Worship

Creative worship and energy abound as our two communities of faith come together to worship via interactive live streaming. Rev Simba alternates locations each Sunday, and lay people offer leadership from both locations every week. Worship is one avenue of growing spiritually, a time of faith formation as people engage in expressing and celebrating their faith, a time to explore new ideas and concepts, while savouring the nuggets of truth in the old understandings of our faith. A joint worship team creates challenging and inspiring worship that leaves us thinking and ready to make a difference in the world.

Be sure to join us for worship on Sundays at 10:15 a.m. in person, or live streaming. Programing for children and youth is offered during the service. Refreshments are available before and after worship for a time of fellowship.

The videos below offer a glimpse of our weekly worship. Scroll down and check out the special services!

United in Spirit Collaborative Ministry -Worship with Rev. Simba

During this summer, a period of vacation and holidaying; we gather in-person & virtually, worshipping from different places and in different life experiences. We gather as a people, stepping back from our busy schedules, taking a Sabbath, to be vacant for divine infilling and indwelling. We open ourselves to God for renewal and restoration. May we find restoration and renewal from this gathering, from this fellowship, songs, and prayers.

United in Spirit Collaborative Ministry – Worship with Rev. Simba

We gather as a people of faith, called through God’s love. We gather to celebrate God’s presence & the presence of each other. We are a community composed of different peoples, with different faith experiences and life journeys.

United in Spirit Collaborative Ministry

Join us as Jan Van Aertselaer shares in the worship leadership. As we gather we come as people of faith. Sometimes our faith is strong and bold.  Sometimes our spirits falter. Sometimes we are full of questions and doubts. And yet, planted deep within each of us is a yearning to feel connected with the Breath of Life at the heart of Creation; the Holy Breath which animates all energy and matter, breathing life into us, placing us in relationshipwith all that lives. This is a mystery which we can’t fully comprehend.

United in Spirit Collaborative Ministry – Guest Speaker Evan Demeduk

We are so pleased to have a special guest this morning. Evan Demeduk is a queer transgender youth who has been a part of the St. Andrew’s United Church congregation since he was a preschooler. He is 19 years old and has lived in Winnipeg his whole life. Today he will be sharing his journey with coming to terms with his gender identity, along with speaking on his experiences with being a trans youth.

 

 

Kick-off Celebration of the United Church of Canada’s 100th anniversary

Celebrating 100 Years of Deep, Bold, Daring!

Steinbach United worshiped together and joined the worship service to kick-off a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of The United Church of Canada via livestream.

The 100th Anniversary kick-off service was held at the Metropolitan United Church in Toronto.

 

 

United In Spirit Collaborative Ministry with guest Rev. Dawn Ballantine

Join us as guest Rev. Dawn Ballantine lead us in worship and we celebrate the Steinbach Graduates.

Since the time of Jesus, as followers we have come a long way.  We welcome those whose eyes are open to God’s gifts of grace.  We welcome all who have been on the way for years, maybe decades- who know the ritual of the church well. You know when to stand up and sit down, and when to say Amen and alleluia. You may need to be invited to take another look around in your common place faith, to see where the Spirit is and in who the Spirit is acting in a new way.  We welcome the disillusioned, whose eyes of faith may be dimmed by disappointment grief, or general fatigue; those who believe and yet struggle to see reasons to be thankful. To hope. Who need to be refreshed by the Spirit of God. For all who come to this place who share in this community, its concern and its laughter.   Let us come and rejoice together and become signs of God’s presence in the lives of others as many have been in ours.

 

United in Spirit in Collaborative Ministry

Join us this Sunday as we celebrate Niverville United Church Graduates!

We are gathered in this space – the place is sacred, and the land is ancient.

We are all connected – the land, the people, the animals, the plants – and we are committed to continue to build relationships with all of creation as we seek justice and peace.

We gather today at different stages of our life journey, and we celebrate with those marking a milestone. We know each one of us is a beloved child of God.

United In Spirit Collaborative Ministry – Worship with Rev. Simba

Pentecost Day is a popular day on the calendar. What are your thoughts when it comes to what it means to us in our day? How do you understand the Holy Spirit in your life and in your faith? Take a moment to ponder on what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit, in our day & time.

United in Spirit Collaborative Ministry – Worship with Rev. Simba

On this Family day, remember Simon & Andrew – two greatest brothers in the apostolic succession – Peter in the western church & Andrew in the Eastern Church, Naomi & Ruth – a multi-racial family, Mary & Martha crying for their brother/sibling Lazarus. Sometimes family comes with tension as it did with Jacob & Esau, yet they represent family. How does our faith shape our relations? How can we build a better community? Jesus offers some of the approaches that might help us. What do you think we need to do?

What role are you prepared to take in building your family, our church family and the whole creation, as a family? Sometimes we need peace makers, listeners, encouragers like Barnabas, leaders like Moses, givers like Dorcas, or whatever and whoever you may want to refer. Pick and choose how you want to contribute in building a better family at all levels of our society.

United in Spirit Collaborative Ministry – Worship with Rev. Simba

As a people called to love, to live by love and demonstrate love; we gather to celebrate God’s love among us, our love for one another, and our love for our Creator. We offer our prayers, praise and gratitude. We join together in expressing our inner experiences before our Maker who understands and know us all. In God’s presence, all are welcome, regardless of who they are, where they come from and where they are at on their faith journey.

United In Spirit Collaborative Ministry – Worship with Rev Simba

Join Steinbach United & Niverville United as we gather as a community, to celebrate community and harvest the fruit of community. We unite as community under the Creator’s love, care & provisions. We celebrate one another’s presence and the love they bring with them.

John 15: 1-8

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

United in Spirit Collaborative Ministry – Worship with Rev. Simba

On this fourth Sunday after Easter, we know that Jesus is a shepherd who keeps his promises: he has already laid down his life for his sheep.  Now it’s our turn.  Our shepherd is calling, and his call is trustworthy.

 

 

United in Spirit Collaborative Ministry – Worship with Rev Simba

We gather to celebrate the new narrative of Jesus, from humiliation to life. We thank God for every positive thing that happened and is happening in our lives. We intentionally celebrate life and the gift of community. As a people that belong in these places; let us celebrate God’s presence, our presence and our being. In our diversity, may we find fulfilment, security and satisfaction. Let us worship.

United In Spirit Collaborative Ministry – Holy Humour Sunday

For centuries,  in Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant countries, Easter Monday and “Bright Sunday” (the Sunday after Easter) were observed by the faithful as “days of joy and laughter” with parties and picnics to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.

 Parishioners and pastor played practical jokes on each other, drenched each other with water, sang, and danced. It was a time for clergy and people to tell jokes and to have fun.  Join us as we laugh and celebrate!!!

United In Spirit Collaborative Ministry – Easter Sunday

Mark 16: 1-8

1When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.
2And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.
3They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4 When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.
6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him.
7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.”
8 So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to any one, for they were afraid.

United in Spirit Collaborative Ministry – Good Friday

We gather with hearts that are reflecting on the story of Jesus. The one who was born of Mary, lived and served, paying particular attention to the marginalized and the least. We remember how Jesus was prosecuted for demanding justice & freedom for all. It is in this context and spirit that we seek the courage to stand for what is right for all. Let us find inspiration in this story for our own formation and transformation, as we seek to follow Jesus’ footsteps in our ministry of service and justice.

United In Spirit Collaborative Ministry – Palm Sunday

Hosana in the highest!!

We gather with zeal & celebration, cheering and singing the name of Jesus. The one who stood for the weak, one who stood for justice and freedom for all. We affirm Jesus’ message of setting free the oppressed. We celebrate the Jesus who called the authorities to respect the poor, he defended the vulnerable and spoke truth to power. We need & demand that our world be saved from all forms of injustice and evil of any kind.

 

United In Spirit Collaborative Ministry – Worship with Rev. Simba

With gratitude in your hearts, this Lenten season, sing psalms, sing songs, and spiritual songs to God. After living a life that enriches the community, sing to God. I am calling you to a lifestyle that forms and fashions a champion of faith, a people endowed with grace, people of compassionate works, ministry, and service.       – Rev Simba –

 

United In Spirit Collaborative Ministry – Worship with Rev Simba

This Lenten Season, in our faith journeys, we choose to be grateful for many blessings that we have received from God’s generosity. Each of us is on a different life-journey, facing storms of life and life challenges. We ask God to teach us to see the rainbows in our storms, to dance in the rain and enjoy the beautiful views that come by going through valleys and hills of life.
We ask that God guides us as we negotiate our corners, to find moments of reflections and times to celebrate life gifts as we go. We are reminded to be  content with what we have, appreciate what is in our hands and the value of the ground below our feet. And may our hearts be thankful for the family, friends, community and environment around us.

United In Spirit Collaborative Ministry – Worship with Rev. Simba

Beloved, we are gathered as a people of faith, called out by God’s love. We celebrate the presence of our Creator and the presence of one another. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from and where you are at on your faith journey. God accepts all of us. Let us celebrate, fellowship, praise and pray, knowing that; we are not alone. God is with us.

United in Spirit Collaborative Ministry – Worship with Rev. Simba

The 40 days of the Lenten Season are a time to think about the presence of the Divine in our lives. Seven weeks for self-examination and reflection. This year Rev Simba and the United in Spirit worship team encourage each of us to practice a spiritual discipline; not to give something up. Each and every day we shall practice finding something for which we are grateful. From a beautiful blue sky to a warm hug from a friend. Let’s write down on  slips of paper each day’s moment of gratitude.

The next Sunday bring your slips to church and there will be a Bowl into which the slips of Gratitude can be placed. Those joining online can have their own Bowl of Gratitude at their home.

“United In Spirit Collaborative Ministry”- Beyond Our Walls Service

Mark 12:30

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’  The second most important commandment is this: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment more important than these two.”

This Sunday’s  Worship Service is a Beyond Our Walls Service.  We welcome Myra Gerbrandt, Drop in Director from Steinbach Community Outreach as she shares with us the work and outreach that SCO does.  They assist people experiencing poverty and lack of housing.  They work hard at accomplishing  this by meeting their essential needs, such as food, shelter, clothing and relationship.

This month Steinbach United Church is collecting items Dish Soap, Toilet Paper, Shampoo, Coffee, Pasta and Rice for Steinbach Community Outreach. If you would like to donate, you are welcome to drop off items during our church office hours.

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

 

United In Spirit Collaborative Ministry – Worship with Rev Simba

The transfiguration marks the climactic close of the Epiphany Season. Moses was known for going to the mountain, 40 days was a usual practice. Elijah lived and prayed many times. Jesus’s ministry was born in prayer. Every great biblical leader maintained a strong prayer life, connection with God and kept themselves open to God’s guidance.

Have we developed appropriate spiritual disciplines like prayer? Our passion for Justice should begin with our understanding of God’s ways.  Being strong doesn’t mean arrogance or pride. You can be very strong, yet very humble or gentle. Serving God requires that humility, where we treat others with respect, as equals and yet with fierce courage.

The gospel of Mark always mixes the highs & lows, death & resurrection, suffering & glory. As such, the story of Mark ends with coming down from the mountaintop. One definite thing about life is that; no matter how much you can flourish; you will face the lows of life. We need to figure out how we can use the mountaintop experiences to sustain us during our times of struggle.

United In Spirit Collaborative Ministry – Worship with Rev. Simba

Human life has been socially constructed and categorized into several stages. These are set, if not pre-determined stages set and laid down. Everyone is ironically expected to go through them. Stages like birth, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, “married life,” being gainfully employed, … and then death. These traditions go a long way in building a society, if done well. Yet traditions can be very oppressive, if they are meant to be kept at the expense of serving the people they are meant for. Not only does transitioning through these traditions need celebration, it needs to be remembered and put into context.  Marriage, graduation, retirement, transfers, welcomes, death, naming a child, etc, help us in accepting change.

In our lives, how do we find peace with ourselves or our situations? How do we handle bad news? How do we transition from where we are to the next? What is ours when it comes to faith? How many transitions have you gone through & did you do them well? In your times of distress, what do you do? What spiritual disciplines do you employ when faced with life situations?

How does your encounter with the divine minister to your inner being? Where do you seek these divine encounters? How can we keep ourselves in good shape at all times? What disciplines do we practice, when things are great but especially when chips are down?  Sometimes what keeps us going is not what we have, but what we expect. Most prayers are answered when we take action to achieve them.

Special Videos

United in Spirit Collaborative Ministry with Rev Simba – Baptism & Confirmation

On this Sunday before Remembrance Day, a peace candle in the same shade of blue as the helmets and berets worn by the United Nations Peacekeepers is added to our gathering.

We wear poppies to remember, and to work and pray for peace as we seek justice and resist evil.

We gather to acknowledge our gratitude for: peacekeepers and pacifists, those who served on the front lines, and those who protest and march, those who volunteered and those who waited anxiously at home, those who hoped that things would get better, and those who could not stand by and wait.

 

 

 

 

United in Spirit Collaborative Ministry – Band of Colours Plus

At this service Band of Colours+ shares about the resource support they offer to 2SLGBTQI+ youth and young adults in our community.

We are gathered in this space; the place is sacred, and the land is ancient. We are all connected – the land, the people,  The animals, the plants – and we are committed to continue to build relationships with all of creation as we seek justice and peace.

So as we gather today, it doesn’t matter who we are, where we have come from, who we love or where we are on our faith journey, we know we are a beloved child of God.

All are welcome here! All belong.

 

 

United in Spirit Collaborative Ministry – Covenanting Service

This special  covenanting service involved representatives of the Prairie to Pine Regional Council, wider church and community along with Steinbach United, Niverville United and Simba.

Together we made promises to support one another in our work and witness as United in Spirit Collaborative Ministry. We will walk together on this journey.

 

United in Spirit Collaborative Ministry – Welcoming Rev Simba & Family & Communion

Together with Niverville United Church, we worshipped together in Steinbach to welcome our new minister Rev. Simba Mazhara and his family and share Communion.

Simba is an ordained minister within the United Church of Canada. He was originally ordained in 2008 with the United Methodist Church of Zimbabwe. They came to Canada in 2015 and was fully admitted to the United Church of Canada in 2017. He served in two United Church congregations in Newfoundland before accepting the call to our United in Spirit Collaborative Ministry here in Niverville and Steinbach.

In his letter of application Simba wrote, “I was attracted by the ministry you are offering and committed to do.”  And also “Your ministry speaks to my inner convictions and offers me an opportunity to fulfill my calling.” What more could we ask!?  Sounds like Simba will also be committed to our ministry.

So Simba comes as our spiritual leader, to guide us as we live into our vision of collaborative ministry. He comes, not to “do it” for us, or to take over all that we have been doing. Rather he comes to engage, encourage, empower and to enable us as we all grow together on this shared journey. To walk along side us as we deepen as spiritual beings. He brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the bible, faith and the church. He brings energy, passion, ideas, and creativity! And he brings tons of experience with young and old alike!

We are really excited to have Simba as part of our collaborative ministry team as we continue our life together as people of faith!

First Interactive Worship Service with Niverville United Church!

Exciting times! This was our first interactive worship  with Niverville United Church with Rev. Bill Millar leading worship.

Rev. Bill shares with us:

So, we start on this new adventure in our 2 communities, and I think it is wonderful, and I am so grateful about having a hand a bit of hand in it, but it is not an end in itself.

The purpose of all this technology that is either working or perhaps not, is about equipping us to go out to enter the lives of folk who are not part of the church, and there to offer that compassion, love – stand with them in any pain of theirs.

For us to do that we need to not run from our own pain, and be well aware of this great compassion, this love that gives us the strength to go forward.

All the trappings, this video stuff, is about equipping us to do the stuff that really matters, the stuff that is outside these sanctuaries. It is about what happens beyond these doors. May God give us the grace to find God out there. Amen

Affirming Celebration Service

Steinbach United has become an Affirming Ministry within the United Church of Canada – and that is something worth celebrating! Today is March 14th – PIE day – Public, Intentional and Explicit – and we were very intentional in choosing this Sunday for our Celebration Service.

Download the transcript (PDF) for “Affirming Celebration Servicehere.