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Worshipful journey toward community


Jane-Ellen Grunau is a teacher. She and her husband Gerry have three grown children and attend Langley Mennonite Fellowship.


July 12, 2012
-Deborah Froese

Winnipeg, MAN. — With a palette of thoughtful, striking photographic images, a gently probing poem and compelling music, Jane-Ellen Grunau created a worshipful multi-media presentation for Mennonite Church Canada’s Assembly 2012, Dusting off the Bible for the 21st Century.

Grunau says people sometimes look upon faith communities and the world as two separate entities that must continually be reconciled, but she has a different perspective.  “I see God in the images of the world around us.  The Bible speaks to us in the context of that world, good and bad, always with that important element of choice.”

The presentation was drawn from that perspective and from a poem by Dayalan Devanesen about his search for community. “His journey is made through the lens of his frustration with the world that he sees around him.  The [presentation] images which follow reflect that world—the world in which we live, the world which we have been responsible for,” Grunau says. “They move into the open ended possibility which God's community can bring.  We begin to understand that not only are we held in the hands of God, but our world, with all its mistakes and heartaches, is as well.

The multi-media presentation opened of the July 13, Friday morning worship service.

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