pastor Sam Devine – Take Heart


Message Handout

 

Additional Resources:

Kids Resourcesfor families with young children

Songs for Worship that your kids will know from Preschool Praisers or Kids Konnection.
~ Access to our HomeFront resource.
~ Email Cheryl Goings, our Children's Ministry Director for additional ideas and resources for crafting a child-friendly service.


Care Needs 

Are you wanting to help, but don't know how?

Have a need for help?


Online Life Groups 

Get Involved, Get Connected!

We want to invite those of you not involved in a Life Group to consider joining an online Life Group.



RightNow Media:

A reminder that access to RightNow Media is available and free for anyone.


We are praying that your in home services will be a fruitful time of experiencing God's presence and enjoying time with Him whether you are on your own or with others, we remain united by the Holy Spirit alive in us! As you gather, feel free to post a picture to our church Facebook page! Let’s share the joy of our times meeting with God, whatever they look like!

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When the opportunity to visit Gens De Nantes, Haiti for a second time was presented to me, I felt an odd combination of thrill and hesitation. Since my first visit in 2013, I have learned much about the history of missions and specifically the outcomes of short term mission work throughout the world.


I have learned that, while the intention of a short term mission trip is to help others, quick, fly-in, projects often create bigger problems than they solve. I have learned that our healthy, God given desire to help can quickly get mixed up with our unhealthy desire to be in charge, to have the answers, and to ensure our project is ‘successful’ and will present well on our social media feed. I have learned that a paternal posture of, “We can fix things, we know better” does much more harm than good for those we are serving with.


Knowing all this left me wondering, how could I travel to a developing nation and ensure our mission participation is not driven by our motivation, our desired outcome, or what we think we can do for those who live there?


Importantly, this trip was not project-oriented. Our focus was to document and celebrate the work already being done by our Haitian sisters and brothers. To explore together the resources that already exist in Haiti that our partners can leverage. To listen well to our friends’ hopes and plans for the future of GDN, and partner with them where we are invited and able to do so.


One highlight for me happened in the guest house one morning after breakfast, with our Haitian translators and some Canadian team members. As we lingered in the dining room, we discussed the very issues I had been struggling with; the sometimes ugly side of Church history —colonialism, racism, sexism—typical after-breakfast conversation! It was so meaningful to me that we were able to discuss these difficult topics openly, sharing our hopes for the future of the church, learning how our various backgrounds shaped our perspectives.


It was inspiring to hear Hernso talk about the future of the agriculture program for his students. It was moving to see Dr. Emmanuel become so animated when advocating for his patients. It was thrilling to see how Herlynda has become such an accomplished professional and leader in our partnership. God has placed them in their region for specific purposes that we are not meant to fulfill, but instead to come alongside to encourage and strengthen. (Acts 17:26-27)


The words of Jesus in Matthew 28:19 are often used in the context of missions, to “go and make disciples of all nations”. In the case of our friends in Gens de Nantes, they ALREADY ARE disciples of Christ. The Spirit is there, the work is being done. It is a privilege to be invited to participate in what is already happening in Gens de Nantes. We have much to learn from each other as we follow Jesus together.


During the retreat, Dr. Emmanuel mentioned that it was funny our team came all the way from Canada to remind him of the resources already available in Gens de Nantes. For me, it took a trip all the way to Haiti to see what is in my own backyard, too. At the retreat we discussed some of the struggles that GDN faces—the lack of clean water, the need for young people to travel and live away from home to attend high school and the risks that go along with that. It sounded familiar. Our own communities in Manitoba, particularly First Nations, face many of these exact issues. Some indigenous communities have been under boil-water advisories for decades. Many lack proper infrastructure. Most have limited access to high school education and must travel to Winnipeg, living away from their families and communities, similar to the young people in GDN. How might God lead us to work together with the local church in these communities?


It was a privilege to see what has been accomplished by our partners since my first trip in 2013.  The difference between then and now was striking, thanks to the hard work of our Haitian friends. The clinic was bustling thanks to the dedicated staff; the agriculture space on the AEM Guesthouse Property was being prepared and education was already ongoing thanks to Hernso and the workers who built the enclosure; the schoolyard & retaining wall looked fantastic, with room for the children to play and a very healthy mango tree! Our financial contribution to our partnership has certainly been well utilized.



In all cases where we desire to help, we need to defer to the local people, who know the society, culture and resources of their area the best, and facilitate and advocate where we are able and invited to do so. This is mission today: freedom, agency, and recognizing the capability of our partners in Jesus to minister to those around them, pooling our collective resources, and participating together as we are invited to have input.


Further reading:

- “When Helping Hurts” by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert (available on Audible and Christian Audio)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/03/young-missionaries/551585/

https://relevantmagazine.com/current16/things-no-one-tells-you-about-going-short-term-mission-trips/

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/new-schools-opening-manitoba-first-nations-bloodvein-little-grand-rapids-poplar-river-1.5359718

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/new-road-means-manitoba-first-nation-may-finally-get-clean-tap-water-1.4458224

https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/garden-hill-first-nations-drinking-water-1.4907864

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For a mobile friendly version of our service, visit YouVersion.

Additional Family Resources can be found near the bottom of this post.


 

Welcome & Worship in Song



Worship in Prayer

Let’s join together as the church to declare our gratitude and lift our requests to God as we surrender together to His will for us.  We are reminded that our prayers don't need to be limited to our gatherings on Sundays, we can pray together daily as the church! As you pray through these 6 areas, use this prayer guide to help your daily prayer focus all week long.


Give thanks and pray:

  • for your family.
  • for your church family, friends, and neighbours.
  • for our pastors, staff and church leaders.
  • for healthcare and front line workers.
  • for our city and government.
  • for our EMCC denomination and our Mission Partners.

 

Worship Through Giving

Giving back to God is a regular expression of worship, gratitude and praise. See our giving options


Offering Prayer: God thank you for everything that you have provided to us. We give back to you as an expression of worship, gratitude, and praise for who you are. You are a good good father. Thank you that through this challenging time, we are assured that we do not need to worry, but trust that you will provide for our needs. Help us to be generous with what you have given, and lead us into opportunities to bless and serve others with the resources you have given to us. In Jesus’ name. Amen

 

Worship In The Word

Message - Pastor Sam Devine – Give Thanks


Message Handout

 

Additional Resources:

Kids Resourcesfor families with young children

  • Songs for Worship that your kids will know from Preschool Praisers or Kids Konnection.
  • Access to our HomeFront resource.
  • Email Cheryl Goings, our Children's Ministry Director for additional ideas and resources for crafting a child-friendly service.

Care Needs 

Are you wanting to help, but don't know how?

Have a need for help?


Online Life Groups 

Get Involved, Get Connected!

We want to invite those of you not involved in a Life Group to consider joining an online Life Group.


RightNow Media:

  • A reminder that access to RightNow Media is available and free for anyone.


We are praying that your in home services will be a fruitful time of experiencing God's presence and enjoying time with Him whether you are on your own or with others, we remain united by the Holy Spirit alive in us! As you gather, feel free to post a picture to our church Facebook page! Let’s share the joy of our times meeting with God, whatever they look like!

Read full post

For a mobile friendly version of our service, visit YouVersion.    

Additional Family Resources can be found near the bottom of this post.


Welcome & Worship in Song

   

Worship in Prayer

Let’s join together as the church to declare our gratitude and lift our requests to God as we surrender together to His will for us.  We are reminded that our prayers don't need to be limited to our gatherings on Sundays, we can pray together daily as the church! As you pray through these 6 areas, use this prayer guide to help your daily prayer focus all week long.


Give thanks and pray:

  • for your family.
  • for your church family, friends, and neighbours.
  • for our pastors, staff and church leaders.
  • for healthcare and front line workers.
  • for our city and government.
  • for our EMCC denomination and our Mission Partners.

 Worship Through Giving

Giving back to God is a regular expression of worship, gratitude and praise. See our giving options


Offering Prayer: God thank you for everything that you have provided to us. We give back to you as an expression of worship, gratitude, and praise for who you are. You are a good good father. Thank you that through this challenging time, we are assured that we do not need to worry, but trust that you will provide for our needs. Help us to be generous with what you have given, and lead us into opportunities to bless and serve others with the resources you have given to us. In Jesus’ name. Amen

 

Worship In The Word

Message - Pastor Sam Devine – Always Pray


Message Handout

 

What difficult situation do you need to present to God?

What heart issue do you need to ask God for help to untangle?

 

Additional Resources:

Kids Resourcesfor families with young children

  • Songs for Worship that your kids will know from Preschool Praisers or Kids Konnection.
  • Access to our HomeFront resource.
  • Email Cheryl Goings, our Children's Ministry Director for additional ideas and resources for crafting a child-friendly service.

Care Needs

Are you wanting to help, but don't know how?

Have a need for help?


Online Life Groups 

Get Involved, Get Connected!

We want to invite those of you not involved in a Life Group to consider joining an online Life Group.

  

RightNow Media:

  • A reminder that access to RightNow Media is available and free for anyone.

We are praying that your in home services will be a fruitful time of experiencing God's presence and enjoying time with Him whether you are on your own or with others, we remain united by the Holy Spirit alive in us! As you gather, feel free to post a picture to our church Facebook page! Let’s share the joy of our times meeting with God, whatever they look like! 

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