Thomas Bergen (Menno Simons Centre Residence Coordinator) began a three-part series on the Christian view of Death. Atul Gwande’s book Being Mortal shows how modern medicine denies death by institutionalizing our final moments, unlike the experience of previous generations. Contemporary funeral services and prosperity gospel churches seem to deny everyone’s inevitable mortality. The Latin writings of Memento mori (“remember that you must die”), Ars moriendi (“The Art of Dying”), and the Order of St. Benedict (“Keep death daily before one’s eyes”) reminded our European Christian ancestors to journey towards a good death. Secular culture denies death by proudly celebrating beauty and wealth in reaction to the void that will silence them, but we can take comfort in the promise that those who do the will of God shall live forever (1 John 2:16-17). [KH]

Service Details


Communion: Yes

Ecumenical or Event: 2nd Sunday of Lent

Potluck Lunch: No

Congregational Meeting: No

Worship Team

Speaker: Thomas Bergen

Worship Leader: Diane Ehling

Song Leader: Evan Kreider

Pianist: Evan Kreider

Usher: Erika Hannan

Childrens Feature Leader:


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Sunday School Team

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