Sunday, July 2, 2017 bulletin

 DANFORTH MENNONITE CHURCH
416-422-2406
Pastor: Tim Reimer
Caring Team: Margaret A., Jonathan S.

Continuing the ministry of the Danforth (1909), Morningside (1950) and Warden (2009) congregations

Summer Worship Theme:     Bind Us Together

Sunday, July 2, 2017                                       
10:30 a.m. Worship Service     
Sermon                         God and Country:
Reflections on Canada 150
Worship Leader      Tim R.
Song leader                Kathy W.
Piano                              Bonnie W.

This morning we will give thanks for Canada.  We will also reflect on how we can be true to the Kingdom of God, even while living in a “kingdom” of this world.  During our morning worship, opportunity will be given for your reflections on how Christians can celebrate Canada 150, while at the same time being “salt” in our society, working for true justice and peace.
Scriptures to reflect on: 1 Timothy 2:1 – 7; Acts 4:13 – 21;

Sunday, July 9, 2017                                       
10:30 a.m. Worship Service     
Sermon             Appearing of the Royal People of God
Scripture                       Acts 1:1-8
Speaker                          John E.
Worship Leader        Linda D.
Song leader                  Dalton J.
Piano                                Jessie Y.

Call to Worship (Psalm 96)

LEADER:          O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD,           all the earth.

PEOPLE:          Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.

LEADER:          Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples. For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be revered above all gods.

PEOPLE:          For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
but the LORD made the heavens.
Honor and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

LEADER:          Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

PEOPLE:          Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts.
Worship the LORD in holy splendor; tremble before him, all the earth.

LEADER:          Say among the nations,

PEOPLE:          “The LORD is king! The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved.  He will judge the peoples with equity.”

LEADER:          Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;

ALL TOGETHER:
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it.
O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.

 

TRC Call to Prayer

Father God,

You have commanded us to care for the least of these, the orphans and the widows (James 1:27).  Many documents have been signed that express Canada’s desire and commitment to recognize and implement Aboriginal justice systems.  May we be a nation who keeps our word.  As the government educates non-Aboriginal Canadians in what these justice systems entail, may all Canadians know that justice is occurring.  Please impress upon non-Aboriginal Canadians that justice is not occurring for many Aboriginal people right now.  Give us courage and humility to recognize that there are different ways for justice to occur.   Amen

 

DANFORTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

On Sunday, June 25, 2017, $365 was designated in the offering to pay for the KAIROS Blanket Exercise workshop.  Thank you to all who contributed

Who’s in our House
in July & August

 
June 30 – July 2              Listowel EMC TOOLS group
July 8                                     Men’s breakfast
July 8                                     Citizens Climate Lobby
July 17-21                          Community Christian TOOLS group
July 24-28                          Camp Shalom Leader TOOLS group
July 28-31                          Campbell TOOLS group
August 4 – 7                      Zurich MYF TOOLS group
August 12                           Men’s breakfast
August 13                           Joint service at Willowgrove
August 17                           Floradale Mennonite Church TOOLS group
August 25 – 27                New Life CRC TOOLS group

WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

“Welcome the Stranger" Refugee update

 20 days in Canada now for the al-Ali family: Yasser and Dunia with children (in order of age) Mustafa, Abdulrahman, Mohammed, Raghad, Ahmad, Abir and Ghadir! The sponsorship committee has been very busy with all the necessary appointments: applying for Canadian documents, ESL tests, medical appointments, and especially dental appointments. Fillings, root canals, and extractions are all necessary, unfortunately. It’s tiring just to think of all the appointments!

Yasser particularly enjoys the grocery stores, and sends his brother selfies posed against a gleaming backdrop of food. What a lot of groceries are required for a family of 9!

The children did not start school in the last couple of weeks of the term. It would have been better if they had arrived earlier, and could have started. None have been able to attend school for several years. Mustafa and Abdulrahman, aged 14 and 15, were working to help support the family, one as a grocery stocker, the other in some kind of electric shop. They are eager to get part-time jobs, but have no English yet. Yasser’s trade is construction, house building. With some English and some contacts from us, it’s hoped he will be able to get a job before too long. There are many challenges.

Pray for refugee families like the al-Alis, and for those who help them, and give thanks for a generous country!

Prayer is a conversation with God, not a formula. Yet sometimes we
might need to use a “method” to freshen up our prayer time. We can
pray the Psalms or other Scriptures (such as The Lord’s Prayer), or
use the ACTS method (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and
Supplication). I recently came across this “Five-Finger Prayer” to use
as a guide when praying for others:

  • When you fold your hands, the thumb is nearest you. So begin by
    praying for those closest to you – your loved ones (Phil. 1:3-5).
  •  The index finger is the pointer. Pray for those who teach-Bible
    teachers and preachers, and those who teach children (1 Thess. 5:25).
  • The next finger is the tallest. It reminds you to pray for those in
    authority over you – national and local leaders, and your supervisor at work (1 Tim. 2:1-2).
  • The fourth finger is usually the weakest. Pray for those who are in
    trouble or who are suffering (James 5:13-16).
  • Then comes your little finger. It reminds you of your smallness in
    relation to God’s greatness.  Ask Him to supply your needs (Phil. 4:6, 19).

Whatever method you use, just talk with your Father. He wants to hear what’s on your heart. Anne Cetas

Father, give me the wisdom to know how to pray for others.
It’s not the words we pray that matter; it’s the condition of our heart.

INSIGHT: In today’s reading we see how believers can enrich their
fellowship with God through intercession and praise. Prayer is a vital lifeline of conversation with the living God who made us and provided for our redemption. In James 5:13-18 we read how we are urged to use prayer in all the seasons of our lives. When we are blessed, we can offer an expression of thanksgiving and praise.  When we or others are physically ill, we can offer intercession for healing. In times of temptation and struggle, prayers for victory are a priority. Elijah is an example of someone who had the same needs and weaknesses that we do; yet his prayers to God resulted in the rain stopping for three and a half years and then starting again.  What can you have a conversation with God about today?

 Submitted by Robert J.