History of One Heart Service

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We worship One Lord – Jesus Christ, and He is the desire of our heart. As an expression of that love and devotion, thousands of Christians gathered together one cold morning in January 2010 at the downtown Winnipeg’s MTS Centre to worship Him together. Hours of labour, practicing and planning, as well as the surrender of our normal Sunday services, all worked together to see our networked churches worshiping with One Heart for the glory of Jesus Christ.

The tradition continued in 2011 and 2012 with both services held in January at the MTS Centre. When plans for 2013 were difficult to confirm because of a late start to the hockey season, the Lord made a way at the new Investors Group Field, home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. What a celebration we had that Spring!

The Family Fun Time was a new part of the celebration with over 35 ‘Disney Characters’ – Mickey & Minnie Mouse, clowns, princesses – and special prizes for the kids. Milt Stegall, some of the Blue Bomber team players and stunt team even joined in the fun. On the main stage, Buzz Light Year and Woody meet Buzz and Boomer. Fresh IE and Sean Quigley rounded out the hour with some music.

The Celebration Service followed with over 90 churches worshipping together, declaring One Lord, One Church, One Harvest in our city and province. We were honoured to have Mayor Sam Katz and former Blue Bomber, Milt Stegall speak at our gathering. Chief Police Devon Clunis appeared on video to share his vision for Winnipeg. $20,000 of the offering was given to start a WPS Endowment Fund which will help our city move forward in crime prevention and community work (www.winnipeg.ca/police for more details). Four inner city ministries were also grateful recipients of funds from the offering taken up.

With humour and interwoven stories, Mark Hughes brought alive the Good News about Jesus and our need for Him. Those who responded to the gospel were followed up by the different churches. Many people joined God’s family that special day!!

There was a sense of closure after the celebration as well as a new beginning. The Lord is doing something new in His Church. Let us all join together in prayer, asking Him to lead us by His Holy Spirit into all that the Father is doing in our city. Let us continue to pray for the welfare of our city (Jer. 29: 7).

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