DANFORTH MENNONITE CHURCH
Pastor: Tim Reimer
Caring Team: Margaret A., Jonathan S.
Continuing the ministry of the Danforth (1909), Morningside (1950) and Warden (2009) congregations
We welcome all guests who have joined us.
Worship services are recorded and will be posted on the Church website. Congregational prayer and sharing time will be omitted.
Summer Worship Theme: Bind Us Together
Sunday, August 20, 2017
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
Sermon Many bodies in one body
Scripture Ephesians 4:1-16
Speaker Steph C. B.
Worship Leader John G.
Song leader Dalton J.
Piano Bonnie W.
Sunday, August 27, 2017
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
Speaker Bahte K.
Worship Leader Linda D.
Song leader Bonnie W.
Piano Roger H.
Pastor Tim will be on vacation this week, and returns on
Sunday, August 27th. For matters of pastoral concern,
please contact one of the Caring Team,
whose contact info is in the bulletin.
Call to worship
Leader: Threads of a tapestry differ in shade and color, all woven into a pattern.
People: Each of us unique in the Creator’s eye, but gathered with one heart.
Leader: God has bound us together with ties stronger than chord or family.
People: The body of Christ is one faith, one baptism, one hope.
Leader: We are the people of God, many bodies forming one.
People: The spirit of God’s grace weaves through our lives.
All: Holy Spirit, teach us to love! Bind us together today!
TRC Call to Prayer
We are thankful for the many who have already taken steps of courage to come forward to tell their stories during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s investigations. We pray that untold stories will continue to be gathered, documented, and produced so that all who have a story of their own residential school experience and their involvement in truth, healing, and reconciliation can be heard. We ask that these stories will not be lost due to lack of funds. Amen
Context: TRC Call to Action #78
Jesus Said "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these" Matthew 19:14 The Christian Education Committee is looking for Sunday school teachers. With the growing number of children attending Danforth we are hoping to run 3 classes this year. We need teachers to help out with the Wee Wonder (Preschool), the Primary class (K-3) and our Multiage class (Gr3 & up). We would like to have a good rotation of teachers so that it’s not a weekly commitment. Please contact Becky Bowman by email if you are interested in teaching. (bowman3rebecca @ gmail.com)
Who’s in our House
in August & September
August 17-20 Floradale Mennonite Church TOOLS
August 25 – 27 New Life CRC TOOLS group
September 1 – 3 First Hmong MC TOOLS group
September 9 Men’s Breakfast
September 11, 27 A-Way
September 12, 19, 26 William Graham Singers
September 13 COSA training
Treasurer’s Report: $13,995 in offerings were received in July. $8,216 is needed each month to meet our budget. We are grateful for the extra donations in July which has helped to reduce our deficit.
WIDER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS
Opportunity to Participate in Violence Reduction
Sarah T., Christian Peacemaker Teams Director from the Chicago office, is visiting Toronto in September with the purpose of finding Christians (and others) who would like to participate financially in the violence reduction work of CPT, in North America, including Canada, as well as in the several overseas locations where Christian Peacemaker Teams work.
For example Rachelle F., CPT Canada Coordinator and CPTers who live in Toronto have been working with others in the City to non-violently resist the growing Islamophobia and White Supremacy we are seeing on our streets. Sarah and Rachelle would like to meet with you if you have an interest in being a partner in the important work of violence reduction in a Christian context.
Toronto Mennonite Festival
(Black Creek Pioneer Village Relief Sale)
is coming up on September 16. There is a beautiful 50th anniversary quilt that will be auctioned off and lots of good food. Please plan to come and enjoy the day! And remember that you get free admission if you volunteer! See the website
https://torontomennonitefestival.wordpress.com/ or Facebook page for more information and photos of the quilts. Please contact Karen H. (905 940 2038 or jandkbarber @ gmail.com) if you wish to volunteer.
Prayer for the peace of Charlottesville
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
- We confess that those of us who are white have overlooked, ignored or been ignorant of the ways we have benefited from the systemic oppression and marginalization of people of color, immigrants, Muslims, Jews and others whom we fear.
- We confess that we are complicit in acts of violence when we devalue, despise and discriminate against persons whom we perceive as threatening our identity, way of life and cherished beliefs.
- We confess that we are too often slow to act in the face of white supremacy that is ingrained in our businesses, institutions, neighborhoods and families.
- We confess that we let fear, pride and ignorance prevent us from doing all we can to live into the beauty, goodness and shalom that God intends for all people.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace.
- We give thanks for all those who courageously showed up to nonviolently resist racist bigotry, and especially for clergy and faith leaders who linked arms in prayer and solidarity to boldly offer encouragement and compassion in the name of Christ.
- We give thanks for Charlottesville Mennonite Church (CMC) and for Roy and Maren Hange, co-pastors and AMBS grads, for their witness on multiple fronts to what is acclaimed in the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective: “We believe that peace is the will of God. God created the world in peace, and God’s peace is most fully revealed in Jesus Christ, who is our peace and the peace of the whole world. Led by the Holy Spirit, we follow Christ in the way of peace, doing justice, bringing reconciliation and practicing nonresistance, even in the face of violence and warfare.”
- We give thanks that there were not even more horrific acts of violence, which seemed likely from news analyses ahead of the protests, given that many came heavily armed.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us courage.
- Grant us courage to ask: Where does it hurt? How can we be present to each other’s grief, fear and despair while holding one another within the healing mercies of the Spirit?
- Grant us courage to “sing the Lord’s song” in this strange land and passionately recount our anchoring faith stories in these profoundly disorienting times.
- Grant us courage to root out and face down the unleashed forces of hatred in Charlottesville and in our own communities with strong and unshakeable love, even for enemies, because “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them” (1 John 4:15).
Lord God, Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Welcome the Stranger:
Syrian family update and needs
Our Syrian family has now been in Canada 2 months. They are realizing the challenges of getting used to living in a different culture, with a different language. They are so happy when they meet someone who speaks Arabic!
The parents, Yasser and Dunia have already started ESL classes. It’s been many years since they were at school, and learning to write and read with a different alphabet is a challenge. Laura H. of Heise Hill Church, a teacher, has been giving ESL lessons to the whole family. They look forward to her coming, and the children are pleased to share what they are learning.
The teenage boys have been able to attend activities at Markham’s Immigrant Youth Centre. They love going there and can travel on the bus by themselves.
Raghad and Ahmad had a week at a day camp for ESL children. School will definitely be a challenge for them all. Only Mustafa, the eldest boy, knows how to read and write (Arabic), and he has not been in school for at least 4 years. The local elementary and high school do have intensive ESL programs.
We are looking for a few donations: do you have one of these to donate? They could use another fridge: on shopping day, fruit and vegetables for a family of 9 barely fit in one fridge!
Dunia would like a microwave (not a huge old one). One of the single/twin mattresses is rather thin and a bit short – we could use a better one. OK if it’s standard length or “extra long”. The twins are still sleeping on a mattress on the floor. We’d like either a “continental” size box spring, 50” wide, or a double bed (mattress and box spring or bed frame with slats).
Good boys’ winter jackets size 12 – 16 are needed, and snow pants. Call or email Lys L. at 416 287 1374 or lyshugh @ sympatico.ca